Pro Fighters react to Francis Ngannou’s new contract with PFL: “Congrats on the biggest deal in MMA history”

By Harry Kettle - May 17, 2023

A parade of fighters have given their thoughts on the news that Francis Ngannou has opted to sign a deal with the PFL.

Francis Ngannou

Earlier this week, it was announced that Francis Ngannou had signed a deal with the PFL. In addition to fighting with the MMA promotion next year, he’ll also take on several other roles – and he’ll also be allowed to pursue a boxing venture.

It’s a moment that has been a long time coming. ‘The Predator’ was rumored to be in talks with PFL and while some fans doubted his ability to get the job done, the former UFC heavyweight champion managed to land an incredibly lucrative deal.

As you can imagine, a lot of thoughts and opinions were flying around online. Below, we’ve highlighted a handful of the best – or worst depending on your perspective – takes.

The likes of Jon Jones and company weren’t too impressed by how it all went down. Still, given the financial rewards that will be coming Francis’ way, we don’t think he’ll care all too much.

Ngannou steps up

Francis Ngannou, above all else, is trying to make a statement. He wanted to prove his market value and he’s done that in an absolutely huge way. As well as that, he’s made it crystal clear that he’s serious about juggling both MMA and boxing for the remainder of his career.

We all wanted to see him fight Jones in some capacity. It may still take place somewhere down the road, but even if it doesn’t, this deal showcases that Ngannou was right to test the waters.

What is your primary opinion of Francis Ngannou’s deal with the PFL? Do you believe this is a great step forward for fighter pay, or that it won’t make much of a difference? Let us know in the comments, BJPENN Nation!

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