Francis Ngannou’s First PFL Appearance: Behind the Scenes at PFL 5
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Ngannou’s PFL Debut
Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou made his first Professional Fighters League (PFL) appearance on June 16, 2023, at PFL 5 in Atlanta, Georgia. Ngannou, who signed with PFL after a public spat with UFC, now holds a seat on the promotion’s athlete advisory board and serves as chairman of PFL Africa.
As Ngannou walked out to his seat at PFL 5, it appeared that some fans were booing the former UFC champion. However, it’s unclear whether this was due to a few intoxicated fans or a genuine lack of enthusiasm.
Jon Jones in Attendance
Current UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones was also present at PFL 5 to corner teammate Maurice Greene in the main event. With a history between Jones and Ngannou, it will be interesting to see if the two cross paths during the event.