Francis Ngannou Taking Half Of UFC 270 Purse In Bitcoin
Francis Ngannou isn’t taking home his UFC 270 prize purse in full cash.
Instead, the UFC heavyweight champion announced Tuesday on social media that he is taking half of his prize purse in Bitcoin via Cash App.
“After doing a lot of research on Bitcoin, I really believe it is the future of money, man. Bitcoin is valuable, secure, and no one can mess with it,” he said.
Additionally, Ngannou plans on giving a portion to fans. He partnered with Cash App to giveaway $300,000 worth of Bitcoin.
I believe bitcoin can empower people everywhere. So I’m excited to partner w/ @CashApp to take half my #UFC270 purse in bitcoin. I want to make bitcoin more accessible to my fans, so I’m giving out $300K in bitcoin! Follow @CashApp + drop your $cashtag w/ #PaidInBitcoin pic.twitter.com/8JEvJ1UYu1
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) January 18, 2022
But the Cameroonian fighter isn’t the first to do this.
Eagle FC fighter Kevin Lee is paid exclusively in Bitcoin for his fights in Khabib Nurmagomedov’s promotion, which he signed with after being let go by the UFC.
Ngannou and Lee join a growing list of athletes who have got in on the world of cryptocurrency. Former UFC welterweight Ben Askren and NFL stars Aaron Rodgers and Odell Beckham Jr are just a few who have become involved with Bitcoin.
Ngannou will take on former teammate and current interim champion Ciryl Gane on Saturday in Anaheim, California in the main event of UFC 270.