Francis Ngannou is a Cameroonian-French professional mixed martial artist and professional boxer.
He was born on September 5, 1986, and worked as a boy in the sand mines before making his way to Paris to begin training in earnest.
Ngannou won the UFC heavyweight championship in 2021 and was the reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion at the time of his departure from the promotion.
He lost his first professional boxing match against Tyson Fury on October 28, 2023, in Saudi Arabia.
Despite the loss, he is considered the new king of combat sports after nearly dethroning Fury in a controversial result.
His next move is uncertain, but he has options for future blockbuster fights in both mixed martial arts and boxing.
Francis Ngannou net worth
Ngannou’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million at the time of publishing this article.
The majority of Ngannou’s source of wealth is from his tenure inside the octagon.
Moreover, he also has additional income from other sponsorships and endorsements.
Francis Ngannou career
Ngannou grew up in poverty and had little education.
At the age of 12, he started working in a sand quarry due to a lack of funds.
As a youngster, he was approached by gangs in his village to join them, but he refused and instead decided to pursue boxing, inspired by his father’s reputation as a street fighter.
Ngannou’s path to success was not easy. He embarked on a long and dangerous journey north, with stops in Morocco, Spain and eventually France.
After reaching Paris, he found himself homeless for a period of time. In August 2013, he began training for free under Fernand Lopez Owonyebe at the MMA Factory.
Initially interested in boxing, Ngannou was introduced to the sport of MMA by his coach and started his MMA career.
He joined the UFC in 2015 and quickly became one of the biggest stars in mixed martial arts.
He is known for his devastating punching power and has earned a reputation as one of the most feared heavyweights in the sport.
On March 27, 2021, Ngannou defeated Stipe Miocic to become the UFC heavyweight champion at UFC 260.
He successfully defended his title against Ciryl Gane on January 23, 2022, before leaving the UFC.
IIn May 2023, Ngannou announced a historic deal with the Professional Fighters League (PFL).
Ngannou is not only focused on his fighting career but also on giving back to his community.
He has established the Francis Ngannou Foundation, which aims to provide educational and athletic opportunities for the youth in Cameroon.