Francis Ngannou is among the scariest males in fight sports activities. His terrifying knockout energy made headlines as he knocked out one heavyweight after the opposite in the UFC. Ngannou holds knockout wins over a number of the UFC’s biggest heavyweights. This listing contains former champions like Cain Velasquez, Stipe Miocic, and Junior Dos Santos amongst others.
His standing as an exhilarating knockout artist has helped Francis Ngannou accumulate loads of fame and wealth, a real rags-to-riches story. “The Predator” used to work in the sand mines of Cameroon and didn’t begin coaching in MMA till he was effectively into his twenties. However, now Francis has turned it round, drawing a median wage of $530,000 per combat. This contains his combat pay which averages out at $500,000 and an endorsement bonus of $30,000.
Francis Ngannou, as of 2023, has an estimated internet price that’s in extra of $5 million. He has earned over $3.37 million throughout his time as a UFC fighter. He is at the moment endorsed by CBD Research Labs, Cryo Pain Relief, Gym King Fight Division, and The Fight Game.
The Cameroonian former champ lately turned down the chance to change into the highest-paid heavyweight in UFC historical past. Dana White has since confirmed that Francis left the UFC in search of extra profitable alternatives. Rumblings of Ngannou becoming a member of the PFL started rising after his cryptic social media put up, however nothing has been confirmed but.
Why did Francis Ngannou surrender his belt?
The UFC and Francis Ngannou have been going forwards and backwards over Francis’ contract for a very long time now. The former heavyweight champion made headlines earlier after he revealed his dissatisfaction together with his UFC contract. Francis burdened that he was performed preventing for $500,000 per combat. This revelation, nevertheless, got here after the UFC tried to re-negotiate with Ngannou earlier than his title problem towards Stipe Miocic, which he gained.
Heading into his first title protection, Ngannou was in an odd place as a champion. He had no new deal and had just one combat left on his contract. The Predator then fought out his contract at UFC 270, defending his title towards Ciryl Gane. This left the UFC in a peculiar predicament with their heavyweight champion having no fights left on his contract.
The UFC was hopeful that each events would efficiently negotiate a brand new contract. However, as time handed, it appeared this was wishful pondering on the corporate’s half. Ngannou and his supervisor, Marquel Martin, repeatedly claimed that the UFC was lowballing The Predator. On the opposite hand, Dana White bashed Ngannou’s administration and Martin in explicit. It is noteworthy that Martin is an ex-UFC worker however now works for CAA, a direct rival of the UFC’s dad or mum firm, WME.
Now, in 2023, Ngannou has been stripped of his title. Dana White introduced throughout the UFC Vegas 67 post-fight presser that Francis Ngannou was now a free agent. White instructed the press that Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane can be preventing for the vacant UFC heavyweight championship, which means Ngannou had been stripped.