Francis Ngannou

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Full NameFrancis Ngannou

BornSeptember 5, 1986




Francis Ngannou is a Cameroonian-French professional MMA fighter, currently signed to UFC under

Heavyweight division, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Also known as The Predator on the ring,

Francis Ngannou currently holds the record for the highest punching power ever measured by the

UFC. He broke the previous record of 114,000 units set by kickboxing champion Tyrone Spong by

hitting the mark of 123,161 units.

Early Life and Career

Ngannou was born and brought up in a village called Batie in Cameroon and his early years were

spent in poverty. He had limited access to education and had to start working at an early age of 12.

But his father negative reputation as a street fighter motivated him to change it into something

positive. At 22, he picked up boxing despite his family being against it. He had to stop after a year

due to an illness and had to work different jobs to earn his bread.

He finally got the opportunity to train properly after moving to Paris. Although it was not easy to

begin with, having no money or shelter, Francis Ngannou got to train for free in 2013 under Didier

Carmont. Being a fan of Mike Tyson, he was inclined towards boxing but his coach introduced him to

MMA. Ngannou began his professional MMA career at the French promotion 100% Fight and some

other promotions across Europe.

Career at UFC

Francis Ngannou debuted at UFC in December, 2015 against newcomer Luis Henrique and won the

bout via knockout in the second round. He won his next few fights as well, against Bojan Mihajlovic,

Anthony Hamilton, Andrei Arlovski and Alistair Overeem. His match against Derrick Lewis at UFC 226

got some heavy criticism for the lack of offence from both sides, and they tagged the bout as


In his last fight, he defeated Curtis Blaydes in a rematch and earned Performance of the Night bonus.

Current Status

Francis Ngannou is scheduled to headline UFC’s inaguaral event on ESPN against Cain Velasquez on

February 17, 2019. His current record stands at 12-3. The Francis Ngannou Foundation, of which he

is the founder, is the first of its kind combat sports gym in his native country Cameroon. Ngannou set

up this foundation to offer the kind of facilities to young people that he never had, and help them

pursue their dreams in sports.

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