Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is predicted to make — by far — his biggest-ever profession payday when he takes on WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury of their October 28 boxing match in Saudi Arabia.
It was confirmed earlier this week that Ngannou will make his skilled boxing debut within the officially-sanctioned non-exhibition combat in opposition to the unbeaten champion Fury, in a transfer which comes a number of months faraway from him strolling away from the UFC after phrases on a brand new contract weren’t agreed.
Ngannou’s closing UFC bout in early 2022 in opposition to Ciyrl Gane noticed him take house a disclosed payout of simply $600,000, and whereas the precise sum has not but been disclosed his supervisor has mentioned that it will likely be “multiples” greater than the whole cost he acquired all through his complete UFC profession.
“That is life-changing,” his supervisor, Marquel Martin, mentioned to The MMA Hour. “That is precisely what we deliberate and visualised so we’re pleased.” And when requested the way it compares to his UFC payouts, Martin mentioned: “by far, by multiples” and added that Ngannou “would have needed to combat, even by being champion, a number of instances simply to be on this ballpark.”
Ngannou signed a deal earlier this 12 months with the PFL which affords him the flexibility to tackle challenges within the boxing ring simultaneous to his MMA profession. He’s anticipated to make his blended martial arts debut for the organisation in 2024.
“I felt like I used to be slapped within the face with cash,” Ngannou mentioned, additionally to The MMA Hour, earlier this 12 months. “It was like, ‘Take the cash and shut up.’ That didn’t work with me. In that contract, I’m not free, I’m not an unbiased contractor. I hand over all energy to [UFC], and I’ve seen up to now the way you maintain that energy over me. I don’t need that once more.”
And if Ngannou can pull off the unthinkable and turn out to be the primary fighter to defeat Tyson Fury in knowledgeable boxing ring, you may anticipate these paydays to extend much more forward of what would seemingly be an inevitable rematch.