Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou is a Cameroon Born French Martial artist, a heavyweight at UPC fighting at the UFC. born on the 5th of September 1986, in Batie in the western region of Cameroon. Childhood was not one of rose.

Born in a very poor family, his parents divorced when he was six and she was forced to grow up with an aunt. To this effect, he suffered very less formal education. At twelve, Francis was forced to mine sand at a local quarry in the village. As a youngster, he was approached by various gangs in his village to join them. However, Ngannou refused and instead decided to use his father’s negative reputation as a street fighter as motivation to do something positive and pursue boxing.

At twenty-two, Francis started training as a boxer. after a year of training, he had to stop his training for health issues. He later moved to Cameroon Economic capital city of Douala where he did a lot of odd jobs to earn a living.

At twenty-six, he succeeded to enter France where he had no friends no shelter and only had the streets to dwell on. Being a good humble and faithful guy that he is, He refused to join delinquencies in the streets but believed in His Faithful God

In  August 2013, he started training for free under Didier Carmot. when asked about his journey across the continent, this is what he had to say

francis Ngannou in the village
Francis Ngannou in the village at Batie local food

When I started, I had nothing. Nothing. I needed everything. But when you start [to earn money], you starting collecting things: I want this, I want this, I want that. The purpose is not collecting things, though. The purpose is to do something great. Finish the dream you started.

I want to help my family, first, of course, but then I want to give an opportunity to children in my country like me who have a dream to become a doctor or something. If I reach my dream, it will give me the opportunity to help those in my country who have their own dreams and nothing else to fulfill them.

I want to give some opportunity for children like me who dream of this sport and don’t have an opportunity like me. The last time I was in Cameroon, I brought a lot of materials for boxing and MMA to open a gym. Now I just bought a big space to start the gym, as well. A lot of children now in Cameroon, because of me, they have a dream. They say, ‘I will be a champion in MMA. I will do boxing like Francis,’ because they saw me when I was young. I didn’t have anything. I didn’t have any opportunity. And today, they see me, and they are dreaming. They are thinking that something is possible. Even when they are so poor, something is possible in life. … It’s not easy. It’s so hard, but it’s possible”.

Being so ambitious about boxing and having more admiration for Mike Tyson, his coach introduced him to the sport of MMA

He started his career in Martial arts in November 2013  and later moved to UFC Read:

His UFC debut was against fellow newcomer Luis Henrique on 19 December 2015 at UFC on Fox 17. He won the fight through a knockout. He later faced another newcomer Curtis Blaydes on 10 April 2016, at UFC Fight Night 86. He won the fight via TKO, due to doctors stoppage, at the conclusion of the second round. He has so far recorded so many successes at the UFC so much that as of now, he is number two on UFC Heavyweight ranking

below is the summary of his records

Win14–3Junior dos SantosTKO (punches)UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. dos Santos29 June 201911:11Minneapolis, Minnesota, United StatesPerformance of the Night.
Win13–3Cain VelasquezKO (punches)UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez17 February 201910:26Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win12–3Curtis BlaydesTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 224 November 201810:45Beijing, ChinaPerformance of the Night.
Loss11–3Derrick LewisDecision (unanimous)UFC 2267 July 201835:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss11–2Stipe MiocicDecision (unanimous)UFC 22020 January 201855:00Boston, Massachusetts, United StatesFor the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win11–1Alistair OvereemKO (punch)UFC 2182 December 201711:42Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win10–1Andrei ArlovskiTKO (punches)UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña28 January 201711:32Denver, Colorado, United StatesPerformance of the Night.
Win9–1Anthony HamiltonSubmission (kimura)UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov9 December 201611:57Albany, New York, United StatesPerformance of the Night.
Win8–1Bojan MihajlovićTKO (punches)UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko23 July 201611:34Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win7–1Curtis BlaydesTKO (doctor stoppage)UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos10 April 201625:00Zagreb, Croatia
Win6–1Luis HenriqueKO (punch)UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 219 December 201522:53Orlando, Florida, United States
Win5–1William BalduttiTKO (elbows and punches)KHK MMA National Tryouts: Finale 201528 May 201521:22Madinat Isa, Bahrain
Win4–1Luc NgelekaSubmission (standing guillotine choke)SHC 10: Carvalho vs. Belo20 September 201410:44Geneva, Switzerland
Win3–1Nicolas SpecqSubmission (arm-triangle choke)100% Fight 20: Comeback5 April 201422:10Levallois, France
Win2–1Bilal TahtahiKO (punch)100% Fight 20: Comeback5 April 201413:58Levallois, France
Loss1–1Zoumana CisseDecision (unanimous)100% Fight: Contenders 2114 December 201325:00Paris, France
Win1–0Rachid BenzinaSubmission (straight armbar)100% Fight: Contenders 2030 November 201311:44Paris, France