After months of speculation, it has been said to be confirmed by former UFC Contender Chael Sonnen that the former UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou, has signed with the Professional Fighters League (PFL). Though there had been rumors previously linking Ngannou to a move to Bellator MMA, PFL have come out as the victors in this battle for his signature, according to Chael P.
The confirmation came via Twitter from long-time MMA broadcaster and analyst Chael Sonnen who stated “BREAKING NEWS: Bellator never submitted an offer to Francis. PFL and Francis have come to an agreement. I cannot assure you that Francis is ever going to compete again, but if he does, it will be in the smart cage”.
This news brings a potential end to what was beginning to feel like an eternity of contractual limbo for Ngannou as he has not competed since defeating Jairzinho Rozenstruik back at UFC 249 last May. Since then, there had been widespread talk about which promotion would land him in free agency after his contract expired late last year – though it now appears we have our answer with news of his signing with the PFL.
The signing could be seen as something of a coup for both parties involved; while many were expecting Ngannou’s next move would be joining one of the bigger promotions such as Bellator or ONE Championship – he instead opted for a smaller league that is still heavily investing into its production values such as making use of their proprietary ‘smart cage’ technology – potentially giving them even more exposure within the increasingly competitive world of fight promotions by introducing something new on top of having one its most recognizable stars join up too.
As far as what lies ahead for The Predator himself is concerned ? Well only time can tell at this juncture; while commentators may speculate over whether or not he chooses to compete again in 2021 , only time will tell if we get see him back inside either octagon or cage anytime soon .