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Francis Ngannou could box Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte or Derek Chisora ​​after UFC exit but is also being chased by Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, PFL, Hollywood, Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane

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Francis Ngannou is set to be inundated with lucrative offers after becoming the hottest free agent in the sport.

UFC President Dana White announced Saturday that ‘The Predator’ has been stripped of his undisputed heavyweight title, released by MMA’s premier promotion and is now free to pursue any opportunity he pleases. – there will certainly be many.

Francis Ngannou is a free agent after leaving the UFC
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Tyson’s Fury

After defeating Ciryl Gane to become the UFC heavyweight king in January 2022, Ngannou began talking about a potential crossover fight with Tyson Fury.

The Cameroonian knockout artist was unable to box Fury immediately due to a knee injury and the fact that he was still tied to the UFC for the rest of the year due to a release clause. his contract now expired.

Now he’s a free agent nearing full fitness, and there’s nothing standing in the way of what promises to be a lucrative fight with “The Gypsy King” who called him up last April.

Fury dropped and stopped Dillian Whyte in six rounds before inviting Ngannou to join him in the ring to talk about a possible Hybrid Rules crossover fight in 2023.

Since then, talk of a potential fight between two of the baddest men on the planet has died down as Fury seems determined to make history by beating Oleksandr Usyk to become the first four-belt heavyweight champion of them all. the temperature.

They are expected to face each other in March but if for some reason that fight doesn’t go ahead, the Englishman could consider restarting talks with Ngannou.

Francis Ngannou could box Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte or Derek Chisora ​​after UFC exit but is also being chased by Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, PFL, Hollywood, Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane
Fury and Ngannou previously clashed after ‘The Gypsy King’ win over Whyte
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Francis Ngannou could box Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte or Derek Chisora ​​after UFC exit but is also being chased by Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, PFL, Hollywood, Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane
Wilder could be another lucrative fight option for ‘The Predator’
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Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora

A big part of Ngannou’s problem with the UFC was his desire to be free to fight lucrative boxing bouts against Fury and other big stars in the sport.

Now that he’s a free man, the 36-year-old can box whoever he wants and is certainly not short of options with Deontay Wilder, Dillan Whyte and Derek Chisora ​​all set to face him.

‘The Bronze Bomber’ is currently getting back in the title hunt after suffering back-to-back losses to Fury.

Wilder quickly dispatched Robert Helenius in his comeback fight last October and has since been ordered to face Andy Ruiz in a WBC final eliminator.

However, he is fishing for a fight with Anthony Joshua that won’t guarantee him a title shot but will almost certainly make him more money than a fight with Ruiz.

If the price is right, the American could be tempted to welcome Ngannou to boxing

Francis Ngannou could box Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte or Derek Chisora ​​after UFC exit but is also being chased by Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, PFL, Hollywood, Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane
Whyte and Chisora ​​are also options for Ngannou

If Ngannou is unable to secure a fight against the biggest names in boxing, other options are available as he has already received a call from two British fighters.

Chisora, who is coming off a dominant loss to Fury, says he is ready to fight Ngannou in both boxing and MMA after previously saying he could join UFC rival Bellator.

Whyte reacted to Chisora’s dual sport appeal to Ngannou by suggesting they fight in MMA, a sport in which he scored a devastating victory by knockout before pursuing boxing full time.

‘The Body Snatcher’ and Ngannou shared a fiery mock press conference that never aired – so there’s plenty to do if this match is booked.

Former WBC heavyweight champion Tony Bellew, who is a huge UFC fan, has advised Ngannou to avoid boxing and he may well do so with many other options on the table.

Francis Ngannou could box Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte or Derek Chisora ​​after UFC exit but is also being chased by Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, PFL, Hollywood, Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane
BKFC president Dave Feldman wants to sign former UFC heavyweight champion
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Hand to Hand Combat Championship

Ngannou has plenty of easier fights he could have outside of boxing where he would almost certainly be the underdog against any known heavyweight contender.

However, if he joined the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, he could show off his ruthless power without gloves against lesser opposition.

BKFC President Dave Feldman has previously expressed interest in bringing Ngannou to his promotion which is home to Paige VanZant, Mike Perry and other stars of the MMA world.

“We are very interested in signing Francis Ngannou and would very much like him to compete in the BKFC heavyweight division,” Feldman said in a statement to MMA Junkie on Sunday.

“We are bidding for his services, and I hope the fans will see him in the squared circle at BKFC in 2023.”

Feldman has also expressed interest in signing Nate Diaz, so this could be a big year for BKFC if they’re able to get one or both UFC veterans on board.

Francis Ngannou could box Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte or Derek Chisora ​​after UFC exit but is also being chased by Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, PFL, Hollywood, Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane
The PFL is quickly becoming a major rival to the UFC
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Francis Ngannou could box Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte or Derek Chisora ​​after UFC exit but is also being chased by Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, PFL, Hollywood, Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane
Ngannou recently sparked speculation he could join the PFL with this family photo
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League of Professional Fighters

During his lengthy contract negotiations with the UFC, Ngannou has been quiet about what life might be like for him outside of MMA’s top league.

However, a recent social media post has sparked speculation that he may be considering joining the Professional Fighters League which recently signed Jake Paul.

In two photos uploaded to her Instagram account, a female member of Ngannou’s family was spotted wearing a PFL t-shirt which contrasted with the rest of the women in the photo who were wearing traditional African attire.

PFL’s recently launched ‘Super Fight Division’ could be a lucrative home for the 17-3 fighter and other big stars, as it promises athletes a 50% pay-per-view revenue split.

After a stellar year, PFL is quickly becoming the second-best MMA promotion and could rival the UFC by adding a star like Ngannou to their already impressive roster.

Francis Ngannou could box Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte or Derek Chisora ​​after UFC exit but is also being chased by Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, PFL, Hollywood, Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane
The 36-year-old has already appeared in two films
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Francis Ngannou could box Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte or Derek Chisora ​​after UFC exit but is also being chased by Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, PFL, Hollywood, Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane
Ngannou could return to the UFC when a new heavyweight champion is crowned
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Return Hollywood or UFC

Away from the obvious options, Ngannou has two other potential paths that can’t be ruled out – a film career or a shock return to the UFC.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound giant could follow Ronda Rousey, Gina Carano, Conor McGregor and Michael Bisping into acting.

In fact, he’s already starred with a small role in Fast and Furious 9 and a cameo in Jackass Forever which saw him punch one of the film’s stars in the crotch as hard as he could.

He’s surely turned down even more movie offers from Hollywood who always call MMA’s biggest stars and will almost certainly try to convince him to give up fighting for a life in front of the camera.

Finally, while Ngannou’s relationship with the UFC may seem broken beyond repair, don’t be surprised to see him back in the octagon down the line.

Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane are set to fight for his recently vacant title at UFC 285 on March 4.

The winner is likely to call Ngannou who may decide to re-sign with the UFC after weighing his options as a free agent and realizing the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

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