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The Incredible Story of Francis Ngannou's Path From Cameroon to the UFC Championship

We interviewed the Cameroonian mixed martial arts star poised to be the next UFC heavyweight champion.

Does Francis Ngannou have what it takes to be the next heavyweight champion of the world? If you saw his fight, Saturday you already know. Over the weekend, Cameroonian-born Ngannou earned his sixth pro win with a brutal knockout of veteran MMA fighter Alistair Overeem. The win—his sixth stoppage in as many bouts—put him in the company of other UFC stars like Anderson Silva and Ronda Rousey both of whom started the same way. The win also qualifies him for a shot at UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. But Ngannou's story begins long before his rapid rise in the UFC ranks.

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