Jose Aldo: Francis Ngannou shot himself in the foot

Jose Aldo: Francis Ngannou shot himself in the foot

Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo believes that Francis Ngannou made a fatal mistake by refusing to sign a new contract with the strongest league in the world and leaving it as a free agent.

“With all due respect, I think Francis Ngannou shot himself in the foot,” quotes the legendary Brazilian MMA Fighting. “He had everything to sign a great contract, the biggest in heavyweight history, but this is his desire to become a boxing champion, to fight in boxing … People look at the top of the boxing pyramid and see huge fees, but forget that those who are lower receive very little. I think UFC pays more than boxing.”

Recall that at the beginning of this year, 36-year-old Francis Ngannou officially left the organization, vacating the UFC heavyweight championship belt. The Cameroonian “Predator” is going to spend his next fight in professional boxing, and then plans to return to mixed martial arts under the PFL or ONE Championship banner.

As for the 36-year-old Jose Aldo, on the night of Saturday to Sunday, he will take part in the Gamebred Boxing 4 boxing tournament, where he will share the ring with his former UFC colleague Jeremy Stevens.