Arrr, mateys! Grab yer grog and listen well, for the long awaited decision of Francis Ngannou, former UFC heavyweight champion, has finally been announced! The Cameroonian-French star is now the newest member of the PFL roster and the chairman of the league’s PFL Africa expansion.
After a 16-month wait, fans of the MMA Fighting Global Rankings have been eagerly awaiting the news of where Ngannou’s talents would take him next. His last fight was at UFC 270, but he officially parted ways with the UFC this past January. There were many speculations about what would come next: a mega boxing match with Tyson Fury? Would he simply move on to another top MMA promotion? Would we ever see him fight against Jon Jones? To make matters more intriguing, Ngannou’s rift with the UFC was due to his request for unprecedented contract stipulations. It’s fair to say he is the most intriguing free agent in MMA history.
MMA Fighting’s own Alexander K. Lee and Jed Meshew have reacted to the news and are here to discuss Ngannou’s new deal with the PFL, grade the deal for Ngannou and the PFL, and address any criticism regarding Ngannou’s decisions. They also delve into what this means for other UFC stars who may want to explore life outside of the octagon.
Many fighters can recall the hardships of negotiating with the UFC, and some have even left the promotion to seek better opportunities elsewhere. Ngannou’s decision to sign with the PFL puts him on even more uncharted waters, and raises many questions about the future of MMA growing outside of the octagon. But this is not the first time a fighter has jumped ship from the UFC, and it most certainly will not be the last.
As for Ngannou, his move to PFL marks the beginning of a new adventure, with many exciting opportunities for both him and the PFL organization. The chairman of PFL Africa expansion will take on a role that will help bring even more exposure to the sport of MMA and expand its reach to even more fans around the world.
Ngannou’s signing with PFL proves that MMA is growing beyond the walls of the UFC, and now fighters have more optionsSponsored Product and opportunities for their careers. Fans can’t wait to see what the future holds for this talented athlete and for the sport of MMA as a whole. So grab yer swords and stay tuned for the next chapter in Francis Ngannou’s epic tale in the world of MMA!
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