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Francis ”The Predator” Ngannou

An unbelievable but true ”From Rags to Riches” story. Learn how Francis ”The Predator” Ngannou fought his way to the top.

September 1986

Francis is Born

Francis Ngannou was born and raised in the village of Batié, Cameroon. Francis lived in poverty and had little formal education growing up. At 12 years old, Francis started working in a sand quarry in Batié because of a lack of funds. As a youngster, he was approached by various gangs in his village to join them. However, Francis refused and instead decided to use his father’s bad reputation as a street fighter as motivation to do something positive and pursue boxing.

August 2011

A Love for Boxing

At the age of 22, Francis Ngannou began training in boxing, despite reluctance from his family in the beginning. After training for a year, Francis Ngannou stopped training due to an illness. He did various odd jobs to make ends meet until at the age of 26, he emigrated to Paris, France to pursue professional boxing.

June 2013

Arriving in Paris

After Francis Ngannou reached Paris, he had no money, no friends and no place to live. After living homeless on the streets, Francis took a job at the homeless shelter ”La Chorba” where he told the people he wants to become a boxer. Khater Yenbou, the Director of the organization, told Didier Carmont that a volunteer is looking to become a boxer.

August 2013

First Training

Didier introduced Francis Ngannou to Fernand Lopez. Francis began training for free in August 2013 under Fernand Lopez at the MMA Factory. Being a fan of Mike Tyson, Francis was originally interested in learning how to box until he got convinced to get involved in MMA. The rest was history.

November 2013

January 2014

April 2014

September 2014

December 2015

UFC Debut

Francis made his promotional debut against fellow newcomer Luis Henrique on December 19, 2015 at UFC on Fox 17. He won the fight via knockout in the second round.

January 2017

First Fight of the Night Bonus

Francis Ngannou faced Andrei Arlovski on January 28, 2017, at UFC on Fox 23. He won the fight via TKO in the first round. The win also earned Francis’ second Performance of the Night bonus. Francis was expected to face Junior dos Santos on September 9, 2017, at UFC 215. However, on August 18, Dos Santos was pulled from the match after being notified of a potential USADA violation.

December 2017

January 2018

UFC Heavyweight Title Shot

After the devastating knock out against Overeem, Francis earned a #1 spot in the UFC Heavyweight rankings and thus a Title Shot. Ngannou fought Stipe Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight title on January 20, 2018, at UFC 220. Unfortunately, it not went his way. But Francis will be back!

May 2018

Francis Ngannou Foundation

Francis Ngannou literally fought his way to the top, coming from the bottom. In order to give others a chance to do the same, Francis founded the Francis Ngannou Foundation, building the first official gym in Batié Cameroon. After the first gym is finalized, the foundation is looking to build many more gyms in Africa.