Despite sending Overeem to the canvas in a state of unconsciousness, Ngannou was not awarded with a “Performance of the Night” bonus. White announced two “Fight of the Night” bonuses that went to the amazing fights featuring Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje and Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira.
White stated at the UFC 218 post-fight press conference that he will be awarding Ngannou with an unofficial bonus.
“Trust me, Francis lives at the Performance Institute, and I don’t need him knocking on my (expletive) door looking for his bonus,” White quipped when asked by MMAjunkie. “We’ll get him situated.”
“That’s a good thing,” Ngannou said of his unofficial bonus. “I do need that money. I moved from Paris to Vegas, so that took a lot of money. I need some money now. And I was out for 10 months.
“And to be honest, every one of you guys loves money too.”
With the win, Ngannou is slated to be next in line to fight Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title.
“I’ll probably also go to Paris for a while and do some of my training camp there. I’ll go to Cameroon and visit my family and keep helping them too,” Ngannou said who also has plans of opening a gym for the kids in his native country.
“First of all, I want to be the first African to have a UFC belt,” he said. “I want to be the one to open the UFC in Africa, basically in Cameroon. I want Cameroon to be the first country in Africa to (host) the UFC. It’d be good. It’d be honor for me.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 12/3/2017.