Nowadays, Francis Ngannou is one of the big names (and a title contender) in the UFC, but it certainly wasn’t an easy journey there. Originally from Cameroon, Ngannou journeyed to France when he was in his mid-twenties, believing (correctly, as it turned out) that he could get the training he needed there to have a successful career in striking. He eventually transitioned to MMA, and the rest is history.
Even Ngannou’s relocation to Europe was filled with difficulties, though — he was jailed for entering Europe illegally, released after two months by Spain’s homeland security.
Now, the fighter has shared an inspiring throwback post sharing what his life (and what he) looked like seven years ago, encouraging his fans to follow their dreams just like he followed his:
Ngannou is currently riding a four-fight winning streak, all of which have ended with a KO or TKO.