“It’s Over” – Francis Ngannou Says He Won’t Fight for $500,000 or $600,000 Anymore

Published 01/14/2022, 8:42 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon prepares to fight Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname in their heavyweight fight during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


It is no secret that UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has been having issues with the promotion. In a recent conversation with ESPN MMA, the fighter revealed that he had a conversation with Dana White about issues he is facing.

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Further, he also said that UFC contracts are tricky. When he was asked if he would fight under the same contract, Ngannou said that he would not.

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‘The Predator’ said, “No, I will not fight for $500,000 – $600,000 anymore. I mean, it’s over, it’s over, I just did this. I took this fight just, I mean for personal reason and because I want to like make sure that regardless, even is unfair, I have been wrongly, wrongly treat, I can’t make my case of saying I’ve accomplished the eight-fight, you know.”

He further said that if he continues fighting for the UFC, he would like it if they were involved with his boxing career as well. He said, “We’ve been having this discussion for a year and seems like they were okay with it… If I want to box, I would like the UFC to be involved.”

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However, Ngannou is not sure if the UFC wants to be involved in his boxing career. Further, it seems like there are a lot of uncertainties surrounding his contract and future plans. He surely wants to venture into boxing. So fans might have to wait and watch what his next move will be.

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Ngannou signed the contract in December 2017. So his contract is valid till December 2022. So the fighter has about 11 months left. If Ngannou loses his upcoming bout against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270, fans might not see him fight for the promotion again.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: (R-L) Francis Ngannou of Cameroon kicks Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

UFC 270 takes place on January 22 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. This event will be the promotion’s first pay-per-view for the year 2022. Ngannou versus Gane will be a huge bout and it would be interesting to see if Ngannou successfully defends his heavyweight title for the first time.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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