With the global adoption of cryptocurrency increasing, an increasing number of celebrities and athletes are receiving their pay in digital assets such as Bitcoin.
Notably, the UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou revealed on Twitter on January 14, that he is considering taking 50% of his next fight purse in Bitcoin. The Cameroonian, who has his next fight scheduled for January 22, revealed: “Been talking with my family and friends in the crypto space. Bitcoin is huge in Africa, and I’m thinking of taking half my fight purse in it. Bitcoin is the future, and I’m a believer.”
It’s worth mentioning that the fighter has recently been in contract talks with the UFC, although they have been at loggerheads over a new UFC deal with boxing options. The fighter has said he “will not fight for $500,000, $600,000 anymore,” whether this has anything to do with Ngannou’s interest in Bitcoin as payment for his fight purse remains to be seen.