Joe Rogan Views Francis Ngannou’s Move to PFL as a ‘Big Loss’: ‘It Really Bums Me Out’

UFC commentator Joe Rogan discusses Francis Ngannou's PFL competition and the future of former champion Stipe Miocic.

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Joe Rogan talks about the heavyweight division including Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou.

Joe Rogan is among the best commentators and analysts in the sport of MMA. He has been with the UFC for many years, since the early days, sitting cage-side calling fights. He is known around the world as a voice of the UFC and he even has his own podcast where he talks about fighting and speaks with fighters. It is safe to say that Rogan is plugged into the world of MMA and the UFC in particular. Now on a recent show, he spoke a bit about the heavyweight division and in particular Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou.

Rogan pulled up the second fight between Miocic and Ngannou for his friends who were guests on the show. In that 2021 title fight, Ngannou defeated Miocic to become the UFC heavyweight champion. Despite the loss, Rogan still has Miocic as the best heavyweight of all time. 

“Stipe is the most successful heavyweight champion of all time,” Rogan said. “Yes, 100%. He goes down in the record books as the guy who defended the title the most ever. He’s beaten everybody. But you know, time catches up to you, wars catch up to you, and then Francis, who’s a f–king monster.”

Joe Rogan is curious about the level of competition for Francis Ngannou in PFL 

Rogan has spoken before about his feelings toward Ngannou’s UFC departure. He left the UFC in search of better opportunities and has found that with PFL. Under his new contract, Ngannou will be featured in the PFL PPV events and will have the freedom to try boxing. Rogan is happy that he has found a good MMA promotion but is curious about the level of competition he will find there. 

“Francis, like right now, it’s a big loss in my mind, him going over the PFL it really bums me out. I understand it, I’m happy he’s gonna get paid. I’m happy he’s gonna get to box, but I loved watching this guy fight in the UFC. He was a fu–ing monster,” he said. “He was so good, and he is so good. I just don’t know who they are going to have him fight.”

Ngannou has been seeking a boxing match with some of the biggest names in the sport. After he fulfills his goal of a heavyweight boxing match, he will return to MMA and fight for PFL. That might not be until next year and PFL will have that time to gather some worthy opponents for their new signee. 

Francis Ngannou expresses a desire to compete against Jon Jones, but he acknowledges that the likelihood of that fight ever taking place is slim. Ngannou is satisfied with his decision to leave the UFC and shows no interest in returning.

Published on June 1, 2023 at 10:45 am
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