Jose Aldo: Francis Ngannou made a big mistake by leaving the UFC

"People say that the UFC doesn’t pay that well, but it does"

by Sead Dedovic
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Jose Aldo: Francis Ngannou made a big mistake by leaving the UFC

A few months ago, Francis Ngannou decided to end his adventure in the UFC and dedicate himself to boxing. Many believe that he made a mistake, and one of those who believe the same is Jose Aldo. Aldo also decided to dedicate himself to boxing, but he emphasized why Ngannou made a mistake.

“With all humbleness, I think Ngannou shot himself in the foot,” Aldo said on the Trocação Franca podcast, as quoted by mmafighting.com “He had everything to sign a great contract, the biggest in heavyweight, but this desire to be a boxing champion or to fight in boxing… People see the top of the boxing pyramid getting paid big numbers but forget that the lower part is paid so little.

I think the UFC has bigger salaries than boxing."

Jose Aldo talks about earnings

Aldo emphasized that many in the UFC make huge money. He said that many people earn less in boxing than everyone thinks. “I see Ngannou tripping about a fight with Tyson Fury, a champion, who heavyweights aim at but don’t come anywhere near.

It’s like saying I wanna play soccer because they get paid million but forget only five percent gets paid millions, the rest make way below that. People say that the UFC doesn’t pay that well, but it does. That’s why it’s the biggest organization.

You can make money like [big] boxers can. Conor [McGregor], Ronda Rousey. People say women don’t make money and she’s made it, right?” Jose thinks that Ngannou will lose a lot. Aldo also remembered Ronda Rousey and her example.

“He’s leaving the UFC and you can be sure that 50 percent of everything he is is off his name now,” Aldo said. “Ronda, in order to make her movies, she had to be in the UFC. No one talks about Ronda now because nobody remembers her now.

The UFC is elevated alongside the athlete. You need to be in there. You can have a partnership like Conor did with [the UFC for] Mayweather and that’s how he made millions”.

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