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Francis Ngannou

UFC Heavyweight Champion

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Francis Ngannou Biography

Born September 5th, 1986 and raised in the village of Batié, Francis Ngannou began his life with little: little home, little formal education, little support. However, Ngannou’s dreams were big. He dodged the demands of local gangs, began work as just a child, and motivated himself toward a life beyond the town that planned on keeping him.

Ngannou’s parents divorced when he was six years old. From then on, his childhood was spent in one foster home to another. Constantly finding himself displaced, Ngannou never settled into a solid school environment, changing schools at least once a year throughout elementary school and into the start of middle school. Eventually, Ngannou was reunited with his family and returned to live with his mother in her home village. During this transition, Ngannou's grandmother passed away, leaving the family in further turmoil.

He and his siblings would wear their extended family members’ clothing. They would be sent home from school for not having the basic tools to study, the simplest things: a pencil, pen, or something to write on. At times, they would have to leave school early from hunger since they couldn’t afford to eat the breakfast and lunches at school.

When Ngannou turned 11, he began working in a sand quarry. In this environment, he was not afforded the small comforts and allowances of a child. He worked as hard as all those around him, even the adults, through pouring rain or extreme heat, and didn’t get to enjoy a holiday off or the time to dwell in his youth. Even working doggedly, the amount he earned was still not enough to cover education expenses. He recalls the first day of school, watching his classmates excited to start the year with new backpacks and stories to tell from their holidays. These times were exceptionally painful for Ngannou or his family – they had no new school supplies, no memories of vacation, and struggled with the constant comparison of their lives to the kids around them.

Throughout this time, Ngannou also struggled with his father’s bad reputation for violence. A strong man who would fight in the streets, his actions would embarrass Ngannou when his behavior would come up in conversation. Ngannou knew he wanted to forge a different path and didn’t want to be associated with the kind of fighting his father was known for. Ngannou began to consider how he would use his strength without gaining a similar reputation or creating a negative name for himself. From this, a passion for boxing burgeoned and he decided that pursuing a life in combat sports would be his way of expression. Ngannou decided that he could show that he was not just an underdog or a victim of his circumstances: he would prove himself as a winner.

Ngannou knew that it was time to stop surviving and to start living – so he began working small jobs in order to save as much money as he could to pursue his dreams of boxing. At 22, Ngannou sold his motorcycle to enroll in a neighboring cities’ boxing gym. Rather than supporting his decision, his peers thought he had gone crazy, even saying that they would have institutionalized him if they had the chance. Against all odds, he persisted, saying “I had this flame, this spark deep inside me that wanted to fly away – this little bird who wanted to be free.”

After battling naysayers and throwing himself into work, Ngannou made his way to Paris in late June of 2013. The city was was not welcoming upon arrival. Ngannou spent days and nights homeless without friends, money, or refuge before volunteering at an association, La Chorba.

When first connecting with Ngannou’s current best friend: Didier Carmont, Ngannou was suspicious. Who was this man who showed such compassion and encouragement to a total stranger? Soon, Ngannou saw that Didier’s intentions were good when he convinced a boxing gym to let him train for free. Their friendship grew and Didier helped Ngannou assimilate into his new home with shelter, guidance, and mentorship – and a memorable pair of brand new sneakers. Ngannou wrote of his friend, Didier, “He has always been there for me and even though he is not there in person, he has remained a big part of my life.” Didier was the first to instill the idea of pursuing MMA instead of boxing: the rest is history.

Ngannou is now the Heavyweight Champion in the UFC, which he claimed on March 27, 2021 after defeating Stipe Miocic. Ngannou successfully defended his title on January 22, 2022 after defeating Ciryl Gane by unanimous decision.

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Francis Ngannou?

    Booking fees for Francis Ngannou, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Francis Ngannou, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Francis Ngannou?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Francis Ngannou for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Francis Ngannou for your next private or corporate function.
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Francis Ngannou Biography

Born September 5th, 1986 and raised in the village of Batié, Francis Ngannou began his life with little: little home, little formal education, little support. However, Ngannou’s dreams were big. He dodged the demands of local gangs, began work as just a child, and motivated himself toward a life beyond the town that planned on keeping him.

Ngannou’s parents divorced when he was six years old. From then on, his childhood was spent in one foster home to another. Constantly finding himself displaced, Ngannou never settled into a solid school environment, changing schools at least once a year throughout elementary school and into the start of middle school. Eventually, Ngannou was reunited with his family and returned to live with his mother in her home village. During this transition, Ngannou's grandmother passed away, leaving the family in further turmoil.

He and his siblings would wear their extended family members’ clothing. They would be sent home from school for not having the basic tools to study, the simplest things: a pencil, pen, or something to write on. At times, they would have to leave school early from hunger since they couldn’t afford to eat the breakfast and lunches at school.

When Ngannou turned 11, he began working in a sand quarry. In this environment, he was not afforded the small comforts and allowances of a child. He worked as hard as all those around him, even the adults, through pouring rain or extreme heat, and didn’t get to enjoy a holiday off or the time to dwell in his youth. Even working doggedly, the amount he earned was still not enough to cover education expenses. He recalls the first day of school, watching his classmates excited to start the year with new backpacks and stories to tell from their holidays. These times were exceptionally painful for Ngannou or his family – they had no new school supplies, no memories of vacation, and struggled with the constant comparison of their lives to the kids around them.

Throughout this time, Ngannou also struggled with his father’s bad reputation for violence. A strong man who would fight in the streets, his actions would embarrass Ngannou when his behavior would come up in conversation. Ngannou knew he wanted to forge a different path and didn’t want to be associated with the kind of fighting his father was known for. Ngannou began to consider how he would use his strength without gaining a similar reputation or creating a negative name for himself. From this, a passion for boxing burgeoned and he decided that pursuing a life in combat sports would be his way of expression. Ngannou decided that he could show that he was not just an underdog or a victim of his circumstances: he would prove himself as a winner.

Ngannou knew that it was time to stop surviving and to start living – so he began working small jobs in order to save as much money as he could to pursue his dreams of boxing. At 22, Ngannou sold his motorcycle to enroll in a neighboring cities’ boxing gym. Rather than supporting his decision, his peers thought he had gone crazy, even saying that they would have institutionalized him if they had the chance. Against all odds, he persisted, saying “I had this flame, this spark deep inside me that wanted to fly away – this little bird who wanted to be free.”

After battling naysayers and throwing himself into work, Ngannou made his way to Paris in late June of 2013. The city was was not welcoming upon arrival. Ngannou spent days and nights homeless without friends, money, or refuge before volunteering at an association, La Chorba.

When first connecting with Ngannou’s current best friend: Didier Carmont, Ngannou was suspicious. Who was this man who showed such compassion and encouragement to a total stranger? Soon, Ngannou saw that Didier’s intentions were good when he convinced a boxing gym to let him train for free. Their friendship grew and Didier helped Ngannou assimilate into his new home with shelter, guidance, and mentorship – and a memorable pair of brand new sneakers. Ngannou wrote of his friend, Didier, “He has always been there for me and even though he is not there in person, he has remained a big part of my life.” Didier was the first to instill the idea of pursuing MMA instead of boxing: the rest is history.

Ngannou is now the Heavyweight Champion in the UFC, which he claimed on March 27, 2021 after defeating Stipe Miocic. Ngannou successfully defended his title on January 22, 2022 after defeating Ciryl Gane by unanimous decision.

Francis Ngannou Videos

  • Francis Ngannou on UFC Relationship, Fight for ‘Freedom,’ After...
    Francis Ngannou discusses his win at UFC 270, the doctor who said he shouldn’t take the fight, what happened the first two rounds, when he...
  • UFC 270: Francis Ngannou Post-Fight Press Conference
    Hear from UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou at his post-fight press conference following his unanimous decision victory over Ciryl Gane at UFC...
  • Francis Ngannou’s incredible journey to becoming UFC heavyweight...
    Francis Ngannou went from working in a sand mine to becoming UFC heavyweight champion in a journey that spanned ten years and three continents.

FAQs on booking Francis Ngannou

  • How to book Francis Ngannou?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Francis Ngannou for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Francis Ngannou, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Francis Ngannou or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Francis Ngannou?

    Booking fees for Francis Ngannou, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Francis Ngannou, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Francis Ngannou?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Francis Ngannou for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Francis Ngannou for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Francis Ngannou or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Francis Ngannou or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Francis Ngannou is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Francis Ngannou for your event is available upon request. Francis Ngannou generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Hunter Woodhall, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Amanda Beard, Anthony McCarley and JP Pawliw-Fry. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Francis Ngannou for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Francis Ngannou Speaker Videos

  • Francis Ngannou on UFC Relationship, Fight for ‘Freedom,’ After UFC 270
    Francis Ngannou discusses his win at UFC 270, the doctor who said he shouldn’t take the fight, what happened the first two rounds, when he “broke” Ciryl Gane, if he will return to the UFC, a...
    UFC 270: Francis Ngannou Post-Fight Press Conference
    Hear from UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou at his post-fight press conference following his unanimous decision victory over Ciryl Gane at UFC 270.
  • Francis Ngannou’s incredible journey to becoming UFC heavyweight champion
    Francis Ngannou went from working in a sand mine to becoming UFC heavyweight champion in a journey that spanned ten years and three continents.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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