Francis Ngannou Says There Are a Lot of Fighters in Africa Who Are Better Than Him

Published 04/14/2021, 8:05 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon prepares to fight Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname in their heavyweight fight during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is one of the scariest men ever to walk the face of the earth. However, the Cameroonian believes there are a lot of fighters in Africa who are better than him, but didn’t get the opportunity to shine. One can only imagine how things would have turned out had those fighters gotten to the UFC.

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Speaking to Brendan Schaub and Mike Tyson on the Hotboxin’ Podcast, he was asked if there are other physical specimens like him in his native region. ‘Iron’ said there are people in Africa who have never done a push-up, but they look like brick walls.

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‘The Predator’ agreed and replied, “In Africa, you have to see, like, what Africa is making with less than nothing. Sure. You know, like, we were talking about, like people walking around no push up. I grew up without doing anything as a sport.

You know, nothing. I never do anything. And I believe that. Even now that I’m a UFC champ, I believe that there’s a lot of people, a ton of people out there better than me that don’t just have opportunities that I do,” he added.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon reacts after his victory over 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)

It’s a fascinating revelation by the champion that he has never played a sport. Also, Ngannou commented on the lack of African fighters in the UFC. A tiny percentage of Africans are there in all the divisions combined, but there are three champions among them which points out the talent and ability of those individuals.

Francis Ngannou and his Cameroonian roots

The Predator‘ belongs to very humble beginnings. His behavior to this day, despite all the fame and success, remains simple as always. He made an incredible journey from Cameroon to France to realize his dreams of becoming a combat sports athlete. And now he has reached the pinnacle through sheer hard work.

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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon prepares to fight Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname in their heavyweight fight during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

‘The Predator’ has become a global superstar over the years, and his recent triumph to eventually become the UFC heavyweight champion has further increased his stock. One can only hope it will make other people from his region take chances and make their way to the top in their respective sports.

What did you make of Francis Ngannou’s recent revelation? Share your thoughts.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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