Fighter Profile: Francis Ngannou

UFC: Francis Ngannou: My dream since I was a child was to be a boxer | Marca
Francis Ngannou Courtesty of Zuffa LLC

Francis Ngannou is the baddest man on the planet right now at UFC 270 he retained the UFC Heavyweight title against a familiar foe, his former training partner Ciryl Gane. Ngannou is an amazing testament to the power of hardwork and sacrifice from being a child laborer, homeless man,  to a UFC champion. Although his contract is a constant sore spot for Ngannou, his performances prove that he is worth any penny the UFC gives him, and fans hope that the super fight between him and Jon Jones will finally happen after he gets his knee injury fixed.

Ngannou was born September 5th 1986 Batié, Cameroon. Ngannou had little to no education and at age ten he started working at a sand quarry in Batié. Ngannou’s father was a street fighter and Ngannou decided he wouldn’t follow in his dad’s footsteps as a streetfighter and would focus on Boxing to do something positive with his life to avoid gang life. Ngannou started training Boxing in Cameroon  but stopped due to illness, he’d pick it up later on and decided to train in better conditions in Paris, France.

Ngannou would go to Europe and would get as far as Spain Before getting jailed for two months for entering the country illegally. He’d eventually get freed and would end up being homeless in France where he met his eventual coach who would let Ngannou live at his gym and switched him to fighting MMA.

Ngannou made his MMA debut against Rachid Benzina he’d win by Submission (Armbar.) He’d drop his next fight to Zoumana Cisse by Unanimous Decision after. Ngannou would then fight Bilal Tahtahi winning by KO (Punch) in April of 2014 on that same night he’d also face Nicolas Specq winning by Submission (Arm-triangle choke.) In September of 2014 he’d face Luc Ngeleka winning by Submission (Guillotine choke.) Ngannou would face William Baldutti in May of 2015 winning by TKO (Punches)

Ngannou would then get the call to fight in the UFC. He’d make his UFC debut against Curtis Blaydes and would win by TKO (Doctor Stoppage.) Ngannou would then face Bojan Mihajlović and would win by TKO (Punches.) He’d then face Anthony Hamilton and would win via Submission (kimura.) His fist and last Submission victory to date in the UFC. Andrei Arlovski and Alistair Overeem would be his next two fights which he  would emerge victorious and earned him a title shot against MMA Heavyweight Goat Stipe Miocic. Ngannou would lose by Unanimous Decision he’d also lose his next fight to Derrick Lewis. He’d win his next four fights and would again get a title shot against Miocic in March of 2021 Ngannou would win the fight and become The UFC Heavyweight Champion. 

Ngannou would make his first title defense against Ciryl Gane. Ngannou would basically walk out of the fight a free man if he hadn’t defended the belt successfully, but Ngannou did win and now the UFC is going to take Ngannou to court to drain him for his career earnings if he doesn’t submit. A peculiar conundrum for the baddest man on the planet.

 

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