Francis Ngannou Considers Switch To Boxing
UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou has once again criticized MMA for its pay.
He said he could switch to boxing to be paid more than what he is earning through the UFC.
Despite holding one of the most prestigious titles in combat sports, the Cameroonian revealed that he is not in good shape financially and still has to borrow money to help fund his training camp.
Recently, Ngannou appeared on Ariel Helwani’s podcast show, The MMA Hour.
“Well, it [MMA] is more difficult [than boxing]. I feel I should not be needing to borrow money for my training camp. At some point, I’m gonna go after those money. I’m gonna go to that boxing for sure… I’m not challenging the system; I’m just saying my right.”
Ngannou’s comments on his salary have come at a time when fighter pay has become a hot topic in the MMA circle. It has been reported that fighters must crowdfund in order to manage all their pre-fight camp expenses.
Recently, a blockbuster trilogy showdown between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder saw both fighters walking away with huge multi-million-dollar purses. This vast difference in pay has compelled many MMA fighters to make a crossover move to boxing as already suggested by Ngannou.
Ngannou is one of the most feared and powerful heavyweights in the history of the UFC.
Since suffering back-to-back unanimous decision losses against Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis in 2018, the Cameroonian has destroyed everyone in the division in his path to the title.
Ngannou is enjoying a five-fight winning streak in the octagon.
After losing to Lewis in 2018, he’s dusted all his next opponents via first-round KO.
Ngannou got a second crack at Miocic’s title and, instead, remained patient throughout the fight. He displayed improved takedown defense in the opening round and finally unleashed in the second, viciously knocking the champion out cold.
He got the UFC gold wrapped around his waist.
Ngannuo is scheduled to face Ciryl Gane in a massive unification bout next year. The pair will headline UFC 270, which will be the first pay-per-view of 2022, on January 22.