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Fans “Drop a Prayer” for Deontay Wilder as Francis Ngannou “Mixed Rules Fight” Confirmed by PFL Boss Donn Davis

Published 11/20/2023, 8:42 PM EST

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Francis Ngannou is now a PFL fighter with almost no competitors other than Tyson Fury. Perhaps, he’s about to make one more as the new year clocks in. Recently, the PFL Chairman Donn Davis made an interesting announcement regarding the fighter.

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Ngannou will be back on your screens in 2024. This time, he will be facing yet another formidable boxer but will the fight be a little bit more comfortable for him? If Davis is to be believed, it could be a brilliant mixed-rules fight between him and Deontay Wilder. Fans could not hold their excitement for the bout. Here are some reactions.

Fans react to Francis Ngannou vs Deontay Wilder mixed-rules


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Recently, Donn Davis appeared on an episode of the MMA Hour Show. Here he showed great interest in the idea of a “mixed rules” fight between Ngannou and Wilder. His words would later go viral on Instagram and send fans into a flurry of hilarious reactions. Here are some of the best takes from the comments.

“Both got destroyed by fury so decided to fight for 2nd place “


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“Rest in piece wilder drop a prayer for his legs”

Clearly, the support for Wilder isn’t the best.

“Props to wilder for doing what most other boxers refused to”

“I assume it will be a boxing match with MMA gloves no way wilder wants a kick”

Fans were sure Ngannou could have just gone for a boxing match again.

“what’s the point in mixed rules when francis has already shown he’s a good enough boxer to hang with the top guys?”

“I’ll give wilder 15 seconds …..”

Will it be anything like ‘Mighty Mouse’ vs. Rodtang?

“i hope its something similar to what DJ did in one championship”


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Everything is a bit uncertain for now, except for one fact. That is, Ngannou is definitely fighting in the coming year and the heavyweight intends to keep going at it with his career in the PFL. But will Wilder be his toughest opponent to come?

Deontay Wilder vs. Nate Diaz, is it possible?


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Deontay Wilder has been allegedly training MMA now for some time. Perhaps that can explain his soaring confidence when he agreed to go toe-to-toe with UFC veteran Nate Diaz. The two shared a friendly banter recently after a clip of Wilder surfaced.

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“Nate, call me up bro . . . I’d be down to get in there with Nate for sure.” said Wilder in the video. Later, Diaz would take on to his X account to accept the challenge and ask to get contracts signed up.


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So will this grand fight ever happen? It looks like Wilder will have to prove his mettle against Ngannou first. Will he survive those leg kicks and massive punches? We’ll know in 2024.

Watch This Story: All We Know So Far About Potential Francis Ngannou vs. Deontay Wilder MMA Fight

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Written by:

Prit Chauhan


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I'm Prit Chauhan, and I'm a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. I've been in the writing business for three years, covering areas like mass media marketing, and even tried my hand at fiction. My experience includes research work at the University of California, Berkeley, which helps me spin fact-based stories about the world of Mixed Martial Arts effortlessly.
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