$1,000,000 win later, PFL fighter Impa Kasanganay thanks Dana White and Co. for cutting him from UFC roster

Impa Kasanganay, now a holding a championship status at PFL, is thankful for his gradual exit from UFC.


$1,000,000 win later, PFL fighter Impa Kasanganay thanks Dana White and Co. for cutting him from UFC roster

PFL light heavyweight champion Impa Kasanganay thanks UFC for letting him go (Source: Twitter)

Impa Kasanganay holds tenure as the current light heavyweight champion at PFL. The ex-UFC fighter had a not-so-illustrious run with the combat sports promotion. But now, having won a title, and $1,000,000 richer, the fighter is over the moon. As such, Kasanganay has deliberated on how his exit from UFC has been a boon in disguise. He has also wished to face Francis Ngannou.

Kasanganay, a signage from CEO Dana White‘s Contender Series, joined UFC in 2020. He had a 7-0 pro-MMA record at the time. But his tenure with a 9-2-0 record only lasted so long. By 2021, he was out of the promotion. Now, speaking to The MMA Hour’s Ariel Helwani, he did a deep dive into his career. Speaking on his transition to PFL, he said:

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I spent everything moving to Florida. Got a cool apartment, thought I was going to be in the UFC for the long haul. It wasn’t in God’s plan. I’m so grateful the UFC cut me. It became a blessing. Look where we are today.

Kasanganay, the 15-3-0 light heavyweight, is on a multi-win streak. But his run at UFC was less than favorable. His second UFC outing was a famous one but for the wrong reasons. His KO at the hands of Joaquin Buckley‘s famed kick is a fan-favorite highlight, even today. He fought twice more, with his last being a TKO skid to Carlston Harris.

This November though, Kasanganay defeated Joshua Silveira at the 2023 PFL World championship, in way of a unanimous decision win.

Impa Kasanganay aims at Francis Ngannou next after PFL win

Impa Kasanganay recently secured a fateful victory against Joshua Silveira, at the 2023 PFL championships. The ex-UFC star is now one of the few transitioned fighters who have made a successful debut at the new venture. $1 Million richer, Kasanganay now wants ex-UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou next, also a new signage at PFL.

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Impa Kasanganay wants Francis Ngannou next
Impa Kasanganay wants Francis Ngannou next (Source: Twitter)

Ngannou recently faced lineal boxing heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, at the Riyadh Season opening ceremony. Although incurring a decision loss, Ngannou’s performance in his debut pro-boxing outing has garnered much praise. Now, speaking with Ariel Helwani, Kasanganay has disclosed why he wants a shot at the fighter.

Kasanganay has also engaged in the wishful thinking of rising to the heavyweight division for such a face-off. Meanwhile, Ngannou himself is on the hunt for new opportunities, both at MMA and boxing.

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