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One of the biggest surprises in the UFC was the time when Francis Ngannou decided to say goodbye to the MMA promotion. He opposed Dana Whiteand just 4 months after leaving the UFC, he signed with the PFL. Needless to say, fans of the combat sport were completely disappointed. But now that Ngannou has become the chairman of the PFL Africa, fans started to think that his career had simply stalled.

There was no doubt that the former UFC heavyweight would have pocketed a lot of money if he had stayed and fought a little longer Jon Jones in the UFC. Instead, he decided to test his skills in a square ring. He fought Tyson Fury And Anthony JoshuaUnfortunately, the Cameroonian fighter was unable to achieve a victory. Although he is under contract with the PFL, he has not yet fought in the organization. However, he was actually offered a new position in the PFL.

Immediately after the shocking announcement, Ngannou quoted“I am excited and honored to serve as Chairman of PFL Africa, a league that will lay the foundations of African MMA. As we have seen, there is a wealth of talent in Africa just waiting to be given a global stage. I am so proud to give back to my homeland and bring great content to a region with such a passionate and diverse fan base.”

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Did you know what Joe Rogan What did he have to say about Ngannou's exit from the UFC? Well, the UFC commentator claimed that there was only one way for the PFL to be successful. This was indeed the hypothetical scenario when the UFC decided to shut itself down. But as long as the UFC remains the biggest MMA promotion, the PFL will have to sign companies like Ngannou to make a profit. He continued“That's probably the only way PFL can get people's attention. You need someone like Francis to do that.”

But the damage was already done. Ngannou is already in the PFL. Not only as a fighter, but also as the chairman of PFL Africa. Needless to say, when Ngannou's words rippled across social media, fans made their opinions known. Let's see what the fighting community had to say.

Francis Ngannou, Chairman of PFL Africa, did not receive the expected response

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Most fans believed that The Predator had lost the race to the top and his career was simply going downhill. One of the fans wrote: “Forgot about that guy, ruined his career.” Fans were simply unhappy that Ngannou missed out on golden opportunities in the UFC, where he could have become the GOAT if he had fought and beaten Jones. One comment read: “Could have been the greatest fighter of all time. Threw away his legacy for a superficial bag. Crazy”

Although Conor McGregor withdrew from his fight with Michael Chandler UFC 303 was a huge success, with around 16 million dollars being raised from ticket sales alone. The UFC fan base is indeed huge. However, the same cannot be said for PFL. One of the fans wrote“They can’t even attract a crowd in America, how are they going to sell out in Africa?” Some other fans believed that the UFC would always come out on top and quoted: “UFC always wins. Nobody cares what Ngannou does”

Fans wanted to see the Predator fight in the PFL cage. But the fact that he got a different role surprised fight fans. One fan asked: “So he is a chairman and not a fighter??” Another commented: “Francis will do anything except fight in the PFL, lol” Many fans even believed that the position had no value. One fan commented: “Chairman of the first major MMA event in Africa? Gigantic defeat for the PFL.”

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Some fans also remembered the time when Joshua defeated the former UFC champion in their boxing match. One of the fans wrote“I think Antony did more damage than expected and Nganou will forever remain a spectator. Another comment said: “Good way of saying 'he will never fight again', thanks, Anthony Joshua.

With Ngannou as the new chairman of PFL Africa, there is a chance that PFL's viewership will increase. However, only time can tell. What do you think of Ngannou's new role? Let us know in the comments below.

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