- Randy Couture doesn’t see the PFL facing financial problems
- “The Natural” is positive PFL has been taking good care of its fighters
PFL analyst and commentator Randy Couture is confident that the promotion is not putting itself in a terrible situation as far as business goes. For “The Natural,” PFL high-ups have been doing a tremendous job in the financial aspect as well as in ensuring that the fighters are getting what they deserve.
Everything is going very well in PFL
Speaking to MMA Junkie, Couture pointed out that the only problem the PFL could possibly encounter is to keep up with the overwhelming growth that the business has been experiencing. But truth be told, the former UFC two-division champion doesn’t think it’s gonna happen anytime soon.
“I think the people that are behind this and that are running this are very smart,” Couture said. “They know exactly what they’re doing. They’ve done a great job in raising capital. That’s one of the reasons why we’re going to Saudi Arabia in a couple weeks. They want to bring more culture to that part of the world that’s why they just held the World Cup in Qatar. Certainly, money is not an issue for the people [there], the royal family and the people that run that part of the world, so I think that PFL has done a very very good job of raising funds and using those funds appropriately to explode the way they have and grow as fast as they’re growing. So you certainly hope they don’t get growing pains and don’t grow too fast, outgrow themselves. I think there’s a genuine concern there. They got to be able to keep up with everything but from what I’m seeing and I get to see a lot of stuff behind the scenes it seems like it’s going very very well, I don’t have any concerns there.”
The Fighters are Taken Care of
In the wake of PFL’s signing of Francis Ngannou, UFC president Dana White boldly criticized their rival promotion, suggesting that it doesn’t make sense agreeing to such a one-sided deal favoring the fighter.
Without mentioning White and the UFC, Couture refuted the said narrative and insisted that the PFL is in no way being too giving and risking its finances on fighters.
“They’ve done a great job in funding this and being very diligent. They are taking care of these fighters very well,” Couture explained. “I mean Kayla Harrison right on down the line in the regular season fights and in those championship fights, they’re getting paid very very well they’re taking care of them and that’s what needs to happen in our sport and I think they’re setting that example for the other promotions. Are they being a little too frivolous? Too giving? Are they risking you know putting themselves in a financial [peril] I don’t think so.”
Ngannou is PFL’s latest big-name signing and both parties seem very happy with the deal. According to “The Predator,” he won’t make his PFL debut probably until next year as he plans to do a boxing match first.