Francis Ngannou’s $600,000 fight purse ‘would be my training expenses’

Mike Tyson is unimpressed with the amount of money the UFC paid Francis Ngannou in his last fight.

In a new episode of Tyson’s Hotboxin’ show, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya was asked about compensation issues at the UFC, and while ‘Stylebender’ said he was very happy with the new deal he just agreed to. to sign, some fighters like heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou were woefully underpaid.

Adesanya said:

“Shout out to my boy, my big brother Francis, he kicked down the door and said, ‘Listen, this is what’s going on. They pay me that much and I’m that guy. He put everything there. Mike, imagine at the peak of your career, you fight and you get paid the equivalent of $600,000 to fight. It would be excruciating.

‘Iron Mike’ put things into perspective by responding:

“Look, that would be my training expenses. These are my training expenses.”

Watch the full episode of Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson and Israel Adesanya below:

Adesanya went on to say that he is not talking about fighter compensation for himself, but for athletes who are just getting started in the UFC. He said:

“Guys who debut…they should be able to get paid and not have to work at all during their training camp. Because a lot of fighters do. They work. Imagine having a second job. Get paid, pay the management, pay training expenses, and then have enough to live on.”

The current entry-level contract in the UFC is $10,000 to show / $10,000 to win, which hasn’t increased since 2015. With many fighters getting two fights a year, even a new fighter Successful UFC could end up earning just $40,000 before. taxes and expenses.

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Mike Tyson earned over $10 million for his last fight against Roy Jones Jr.

Mike Tyson wasn’t kidding when he said $600,000 would just cover his training costs. The heavyweight legend is used to a much higher pay grade.

“Iron Mike” has earned over $375 million from his fight purses, and countless millions more through sponsorships and endorsements. In 1997, he received a record $30 million ($53 million in 2022 dollars) guarantee for his second fight with Evander Holyfield.

Even in his 50s, Mike Tyson is still able to draw huge purses. For his 2020 exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr., Tyson was supposed to be paid a flat $10 million plus a percentage of pay-per-view proceeds.

Francis Ngannou hopes to do something similar if a fight against Tyson Fury happens in 2023. Fury is another big earner, bringing in over $25 million for his next fight against Dillian Whyte.

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