Deontay Wilder in Talks with Francis Ngannou for Epic Showdown

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Deontay Wilder in Talks with Francis Ngannou for Epic Showdown
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Never-Before-Seen Fight with Unique Rules

Deontay Wilder and Francis Ngannou are currently engaged in "ongoing" negotiations for a highly anticipated match that could feature a set of rules never seen before in combat sports. Ngannou recently left the UFC to sign with the Professional Fighters League (PFL), which granted him permission to pursue boxing as well.

Ngannou's Previous Negotiations

Prior to his fight with Tyson Fury, Ngannou had been in talks with Wilder for a potential matchup. However, he ultimately agreed to a deal with Fury for a crossover clash in Saudi Arabia. Despite dropping Fury in their bout, Ngannou controversially lost by split decision.

Awaited Rematch and Return to MMA

Now, Ngannou is looking to secure a rematch with Fury following the latter's undisputed showdown with Oleksandr Usyk. This opens the door for Ngannou to make his return to MMA and also mark his debut in the PFL.

Potential Mixed-Rules Bout

PFL CEO Peter Murray has identified Wilder as a potential opponent for Ngannou and confirmed that talks with the American boxer will continue. Murray even hinted at the possibility of a mixed-rules bout, which would level the playing field and create a hybrid fight experience never seen before.


Deontay Wilder in Talks with Francis Ngannou for Epic Showdown
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Wilder's Upcoming Fight

Before any potential matchup with Ngannou, Wilder is scheduled to face Joseph Parker in Saudi Arabia on December 23. Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua is also set to compete on the same night against Otto Wallin, with hopes of eventually facing Wilder in a blockbuster showdown next year.

Ngannou's Next Bout

Despite Ngannou's recent foray into boxing, Murray still believes that a fight with Wilder is highly likely for his next bout. He stated that making a matchup with Wilder is their main goal moving forward.