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Former UFC champion Francis Ngannou will become chairman of PFL Africa, the newest regional league of the Professional Fighters League.

PFL announced on Wednesday that PFL Africa will launch in 2025, following PFL Europe, which launched in 2023, and PFL MENA (Middle East and North Africa), which began this year.

The international leagues, like other PFL franchises in the United States, follow a regular season, playoffs and championship format.

“I am excited and honored to serve as chairman of PFL Africa, a league that will lay the foundations of African MMA,” Ngannou, 37, said in a statement.

“As we have seen, there is a wealth of talent in Africa just waiting to be brought to a global stage. I am so proud to give back to my home country and bring great content to a region with such a passionate and diverse fan base.”

Ngannou is from Cameroon and a former UFC heavyweight champion who signed with the PFL in May 2023 for more equity and a leadership role.

Ngannou has not yet competed in the PFL, but he has boxed professionally, losing to Tyson Fury by split decision in October 2023 and to Anthony Joshua by knockout in March.

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Ngannou is not finished with boxing despite devastating defeat to Joshua

Francis Ngannou reacts to his KO loss to Anthony Joshua in round 2.

PFL CEO Peter Murray said: “Africa is home to some of the greatest fighters in the world, including our league chairman Francis Ngannou, and some of the sport’s biggest fans.

“PFL Africa aims to deliver world-class content to its amazing fans while strengthening the PFL’s global presence in a market that has been underserved for far too long. Together with our amazing investment and broadcast partners, we can’t wait to begin PFL Africa league action in 2025.”

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