Joe Rogan feels that it is unfortunate that Francis Ngannou is no longer competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Ngannou was unable to reach an agreement with the UFC regarding a new contract, so he ended up signing with the PFL instead. His new contract with the PFL permits him to box, and it also offers him equity and a leadership role within the organization.
Ngannou’s most recent two fights inside the Octagon were a championship defense against Stipe Miocic, which he won via knockout, and then a title unification contest against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270, which he won via decision despite suffering an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament. However, because of Ngannou’s departure, Khabib had to give up the heavyweight championship belt, and Rogan doesn’t believe there are many strong competitors for him outside of the UFC.
“It’s a big loss in my mind, like, him going over to the PFL,” Rogan remarked on a recent edition of “The Joe Rogan Experience.” “It’s a big loss in my mind, like, him going over to the PFL.” “It makes me feel depressed. I understand it. I’m thrilled that he’s going to get paid, and I’m thrilled that he’s going to get to box, but watching this guy compete in the UFC was one of my favorite things to do. He was a complete and utter scumbag. He was such a terrific actor, and he still is such a fantastic actor. It’s going to be a fascinating discussion. I just have no idea who they are going to put in front of him to fight.
Jon Jones won the vacant belt after quickly submitting Gane at UFC 285, which took place in March. This victory came after Ngannou was released from his contract with the UFC.
It is anticipated that Ngannou would compete in boxing before making his return to MMA in the middle of 2024.