Former heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has signed with new MMA promotion, the PFL, following rumors and reports of high figures being asked for by the Cameroonian athlete. Ngannou has hit back at a number of claims made by high-profile promoters such as David Feldman, BKFC President, who stated Ngannou was asking for “unrealistic money”. Ngannou insists that neither he nor his team had ever spoken to Feldman, stating that “he assumed that loan couldn’t pay me”.
The upcoming fighter has also called out ONE Championship Chairman Chatri Sityodtong, who Ngannou believes didn’t properly align with him on important non-financial matters and therefore never submitted a final offer. Despite the support of Sityodtong and the company’s showing of digital statistics and studies, Ngannou confirmed he was not interested in ONE Championship and already favored PFL, as he felt Sityodtong was only performing.
The PFL made it easy for Ngannou, offering him the best deal, which he accepted. Now focused on going back to the cage in 2024 with sights set on boxing later this year, Ngannou said, “All I can say is that I’m sorry for them. I only have tissues for them to wipe their tears, because I’m winning.”