Francis Ngannou is PFL bound, and the former UFC heavyweight signed a deal for the ages.
After failed attempts by practically every MMA body in the world, Ngannou has settled on PFL. As part of the new deal, Ngannou will be securing seven-figure paydays competing in PFL’s new “Super Fight” division, ownership of PFL’s expansion into Africa, and autonomy to pursue a boxing career.
Ngannou said the following after the announcement:
“I am very excited for this game-changing partnership with the Professional Fighters League to continue my MMA fighting career in the PFL’s PPV Super Fight Division.” I believe in the PFL’s ‘fighter first’ culture and global vision, including developing the sport in Africa. With that, I am also proud to announce that I will serve as Chairman of PFL Africa, which will be the leading MMA organization on the continent providing great African fighters the opportunity to compete on a global platform.”
Many expected Ngannou to eventually end up with PFL. The former heavyweight champion’s pioneering ideas aligned with another of PFL’s big signings this year, Jake Paul. Paul’s partnership included the creation of a “Super Fight” division. Unlike the UFC, PFL’s “Super Fight” pay-per-view revenues will be shared with the fighters.
Francis Ngannou came up big in the long run
While Ngannou isn’t set to return to combat just yet, he’s practically a made man. His two to three-fight contract will be in the millions, and it won’t preclude him from boxing. This comes in stark contrast to the UFC’s final offer to him. He was offered $8 million fight with Jon Jones and diminished paydays to follow.
PFL also has the same progressive thinking as Ngannou. With hopes of establishing pensions for ex-fighters, freedom to compete in other sports, and expanding the reach of the sport around the globe, PFL and Ngannou were meant for each other.
Ngannou’s contract also stipulates that when he does fight for PFL, his opponents are guaranteed no less than $2 million.
With rumors also swirling that PFL may potentially purchase and absorb Bellator in the months to come, 2023 is potentially looking like a flashpoint year for MMA.