Francis Ngannou is currently one of the biggest stars in the UFC and is also considered the hardest puncher in the world ever recorded. The heavyweight fighter sits at the top of his division as the champion and is #4 in the UFC men pound-for-pound rankings.
Before becoming this global superstar the French-Cameroonian has been through a lot. After suffering from poverty during his early life in Cameroon, Ngannou decided to move to France in order to pursue his boxing career.
Ngannou was homeless in Paris. However, Fernand Lopez saw his MMA potential and trained him. Before coming to UFC, Ngannou fought in French promotions to make money. He made his UFC debut back in 2015 and since then has become a force of nature. So let’s find out how much the French-Cameroonian mixed martial artist earns through his UFC fights.
Francis Ngannou’s UFC career earnings:
Ngannou made his debut against Luis Henrique in 2015 at UFC on Fox 17. He won that fight via KO and took home $22,500 as his first UFC earnings. This included a $2,500 Reebok sponsorship along with a win bonus.
His second fight was against Curtis Blaydes which won via TKO in the second round. From the fight, Ngannou earned a total of $26,500 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus, and a $2,500 Reebok sponsorship.
After that, he continued his winning streak and was undefeated in his next five fights. Ngannou fought Bojan Mihajlović, Anthony Hamilton, Andrei Arlovski, Alistair Overeem and defeated all of them via KO/TKO in the first round.
Ngannou earned $30,500, $124,500, $128,500, $90,000 respectively from all those fights which included two Performance of the Night bonus awards.
After being on a six-fight winning streak, Ngannou finally faced two consecutive defeats against Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis at UFC 220 and 226. Despite losing both the bouts, Ngannou took home $530,000 and $105,000 from both the fights.
At UFC Fight Night 141, Ngannou headlined the fight with Curtis Blaydes and defeated him in the first round via TKO, and also earned the Performance of the Night bonus award. He earned a total of $255,000 which included the $50,000 bonus.
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Biggest Paydays of Francis Ngannou:
After coming back to winning days, ‘the predator‘ never looked back and went on to win three more consecutive fights against Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos, Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Ngannou won all the fights in a dominating fashion and earned $225,000, $300,000, $320,000 respectively.
After winning four fights in a row and going through everybody in the division it was time for the fighter to face his former opponent, Stipe Miocic, and challenge him for the Heavyweight title.
The fight took place at UFC 260 in which Ngannou dropped Miocic in the second round with a nasty punch and became the new heavyweight champion. He earned an overall sum of $580,000 which included $500,000 to show, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, and $30,000 as the fight week incentive pay. This was Ngannou’s highest payday.
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