Francis Ngannou, the former UFC champion, is gearing up for a comeback in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Despite Tyson Fury's call for a boxing rematch, Ngannou is set to make his return in the PFL (Professional Fighters League) this summer.
Ngannou's Move from UFC to PFL
Last year, Ngannou shocked the MMA world by leaving the UFC and signing with the PFL, a rival organization. However, the PFL allowed him to switch to boxing for a crossover fight against Fury in Saudi Arabia. Although Ngannou scored a knockdown in the bout, he ultimately lost in a controversial split-decision.
Upcoming Blockbuster Bout Against Anthony Joshua
Despite the setback, Ngannou secured another high-profile fight against Anthony Joshua, scheduled for March 8 in Saudi Arabia. PFL CEO Peter Murray has expressed his support for Ngannou and expects to see him back in the MMA cage this summer.
Murray stated, "We'll have another event in the second half of the year, this summer likely, and we expect Francis to return to MMA in the PFL Smartcage. And we're very excited for Francis and his upcoming bout against Anthony Joshua. I would not rule out Francis Ngannou in this fight, don't underestimate him."
Tyson Fury's Future Plans
Meanwhile, Tyson Fury, who was forced to postpone his title unification fight with Oleksandr Usyk due to a sparring injury, has dismissed retirement rumors. Fury has his sights set on future fights with Joshua and Ngannou, stating, "I've got two fights with Usyk, for the undisputed twice. Then I'm gonna fight AJ at least once. Maybe twice if there's a rematch, if he wants one after the first battering I give him. And then I'm gonna fight Ngannou again."
Fury, who is 35 years old, emphasized that he is in the prime of his life and has no plans to retire anytime soon.