Jake Paul and the Professional Fighters League have recently been in discussions with Francis Ngannou, the biggest free agent in the world of mixed martial arts. Paul signed a contract with PFL in January, the same month that Ngannou’s split from the UFC was made public. There have been multiple organizations and boxing personalities that have expressed interest in signing Ngannou, including Bellator MMA.
Paul has expressed that PFL is the best option for Ngannou, and that he and his team have been in talks with him. Paul said that regardless of Ngannou’s decision, they will respect and appreciate him. He also said that PFL has a lot to offer him.
“Hopefully [Ngannou signs with PFL], I think that’s the best thing for him,” Paul told “The MMA Hour” on Wednesday. “Honestly. I don’t think there’s a better place for him than the PFL. Working with those guys, working with my team, there are massive things we can do.”
Paul signed a multi-year deal with PFL in January ahead of a planned MMA debut. Paul co-founded and will compete in PFL’s new pay-per-view division, labeled the Super Fight, and adopted the role of “head of fighter advocacy.”
Ngannou officially left the UFC in January afterfor a new contract. As a result, Ngannou was stripped of the UFC heavyweight championship and was free to immediately pursue free agency.