One of the main topics in the MMA world over the past few days is certainly the status of Francis Ngannou within the world’s strongest MMA promotion. The UFC heavyweight champion has made it clear that he has no plans to sign a new contract until all his wishes are met.
Although "Predator" is also dissatisfied with the financial aspect of his current contract, according to which he earns 600 thousand dollars per fight, he is even more dissatisfied with the treatment of the promotion.
Francis feels deprived of his freedom, and one of the items he insists on is the possibility of doing a boxing match. UFC leaders are currently reluctant to meet his demands, but Ngannou no longer plans to fight under current conditions.
His contract was extended for a year after he beat Gane. However, the Cameroonian will definitely have a longer break due to knee surgery and it will not be too much of a problem for him not to perform for the next 12 months.
Relations were further disrupted by threats from UFC leaders. Namely, on the day of the fight against Gane, Francis' manager Marquel Martin received a notification that the promotion plans to sue them, because they allegedly negotiated with Nakis Bidarian, a man who works closely with Jake Paul.
Sean O'Malley on Francis Ngannou and Jake Paul
The impression is that Ngannou wants to try boxing, and he would do that through a collaboration with YouTube. This should not be too surprising, given that Paul is currently enjoying great popularity and making very good money at the same time.
However, UFC bantamweight fighter Sean O’Malley believes Ngannou can’t reach the numbers Jake Paul achieves. ‘‘ He (Ngannou) says he lost $ 7 million? This would be divided into three or four fights.
When you’re a world heavyweight champion and Jake Paul earns $ 20 million per game, then those seven million isn’t a particularly big figure compared to Paul’s earnings." "But it should be noted that Jake Paul is a bigger star than Ngannou.
If we look at numbers, fans, social media and other shit, Jake is a bigger star. It's just like that, "O'Malley explained in his podcast. The seven million Sean mentions are a figure Ngannou recently released to the public.
Namely, the Cameroonian stated that the UFC has been offering him a contract for some time, but he did not agree to sign. By rejecting the new contract, Ngannou claims that he has lost $ 7 million and is still fighting for $ 600,000. Still, the UFC champion added the UFC can’t pay the price of the freedom he is asking for.