A deadline has been set for Francis Ngannou’s return to MMA

Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou will make his PFL league debut no later than this September.

This was announced by the head of the organization, Don Davis, on the regular edition of The MMA Hour program.

“Obviously, I’m always rooting for Francis, he’s our partner, but he wouldn’t fight in MMA until the first quarter of 2025 if he beat Joshua,” the PFL executive said. “We’ve discussed it with him and now he’ll be back sooner. July? Maybe. At the end of September? No later.”

As expected, Predator’s opponent will be the reigning PFL heavyweight champion Henan Ferreira, nicknamed “The Problem”.

“You will see Francis in 2024 in the PFL against ‘The Problem.’ It will be a big pay-per-view event. The second biggest event of the tournament will be Cris Cyborg vs. Larissa Pacheco.”

Henan Ferreira earned the right to fight the Cameroonian last month by knocking out reigning Bellator champion Ryan Bader in 21 seconds at a co-main event in Saudi Arabia.

Francis Ngannou has had two bouts in professional boxing since leaving the UFC, losing by split decision to Tyson Fury and losing by second-round knockout to Anthony Joshua.