The reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou hung out with African football legend, Samuel Eto’o weeks after he successfully defended his UFC Heavyweight title.
On Wednesday, February 23, 2022, Ngannou shared a picture of himself shaking hands with Samuel Eto’o, a football legend from his home country, Cameroon.
In the picture, Eto’o who played for Real Madrid, Inter Milan, FC Barcelona, Chelsea, and many other clubs before he retired from football in 2019 dressed in a suit while Ngannou dressed casually to flaunt his intimidating muscles.
In the caption, the UFC Heavyweight Champion simply wrote: “The Champion and The Legend”.
Who is Francis Ngannou?
Anyone who has been following football from the early 2000s to date must have known Samuel Eto’o who is currently the president of Cameroon’s football federation.
The 40-year-old retired footballer who is the second player in history to score in two UEFA Champions League finals is
African Cup of Nations all-time top goalscorer, and won the African player of the year four times before he retired from the game.
On the other hand, Francis Ngannou was born in Batié, Cameroon on September 5, 1986. The 35-year-old Cameroonian fighter started Mixed martial arts in 2013.
Ngannou who is known for being the hardest recorded puncher in the world is rated number four in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings. He is the reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion.
Francis Ngannou UFC
Francis Ngannou started his journey in the UFC in 2015 at UFC on Fox 17. His first UFC match was against Luis Henrique Barbosa de Oliveira, who he defeated in the 2nd round via knockout.
After that, Ngannou enjoyed 5 straight wins before he suffered 2 successive losses to Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis. After those two losses, the Cameroonian fighter has been enjoying back-to-back victories.
Francis Ngannou’s record
Since 2013, Francis Ngannou has been involved in 20 professional matches. Four of the matches ended in submission, 12 in knockout, while one ended by judges’ decision.
So far in his career, Ngannou has recorded 17 wins, three loses, and no draws.
Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane
Francis Ngannou’s last fight was against Ciryl Gane. It was Ngannou’s heavyweight title defense at UFC 270 which was held on January 23, 2022.
The Cameroonian fighter won Ciryl Gane who was unbeaten before the match through unanimous decision. The judge’s scores were 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46 in favor of Ngannou.
What is the net worth of Francis Ngannou?
Francis Ngannou has been fighting since 2013 which means that he has been involved in a series of money-spinning fights.
But Sportskeeda claimed that Ngannou had earned $2,737,500 in his fighting career and his net worth is $4 million.
Francis Ngannou’s next fight
Ngannou’s next fight could be against heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury. The Cameroonian fighter who weighs 119 kg is qualified to compete in a boxing heavyweight bout and that could be against Fury.
Before the fight can happen, Fury who is the reigning boxing heavyweight champion will have to defend his title against Dillian Whyte.
Afterward, the world might see a Ngannou vs Tyson Fury boxing bout. Before that can happen, the UFC champion would have to step down from UFC.
Futballnews gathered that the fight between Ngannou and Fury will happen under boxing rules but with MMA gloves.