Francis Ngannou rose to the top of the heavyweight division and won the UFC heavyweight title. However, to get to this point, the fighter went through many hardships and he had some tough times. Few people know of his struggle and inspirational story of rags to riches.

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“The Predator” made an appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Ngannou spoke about his life in Africa. He spoke about the problems he faced when trying to make a career as a boxer in Cameroon.

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He said,“I was the subject of embarrassment, so I didn’t want to be embarrassed anymore. So, therefore, I decided that I had to do something that would set me apart from all those kids. And for them to see that I’m not worthless, you know.

That’s when I came across boxing. And I was 13. But the problem, there is no gym, boxing hall within the radius of a hundred kilometers. So how can I do boxing? Nowhere. Then, after years, I left school, then I stayed in the village for a few years. I was 22 at that time. And that dream was still inside of me… So I decided to move to town, to go pursue my dream,” adds Ngannou.

Ngannou was born and raised in the Cameroonian village of Batié. He grew up in poverty and did not receive a full formal education. The fighter saw extreme poverty and often struggled to get food.

When he went to Europe to pursue his dream as a fighter, he got involved in the justice system in Spain. After which he went to France and joined the MMA factory, where he built his foundation as a fighter.

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What’s next for Francis Ngannou?

“The Predator will face former teammate Ciryl Gane in the main event of UFC 270. The event will take place on January 22, 2022 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 21: (L-R) Opponents Francis Ngannou of Cameroon and Ciryl Gane of France face off during the UFC 270 ceremonial weigh-ins at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 21, 2022 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC)

The two heavyweights will fight to unify the title of the prestigious UFC heavyweight championship. The fight is bound to be biting, knowing the history that both fighters share.

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