VIDEO: Francis Ngannou Has a Heartfelt Moment With a Kid Ahead of UFC 260

Published 03/24/2021, 5:45 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)


Francis Ngannou fights Stipe Miocic this weekend at UFC 260, as the Cameroonian looks to finally capture the UFC heavyweight title. Ngannou is touted as the scariest power-puncher to ever grace the Octagon. However, he is also one of the most-likable personalities due to his calm and humble demeanor.

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‘The Predator’ leaves his frightening aura inside the Octagon. Outside of it, he never fails to give his fans a reason to like him. Recently, he shared a heartwarming moment with a kid.

Ngannou spotted a kid playing soccer in the mountains and decided to join him. “Let me go play soccer with this boy,” said Ngannou before heading in the kid’s direction.

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Can I play with you?” Ngannou asked before exchanging some passes as the kid’s mom was watching on. “Kick it to me,” he said to the kid as he started enjoying the game a bit. The game didn’t last too long, but it was a great gesture on Ngannou’s part. The humility and positive vibes he shares for a man of his stature and strength are nothing but exemplary.

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‘ explained how he loves kids and will like to do something for them after he is done with his fighting career. “I love kids,” Ngannou said. “When I retire from fighting, I am gonna do something with kids,” he added.

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Despite the insane amount of success he had had in the UFC, Ngannou hasn’t forgotten his roots. He comes from humble beginnings and carries himself with grace and honor. No doubt UFC fans like him as much as they do.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (L-R) Opponents Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou of Cameroon face off prior to their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

But his opponent this weekend, Miocic, is equally cool and calm. The Cleveland, Ohio firefighter is an ever-smiling personality. He never seems to lose his cool and tackles every situation with the grace of a champion.

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However, when the cage closes this weekend at UFC 260, both men will look to take the other’s head off. There won’t be many nice things exchanged between the pair once the fight starts.

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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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