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Who is UFC star Francis Ngannou? Learn all about his UFC record, career, net worth and more

Francis Ngannou is one of the top stars in the UFC and here is more about his knockouts, net worth and career
UFC heavyweight fighter Francis Ngannou poses during a media session in Beijing on November 22, 2018, ahead of the weekend's UFC Fight Night. - UFC will hold its first event in Beijing on November 24, after holding its maiden fight card in mainland China in Shanghai last year. (Photo by Greg Baker / AFP) (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

Francis Ngannou is one of the top stars in the UFC Heavyweight division and here is all about his net worth, family and career

Francis Ngannou is a behemoth in the UFC Heavyweight division. The French-Cameroonian star is one of the most destructive stars in the UFC and is known for his incredible punching power.

Ngannou is also known for finishing his opponents off early, but his rise up in the UFC has been a real rags to richest story.

Francis Ngannou could be part of the UFC 249 fight card
French-Cameroonian mixed martial artist Francis Ngannou poses during a training session at the MMA Factory in Paris on April 21, 2017. (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The 33-year-old is yet to lift the Heavyweight title, but he has been close several times.

Early life

Ngannou was born in the village of Batie in Cameroon and didn’t have a lot. He was living with his aunt early on after his parents divorced and didn’t receive a lot of education either.

The 33-year-old also worked when he was young due to a lack of funds. However, he trained in boxing during his time in Cameroon and continued to do so after emigrating to France at the age of 26.

Ngannou also was homeless for a while in France and started training for free in 2013. Things improved later on for the UFC star and is now working hard to make things better in Cameroon too.

MMA start

Francis Ngannou’s MMA career began in the French promotion 100% Fight. He fought in several promotions across Europe before getting his break in 2015 at UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2.

Francis Ngannou vs Stipe Miocic
Francis Ngannou throws a punch against Stipe Miocic in their Heavyweight Championship fight during UFC 220 at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Ngannou had only made his MMA debut in 2013 but he won his debut fight in the UFC by defeating Luis Henrique.

UFC career

The win over Henrique was the only start for Ngannou. The 33-year-old won his next five fights and even defeated top star Alistair Overeem.

That win at UFC 218 got him a shot at the Heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic. However, Ngannou suffered his first UFC loss to the champion and then lost again at UFC 226.

Ngannou has been on a winning streak since then and has defeated each of his last four opponents in the first round itself.

Ngannou Rozenstruik UFC 249
Francis Ngannou (R) of Cameroon misses a punch against Jair Rozenstruik of Suriname in their Heavyweight fight during UFC 249 (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

The 33-year-old also has three of those wins in under 45 seconds, and he last defeated Jairzinho Rozenstruik in 20 seconds at UFC 249.

There are talks of him fighting Miocic for the Heavyweight title again, and it will be interesting to see when he fights next.

Net Worth

Francis Ngannou is one of the top stars in the UFC and has a decent net worth. The 33-year-old also runs a foundation, the Francis Ngannou Foundation, which runs a combat sports gym in Cameroon for children.

Ngannou has also picked up a lot of fight bonuses thanks to his knockout wins. The 33-year-old made $260,000 as part of UFC 249, and has an estimated net worth of $3million.

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Written by Saiyed Adeem Karim

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