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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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Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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