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BKFC President David Feldman: Francis Ngannou ‘Asking for Unrealistic Money’



It doesn’t look like Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship will be an option for ex-UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

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During a press conference for BKFC 41 on Tuesday, promotion president David Feldman briefly addressed the possibility of signing Ngannou. The topic initially arose when Ben Rothwell was asked about fighting Ngannou under the BKFC banner.

Francis Ngannou, he’s somebody we’ve certainly reached out to,” Feldman said. “We’ve reached out to him, we’ve reached out to his team, and we just feel like he’s asking for unrealistic money, and we’re not willing to pay that kind of money for him.”

Ngannou was released from his UFC contract at the beginning of the year after failing to come to terms with the Las Vegas-based promotion for a fight with Jon Jones. Ngannou recently said that he is in talks for a boxing match against Deontay Wilder this summer, but thus far nothing has been announced. Ngannou has also repeatedly been linked to a bout with Tyson Fury, and on the “The MMA Hour,” he recently revealed that he is looking at signing with MMA promotions like One Championship and Professional Fighters League.

According to Feldman, Ngannou’s value may decline the longer he remains a free agent.

“I do think he needs to make his mind up pretty soon,” Feldman said. “As the days go on, his value is starting to drop a little bit.”
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