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I believe Randy Couture was champion when he left Zuffa in 2007. Obviously that one didn't stick...

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Very seldom do you see a done deal and still wonder if it's a good one or not. I'll put this in the "Promising but we'll see" column and praise him for the precedent while awaiting the results.

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I wonder if Chael Sonen feels stupid for urging Francis to wake up and call his “boss”

- ie Dana.

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Wow, when he left the UFC I did not guess that this would be the development. It looks like he pretty much got everything that he was shooting for, realistically. I absolutely love that he put in a minimum amount for any opponent of his; this is where Francis keeps demonstrating that he is not just leveraging this for himself, but sees the systemic issues.

HW is such a minefield this could implode in any number of ways, and the PFL has a big hill to climb here, but I think at the very least it has shown others what can exist beyond the desolate paradigm that the UFC has created.

Rooting for Francis!

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I think we could see a new future with a division out of UFC that is the best in class and recognised as the best. Let's see. This is a meaningful difference however and ambitious fighters will bet on themselves to succeed.

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The thing is was Francis a draw in the UFC? Was he a PPV draw?

Very hard for ANY MMA organization to do a million plus ppv buys outside of UFC if we are being honest.

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People are celebrating prematurely here. Francis and the UFC were fighting over the UFC owing Francis 500 pounds of eggs and 60 bushels of wheat. UFC offered 300 and 40. PFL can offer 1000 LBS and 100 bushels, and we can say this is a landmark contract, but the problem is they only have enough hens to produce 50 pounds and zero wheat fields.

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Great Francis was able to get this landmark boxing type deal in MMA. I wonder if this deal will bankrupt the PFL if Francis doesn’t draw on PPV. I like that he got a million for his opponent but tbh I can’t think of a fee agent HW out there to take Francis on as well as be a draw.

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