In an interview with the French station, SFR Sport, Francis Ngannou claimed that he will make $500,000 for his title challenge against Stipe Miocic in the main event of UFC 220 on Saturday in Boston.
Ngannou was a bricklayer in his home country of Cameroon, and had to immigrate illegally to France to make a better life for himself.
Ngannou, who has since moved to Las Vegas where he trains at the UFC Performance Institute, is actually a slight betting favorite going in against Miocic.
On the show, the hosts talk about how much soccer players get paid, in the millions of dollars.
“Yes, but you must understand that my ascension in the ranks was very fast, but the numbers didn’t follow,” Ngannou said, translated into English.
Ngannou is coming off a first-round knockout of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 last month, and has only been past the first round twice in the UFC and those were in his first two fights.