“Shot himself in the foot,” Fighting legend Jose Aldo shoots down Francis Ngannou’s ‘UFC doesn’t pay well’ argument
Jose Aldo slams Francis Ngannou's decision of becoming a free agent after becoming the biggest heayweight in UFC
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Jose Aldo sticks up for UFC and believes that Francis Ngannou shouldn’t have left the organisation for more lucrative deals. Jose Aldo is ready to make his second appearance in the boxing ring on 1st April. Aldo is reportedly fighting former UFC fighter ‘Jeremy Stephens’ at Gamebred Boxing 4, Milwaukee this weekend. He recently appeared on the podcast Trocaçao Franca and expressed his views on the recent development with ‘Francis Ngannou’.
Francis Ngannou parted with UFC earlier this January after his win over Ciryl Gane at UFC 270. His move to part ways with UFC had everyone shocked, as he was the reigning heavyweight champion and on a 6 fight win streak. Surrounding this situation Jose Aldo believes Francis might have made the wrong choice. “With all humbleness, I think Ngannou shot himself in the foot,” said Aldo on this week’s episode of the Trocação Franca podcast. “He had everything to sign a great contract, the biggest in heavyweight”, added the Brazilian fighter. [H/T MMA Fighting]
According to Aldo, people see the top boxers getting paid crazy amounts of money. The lower part of the not-so-known fighters are paid very little. The UFC has better salaries than boxing for beginners. He also pointed out how UFC has this stigma of paying their fighters less with respect to other sports. Yet the other sports and organisations pay millions to only too 5 percent of the players.
The UFC is the biggest MMA organisation in the world. Fighters like ‘Conor Mcgregor, ‘Ronda Rousey’ and many more have made an enormous sum of money in the UFC. While fighter pay has been an issue, the improvement in base fighter pay over the years has really been great in the organisation.
What comes next for Francis Ngannou after UFC?
Francis Ngannou officially parted ways with UFC earlier this year in January. This move was a shock to everyone as Francis was the heavyweight champion and on a 6 fight-winning streak in UFC. The UFC failed to meet his demands during contract negotiations. This made the predator opt for the free-agent route ever since.
After parting ways with the promotion ‘the predator’ wished to dabble in pro boxing. He has been linked with many high-profile boxers like Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua. While there is no solid confirmation about his boxing career, it might seem like Ngannou will return to MMA.
The former UFC heavyweight champion is close to striking a deal with PFL who have also signed Jake Paul. According to Dan Hardy former UFC fighter and now PFL’s head of fighter operation, they can offer everything Ngannou is looking for. In his last fight in the UFC Ngannou made around 600,000 dollars. However, he can potentially make over a million dollars per fight in PFL. With Ngannou’s dominant performances in the octagon, his potential move to the PFL could bring a new level of excitement to the league’s heavyweight division.
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