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Midnight Mania! Jake Paul reveals PFL negotiations with Francis Ngannou: ‘We’re here and ready to work’

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Jake Paul and Francis Ngannou have more in common than one might first think.

Currently, Ngannou is very arguably the biggest free agent in combat sports, a status he achieved by fighting out his UFC contract in the hopes of a high-profile boxing match. Just before Ngannou officially scored his own freedom, Paul stepped away from his status as another massive free agent by signing a massive deal with Professional Fighter’s League (PFL) as the host of his own eventual MMA debut.

Prior to all that, Paul and Ngannou have aligned with one another on issues like fighter pay and athlete healthcare. They’ve discussed a potential fighter union, and there aren’t many other fighters capable of headlining boxing and MMA pay-per-view (PPV) events. Hell, they might both end up fighting members of the Fury family!

Is this all the perfect background for a business partnership? Paul revealed this team, PFL, and Ngannou are all in talks about working together, and he believes it could be a great fit for “The Predator.”

“Hopefully [Ngannou signs with PFL], I think that’s the best thing for him.” Jake Paul said on The MMA Hour (via Josh Evanoff). “Honestly. I don’t think there’s a better place for him than the PFL. Working with those guys, working with my team, there’s massive things we can do.”

He continued, “So, we’ve been in talks and he knows what we have to offer. And, we’ll respect and appreciate him no matter what. But, we’re here and ready to work.”

This weekend, Jake Paul will finally square off against Tommy Fury in the main event of the ESPN+ and FITE+ pay-per-view (PPV) boxing event this Sunday (Feb. 26, 2023) from Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Ngannou, meanwhile, is pursuing elite boxers like Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, and Anthony Joshua, but his MMA plans remain uncertain.


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