Francis Ngannou Comments On UFC Contract Issue: ‘I Will Not Fight For $500,000 Anymore’

UFC heavyweight champion, Francis ‘The Predator’ Ngannou has claimed that he will never fight for $500,000 or $600,000 again in the future, as the Batie native enters the final fight of his infamous current contract with organization next weekend at UFC 270.

Headlining the Anaheim, California event, Ngannou attempts to successfully unify the heavyweight championships as he clashes with brief former teammate and interim division titleholder, Ciryl Gane

The Cameroon native has just one-fight remaining on his current UFC contract, however, should he successfully defeat Gane next weekend and unify the heavyweight title, he would be subject to a ‘champions clause’, which would tie him to the promotion for a period of a year, or for three subsequent fights. 

In a similar situation to welterweight veteran, Nate Diaz, the Stockton native recently rejected a bout agreement to fight Khamzat Chimaev on the last fight of his current UFC contract, which he then subsequently seen extended by a period of six months as a result. 

If Ngannou were to suffer defeat against Gane, he would then be free to test free agency, however, after a period of 90 days which would be retained by the UFC as a period of exclusivity. 

Addressing his contractual obligations with the organization during an interview with ESPN MMA, Ngannou maintained he would never fight under the terms of his current deal again, or for purses of $500,000 or $600,000. 

“No. I will not fight for $500,000 (or) $600,000 anymore,” Francis Ngannou said. “It’s over. I took this fight (against Ciryl Gane) for personal reasons, because I want to make sure that regardless of it’s fair, I can make my case that I have completed the fights.” 

The 35-year-old most recently featured back in March in the main event of UFC 260, stopping former two-time undisputed heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic with a massive second round knockout to lift the division title. 

Ngannou’s current contract was penned back in December 2017 following his title-eliminator knockout win over promotional veteran, Alistair Overeem, and the eight-fight deal would be completed in his fight against Gane.


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First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

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Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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