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Cameroonian UFC Fighter Francis Ngannou Is Set To Join the 9th 'Fast & Furious' Installment

"The Predator" will be the third UFC fighter to make an appearance in the blockbuster franchise.

This Cameroonian UFC fighter will be making his first movie appearance in the next installment of Fast & Furious, Deadline reports.

Francis Ngannou will be playing a character that has yet to be announced in the ninth Fast & Furious movie—the third UFC fighter to join the blockbuster franchise. The film is set to be released May 22, 2020.

Known in the ring as "The Predator," he currently ranks second in the heavyweight division, Deadline adds.


The fighter, 32, was born in Batié, Cameroon and chose to pursue boxing in lieu of his father's bad reputation of being a street fighter. After struggling to make ends meet with little formal education, Ngannou made his way to Paris, France to pursue professional boxing. After a stint of homelessness, he met MMA fighter Didier Carmont, who took him off the streets and introduced him to mixed martial arts. Once Carmont helped him get back on his feet, he was introduced to his first trainer, Fernand Lopez.

Ngannou was recently deemed to have the most UFC finishes in the heavyweight division after defeating Junior dos Santos with a 71 second knockout. Previously, he knocked out Cain Velasquez—MMA Legend and former UFC Heavyweight Champion—in 26 seconds at the UFC's inaugural fight on ESPN in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Josh2funny Is the Nigerian Comedian Inspiring Global Trends

The internet sensation speaks to OkayAfrica about his journey, the several comedy personalities he's created over the years, creating the viral #DontLeaveMe challenge, and being properly credited for his work.

Nigeria's pool of social media comedians is ever increasing, and this is backed by the heavy consumption of online content by Nigerians and the quick rise to stardom of viral internet sensations. Although these internet sensations easily transition into stage comedians and online influencers, more often than not. they fade away as quickly as they rise to prominence. Variety is the only way to remain relevant. The audience has become ever so demanding of new creative ventures and they are fed by the immediacy the internet offers.

Josh Alfred, otherwise known as Josh2funny, has had an unusual path to internet comedy fame. He began his online comedy journey after failing in his stand-up comedy foray. Inspired by the vast consumption of social media comedy content, Josh2funny made his first skit in 2016—a short dry humour video which he comically slapped his friend into a state of perpetual confusion.

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