Francis Ngannou Pays a Heartfelt Tribute to his Late Father on Father’s Day

Published 06/21/2021, 7:46 AM EDT
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 29: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon is interviewed after defeating Junior Dos Santos of Brazil by TKO in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Target Center on June 29, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Francis Ngannou took to social media and sent out a heartfelt post on Father’s Day to his late father. Through the post, Francis Ngannou revealed that his father passed away around 20 years ago. Ngannou has talked about his childhood through appearances on ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ and fans have gotten to know him.

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Fans in the comment section couldn’t help but point out that Francis Ngannou strongly resembled his father.

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Chiefly, Ngannou’s past has been a huge part of his career as he’s spoken candidly about growing up in Cameroon. He frequently visits Africa and shares different snippets of the hardships he’s had to go through. Francis Ngannou is beloved not just for his ferocious fighting style but also because of what he’s come to represent.

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Francis Ngannou: Heavyweight supremacy

While ‘The Predator’ is quite outspoken and candid, he does most of his talking under the bright lights of the octagon. He clinched the undisputed UFC championship at UFC 260 in his last outing and became one of three active African champions. What’s more, he’s on a five-fight KO streak that culminated with a knockout of Stipe Miocic.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: (R-L) Francis Ngannou of Cameroon kicks Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Fans have gravitated towards Ngannou for the manner in which he approaches his fight. Every time he steps foot inside the cage, there’s an expectation that he’ll knock out a contender in violent fashion. More often than not, Ngannou delivers on this expectation and does so in record time.

Mega fights await ‘The Predator’

Before fighting Stipe Miocic at UFC 260, he had clocked in an average fight time of 40 seconds and secured 4 knockouts in the process. Former champions like Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos fell to Ngannou merely seconds into the bout. This has been the story of his career thus far and he’ll want to keep the highlights coming.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 28: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Target Center on June 28, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Francis Ngannou is set to begin the trying task of defending his belt against contenders who have flooded the ranks. Staples such as Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane are knocking down the door of contention. Not to mention, a mega-fight against Jon Jones looms on the horizon if everything falls into place with the UFC brass.

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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