Find Station

Former UFC Champion Francis Ngannou Signed Record Deal With Other Promotion

Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou announced that he's signed a record-setting multi-fight deal with Professional Fighters League on Tuesday (May 16) via ESPN.

Ngannou (17-3), 36, will reportedly make his PFL debut against a yet to be determined opponent at a pay-per-view event in 2024 and will also be permitted to compete in a professional boxing match -- having publicly acknowledged interest in matches against current WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former champion Deontay Wilder -- in adherence with his new contract, which also reportedly includes "equity and leadership roles," according to the New York Times.

The Cameroonian fighter concluded his UFC contract in 2022 before becoming one of the most sought-after free agents in MMA history.

"The PFL is excited to announce its groundbreaking strategic partnership with Francis Ngannou, the greatest heavyweight fighter in the world," PFL CEO Peter Murray said in a statement obtained by ESPN. "Ngannou will anchor the PFL's star-studded PPV Super Fight Division, serve on PFL's Global Athlete Advisory Board and will be a Chairman and equity owner in PFL Africa."

Ngannou was never defeated for his UFC heavyweight title, having instead been stripped by UFC president Dana White after the company failed to sign him to a new, long-term deal in January. Ngannou told The MMA Hour's Ariel Helwani that he requested health insurance, the ability to have sponsorships for all UFC fighters and for an advocate to be present for fighters during all contract negotiations as part of his terms for a potential new deal.

Ngannou became the first reigning UFC champion to walk away from the company since BJ Penn, who left the company for K-1 in 2004 before returning in 2006.

Colin Cowherd Rips 'Weird' Kevin Durant Trying to Reunite With James Harden

Doug Gottlieb Rips 'Con Man' Ja Morant After Another IG Live Video With Gun

Colin Cowherd Makes His Pick For Nuggets vs. Lakers West Finals Series

Martha Stewart Became Surprise SI Swimsuit Cover Model

Rockies Pitcher Ryan Feltner Hit in Head By a Line Drive, Seriously Injured

Chris Broussard Says We Can No Longer Consider Kevin Durant a Top 10 All-Time Player

Colin Cowherd Says This NFL Contender Got Crushed With the Schedule Release

Colin Cowherd Calls Sixers the 'Kirk Cousins of the NBA' After Game 6 Choke

Colin Cowherd Says This Unassuming Underdog Will Be the AFC's No. 1 Seed

Clay Travis on Matt Araiza's Crumbling Rape Case: 'Don't #BelieveAllWomen'