Tyson Fury has given his take on the gap between Francis Ngannou’s pay in the UFC and his own pay.
Fury is the reigning WBC and The Ring Heavyweight Champion. Ngannou holds the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Title. Despite being champions, there is a massive disparity in pay between the two.
Fury will be making $29.4 million for his April 23 title defense against Dillian Whyte. Heck, Whyte’s salary will be massive also at $7.4 million. Ngannou’s base salary was just $600,000 for his January title fight with Ciryl Gane.
Fury’s Take On Ngannou’s Pay
“You know what it is? I’m appreciative for every fight purse I ever had. It hasn’t always been 30 million, 20 million, 25 million, 32 million for me. That’s mega-money, that’s unbelievable money, yeah? But I remember when I fought Wladimir Klitschko, 11 years reigning undefeated heavyweight champion of the world and I got $1.1 million for it.
“I’ve been there. I’ve boxed for $2,000 before. I boxed Steve Cunningham in a world title eliminator, Michael Buffer top Madison Square Garden. I made $10,000. So, I know what it’s like to make f*ck all for fights. I’ve been there plenty of times. So, you can never look at what the next man’s making.
“I can’t look at what the next man’s making. I can’t look at somebody else, I can’t look at Donald Trump and say, ‘Oh, that guy’s making hundreds of millions. I want that.’ I can only make what I’m capable of making and I’ve gotta be happy with that.”
Ngannou will be on the sidelines due to a torn MCL and an injured ACL. Even when he recovers, there will be no guarantee that he returns to UFC. Ngannou has made it clear that he’s content with sitting on the sidelines until his UFC contract runs out if he doesn’t get a better deal.