Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has found his new home.
On Tuesday, May 16, the Professional Fighters League announced that Ngannou has signed an exclusive deal that will also include “equity and leadership roles.”
Ngannou is expected to fight in PFL’s new PPV Super Fight Division and will serve in a leadership role on the PFL Global Advisory Board, making him the first active fighter to serve on the board and represent fighters’ interests. Others in the new Super Fight Division are Jake Paul and Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison. Those in the Super Fight Division can earn 50 percent of the revenue from the PPV fights.
Ngannou is expected to make his Super Fight Division debut in mid-2024.
PFL is also expanding international regional MMA leagues with PFL Africa, which Ngannou will have equity in while serving as its chairman.
— PFL (@PFLMMA) May 16, 2023
“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,” Ngannou said in a release. “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.”
PFL is the fastest-growing global sports league and the addition and partnership with Ngannou will only continue its growth.
“PFL has an expansive plan to become the first true global league in sports, with international regional leagues spanning all continents,” said PFL Founder and Chairman Donn Davis. “PFL Europe’s launch in 2023 has been a huge success, and we will have six more PFL international leagues operating by 2026 to form the first ever ‘Champions League of MMA’ to spark national pride and determine the actual best in the world via the PFL sport-season format of ‘win and advance’ meritocracy.”
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