‘From Rags To Riches’- Francis Ngannou Has The Best Throwbacks You’ll Ever See

Published 07/22/2020, 3:03 AM EDT


UFC Heavyweight Francis Ngannou took to Twitter and shared a throwback photograph that captured his evolution to date. The ferocious power puncher has come a long way ever since embarking on his journey of being an elite MMA fighter. Not to mention, his hard-fought success has brought global recognition to his home country of Cameroon.

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Ngannou is on the verge of attaining his second title shot within the division, a remarkable feat considering his career timeline. ‘The Predator’ began a life in combat sports as a means to escape a life of poverty in Paris, France. Additionally, he has managed to become a superstar in the eyes of the MMA community given his propensity for violence.

Francis Ngannou: A brief history

The Cameroonian born fighter entered into the UFC back in December of 2015 and was immediately gauged as a threat. He went on to smash his way through the weight class, picking up key victories over prospects and veterans. Moreover, his break-out moment came at UFC 218 when he secured an immediate Knockout of the Year candidate in a performance over Alistair Overeem.

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The violent finish would put the division on notice as well as remind fight fans of the power he possessed. Chiefly, this victory went on to seal a date with Champion Stipe Miocic, in a highly anticipated world title fight. The bout went against the 15-3 fighter and served to temporarily halt his hype.

Francis Ngannou further encountered a stumbling block in his next bout against Derrick Lewis. The fight severely damaged his stock within the promotion and was a bi-product of his loss earlier in the year. His woes wouldn’t last long, however, as ‘The Predator’ launched a comeback of epic proportions.

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Ever since his initial hiccups, Ngannou has risen back to contention status off the back of a 4 fight win streak. Not to mention, his average fight time is a mere 40 seconds across his last trips to the octagon. These statistics go a long way in showcasing the pure dominance that Francis Ngannou displays when the cage door closes.

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Darryl Pinto

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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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