How Much Did PFL Pay Francis Ngannou? All We Know About The Ex-UFC Champ’s Contract With Professional Fighters League

Published 10/26/2023, 8:23 AM EDT

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The bizarre exit of the former UFC heavyweight champ, Francis Ngannou, from the promotion, shocked a lot of fans. However, the entire scenario got a lot clearer after both UFC CEO Dana White and ‘The Predator’ presented their takes on the issue. The 37-year-old’s UFC exit caused a lot of combat sports promotions to vouch for him. But in the end, it was the Professional Fighters League that managed to secure Ngannou on their side.

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In a press conference after Ngannou’s exit, Dana White revealed that he had offered the most lucrative UFC heavyweight deal to Ngannou. But ‘The Predator’s’ later revelations mentioned that his primary issue was never related to his UFC payouts. A lot of sources say that White had guaranteed an $8M purse for each fight with Ngannou. Still, he failed to keep him in. This may have fans wondering about the amount of money involved in the deal between PFL and Ngannou.

Francis Ngannou has given out hints about his PFL earnings

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Well, multiple sources have highlighted one point in the contract between PFL and Ngannou. It is about the minimum payout of ‘The Predator’s’ rivals whom he would be fighting during his tenure in the organization. The sources reported that the Cameroonian’s rivals will be receiving a minimum fight purse of $2M for showing up to a fight against him.

But neither the PFL authorities nor Ngannou have been specific about the amount of money that he will earn per fight. However, the Cameroonian-French gave out a hint about his PFL earnings in a recent episode of ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’. While discussing the entire chapter of his UFC exit and PFL joining with the famed Joe Rogan, Ngannou himself revealed, “After this fight, I’m gonna go out fight in the PFL. And for one fight in the PFL, I’m gonna be making maybe twice or three times of what I have made in my entire MMA career”.

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A look at the report about Francis Ngannou’s MMA career earnings from ‘MMA Salaries’ will reveal that he has amassed a whopping $3.77 million from his fights to date. Hence, going by Ngannou’s own words will be enough to realize that he will be earning more than $10 million per fight during his PFL tenure.

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Francis Ngannou’s PFL contract contains his most desired clause as well

As already mentioned, ‘The Predator’s’ UFC payouts were never the primary reason behind his parting with the promotion. But it was the alleged “dirty tricks” of the UFC authorities that ultimately caused his departure. He also revealed how a number of clauses in UFC contracts hunt down a fighter’s “freedom”. Well, the freedom that Ngannou wanted for himself was being allowed to compete in boxing matches despite being contracted to the promotion.

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The PFL authorities agreed to this term with Ngannou as well. This is why he will be taking on the noted WBC heavyweight king, Tyson Fury, just a couple of days from now, on October 28. Well, Ngannou will reportedly make another $10 million from this fight scheduled to happen in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. So, do you think ‘The Predator’ was right in finishing his ties with the UFC to join the PFL?

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