With the news that former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has signed a lucrative deal with the Professional Fighters League (PFL) next year, MMA veteran Matt Brown has recently discussed the risk of this decision.
Speaking on the Fighter vs The Writer podcast, Brown noted the potential gamble for PFL with such a lucrative offer. He stated, “I think the over/under looks pretty bad for them,” suggesting that the return on investment may not be worth it.
For the uninitiated, over/under is a sports wagering term used for payouts. In this case, it implies that the risk and reward is not worth the investment for PFL. This could be due to the fact that Ngannou has not fought in the octagon since June 2020, during which he lost to Stipe Miocic.
On the other hand, Ngannou still possesses massive potential and could turn out to be a valuable asset for PFL if he can keep his momentum going. After all, he did manage to win four fights in a row prior to the loss against Miocic.
However, no matter how much potential Ngannou has, PFL is fighting an uphill battle with their offer. While having the biggest names can help to draw in more viewers and increase revenue, Ngannou is now 34 years old and facing a wide array of formidable opponents which could prove to be too difficult for him to overcome.
From a financial standpoint, PFL taking such a risk is understandable. As one of the most successful MMA organizations of recent times, they will hope to make back their investment on the back of Ngannou’s star power. However, as the old saying goes, you have to spend money to make money. Time will tell whether the gamble pays off.