Reigning UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou has being honoured for his Humanitarian Awards.

Held on Monday, July 12, 2021 in the United States of America’s capital, New York, the award scheme which seeks to honour and celebrate the incredible impact of athletes, teams and professionals from the sport industry on their various societies through sporting activates, embarked on its seventh season of the celebration event.

Francis Ngannou, the only African to have been honoured alongside the other awardees for his zeal to make changes in the lives of young ones striving to achieve their aim in sports.

The heavyweight champion was awarded the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award which is offered to individuals helping the less privileged through sports.

Looking at the awards aim and Ngannou’s current project in Cameroon, it is not surprising that Francis Ngannou has been honoured under such award category.

The Francis Ngannou foundation as part of the winners will receive its portion of ESPN $1 million grants channelled into to the charities of the nominees and winners.

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Francis Ngannou’s Charity Organisation in his hometown in Cameroon helps in uplifting the dreams and aspirations of children through coaching in order for them to explore their various talents and take action that will make way for positive change in their lives.

 

According to the MMA legend, his gym which is currently in operation under the Francis Ngannou Foundation is now full of quality training accoutrements which will make it easy for the children to access it to develop themselves through the gradual training process.

The Francis Ngannou Foundation gym has registered more than 100 children and still counting.

 

From zero support to success and honours, Francis Ngannou has been using his personal life experience to inspire people particularly, the young and disadvantaged who are struggling to make their way through in life.

 

Following the back-to-back positive energy and recognition, the reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion admonished the young ones not to give up on their dreams because they have nothing or no support system. Adding that it’s okay to start with nothing but with perseverance, they’d get somewhere.

 

However, when the lucrative aspect surfaces, that’s when you realise you’ve got a lot of things to buy but that is not the ultimate aim, the aim is to be pushing more to do great things and that is to finish the dream you started.

 

He then expressed his joy of influencing the lives on young ones in Cameroon.

He stated: “A lot of children now in Cameroon, because of me, they have a dream. They say, ‘I will be a champion in MMA. I will do boxing like Francis….”

 

Congratulations to Francis Ngannou on receiving this prestigious honour.

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Cameroonian/French mixed martial artist, Francis Ngannou who is the reigning UCF heavyweight champion has embraced euphoric atmosphere upon his visit to his homeland, Cameroon.

 

UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou got the well deserved welcome upon arriving in Cameroon.

 

The street of Yaoundé, the capital city of Cameroon was full of natives cheering and happily hailing the champion for his prestigious achievement, as displayed in the broadcast video, they all sought to have a feel of Francis Ngannou.

Some wanted to touch his belt, outfit and the body in celebrating his victory. It was such a very nice gesture from the country people in welcoming him back home after his historic win.

 

Meeting the press and the state officials, he genuinely expressed his gratitude to the fans and the country at large for supporting and encouraging him throughout his journey as a sportsman.

Subsequently, he asserted that, the huge morale is what keeps him motivated to develop his skills which contributed greatly to his success today.

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 “I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support you have given me, it is what has kept me going. Three years ago, I failed my mission and I promised to bring this belt home to you.

And it is thanks to the daily encouragement I receive from you. You are my strength, my motivation, it is thanks to you that I was able to accomplish my mission” ~ Yaoundé

As an African who grew up from a less privileged background, Francis Ngannou has really made the best out of his life despite his background and serves as a great inspiration not only to Africa but to the whole world.

Francis Ngannou has given hope and encouragement to anyone who wants to give up that is worth trying and not to give up matter what.

He’s a sign poster for Hope, believe, focus, persistent  and  not taking one’s eyes off the target set ahead not matter how many years it take

Bienvenue au pays Francis Ngannou! Nous Sommes Fiers de Toi 

Photo Credit: Francis Ngannou

The African image has been projected on the map of mixed martial arts through the above greatest fighters hailing from the continent.

Nigerian-American MMA artist Kamaru Usman became the first African to win the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title for the welterweight category.

Nicknamed “the Nigerian nightmare” under the blessing of former Nigerian-American footballer Christian Okoye, Usman dominated his opponent UFC champion, Tyron Woodley in 2019 for the groundbreaking record as the first African born fighter to become the new UFC champion.

Born on May 11, 1987 in Nigeria, Usman grew up in Nigeria and then moved to Texas at age seven when his parent migrated to the US.

He began fighting in high school when he developed interest in wrestling.

He participated in several competitions at the prime of his wrestling career in high school where he placed third at the Texas State Championship.

Not looking back, he went through immense tutelage which saw him won a national title while in the university of Nebraska at Kearney in 2010.

Following couple of competitions after his first professional appearance in MMA in 2012, he qualified to join the ultimate fight in 2015.

Since then, he has been dominating in over champions like Michael Graves, Steve Carl, Haydar Hassan, Leaone Edwards all in 2015.

From 2016 t0 2018, he also won against ultimate fighters including Alexander Yakovlev, Warlley Alves, Sean Strickland, Sérgio Moraes, Emil Weber Meek and Rafael dos Anjos.

Usman defended his UFC welterweight title in 2020 but is set to have a rematch with his opponent Jorge Masvidal for the UFC Welterweight Championship in April 24.

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The next to make Africa proud is Israel Adesanya, UFC Middleweight Champion. 

When he was a little above nine years his parents traveled to Ghana and he spent close to ten months with his family in Ghana.

At the age of ten, his family moved to New Zealand.  After completing tertiary, he was inspired by the Muay Thai film, Ong-Bak and began a training in kickboxing when he was 18years.

He became a professional fighter in china and then moved to Auckland, New Zealand to focus on MMA at the age of 21.

 

Photo credit: Israel Adesanya

There, he trained with upcoming UFC fighters like Dan Hooker, Kai Kara-France and Alexander Volkanovski. His first fight as a mixed martial artist was in 2012 which he  won against his competitors.

He officially joined UFC in 2017 and fought for the first time in February 2018 with Rob Wilkinson and won. In February 2019, he faced UFC former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and won.

He became the second African to win UFC after a phenomenal win over Kelvin Gastelum

Adesanya has been able to defend his title as UFC Middleweight Champion till now. Nonetheless, for the first time, he lost to Jan Błachowicz in recent match for the UFC Lightweight Championship in March 06.

 

The third African born UFC champion and the current world champion is  Francis Ngannou.

He won against the long-time UFC defending heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic over the weekend in the second round of the main event.

The Cameroonian has been hailed by super stars across Africa for his immeasurable effort to bag the new title from his opponent.

Born September 05,1986 in Batié, Cameroon, Francis Ngannou realised his passion for boxing at a very young age.

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He then moved to France to develop his boxing skills but had to change to mixed martial arts after encountering MMA, Didier Carmont.  Ngannou was successful in almost all his fights when he started fighting as MMA in France…

Photo credit ; Kamaru Usman | Israel Adesanya | Francis Ngannou (Instagram) 

 

Congratulations are in order! Francis Ngannou is the new heavyweight champion of the world.

Meet Francis Ngannou, The Winner And The New Heavyweight Champion Of The World.

 

Francis Ngannou in Ceek 4D Headphones

The speculations before the UFC Heavyweight Champion fight has actually came to pass, most people were predicting and putting their money on Francis Ngannou and he didn’t disappoint.

Francis Ngannou heading to the ring in Ceek 4D Headphones

 

He has become the third African to win the title, previous winners are Nigerian-American Kamaru Usman and Nigerian New Zealand born Israel Adesanya

The Winner And The New Heavyweight Champion Of The World Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou’s aim was to take the belt home and he did.

What a knockout!

The first round was somehow brutal, however, the second round was even more painful and difficult watch.

Stipe Miocic might have suspected after few punches from the first round that this time around Francis Ngannou came well prepared.

Francis Ngannou is very proud and happy after his UFC bout with Miocic, it meant a lot to him because he lost the belt to Stipe 3 years ago.

This fight was not only a revenge fight, it also goes to show that, when one is well prepared, focused and determined everything is possible at the right time

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His game plan going into the fight was to remain relaxed and maintain his composure though out the fight and he definitely executed this plan well. 
 
Francis Ngannou appreciate the fact that it was a long journey towards winning  the championship as he feels it made the win more rewarding. 
 
He does not believe a Trilogy fight is necessary, however, would still be willing to take a third fight Ngannou wants to use his victory to inspire young African children and teach them the benefits of hard work and perseverance.
 
Being a champion means a lot to him as he can prove people wrong from his childhood who believed he wouldn’t amount to anything. 
Ngannou plans to take some time to rest after this fight after such a strenuous training camp but will be ready to get back by August.
‘You can only hold yourself accountable for not trying, but if you do try and still don’t succeed, it is not your fault~Francis Ngannou

What a match!

Who did you predict will win? Francis Ngannou or Stipe Miocic? Drop your comments  below

HUGE Congrats to Francis Ngannou nous sommes fiers de toi

Photo Credit: Francis Ngannou | UFC260

The most anticipated fight is finally here in 2 days time!

Francis Ngannou vs Stipe Miocic  who are you rooting for?

On Saturday March 27, Francis Ngannou will be competing in a rematch for UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic who is the reigning champion.

 

The two heavyweight champions fought in January 2018. The match ended in favour of Stipe Miocic through an unanimous decision.

Francis Ngannou arriving at the UFC 260 Press Conference

In the just ended  pre-fight discussion saw the fighters expressing their thoughts and expectations for the match to the media.

Commenting on the last fight with Stipe Miocic which he lost, Francis Ngannou admitted that Stipe was a better fighter than him  because there were several mistakes which made.

 

‘When I look at that fight, I hate watchin that fight because I don’t recognize myself..When I look at that fight, I do not recognise myself. The way that I fought, that’s not me. That fight helped me to understand and experience a lot of things, things I will get right in this one.’ ~ Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou at the UFC 260 Press Conference

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Francis Ngannou is optimistic  thato do a better job this time around because he and his team have invested a lot of time and have prepared thoroughly.

 He has put lots of work in his wrestling, jiu-jitsu as well as striking and he that he has improved a lot.

He has mastered his skills and have no doubt about him winning the title from his opponent, Stipe the reigning champion because has evolved and now a better fighter.

“I might be 34 years old but I believe that I’m very young in the sports and have a lot of place to grow”~Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou has support from around the world especially  from all the African community  yes we are all rooting for Francis Ngannou!

Bonne Chance Dans Votre Combat  François 

Photo Credit: Francis Ngannou | UFC 260 Press Conference

 

Francis Ngannou is a Heavyweight Mixed Martial Arts Champion who hails from Cameroon. He was born in September, 1986 in Batié, a village located in the western province of Cameroon.

 

Raised in the same village, Francis Ngannou went through the roughest road in life due to financial constraints which even affected his education. He was just six years old when he went to live with extended relatives.

 

The precarious situation made him find himself on the path of life where he had to hustle and make ends meet as well as being independent at an early age. Hence, he took his debut job at the age of 10 in a sand quarry in his hometown, Batié to support himself.

 

Francis Ngannou’s interest in boxing began when he had an in-depth analysis about his father’s image, in the village at the time and realised he could turn his father’s  reputation as a street fighter into something positive by pursuing a job in boxing.

In the beginning of his intended career path as a boxer, his family were somehow ambivalent about it but he stood on firm grounds to pursue his dream.

 

He started engaging in trainings with a small club in Douala city, Cameroon at age 22. His strong and eminent passion for boxing made him auctioned all that he owned to buy his sports outfits and equipment to help fulfil his vision as an internationally recognised boxer.

He decided to migrate to France’s capital Paris, to pursue professional boxing at the age of 26. Didier Carmont who was ready to help him reach his full potential.

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He was advised by Carmont to rather venture into mixed martial art despite his original interest in boxing as a fan of Mike Tyson.

He then equipped himself with the skills and in August 2013 he began fighting for free under Fernand Lopez Owonyebe at a gym known as the MMA Factory.

Francis Ngannou was successful in almost all his fights when he started fighting as MMA in France.

His success earned him other regional promotions in Europe as well and in 2015, he made his professional debut under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the U.S which is the world’s largest MMA league.

Francis Ngannou is one of the celebrities who give back to his community through his foundation Francis Ngannou Foundation helps the less privileged to make their dreams a reality.

 

‘The Francis Ngannou Foundation is to provide the children of Cameroon with the skills to expand their horizons and realize their dreams’~ Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou set to fight with Stipe Miocic in a months time on ESPN PLUS

 

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We are huge fans of African Celebrities who give back the their communities. Join us in wishing our Celeb of the day Cameroonian/French professional mixed martial artist Heavyweight fighter Francis Ngannou an blessed Happy Birthday! 

Francis Ngannou started working at the age of 10… He started engaging in trainings with a small club in Douala city, Cameroon at age 22.

His passion for boxing made him auctioned all that he owned to buy his sports outfits and equipment to help fulfil his vision as an internationally recognised boxer.

Because of his childhood experience of knowing how difficult it is for some children in Cameroon he decided to help make their dreams a reality

There’s nothing more rewarding than giving back and making a difference in the lives of people

Aspiring to provide the opportunity to fight for good and open doors his community,  Francis Ngannou founded a Charity Organisation ‘Francis Ngannou Foundation’ to help the underprivileged children in Cameroon.

Francis Ngannou Foundation – Batié Cameroon 🇨🇲

The MMA gym is one of the project serving the main purpose of the foundation through training. The gym was regarded as the first well-built facility with all the necessary sports equipment in Cameroon.

The provision of quality facilities has helped a lot of youth in Cameroon to follow their dreams of combat sports through holistic coaching and experience

 Be it in a form of money or time, one of the most important and precious things anyone can do is to give back

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He decided to channel the course more into sports because he believes sports has a huge impact on people’s outlook- and outcome like he experienced.

Therefore, providing similar opportunity he embraced in his trying days seeking to achieve his dreams for the young adult in Cameroon sounded the best.

God loves a cheerful giver

He’s done a phenomenal job through his foundation and has helped with the discovery of skills by teaching the fundamental lessons of sportsmanship.

The foundation looks forward to expand trainings in sports like Judo, Boxing, Karate, MMA, and Kickboxing.

For more information on Francis Ngannou Foundation Visit

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