VIDEO: Francis Ngannou Busts a Move with Laura Sanko in the Octagon after a Training Session

Published 08/21/2021, 3:25 PM EDT


Heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou may very well be the most lethal puncher in the history of UFC. However, the soft-spoken giant has twisted into a full-blown celebrity, beloved for his endearing personality.

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Over the years, Francis Ngannou has appeared in several video challenges with boxers such as Ryan Garcia. There, the Cameroon native allows them to land a series of body shots, only to laugh at their faces during the entire challenge.

Most recently, a video of Ngannou busting a few moves with ESPN analyst Laura Sanko has been doing the rounds on the internet. In the video, one can witness Ngannou single-handedly suspending Sanko in the air to pull off a fancy dance move. And although Ngannou may not have his dance technique down, the entire spectacle is quite amusing.

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Even outside the octagon, Francis Ngannou has repeatedly proven to be a showman. The 34-year-old has also shown an interest in pursuing a career in acting. And has already given a cameo appearance in ‘Fast and Furious 9, which hit theaters back in May.

Ngannou will also appear in the fourth installment of ‘Jackass’ alongside Darby Allin, Shaquille O’Neil, and comedian Eric André. The film will make its theatrical release in October, this year.

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When will see Francis Ngannou inside the octagon next? 

Francis Ngannou picked up a spectacular win against Stipe Miocic to become the Heavyweight champion at UFC 260. Soon after, there were talks of a super-fight between Ngannou and Jon Jones. However, with the UFC and Jones battling over fighter pay, it seems like that matchup is off the table.  

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)

Nevertheless, Ngannou’s former training partner Ciryl Gane is now the interim heavyweight champion after securing a third-round knockout victory against Derrick Lewis. Lewis is one of the two men who’ve handed Francis Ngannou a loss inside the cage. Despite no confirmation of the fight, ‘The Predator’ will now get ready for his first title defence against an undefeated, bigger, and far more technical opponent in Ciryl Gane. 

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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