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Morning Report: Joe Rogan says Francis Ngannou is ‘solely approach that PFL’s gonna get individuals to concentrate’

Francis Ngannou hasn’t fought in MMA since his first and solely UFC heavyweight title protection in January 2022.

Man, Ngannou’s unanimous determination victory over Ciryl Gane actually seems like 5 years in the past at the very least. The departure of “The Predator” from the UFC roster actually threw the heavyweight division into such a cataclysmic spiral that it’s but to get well from. The unhappy half is that it in all probability gained’t be till subsequent 12 months.

No matter Ngannou’s MMA absence, the UFC moved on with Tom Aspinall and Jon Jones, and Ngannou’s made waves by signing with the PFL and starting his professional boxing profession. Two matches later, Ngannou has but to formally earn wins in opposition to his two pound-for-pound nice opponents Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. The previous UFC champion’s identify worth is arguably larger than ever regardless of the outcomes. For PFL as an organization, Ngannou is likely to be its solely saving grace, in line with longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan.

“If the UFC went away, the PFL would in all probability take up the slack,” Rogan mentioned on the Joe Rogan Expertise. “If one thing occurred, the UFC determined, ‘ what, we’ve discovered Jesus. No extra fights. Good luck. Take care. We’re gonna shut store.’ For some loopy cause. These guys would go someplace. Everybody has a reputation.

“Proper now, the one approach a company may gain advantage — like PFL signed Francis. That’s in all probability the one approach that PFL’s gonna get individuals to concentrate. It’s important to have somebody like Francis.”

Whether or not you imagine the PFL is the “co-leader” in MMA or not, it’s undeniably turn out to be one of many sport’s largest promotions after absorbing Bellator late final 12 months. The roster additions have given PFL a robust roster with loads of thrilling matchups nonetheless but to be made. A kind of is the anticipated pairing of Ngannou in opposition to 2023 PFL heavyweight champion Renan Ferreira.

“La Problema” knocked out reigning Bellator champion Ryan Bader in simply 21 seconds in February to earn the Ngannou welcoming honors. That’s assuming he does certainly combat in MMA once more.

Rogan likes the considered the Ferreira bout however in the end expects boxing to stay a fixture for Ngannou going ahead.

“There’s this wild Brazilian dude over there who’s f*cking harmful,” Rogan mentioned of Ferreira. “That man’s f*cking harmful. He’s large and he can strike. That’s the one man [Ngannou can fight].

“Perhaps if the PFL will get some warmth behind it due to this, perhaps if they’ve the cash, I do know there are another nations which might be concerned just like the Saudis, and so they begin throwing cash away. Perhaps.

“Yeah [he’ll go back to boxing],” he concluded. “He’s made a lot cash, however after the Joshua combat, it’s going to be totally different.”

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Standing hammerfists about to take over.

Fairly loopy one.


Denis Goltsov (34-8) vs. Tim Johnson (18-9); PFL Nashville, Aug. 2

Dakota Ditcheva (12-0) vs. Jena Bishop (7-1); PFL Nashville, Aug. 2

Oleg Popov (18-1) vs. Linton Vassell (25-9); PFL Nashville, Aug. 2

Liz Carmouche (22-7) vs. Taila Santos (21-3); PFL Nashville, Aug. 2

Impa Kasanganay (17-4) vs. Josh Silveira (13-3); PFL Hollywood, Aug. 16

Rob Wilkinson (19-2) vs. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (23-7-1); PFL Hollywood, Aug. 16

Gadzhi Rabadanov (22-4-1) vs. Michael Dufort (13-5); PFL Hollywood, Aug. 16

Brent Primus (14-3) vs. Clay Collard (25-13); PFL Hollywood, Aug. 16

Stewart Nicoll (8-0) vs. Jesús Aguilar (10-2); UFC 305, Aug. 17

Brendan Loughnane (29-5) vs. Kai Kamaka (14-5-1); PFL D.C., Aug. 23

Magomed Umalatov (16-0) vs. Don Madge (11-5-1); PFL D.C., Aug. 23

Gabriel Braga (14-1) vs. Timur Khizriev (16-0); PFL D.C., Aug. 23

Shamil Musaev (18-0-1) vs. Murad Ramazanov (12-1); PFL D.C., Aug. 23

Sadly, undecided Francis will even work at this level. Been a tough 12 months for the PFL.

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Will Francis Ngannou ever have one other MMA combat?

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