Francis Ngannou is the toughest fighter in UFC history. The starting points for life were not weddings.
UFC fighter Francis Ngannoulla, 34, was a tough childhood. Today, he is known as the knockout machine for the heavyweight freestyle match. However, the starting points in his home country of Cameroon were not weddings.
Ngannou was born in 1986 in the village of Batié, where she was raised by her grandmother. At the age of 10, she had to start as a child worker in a sand mine.
– We had to work and carry our cards in a pile at home so we could buy oil and food. Money was also needed for school books. The work was for adults, but we had no choice, Ngannou said Joe Roganin podcastissa.
Ngannou worked at the mine on holidays and weekends throughout his childhood until he finished school at the age of 17. Sometimes he would go to work for an hour before school day. Then I had to wake up at five. The work was heavy because there was enough work for the children, especially during the rainy season, when the adults did not want to work outdoors.
– It rained all the time. When I got home, I shivered. The mine had to stay in motion because as soon as it stopped working, it started to freeze. Our employer loved the rain because we did even more work, Ngannou said.
Morning work after that it was the school’s turn. The school was located about 10 miles from the home. Ngannou walked for two hours in his direction.
Often Ngannou did not eat breakfast. At school, he had a screaming hunger at noon and sometimes he missed the rest of the day because of hunger. If he had the opportunity to have breakfast, he saved food with him to school so it took him to the desk at four o’clock to get home.
– I feel like I lost my childhood. Something was missing from my childhood because life was so frustrating. Even though I started working at the age of 10, it wasn’t enough. At school, I didn’t have a pen or notebook. Sometimes I didn’t have clothes or shoes. My school uniform was ragged, he recalled.
Ngannou said in the podcast he experienced a sharp sense of inferiority compared to his schoolmates. Others got on vacation with relatives and are fine. Ngannou had nothing to offer his comrades, so he could not, for example, exchange sweets with others during breaks. The harsh school time aroused motivation: Ngannou wanted to prove he was not below others.
Freestyle wrestler still visit the mines when visiting Cameroon. Last year, she filmed videos showing the working conditions of her childhood.
– I may be at the top of the UFC heavyweight series, but when I return to my home village, I always stop at the sand mines and work with my friends as we grow up. Nowadays, work is enjoyable and fun, but when I was forced to work as a child, it was a stone in my throat, Ngannnou tweeted and added.
– However, the work had to be done because it was the only way to meet our minimum needs and survive.
Ngannousta grew up a big and powerful man. He is 193 cents tall and weighs 113 pounds. According to the UFC Performance Institute, the contestant’s punches are the hardest in the organization’s history.
Ngannou will play the heavyweight championship for the second time in his career on Sunday night, March 28th. An American will oppose him Stipe Miocic, 38.
The duo faced the championship match as early as January 2018. At that time, Miocic successfully defended his title and won the Ngannou unanimous referee vote.
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