Manager: ‘If Anyone Deserves To Be Paid, It’s Francis Ngannou, He’s A Great Human Being’

    ByRoss Markey

    Feb 3, 2022
    Francis Ngannou

    Prominent mixed martial arts manager, Ali Abdelaziz has made a case for current heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou to be paid fairly by the UFC, recounting the Batie native’s journey to his current standing, as well as labelling him a “great human being”.

    Abdelaziz, the leader of mixed martial arts management firm, Dominance MMA has supported Ngannou, a client of CAA and agent, Marquel Martin in his bid to be treated fairly by the UFC, claiming that if anybody deserves to be treated right by the Dana White-led organization, it’s Ngannou.

    “If anybody deserves to be paid, it’s Francis (Ngannou),” Ali Abdelaziz told MMA Junkie. “You look at the story, the guy (Francis Ngannou) come from Cameroon, went to Morocco, got on a plastic boat to Europe – the man has a strong will.”

    “The man has a strong will, but Dana White has been waiting 20 years for someone like Francis to arrive, to be on the scene, to become the baddest heavyweight on the planet. This whole narrative that Dana White doesn’t like Francis, I think is wrong, it’s almost impossible not to like Francis. He puts on great shows. He’s a great human being and I think it’s a lot of ego involved.”

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    Ngannou, who successfully unified the heavyweight last month at UFC 270, defeated interim champion, Ciryl Gane with a unanimous decision victory, and completed his contractual obligations with the organization as a result.

    The Batie native has criticised the UFC for the lack of “freedom” available in their contracts, and has maintained he would no longer fight for the UFC if he was guaranteed a fight purse of $500,000 or $600,000. Per the CSAC, Ngannou received a disclosed fight purse of $600,000 for his win over Gane.

    Ngannou is set to undergo a surgical procedure to address a Grade 3 MCL tear and ACL injury suffered just 25 days prior to his outing against Gane, and per his manager and agent, Martin, his client could face an estimated period of nine months on the sidelines.

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    Abdelaziz has claimed that he believes Ngannou and White could eventually agree to a deal that would see the former compete in professional boxing as he outlined he wished to do before the end of his career.

    “Francis said it’s not about money, it’s about freedom,” Abdelaziz said. “Francis wants to box, right? That’s his dream. I think Dana White could make his dream come true because he’s the baddest promoter on this planet. If you want to promote a fight against Tyson Fury, he’s an ESPN guy, Dana’s an ESPN guy, you bring both of them and make this fight happen. I think they need to kill all the noise, stop talking to the media, stop tweeting stuff, stop putting stuff on Instagram. Both sides.”