Former UFC heavyweight champion signs a contract with Professional Fighters League

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Francis Ngannou, the former UFC heavyweight champion, has made an exciting move in his career by signing a contract with the Professional Fighters League (PFL), securing his position as one of the top heavyweights in mixed martial arts (MMA).

Ngannou joins the PFL for a fresh start

Ngannou’s agreement with the PFL includes exclusive participation in the franchise’s pay-per-view super fight division. While the details of the deal have not been disclosed, it has been confirmed that Ngannou will also take on a leadership role as a member of the PFL global advisory board and will serve as the chairman and equity owner of PFL Africa.

Ngannou aims for African MMA development

Expressing his enthusiasm for the PFL, Ngannou stated that he believes in the organization’s ‘fighter first’ culture and its global vision, particularly its focus on developing the sport in Africa. In fact, Ngannou will play a crucial role as the Chairman of PFL Africa, which aims to provide talented African fighters with the opportunity to compete on a global platform.

Ngannou’s journey to success started in Cameroon where he worked in a sand quarry at the age of 12. He then embarked on a perilous journey to France. He crossed the Sahara Desert and spent a year in Morocco, then made his way to Spain via the Mediterranean Sea. He was homeless in Paris before making his way into the world of MMA. His incredible resilience and talent have brought him to where he is today.

The PFL CEO, Peter Murray, expressed his excitement about Ngannou’s involvement, emphasizing that talks began when Ngannou was no longer bound by previous obligations. Murray believes that Ngannou’s addition to the PFL will play a vital role in the company’s plans.

The PFL has a unique MMA competition format, including regular seasons, postseasons, and championship events. However, Ngannou will exclusively compete in the planned pay-per-view division, which features other renowned fighters such as Kayla Harrison and Jake Paul. This strategic partnership between Ngannou and the PFL marks a transformative moment for both parties.

In overall, Ngannou’s decision to join the PFL is a positive development in his career, aligning perfectly with Ngannou’s goals and aspirations. As he embarks on this new chapter, fans are looking forward to his debut in mid-2024 and the positive impact he will undoubtedly have on the MMA world.