Ngannou aiming to bring UFC to Africa

Rising UFC heavyweight star Francis Ngannou has set some lofty goals following his brutal knockout of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218.

The Cameroon-born fighter earned the biggest win of his MMA career when he completely floored former heavyweight champion Overeem with a punch from hell in the first round…lights out and toes curled. 

Ngannou hails from the small town of Batie in Cameroon, which he left in 2012 to pursue training in Paris, where he was homeless for months. Finally, he found the MMA Factory where he picked up the sport.  

While he has rocketed to the top of the UFC heavyweight rankings, Ngannou has not forgotten where he comes from.

“First of all, I want to be the first African to have a UFC belt,” the 31-year-old told MMA Junkie.

“I want to be the one to open the UFC in Africa, basically in Cameroon. I want Cameroon to be the first country in Africa to [host] the UFC. It’d be good. It’d be honor for me.”

And who is next on Ngannou’s menu? UFC overlord Dana White has confirmed that it is current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.

The Predator is eager to get back in the octagon after spending most of the year injured and also sent a warning shot the champions way.

“As soon as possible,” quipped Ngannou about the timing of his next fight.

“I’m injury-free, so I’m ready to go. I’ve been out a long time – like 10 months – and now I want to fight again.

“The fight between me and Stipe, it will go the same way as the other ones – knockout."

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