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Francis Ngannou signs the PFL contract
Francis Ngannou signs the PFL contract (Credits: UFC, Sporting News)

Francis Zavier Ngannou is a professional mixed martial artist hailing from Cameroon. Known for his dominant and explosive style of fighting, Ngannou had a rough childhood. He started working in sand mines at the young age of 10 for money and did many other jobs to meet his ends until he finally decided to move to France to pursue boxing.

However, he initially faced adversity there as well. He was jailed for two months in Spain for illegally crossing the border. He spent many days living on the streets of Paris as a homeless person before he met Francis Carmont, who introduced him to Fernand Lopez and the MMA factory.

Francis was a fan of Mike Tyson and initially wanted to learn boxing. However, he was convinced to pursue MMA by Lopez. He lived in his gym and learned MMA there.

Francis Ngannou’s early MMA career

Ngannou started competing in mixed martial arts in November 2013 and participated primarily in the French promotion 100% Fight as well as other local European promotions. He had a 5-1 record prior to joining the UFC. His 1 loss came against Zoumana Cisse in 100% Fight.

Francis Ngannou’s UFC career

Francis debuted in the UFC in December 2015 against Luis Henrique and won the fight via KO. He then went on to fight Curtis Blaydes the next year, and he won the fight via doctor’s stoppage in the second round.

Ngannou’s notable wins came against Alistair Overeem in 2017, Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos in 2019, and Jairzinho Rozenstruik in 2020. He won the UFC heavyweight title in 2021 by knocking out Stipe Miocic and then went on to defend the title against Ciryl Gane in 2022. His only unanimous decision losses came against Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis in 2018.

Age 36
Date of Birth 5 September 1986
Net worth $ 5 million
Debut at UFC 19 December 2015
MMA record 17W- 3L
KO-Sub 12-4
Endorsements CBD Research Labs, Cryo Pain Relief, Gym King Fight Division, and The Fight Game.

Francis Ngannou’s net worth

As of 2023, Francis Ngannou has an estimated net worth of $5 million. He has earned over $3.37 million during his time as a UFC fighter. His highest fight purse came during his heavyweight title win against Stipe Miocic, which was around $600,000.

Francis Ngannou’s ethnicity and nationality

Francis Nganno is a Cameroonian-French MMA fighter. He was born and raised in Batié, Cameroon. Later, he went to France to learn MMA. His ethnicity and religious faith are yet to be known.

Francis Ngannou’s girlfriend/wife

As of 2023, Ngannou is not known to be dating anyone, as he likes to keep his personal life private. Although there were also rumors that he might be dating fellow gym partner and UFC fighter Miesha Tate, there is no truth to these rumors as the two are simply friends.

Francis Ngannou PFL contract

After a contract dispute, Francis Ngannou was stripped of the heavyweight title as he left the UFC in early 2022. He went on as a free agent for a few months and had offers from major promotions like Bellator and ONE FC. However, on May 16, 2023, it was announced that Ngannou had signed with the Professional Fighters League (PFL). According to Francis, PFL’s policy of giving priority to the fighters first is what made him sign for the promotion.

How to contact Francis Ngannou

Twitter: @francis_ngannou

Instagram: @francisngannou

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