There was once a hero named Francis! It was a huge crowd that took to the streets of Cameroon’s economic capital, Douala, to welcome the heavyweight Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou on Monday, April 26, 2021. Surrounded by the sweetness of the shouts of joy, an immense procession composed of young people in a trance of joy, songs and a colorful spectacle accompanies the car where the champion armed with his gold belt displayed a face with a kilometre smile. It was in this atmosphere of euphoria that Batié’s darling child came to present his trophy.
Douala vibrated on Monday, April 26, 2021. For good reason: the triumphant welcome given to Francis Ngannou, the heavyweight world champion of the MMA and the UFC. The native of Batié, a region located in the west of Cameroon, in parade in the economic capital of Cameroon with the gold belt in hand, was greeted by an immense crowd with a thunder of applause, shouts and songs made in Cameroon, a motorcycling procession with uninterrupted horns, all in an atmosphere where the national flag floats permanently, symbol of the origins of the new champion UFC knockout by K.O of the American Stipe Miocic.
Francis Ngannou, the Cameroonian colossus of 113 kg, nicknamed The Predator, went to the services of the governor of Douala as soon as he got off the plane, to present him this world trophy which is above all that of Cameroon. In front of the representative of the Cameroonian government, he expressed his gratitude to the people for the ongoing support he continues to give them. The triumphant welcome afforded him speaks volumes about this consideration and this mark of great sympathy. “I want to thank you for your support on a daily basis. That’s what has kept me going so far. Three years ago I failed in my mission and I promised you I would bring that belt home. And it is because of the daily encouragement I receive from you that is my motivation and my strength, it is because of this that I was able to accomplish this mission.” said Francis Ngannou before the Governor of Douala, Samuel Dieudonné Ivaha Diboua.
After this moment of communion with the representative of the head of state in the Cameroonian economic capital, Francis Ngannou crisscrossed the streets of the city where the inhabitants were jostling to touch the golden belt or shake the hand of the international champion, king of the MMA. He also took part in a party called “Evening of the Unbeatable” and organized in his honour by the mobile phone company MTN Cameroon.He plans to continue his honorary tour in Yaoundé and then in the west of the country, precisely in his native village, Batié.
Remember that Francis Ngannou, new heavyweight champion in MMA and UFC, had to go through many difficult trials during his life. At the age of 10, he made a living working in the mines to support his parents. He then went to Europe where, unfortunately, he had to go to prison in Spain in a migrant camp. This difficult stage will be followed by a rather complicated life in Paris, the French capital as paperless.Francis Ngannou was in a situation of extreme poverty and very often spent the night on the streets. But, as if by chance, he met Fernand Lopez of the MMA Factory who showed him the way in the MMA. This is where the career of the Cameroonian began until this international success and title of world champion.