The reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou has announced the mixed martial artist has partnered with the payments firm Cash App and plans to take half of his UFC 270 purse in bitcoin. Ngannou told his 620,100 Twitter followers that he believes “bitcoin can empower people everywhere.”
‘Bitcoin Is the Future and I’m a Believer’ — Mixed Martial Arts Champ Francis Ngannou to Take Half of His Purse in Bitcoin
On January 18, 2022, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou explained that the fighter plans to get half of his UFC 270 purse paid in bitcoin (BTC). UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane will debut on Saturday, January 22, 2022, as the ‘Predator’ Ngannou will face the mixed martial artist ‘Bon Gamin’ Ciryl Gane. The knockout artist Ngannou will defend his title at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Francis Ngannou on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph taken by Jeff Bottari.
The French Cameroonian mixed martial artist will join the likes of athletes like Russell Okung, Odell Beckham Jr, and Aaron Rodgers choosing to be paid in bitcoin. That’s according to Ngannou’s tweet on Tuesday that said he plans to take half of his UFC 270 purse in bitcoin. Moreover, the UFC fighter also said that he thinks bitcoin empowers people, when he stated:
I believe bitcoin can empower people everywhere. So I’m excited to partner [with] Cash App to take half my UFC 270 purse in bitcoin.