DETROIT: Francis Ngannou did not receive an official fight bonus from UFC 218, but he has been promised some extra money, and knows exactly how he will use it.
At Saturday's UFC 218 to pay to see co-headliner at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Ngannou (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) criticized fellow heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem (43-16 MMA) , 8-5 UFC) with a violent final-fight bout at the beginning of the first round.
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After the victory, which had buzzes on social networks, UFC President Dana White confirmed that Ngannou keeps the current one heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) next.
When Ngannou, who joined UFC 218 as the No. 9 ranked boxer in the US TODAY Sports / MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight ranking, want the fight with the No. 1 Miocic to happen? ?
"As soon as possible," Ngannou said after the event. "I have no injuries, so I'm ready to go. I've been out for a long time (before UFC 218) – like 10 months – and now I want to (fight again)."
Despite his powerful knockout victory , Ngannou did not receive $ 50,000 "Performance of the Night" Bonus. Instead, the UFC delivered four "Fight of the Night" bonuses (to Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, Yancy Medeiros and Alex Oliveira).
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White, however, said that Ngannou will get an unofficial one. After all, Ngannou has established a camp at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, which is a short walk from White's office.
"Believe me, Francis lives in the Performance Institute, and I do not need him touching my (expletive) door looking for his bonus," White joked when MMAjunkie asked him. "We will locate it."
White did not say how much the bonus could be, Ngannou already has it reserved for some things, including his camp for Miocic.
"I have a thousand things to do in MMA," said Ngannou, who plans to open a children's gym in his native Cameroon. "I'm going to do a good training camp because Stipe is a champion." He's a good guy. It's going well, so I have to prepare and have a good training camp.
"Probably I will also go to Paris for a while and I will be part of my training camp there, I will go to Cameroon and visit my family and I will continue to help them too".
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when he was told that White had promised to give him an unofficial bonus, Ngannou was relieved.
"That's a good thing," he said. "I need that money, I moved from Paris to Las Vegas, so that took a lot of money, I need some money now, and I was gone for 10 months."
"And to be honest, each of you loves the money too.
As for a prediction, Ngannou, a 31-year-old Cameroonian who finally fled to Paris and took up MMA training just five years ago, chose to make it simple.
"The fight between Stipe and I will be the same as the others: knockout," he said.
As for after Miocic, Ngannou's goals are still so high.
"First of all, I want to be the first African to have a UFC belt," he said. "I want to be the one who opens the UFC in Africa, basically in Cameroon, I want Cameroon to be the first African country in (to be) the UFC, it would be fine, it would be an honor for me."
And although the victory over the legend of combat sports Overeem is great, Ngannou said it is the biggest of his career.
"The biggest victory of my career is to come," he said.
For full coverage of UFC 218, see the UFC Events section of the site.
(Matt Erickson and Mike Bohn of MMAjunkie contributed this report in Detroit).