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Francis Ngannou

Born and raised in the village of Batié, Francis Ngannou began his life with little: little home, little formal education, little support. However, Francis’ dreams were big. He dodged the demands of local gangs, began work at twelve in a sand quarry, and motivated himself toward a life beyond the town that planned on keeping him.

At 22, Francis went against all odds including illness and strong opposition from his peers to begin training in boxing. To pursue a career in professional boxing, he was aiming to immigrate to Paris, France.

After battling naysayers and throwing himself into work, Francis made his way to Paris in June of 2013. The city was not welcoming upon arrival. Francis spent days and nights homeless without friends, money, or shelter before volunteering at a homeless shelter, La Chorba. Soon enough Francis Ngannou started to work in a boxing gym where he met Didier Carmont, an excellent fighter himself and Francis’ current best friend who took him under his wing. Didier was the first to instill the idea of pursuing MMA instead of boxing and soon after Francis met with Fernand Lopez, who began training him in mixed martial arts. The rest is history.

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Francis Ngannou

Born and raised in the village of Batié, Francis Ngannou began his life with little: little home, little formal education, little support. However, Francis’ dreams were big. He dodged the demands of local gangs, began work at twelve in a sand quarry, and motivated himself toward a life beyond the town that planned on keeping him.

At 21, Francis went against all odds including illness and strong opposition from his peers to begin training in boxing. To pursue a career in professional boxing, he was aiming to immigrate to Paris, France.

After battling naysayers and throwing himself into work, Francis made his way to Paris in June of 2013. The city was not welcoming upon arrival. Francis spent days and nights homeless without friends, money, or shelter before taking a job at a homeless shelter, La Chorba. Soon enough Francis Ngannou met Didier Carmont, an excellent fighter himself and Francis’ best friend who took Francis under his wing. Didier was the first to instill the idea of pursuing MMA instead of boxing and soon after Francis met with Fernand Lopez, who began training him in mixed martial arts. The rest is history.

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FRANCIS NGANNOU IN ACTION

  • Rising Star: Francis Ngannou
  • The Predator: Highlights
  • Journey from the Bottom

FRANCIS NGANNOU IN ACTION

  • Rising Star: Francis Ngannou
  • The Predator: Highlights
  • Journey from the Bottom

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FRANCIS NGANNOU FOUNDATION

The Francis Ngannou Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to empower children in the village where Francis was born (Batie, Cameroon) to make a significant difference in their life by daring to dream. Due to the sport of MMA Francis fought his way to a better life and he now is looking to give the children from his hometown the same opportunity. This is where the Francis Ngannou Foundation was born. With his foundation, he is building his first fully equipped MMA gym so his people in Cameroon have a chance to fight and walk the same path to a better life as he has done.

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Francis Ngannou foundation

FRANCIS NGANNOU FOUNDATION

The Francis Ngannou Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to empower children in the village where Francis was born (Batie, Cameroon) to make a significant difference in their life by daring to dream. Due to the sport of MMA Francis fought his way to a better life and he now is looking to give the children from his hometown the same opportunity. This is where the Francis Ngannou Foundation was born. With his foundation, he is building his first fully equipped MMA gym so his people in Cameroon have a chance to fight and walk the same path to a better life as he has done.

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