Francis was born in Cameroon in poverty and had very little education growing up. On top of that, his parents divorced when he was only six years old, thus beginning a tough road for the fighter. However, he was determined to make his dream of fighting in the UFC become a reality. He first found work in a Sand quarry in Cameroon. He had originally picked this job due to having a lack of funds to be able to provide for his family. However, after his shift, he began to box locally in Cameroon.
At just the young age of 22, He decided he wanted to pursue boxing full-time, even going so far as to travel to Paris, France, to be able to learn how to box professionally. However, that dream was put on hold for two months as he was arrested while in Europe for illegally crossing the border. Once he was released, Ngannou suffered from homelessness until he met a fellow boxer in Paris who took him under his wing and offered to give him classes at his gym.
When interviewed about how he started his career, he said: “When I started, I had nothing. Nothing. I needed everything. But when you start to earn money, you start 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.”
He began his MMA career in France, fighting for a French league similar to UFC. He was so good that eventually, Ngannou was promoted to the UFC, where he won his first fight by knockout in the second round. It was there that the legend of Francis Ngannou was born. He then began to notch Signature wins against some of the UFC’s biggest names, including Andrei Arlovski, Curtis Bladyes, and Luis Henrique, among others.
Ngannou’s fighting style is also something I find interesting as well as he is primarily a strike-based fighter meaning that he lets all of his power go into throwing a single strike at his opponent, thus making them.
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