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PFL announces Francis Ngannou’s next MMA fight – will face champion!



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Francis Ngannou. Photo via Instagram (@francisngannou)

After a stint in boxing, UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou will return to MMA in PFL. In a statement from PFL CEO Peter Murray, Ngannou will face the winner of PFL champ Renan Ferreira and Bellator champ Ryan Bader.

“The PFL is excited to announce Francis Ngannou’s return to MMA in the PFL PPV division will be against the winner of the PFL Champion vs. Bellator Champion heavyweight superfight between Renan Ferreira and Ryan Bader,” Murray said.

“Francis is a true combat sports icon with a global fan base and appeal. We, along with the rest of the MMA world, will be watching to see who his first opponent will be, Ferreira or Bader.”

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Francis Ngannou has not competed in MMA for two years

Francis Ngannou has not competed in MMA since he defended the UFC heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane on 22 January 2022. Now he seems keen to return to the cage to face another champion.

“First of all, both are champions. They’re going to be champ-champ. So I think there wasn’t a better way to find an opponent for me, since I’m a champion myself, just in case you have forgotten,” Ngannou said about his return to MMA action.

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