Francis Ngannou reveals he has had to borrow money to LIVE

UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou reveals he has had to borrow money to LIVE… The Predator says he WON’T sign a new UFC deal as he slams the lack of ‘protection’ and ‘guarantees’ in his expiring contract that netted him £518,000 in his last fight

  • Francis Ngannou said he won’t sign a new UFC deal until certain terms are met
  • The 36-year-old also revealed he has had to borrow money to live in recent years
  • Ngannou was heavily critical of the lack of security his previous deal gave him
  • The heavyweight champion has previously slammed how fighters are rewarded 

UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou says he’s not signing a new UFC contract until certain terms have been met and revealed that he’s had to borrow money to live in the past couple of years.

The 36-year-old hasn’t fought since January, after suffering a torn MCL whilst retaining his UFC Heavyweight Championship against Cyril Gane in what was believed to be the final fight of his UFC contract.

And the Cameroonian star has now claimed that he won’t sign an extension to that previous deal.

Francis Ngannou says he’s won’t sign a new UFC contract until certain terms have been met

He told The MMA Hour: ‘No I did not sign a new deal. First of all I have a champions clause and I have been trying to apply pressure but I do not sign a new deal.

‘That is basically the issue that is what is causing all these issues because I do not want to sign a new deal on certain terms that doesn’t work for me because I don’t feel protected in those terms.’

Despite netting £518,000 in his last fight, the Cameroonian star then further highlighted the lack of security his previous contract provided and had a startling admission about the impact it has had on him.

He added: ‘In the past two years I’ve fought twice and then I have to borrow money to live! 

The heavyweight champion revealed he has had to borrow money to live in the past few years

UFC President Dana White has previously hit back against increased fighter pay

‘Nobody cares about that. I have no guarantee in that year and I have no protection so based on that experience I want to get something better on my contract and obviously what I deserve.’

This isn’t the first time the Cameroonian star has spoken about how poorly rewarded himself and fellow MMA fighters are. 

Last month, he took to Twitter to speak out about the UFC’s uniform policies in the midst of the debate regarding fighter compensation in the organisation.

In a series of tweets, Ngannou explained that he believes that fighters are currently being ‘ripped off’ by the promotion in terms of sponsorships.

The debate surrounding fighter pay has been ramped up in recent weeks and months, fuelled by comments made by UFC President Dana White during a recent interview in which he claimed that an increase in compensation is ‘never gonna happen’ during his time at the helm of the promotion. 




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