“It makes no sense to me”: UFC president Dana White criticizes Francis Ngannou’s deal with PFL

Regarding the recent agreement that Francis Ngannou struck with the Professional Fighters League, there has been a wide range of perspectives among MMA specialists. Dana White, however, is one of those who is quite unsure of how the deal would work between the two parties.

Even though Francis spent almost a decade in Dana’s organization, the relationship between the two MMA icons has been quite shaky lately which resulted in Ngannou leaving UFC. During the post-fight press conference for tonight’s UFC Fight Night, the UFC president criticized the former UFC kingpin’s PFL deal.

What did Dana White say regarding the PFL deal with Francis Ngannou?

“Based on what I know about the deal. It makes no sense to me. I mean, you’re going to pay a guy not to fight for a year. And it’s already been like 18 months. He’s fought three times in the last three years. “Dana said.

In addition to that, White also said that he almost knew this was all going to happen to The Predator. Apparently, it took five months for Francis to settle in another organization. During his time as a free agent, Francis couldn’t seal a deal with Bellator, One Championship, or Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. 

Summary of The Predator’s PFL deal

The PFL definitely offered the Cameroonian fighter a significantly higher salary, but he also signed on because of the significant roles he will get to play for the newly established MMA promotion. Most importantly it is a strategic alliance rather than a simple agreement that will assist The Predator and the MMA organization in achieving their ultimate goal. 

The groundbreaking deal also secures Ngannou’s position as PFL Africa chairman. The heavyweight fighter will also be a member of the advisory board of PFL to regulate many important decisions. The former UFC heavyweight champion has not mentioned how many fights he will participate in as part of this contract, but he made sure that his opponents get paid $2 million for fighting him. 

What do you think about the Francis Ngannou deal? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section. 

Khandaker Muntasir

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As a passionate UFC enthusiast, Khandaker Muntasir Hossain provides coverage of MMA, wrestling, and boxing on multiple platforms. With his deep knowledge of sports, he immerses readers in the excitement of various arenas, whether it's the octagon, squared circle, pitch, court, or ring. Through his writing and love for sports, he aims to motivate others to explore their own sporting interests and experience the magic that sports bring.


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