PFL president reveals key to signing Francis Ngannou to their organization FirstSportz

Ray Sefo on Francis Ngannou
Ray Sefo on Francis Ngannou

Francis, who has had contract disputes with the UFC, was eager for a big money fight against current WBC champion Tyson Fury. The UFC had done everything in its power to ensure that Francis did not gain the advantage of leverage (of the heavyweight title) against the UFC in the contract negotiations.

In this respect, they had compared him to his former teammate Cyril Gane. Many gave Gane the advantage of punching because of his movement and elusive ability, which seems impossible for a heavyweight. While that was True Francis, he surprised everyone by showing off his wrestling skills and solidly winning the championship rounds.

Francis’ manager even claimed they received anonymous threats about Ngannou’s future at the company as they prepared to take the fight. Francis’ win was such an embarrassing moment for the company that Dana White didn’t even wait to wrap the belt around his waist, claiming he had something to handle in the back.

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‘Francis is my teammate’ – PFL president says he already works closely with Francis Ngannou

Franz Ngannou
Franz Ngannou

Shortly after the fight, Francis announced he was undergoing surgery on his knees that would potentially keep him out of action for the year. Francis made it very clear that he would not resign from the UFC unless they put a boxing clause in his contract. Other organizations are keen to sign him and PFL’s president said they would do everything in their power to go through with that deal.

In conversation with Hoscheh MMAhe said, “100 percent. If Francis is a free agent, Francis is my teammate, you know? So, if he becomes a free agent and he gets to talk to everyone in terms of, I should say, if he’s ‘buying’, then we will definitely sit down and talk. Until then, I don’t see him going anywhere, but anything is possible, 100 percent. [50/50 pay-per-view (PPV) shares will attract all sorts], Absolutely. That’s the key.” (H/T MMA mania)

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