Francis Ngannou will earn more from Tyson Fury fight than he did in his entire 14-fight UFC career
During his 14-fight stint with the UFC, Francis Ngannou earned just under £3 million. However, estimates indicate that his upcoming clash with Tyson Fury on October 28 will prove to be even more lucrative, with projections suggesting he could earn over £6 million.
The fight between Ngannou and Fury will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and will be held under professional boxing rules. It appears that this highly anticipated bout will bring substantial financial rewards for the former UFC fighter, further solidifying his status as a successful athlete.
According to Francis Ngannou’s representative, the Cameroonian fighter is set to earn more money from his upcoming fight with Tyson Fury than he did throughout his entire UFC career. Ngannou’s longtime representative, Marquel Martin, stated, “Let’s just say this: The bag is so big, he may actually just drop it on the way to the bank.” Martin also expressed confidence in the face of any critics, saying, “I don’t know what the haters are trying to say right now, I kind of just blocked it out, but they’ll just be proven wrong again. This is life-changing. This is exactly what we planned and visualized, so we’re happy.”
Ngannou and Fury are scheduled to face each other in Saudi Arabia on October 28. This fight marks Ngannou’s return to the ring since his last bout in January 2022, where he successfully defended his UFC heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane. Ngannou had initially won the title in 2021 but vacated it after parting ways with the promotion in January.
When asked about the potential earnings from the fight with Fury compared to Ngannou’s UFC career, Martin responded with enthusiasm, saying, “Oh, my God. I mean, by far – by multiples. Just to make [this money] even while being champion, he would’ve had to fight multiple times, just to [be in this ballpark].”
After parting ways with the UFC, Francis Ngannou has signed with the Professional Fighters League (PFL), a rival promotion. The PFL is providing Ngannou with the opportunity to compete in a boxing match before he makes his debut in the organization in 2024.
Currently, it appears that Tyson Fury’s WBC title will not be at stake in the fight between Ngannou and Fury. However, both Marquel Martin and Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter, emphasize that it is not an exhibition bout.
Martin stated, “This is an actual fight. What happens with the WBC belt, we plan on talking with the WBC to get licensed. That’s our plan, and we never know, we may have the opportunity to maybe put his [belt] on the line. I don’t know, that’s for his side.”