Francis Ngannou entered free swimming. The champion has been talking about his retirement for a long time, he needed more favorable contractual conditions, apparently he did not receive them.
Fact or bluff?
It is very doubtful that Francis will go to another league… Which one? Bellator is fun. PFL is even more fun. It doesn’t even make sense to talk about Russian promotions.
The champion will look at offers and return to the UFC to fight Jon Jones, asking for a space fee, and Dana White will gladly accept his decision.
Ngannou’s transition to another promotion is definitely not worth waiting for.
The strongest heavyweight on the planet can fight according to the rules of boxing or somewhere in another organization, but this will be a one-time action, otherwise the promotion will simply be ruined.
Hardcore FC boss Anatoly Sulyanov once again took a PR step by inviting Francis Ngannou to his promotion and promising him three million dollars for a fight with league champion Soslan Asbarov. Of course, Ngannou had never heard of such a person and would not fight him, otherwise his status would simply be devalued. All this action is a PR of the organization, there will be no such fight. Ngannou will return to the UFC sometime in the spring.