Rise of the Predator: Francis Ngannou, from pro debut to 'KO of the Year'

At this month’s UFC 220 event, Francis Ngannou will look to complete an incredible rise from relative unknown to UFC heavyweight champion in the course of just two years.

It’s been a remarkable journey thus far for the Cameroonian-born giant, who departed his home country and relocated to France in 2013, when an MMA career was first born. Ngannou now calls Las Vegas home, utilizing the multi-million dollar UFC Performance Institute to polish his game.

On Jan. 20, Ngannou (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) meets current champion Stipe Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) in the pay-per-view headliner of UFC 220 at TD Garden in Boston. Ahead of that clash, relive Ngannou’s UFC journey in the MMAjunkie video feature “Francis Ngannou: Rise of the Predator.”

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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