Coach Eric Nicksick On Francis Ngannou Cementing His Legacy And Fighting Jon Jones After PFL

Head coach for Francis Ngannou, Eric Nicksick talks about his athletes' new contract with PFL and the potential of fighting Jon Jones.

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Head coach for Francis Ngannou, Eric Nicksick talks about this friend’s future with PFL and beyond. 

Former UFC champion Francis Ngannou is on to bigger and better things. The breakout star left the UFC in hopes of signing a contract with a new MMA organization and giving himself the opportunity to try boxing against some of the biggest names in the sport. Part one of his plan has now been set. He signed a contract with the PFL earlier this month with a history-making contract. Ngannou is still looking to set up his very first boxing match but now his coach Eric Nicksick is praising him for cementing his legacy.

“It’s very different in the legacy is groundbreaking, right? I think he did something where he set a tone for other fighters to know that there are other things that you’re capable of doing,” he said to Submission Radio. “It’s not like Muhammad Ali level but I think it’s this generation of combat sports level of going, Hey man, like I could step outside certain organizations and go and do things and become part of the business and have equity in the business.”

Ngannou had it in his mind that he wanted to not only set himself up with a good contract but help other MMA fighters around him. In signing with PFL he is guaranteed that any opponent of his will make at least $1 million, and has become chairman of the PFL Africa organization to help advance the sport in the country’s communities.

Eric Nicksick thinks that Francis Ngannou vs. Jon Jones could happen one day

Fans were sad to see Ngannou leave the UFC because they wanted to see him fight against Jon Jones. Jones decided to leave the light heavyweight division and move to heavyweight while Ngannou was still champion. The thought was that they would fight each other but after Ngannou left Jones became the undisputed champion. Now Nicksick believes that there is a chance that these two could fight somewhere down the road. 
“I’m just an optimistic dude by nature, so I would never say no, I wouldn’t close the door on that,” he said. “Dana and Hunter those guys run the UFC but there are also people above them, there are investors and there’s WME and IMG and people that, ESPN for example. So I feel like they have bosses on bosses that might say like, No dude, we’re gonna do this and we’re gonna roll this out because that is the fight that I felt everybody wanted to see…maybe later on down the line, and a year or two from now that fight can transpire.”
UFC President Dana White has mentioned that he is not interested in ever doing business with Ngannou again however Nicksick thinks that money talks and the people at the top of the UFC, even higher than White could push for the fight to happen. He explained that Ngannou is only on a 2 fight contract with PFL and both he and Jones are interested in the fight. This could be enough to sway the UFC brass and give the fans what they want.
Published on May 18, 2023 at 10:54 am
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