FRANCIS NGANNOU insists he is sick of ‘borrowing money’ and hints at switching to boxing.
The UFC star made a reference to the mega bucks pocketed by heavyweight icons Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder last weekend.
Boxing superstar couple earns at least £18 million each for their trilogy showdown.
It is understood that Fury and Wilder’s revealed wallets – which will be released by the Nevada Athletic Commission later this week – were £4.4million ($6m) and £2.9m ($4m), respectively.
But both were already contractually guaranteed a minimum of £18m for the third performance.
That’s a far cry for Ngannou, who complained about how much he gets paid at his game.
The 35-year-old – who has a fight over his UFC contract – told mma hour: “MMA is harder than boxing.
“I guess I shouldn’t need to borrow money for my training camp.
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“At some point, I’m going after the money. I’m definitely going to get into boxing. I’m not challenging the system, I’m just saying my right.
“I haven’t signed a new deal yet, because I don’t want to sign a deal on some of these terms because I don’t feel secure.
“In the last two years I have had to borrow money and nobody cares and I have no guarantee of that deal.
“So based on that experience I’m trying to get better terms on my contract, and I think I deserve it.
“According to what they said, I’m on a freelancing contract, so I want an expiration date so that I can be free after that.
“Then after that I’d like to be free, so from there you have the right to decide where you’re going and what you’re going to do.
“Then I won’t be forced to sign the contract (with an expiration date), so it’s not a free contract.
“If you say I’m challenging the system, I’m having a hard time getting out at the moment but I can assure you I’m not.”
The Ngannou star defeated Stipe Miocic in March to take down the UFC World Heavyweight Belt.
He is set to face interim champion Cyril Gain at UFC 270 in January 2022 in a unification bout.
But with his ruthless punching power and the lure of extra cash, it might not take us long to see the Cameron hero wearing boxing gloves — and perhaps even challenging to the belt.
Ngannou isn’t the first UFC star to mourn the franchise’s payment system.
Sean O’Malley criticizes chief Dana White over his salary and wants to be paid ‘what he deserves’.
The 26-year-old bantamweight reportedly received a base salary of $60,000, roughly £43,300, for his fight against Thomas Almedia in March.
Light-heavyweight Jon Jones is currently embroiled in a pay dispute with the promotion, not fighting since February 2020.
And Jake Paul also criticized White over the issue after the UFC chief made a $1m bet on a YouTuber who lost to Ben Askren in a boxing match.
Paul said: “In my third fight, I made more money in total salary than any fighter in UFC history.
“Maybe it’s time to pay your fighters their fair share? No wonder they all want to get into boxing.”