Francis Ngannou has a fight with Ciryl Gane on the 22nd of this month, but has already given some demands to UFC for after the fight.
Ngannou currently makes about $500,000-$600,000 a fight currently, but told ESPN that after his fight with Gane he wants to negotiate a new deal and says he refuses to fight under his current contract again after January 22nd. He went on to explain that he went ahead and took the fight with Gane for personal reasons (probably wants to prove that he is the top dawg in the Heavyweight division).
Ngannou, win or lose, wants more money per fight and wants to be able to have some boxing matches with the UFC’s consent (and possibly their involvement). “More money for the fighters” is not a new topic in the UFC. Especially when it comes to your big name fighters such as Ngannou, Bones Jones, Street Jesus, etc. all of them want more money and for the most part deserve more money. Ngannou feels he deserves more now, but Dana is a hard negotiator. As far as boxing goes, there has only been one UFC talent in recent history allowed to have a high profile boxing match while under contract with the UFC. That of course was the Notorious One himself, Conor McGregor. Dana was also heavily involved in that promotion. I wouldn’t say it’s out of the question with Ngannou, but I also don’t think he has the star power of McGregor yet. Conor’s star power and popularity at that time is what gave him the opportunity to fight Mayweather in a boxing match. Regardless, I hope he gets it in a potential new deal because I want Ngannou vs Fury in a boxing match. BOOK IT DANA!
Ngannou is the current UFC Heavyweight Champion, but due to different reasons couldn’t defend it, so UFC held an interim Heavyweight Championship match that Gane won. So the pressure is on everyone to say the least.
Personally I think Dana should pay Ngannou more. Some will disagree, but if he wins against Gane that would make the potential Jon Bones Jones vs Francis Ngannou match more of a reality. The money that the UFC could make off Jones challenging a scary Ngannou for the title alone would be worth the investment of paying these guys more.
But what do I know? I’m just a guy on the internet.