Mike Tyson says Francis Ngannou’s $600K purse from UFC 270 could’ve only funded his training

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Boxing Hall of Famer Mike Tyson recently commented on the fight purse of Francis Ngannou’s latest UFC appearance, saying that the reigning Heavyweight champion’s UFC 270 payout of $600K could have only funded his training.

The UFC has often been accused of not paying their fighters fairly from the bottom lot to even the top names in the roster, and Francis Ngannou is one who has been very vocal about not being satisfied with his pay in the promotion.

Listen, that’d be my training expenses: Mike Tyson on Francis Ngannou’s $600K payout from UFC 270

The Heavyweight champion, who defeated former interim champion Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 back in January, revealed that he was happy with his current contract with the promotion, which paid him $600K at UFC 270. Before the Gane fight, which was the last bout left in the contract, the French-Cameroonian made it clear that he was against an extension, even if it meant not remaining in the UFC White’s promotion anymore.

Fast forward to the present, Ngannou’s situation was brought up by none other than UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya on Mike Tyson’s HotBoxin’ podcast and the host, revealed that Ngannou’s fight purse could only suffice his training expenses during his prime.

“Shout out to my boy, my big brother Francis, he kicked the door down and said ‘Look, this is what’s happening.” Adesanya told Tyson on the podcast, “They’re paying me this much and I’m this guy.’ He put it all out there. Mike, imagine at the height of your career, you’re fighting and you’re getting paid the equivalent of $600k to fight. That would be atrocious.”

“Listen, that’d be my training expenses,” Tyson responded, “That’s my training expenses. People would pay me to do commercials and stuff and I would make sure they paid me in advance but I might not show up or something.”

“The guys who are making their debut they should be able to just get paid, and then not have to work at all during their training camp,” Adesanya further asserted, “Because a lot of fighters do. They work. Imagine having a second job. Get paid, pay management, pay training expenses, then have enough to live off of.” [H/T Mirror.co.uk]


  • Mike Tyson reveals Francis Ngannou’s UFC 270 payout would only cover his training expenses during his days in the ring
  • Ngannou was paid $600K for his win against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 in January

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