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Francis Ngannou


ABOUT
Francis Ngannou

Full NameFrancis Zavier Ngannou

BornSeptember 5, 1986

Height6'4"

NationalityCameroonian

ABOUT

Francis "The Predator" Ngannou is the current UFC Heavyweight Champion with a professional record of 17 wins and 3 losses. He holds the record for the highest punching power ever measured by the UFC.


  1. Early Life and Career
  2. Francis Ngannou UFC
  3. Francis vs Miocic 2
  4. Francis Career Stats
  5. Francis Ngannou Last Fight
  6. Francis Ngannou Next Fight
  7. Francis Ngannou Record


UFC 260 Miocic v Ngannou 2:  Weigh-Ins


Early Life and Career


Francis Ngannou was born in Cameroon, where he lived in poverty with little formal education. At age 6, Francis went to live with his aunt due to his parent's divorce, and by age 10, he started working in the stone quarry of Batié.


Taking inspiration from the negative reputation of his father, Ngannou, wanted to do something positive and picked up boxing at age 22, but left in a year due to an illness.


The turning point in Ngannou's life came when he reached Paris after being released from his 2-month imprisonment in Spain for illegally crossing the Moroccan-Spanish border. In Paris, Francis met Fernand Lopez who allowed him to train MMA and sleep at the gym for free.


Francis started his MMA career in November 2013 and made his debut at 100% Fight Contenders 20 against Rachid Benzina. Ngannou submitted Benzina inside 2 minutes via armbar. He lost his next fight against Zoumana Cisse by unanimous decision before returning to winning ways with KO victories over Bilal Tahtahi and William Baldutti. He submitted Nicolas Specq and Luc Ngeleka in his next two bouts to amass a record of 5-1.


Ngannou left the French MMA circuit in 2015 to join the UFC.


Francis Ngannou UFC


Francis Ngannou made his UFC debut in 2015 at UFC on Fox 17 against Luis Henrique Barbosa de Oliveira, who he defeated in the 2nd round via knockout. Following this victory, Ngannou went on a dominant run in the UFC and won his next 5 fights, beating the likes of Curtis Blaydes, Andrei Arlovski, and Alistair Overeem before getting a UFC heavyweight championship title shot against Stipe Miocic at UFC 220.


Stipe Miocic outclassed Ngannou throughout the bout, exposing his poor wrestling and limited gas tank. Miocic secured a unanimous decision victory to give Ngannou his first loss in the UFC. Ngannou then came up short in his next fight against Derrick Lewis at UFC 226 to extend his losing streak to 2.


He bounced back from the back-to-back losses in style, as he defeated Curtis Blaydes in their rematch at UFC Fight Night 141. He then proceeded to knock out UFC legend Cain Velasquez in 26 seconds, Junior dos Santos in 71 seconds, and Jairzinho Rozenstruik in 20 seconds to earn a second title shot against Stipe Miocic at UFC 260. This time, Ngannou easily stuffed Miocic's takedown attempt and KO'ed him in the 2nd round to become the new UFC heavyweight champion.


Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 2


Francis Ngannou fought Stipe Miocic for the second time at UFC 260 for the UFC heavyweight belt. Ngannou showed patience in the first round of the fight as he looked to tag Miocic instead of throwing in haymakers. Ngannou didn't overcommit to any attack and instead connected with low kicks, a takedown, and landed clean strikes to secure the first round.


The pace increased in the second round when Ngannou caught Miocic with a straight left followed by a that knocked down Miocic. He finished the bout with a big hammer fist to become the new UFC heavyweight champion.


Credit: MMA Fighting


Francis Career Stats


Current Status:

Francis Ngannou's current professional record stands at 17-3. He is the current UFC heavyweight champion.


Win-Loss-Draw

MatchesWinsLossesDraws
201730

Wins by Knockout:

  1. 12


Wins by Submission:

  1. 4


Wins by Decision:

  1. 1


Current Titles:

  1. UFC Heavyweight Championship


Reach:

  1. 83 in(210.83cm)


Weight:

  1. 255lbs/116kg


Weight Class:

  1. Heavyweight


Francis Ngannou Last Fight


Francis Ngannou's last fight was against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270. Ngannou won the bout via unanimous decision.


Francis Ngannou Next Fight


Francis Ngannou's next fight is yet to be decided.


Francis Ngannou Record


Below is the MMA and UFC professional record of Francis "The Predator" Ngannou:


ResultRecordOpponentMethodEventDate
Win17-3Ciryl GaneDecision (Unanimous)UFC 27022/01/2022
Win16-3Stipe MiocicKO(punches)UFC 26027/03/2021
Win15-3Kairzinho RozenstruikKO(punches)UFC 24909/04/2020
Win14-3Junior dos SantosTKO(punches)UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs dos Santos29/06/2019
Win13-3Cain VelasquezKO(punches)UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs Velasquez17/02/2019
Win12-3Curtis BlaydesTKO(punches)UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Ngannou 224/11/18
Loss11-3Derrick LewisDecision (Unanimous)UFC 22607/07/2018
Loss11-2Stipe MiocicDecision (Unanimous)UFC 22020/01/2018
Win11-1Alistair OvereemKO(punch)UFC 21802/12/2017
Win10-1Andrei ArlovskiTKO(punches)UFC on Fox: Shevchenko Vs Peña28/01/2017
Win9-1Anthony HamiltonSubmission (Kimura)UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Abdurakhimov09/12/2016
Win8-1Bojan MihaljovicTKO(punches)TKO(punches)23/07/2016
Win7-1Curtis BlaydesTKO(doctor stoppage)UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs dos Santos10/04/2016
Win6-1Luis HenriqueKO(punch)UFC on Fox dos Anjos vs Cowboy 219/12/2015
Win5-1William BalduttiTKO(punches)KHK MMA National Tryouts: Finale 201528/05/2015
Win4-1Luc NgelekaSubmission (guillotine choke)SHC 10 Carvalho vs Belo20/9/2014
Win3-1Nicolas SpecqSubmission (arm-triangle choke)100% Fight 20: Comeback05/04/2014
Win2-1Bilal TahtahiKO(punch100% Fight 20: Comeback05/04/2014
Loss1-1Zoumana CisseDecision (unanimous100% Fight Contenders 2114/12/2013
Win1-0Rachid BenzinaSubmission (armbar)100% Fight Contenders 2030/11/2013



*Last Updated 27th November 2022

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