- Francis Ngannou thinks the money he’ll earn from his PFL debut is about double of what he made during his entire MMA career
- “The Predator” wants other MMA fighters to do exactly what he did and pursue boxing
Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is certain what he is about to pocket from his much-awaited PFL debut next year is a lot bigger than his earnings from his entire MMA career.
Maybe not even half
Speaking to a group of reporters, including The Mac Life, “The Predator” flat-out confirmed that the UFC and PFL are way different in terms of fighter pay. Ngannou claimed that he is making a huge ton of money in his first MMA fight with PFL and his combined salary from his MMA career may not even be half of it.
“Let’s just say this is the beginning of my career… It’s different. A lot different… This just hit me up the other day when I was on Joe Rogan podcast like I just realized like If I combine all my salary that I have made in MMA, it can’t even be half or maybe it could be half of what I’m going to make in my next MMA fight. Let’s not even go to boxing, let’s stay on MMA. And I’m speaking for myself. So I don’t know what you think about that but. For me it’s a huge difference,” Ngannou said.
Ngannou has been vocal about his desire to earn more and it was one of the reasons why he parted ways with the UFC despite being a current champion in the promotion. Money also played a role in Ngannou’s decision to leave the UFC and pursue boxing. Looking back, “The Predator” encourages his fellow MMA stars to do the same only if they really want to.
“I encourage everybody to chase his dream. Some people dreams are just to do best in MMA and do MMA. We don’t have the same dream, we don’t have the same motivation about anything but if somebody has a dream of boxing, yes, he should,” Ngannou said.
“But you can’t just expect like think that everybody out there want a boxing match, no, some people have a wrestling background, Jiu-jitsu background and they want nothing to do with striking even in the MMA fight so it’s up to everybody,” he explained.
A month from now, Ngannou will take on Tyson Fury for a heavyweight boxing match for the ages.
The fight will take place on October 28 in Saudi Arabia.
Check out the full interview below: