Francis Ngannou has created a huge stir in the world of UFC by announcing his deal with another MMA promotion, PFL. Following the deal, Ngannnou is receiving a variety of responses from the world of UFC regarding the decision.
The most influential UFC commentator of all time, Joe Rogan also commented his views on Ngannous’s deal on his podcast. Rogan said he was ‘bummed’ by Ngannou’s decision.
Rogan feels that the fans, as well as Ngannou himself, would be missing out on some of the best fights UFC could ever have. Rogan says that the former heavyweight champion would be depriving the fans of the awaited match between him and the former UFC light-heavyweight champ and the current heavyweight title holder Jon Jones.
“That’s why I’m mad. I’m mad because I feel like we were deprived of one of the great fights in MMA, one of the most compelling fights in MMA.”
Rogan also thinks that Ngannou made a huge mistake by leaving UFC as he still hasn’t bagged any boxing offers.
“Francis right now, it’s a big loss in my mind right now, Him going over the PFL. It really bums me out. I understand I’m happy he’s gonna get paid, and I’m happy he’s gonna get to box. But I loved watching this guy fighting on UFC, he was a fu****g monster… And in boxing, it seems he doesn’t have any offer from either Tyson or Joshua. So that’s why I think he made a big mistake for leaving the UFC.”
Dana White’s statement on Francis Ngannou signing With PFL
The UFC community already had mixed feelings about Ngannou leaving UFC. Amidst that, the president of UFC Dana White released his statement regarding the situation. Apparently, White is not at all pleased about one of the best players of UFC leaving them.
After the recent fight night, UFC Vegas 73, White broke his silence on Ngannou joining hands with PFL. White claimed the deal was senseless. “Based on what I know about the deal, which is not much, it makes no sense to me, It’s just not what we do here. It’s not what we do. Francis wants to take zero risks… You’re going to pay a guy not to fight for a year, and it’s already been like months. He’s fought three times in the last three years.”
Following his decision, Ngannou was stripped of his heavyweight title. Now Jon Jones holds the title after defeating Cyril Gane at UFC285.
Ngannou requested some propositions as a requirement to work with promotion brands. The first brand that Ngannou rejected was UFC. Following UFC, Ngannou rejected ONE FC as well. With his deal with PFL, Ngannou would be getting huge returns financially.