Jake Paul recently made known that he was committed to the PFL for a number of years. The former YouTube sensation wasted no time in announcing that he is hiring former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in an effort to entice talent to the company.
When asked if he thinks he can persuade the mixed martial arts free agent to sign with the organisation, the social media star responded as follows to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour:
“Hopefully. To be honest, I believe that is the best option for him. There isn’t a better organisation for him than the PFL, in my opinion. There are enormous things we could do by working with those folks and my team. He is aware of what we need to do because of our conversations.
Francis Ngannou is a fighter of the quality that the PFL and most MMA promotions would love to have on their rosters, but “The Predator” seems set on having his next match in the sport of boxing. As the first reigning champion to quit since B.J. Penn in 2004, the former UFC heavyweight champion reportedly declined an offer of $8 million to stay with the organisation. If he does secure a cross-over boxing battle, he will likely earn the highest salary of his career.
Jake Paul looking to face Nate Diaz next
As Nate Diaz is a free agent in mixed martial arts and has teased a two-fight contract where they compete in both boxing and mixed martial arts, Jake Paul and Diaz have been exchanging comments.
The social media star claimed that he hopes to face the former UFC lightweight championship contender during a recent interview on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, saying:
“I believe they’re prepared. We’re going to schedule that one as soon as I finish Sunday. I believe that comes next. That’s who I want and what I believe the supporters want. There has been a lot of back and forth discussion, and we have each stated our piece, but now is the time to get to work. Probably towards the middle of the year, or during the summer… I’d like to do the one boxing and one mixed martial arts match, but I’m not sure Nate’s team is totally on board with that yet.”
Diaz has not announced his plans since his UFC contract expired following UFC 279 in September. This Saturday, Paul will compete against Tommy Fury, the younger brother of WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury, but he already has his sights set on another opponent.