Francis N'Gannou : From homeless to UFC contender

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  1. frandie2b

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    Great article I've read on MMAjunkie. Sorry if it has been posted yet, here are some parts:


    “I left Cameroon just to try and have a life, to survive,” When I was in Cameroon, I just didn’t see a way. I could survive, but that’s about it. I was struggling."

    From his trainer Fernand Lopez:
    “My colleague called me and said there was a huge guy asking to train in the gym,” MMA Factory owner Fernand Lopez told MMAjunkie. “The next day, I got to the gym, and Francis was there. I talked with him, and I gave him two bags full of clothes and stuff like gear and gloves, and I said, ‘Please train MMA.’

    “The very same day, he did an MMA class for beginners. He didn’t know anything about MMA, but the way he was moving and the way he was thinking – he was so smart and such a fast learner, not to mention so incredibly strong. I knew if he kept training, he could be a champion.”

    “He asked to keep his bags in the gym because outside wasn’t safe for him,” Lopez said. “That’s the moment I knew he was homeless. I offered for him to sleep in the gym. Meanwhile, we started to work on everything to get him a decent place to live.”

    After winning his 1st UFC fight:
    Along the way, Ngannou realized that his journey could benefit his fellow Cameroonians, as well. Despite just barely making it out of poverty himself, Ngannou began to set up charities in his native country in hopes of giving a chance to those who weren’t as fortunate as he’s been.

    “I want to give some opportunity for children like me who dream of this sport and don’t have an opportunity like me,” Ngannou said. “The last time I was in Cameroon, I brought a lot of materials for boxing and MMA to open a gym. Now I just bought a big space to start the gym, as well.

    “I used to dream big, and now the opportunities to fulfill my dreams are coming quickly,” Ngannou said. “My goal now is to be the heavyweight champion.”


    http://mmajunkie.com/2016/07/from-h...-fox-20s-francis-ngannou-recounts-his-journey
     
  2. Sosua

    Sosua Yeah nah

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    Great story, we don't realise how lucky we are just by being born where we were.

    Hope he keeps developing fast.
     
  3. FeloniousMonk

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    Can't wait to see more of these
    cultures across the world embrace
    opportunities like this in mma.

    It's sort of like soccer in how
    universal it could potentially grow
    to be. The idea of "all you need is
    a ball"... well in mma, you need
    even less. This aspect of fighting;
    seeing fighters from every corner
    of the world rising to the top to
    showcase their skills against other
    human beings on a similar path...

    It's this aspect which drew me into
    mma in the first place. That street
    fighter/Bloodsport sentiment is STILL
    at the forefront of what drives my
    interest, today

    I love fighting.
     
  4. Arm Barbarian

    Arm Barbarian Titanium Belt Platinum Member

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    I do think he may become champ at some point. Dude has the tools and crazy power.

    83" reach, and throws punches with murderous intent. Showed good tdd against Blaydes as well.

    Cool to hear him dropping some english in that post-fight interview too. He seems like he has a down to earth demeanor about him.

    Neat guy, who would be a great champ.
     
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  5. Verace

    Verace Gold Belt

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    ive heard people mispronounce when trying to say his name and end up sounding like big black dude(i.e "negão") in portuguese. which is pretty accurate. :D
    the correct way not so much

    I want to see him against someone higher up in the rankings asap. loving uber gannou right now!
     
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  6. Ethan Rom

    Ethan Rom Black Belt

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    I feel like hes a very good fighter that could become champion but at the same time its very hard to judge that based off the level of competition hes faced. Hes never even fought anyone with a wikipedia page yet. And hes already lost to someone without a wikipedia page. So we'll see.
     
  7. Arm Barbarian

    Arm Barbarian Titanium Belt Platinum Member

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    They were totally throwing out the "N" pronunciation-wise in the telecast last night, and just saying, 'Gah-nu'.

    I wonder what the proper pronunciation is?
     
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  8. mma sharingan

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    Dude's got my respect, he's a warrior with a heart of a lion, hope he achieves his goals, he deserves it.
     
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  9. Verace

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    Yes. I think thats the right way. But a lot of people havent realized it yet in the media/broadcasting so for me everytime i hear they saying with the N it instantly triggers me.
     
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  10. PivotPunch

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    Probably just how you write it but spelling every character
     
  11. Straightcross

    Straightcross Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    I hope people don't take advantage of his kind heart. Lots of charities in Cameroon are corrupt
     
  12. PivotPunch

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    Apparently it is really written N'Gannou so you do spell the N and mostAfrican names are just straight forward spelled how it's written without leaving out any characters
     
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    Feed him the Last Cancrusher!
     
  14. Verace

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    @Arm Barbarian

    I guess buffer was buffering then
     
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  15. SirKratos

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    Could be N-Gun-Nooo as well
     
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  16. PivotPunch

    PivotPunch Red Belt

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    They call him exactly how you write it with an N and I would guess the interview would ask him how to pronounce it so I'll just go by that

     
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  17. SirKratos

    SirKratos Silver Belt

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    Ngannou seems like a great guy, I love being completely wrong after I judge someone by their appearance (While I'm not proud of assuming he might be some douchebag caveman just because he is big and black)

    Trying to help homeless people achieve their dreams, only 2-3 years after being homeless himself....

    I will be rooting for him for the rest of his career no matter what happens
     
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  18. 613MMAfan

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    Hopefully he can get his title shot before USADA gets him.
     
  19. Tebowned

    Tebowned Boise Dime.

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    Go fuck yo' self I was born a bum lol.
     
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    I hope he is making some good money
     

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