Francis Ngannou wants to pay you in Bitcoin.
The UFC heavyweight men’s champion announced that he’s teaming up with CashApp to give away $300,000 in Bitcoin to his lucky fans and followers.
“I believe bitcoin can empower people everywhere. So I’m excited to partner w/@CashApp to take half my #UFC270 purse in bitcoin. I want to make bitcoin more accessible to my fans, so I’m giving out $300K in bitcoin! Follow
@CashApp + drop your $cashtag w/ #PaidInBitcoin,” he wrote in the tweet, which you can see below.
I believe bitcoin can empower people everywhere. So I’m excited to partner w/ @CashApp to take half my #UFC270 purse in bitcoin. I want to make bitcoin more accessible to my fans, so I’m giving out $300K in bitcoin! Follow @CashApp + drop your $cashtag w/ #PaidInBitcoin pic.twitter.com/8JEvJ1UYu1
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) January 18, 2022
Francis Ngannou is the first UFC fighter to team up with the popular payment app for a Bitcoin giveaway. But, as AfroTech previously reported, Megan Thee Stallion has teamed up with CashApp in the past to do giveaways, too.
Last year, she gave away another $1 million in Bitcoin to encourage smart investments in cryptocurrency, a wave many Hip-Hop artists have started to join — including Snoop Dogg, Lil Yachty, Akon, and others.
Moreover, she also recently announced plans to give one lucky graduating high school or current college student a full-tuition scholarship to attend the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports and Entertainment at Long Island University (LIU).
Francis Ngannou is just the latest athlete to take part of his salary in Bitcoin. Other athletes who have done so include Russell Okung, Klay Thompson, and Andre Iguodala.
Who is Francis Ngannou?
The current reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion, Francis Ngannou is a French Cameroonian mixed martial artist. Known on record for being the hardest puncher in the world, he currently ranks at No. 4 in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings in the men’s division. He also runs the Francis Ngannou Foundation gym in Cameroon, which is where young African men can go to train, find like-minded friends, and have a sense of community.