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Francis Ngannou is a physical monster who destroyed everything in his time in the UFC, where he is the current champion of the weight heavy… But what is it worth in other sports? On Instagram, he has just unveiled images of him on a basket court, and the result is quite surprising.
Like almost all Cameroonians, Francis Ngannou, heavyweight champion at the UFC, has a great passion for sport and more particularly football. He was particularly captivated by the course of the Indomitable Lions during the last African Cup of Nations, and he even went there with his belt to encourage his compatriots. The opportunity for him to put on the cleats and show his talent with the ball at his feet.
But it is not the only sport that captivates the most powerful man on the planet, since he also follows the NBA and the career of Joel Embiid, another magnificent representative of Cameroon across the Atlantic. They have each other, the proof with their viral exchange following obtaining the title UFC by the Predator, or the vote of the latter for the Process in the race for the MVP.
Francis Ngannou trains in the basket before his fights!
But by dint of watching his compatriot on the floor, Francis Ngannou also wanted to try his hand at the basket. On Instagram, he has just published a video dating from his last fight, the one so publicized against Ciryl Gane, and a few days before the most important event of his career, he had fun on the ground with his trainer. The mechanics lack confidence, but the result is indisputable.
During his preparation for UFC 260, Francis Ngannou decided to vary his training a bit by incorporating a little basketball and a little American football, which is not necessarily common. But beyond the obvious relaxation aspect, these two sports can bring to a fighter of this level. The basket works muscle memory and concentration, while the US foot is perfect for eye-hand coordination, so important in the cage.
But if he won against Ciryl Gane a few days later in the cage, he would have had no chance on a pitch:
Ciryl Gane before MMA and boy can dunk 🔥 pic.twitter.com/pPwCd2fgbi
— 𝕽𝖆𝖎𝖓𝖒𝖆𝖐𝖊𝖗❂ (@Sa_Gwang) January 24, 2022
Francis Ngannou is not a natural basketball player, it’s pretty obvious on this video, but the most important thing is that he strings together the baskets. And then with a coach like Joel Embiid, he could make huge progress pretty quickly.