In distinction, the mixed ensures for each fighter on the U.F.C. 270 card on Saturday totaled $1.84 million.
So if Ngannou really seems in a boxing ring — and he has sparred verbally on Twitter with the heavyweight champion Tyson Fury — he is perhaps chasing a pay elevate. Or he may need extra flexibility.
“It’s not merely cash,” he stated. “It’s additionally the phrases of the contract.”
And if he continues with the U.F.C., he can have choices. Gane, one in every of simply two fighters to power Ngannou to battle the five-round distance, lobbied for a rematch after shedding. Jon Jones, a former light-heavyweight champion, additionally teased the likelihood he would problem Ngannou.
“If that is the apex of heavyweight preventing, I’m excited,” Jones tweeted. “Received some extra information to interrupt.”
Jones, as he made clear on Twitter, watched the bout at residence. Seen on the pay-per-view broadcast was Mike Tyson, the Corridor of Fame boxer credited with coining the phrase “Baddest Man on the Planet” to explain boxing’s heavyweight champion. The U.F.C. appropriated the nickname for its personal heavyweight champion because it trumpeted a showdown between Ngannou’s uncooked energy and Gane’s refined approach.
Earlier than Saturday evening, Ngannou had by no means gained by resolution within the U.F.C.
Early on, the pair fought on the tempo and distance dictated by Gane, a transformed kickboxer. Late within the second spherical, Ngannou, who’s 6 toes 4 inches and 257 kilos, inched into putting distance, however he missed his largest punches whereas Gane clipped him with a proper hook and popped him with a proper jab.
Within the third, Ngannou shifted techniques. He foiled an tried kick from Gane, lifted him off the bottom, then slammed him to the canvas like a professional wrestler. From there, he spent a lot of the remainder of the battle neutralizing Gane’s kickboxing with viselike physique locks and punishing takedowns.