Francis Ngannou unhappy at having to borrow money for training camp –
Francis Ngannou has a very strong claim to being “the baddest man on the planet” and he wants to be paid accordingly.
The UFC heavyweight champion will defend his belt against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270, but he will win far less in that fight than his boxing counterparts. The Cameroonian recently appeared in the MMA hour, where he was asked if he wasn’t happy that Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder scored a much bigger salary. To which he replied,
“Well he [MMA] is more difficult [than boxing]. I think I shouldn’t need to borrow money for my training camp. At some point, I’m going to get that money. I’m going to go to this boxing for sureâ¦ I’m not questioning the system, I’m just saying my right, âNgannou said. (h / t SportsKeeda)
According to sportsdaily.com, Ngannou has accumulated a total of $ 2,737,500 in his career so far, including $ 58,000 from his game-winning bout with Stipe Miocic at UFC 260.
According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Fury and Wilder have a guaranteed purse of $ 5 million plus Pay-Per-View proceeds. After all this is factored in plus additional income from sponsors – it is estimated that Fury will take around $ 30,000,000 and Wilder will earn almost $ 20,000,000.
It is easy to see how Ngannou could be drawn into the square circle. And it’s not just the potential for big checks that might make his head spin. The UFC’s decision to have an interim title fight between Gane and Lewis at UFC 265 left the champion feeling disrespectful.
âFrom what I see, the UFC is trying to discredit me. This is what I know. And those who promote someone can’t work together to discredit them. You don’t do that to someone you want to promote, âNgannou said.
“What am I looking for?” First of all, I’m looking for a little respect, this is to start. Then I try to do it right, I try to feel respected, to feel that they at least care. That’s it. I never asked for anything more. That would be enough for me. â¦ I won the position where I am, âadded Ngannou. âI was not nominated, I was not nominated to be here, I deserved it. So that means I deserve a little respect, just a little. I’m not a big deal, just a little famous, that’s all. (Laughs).”
Ngannou is arguably facing the toughest test of his career at UFC 270. If he succeeds, he will deserve more than respect. Gane has a perfect 10-0 record and the bookmakers choose the Frenchman to become the undisputed champion. But Ngannou will take a few hits. The 35-year-old appeared to have evolved considerably as a martial artist during his last outing. And let’s not forget that his 11 professional victories are the result of a stoppage. Needless to say, we should all appreciate him while he’s here.
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