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Francis Nganou, Cameroonian UFC maestro recounts his humble beginning in a sand mine

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Francis Nganou, a Cameroonian-French professional mixed martial artist competing in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship has recounted how he rose to stardom against all odds.

As one of the famous names in the UFC arena, Nganou said as a kid, while growing up in a sand mine, the biggest dream he had growing up in such environment was how to become a truck driver and better yet, a truck owner as these were main people on-top of the chain of command in a sand business.

Narrating further, the UFC iron man said after a few MMA fights and 3 in the UFC, his savings was just enough to buy an old truck for about $30k, so his brother who was unemployed as at then can drive and provide for the family while he keep hustling in abroad to make more.

Nganou said he finally bought the truck of his dream in October 2016 and was so happy that he has satisfied one of his childhood dreams.

He also shared an old picture featuring where his mom was standing and smiling in front of the truck. Francis Nganou said he was almost in tears after seeing his mother smiling and believing that her suffering was about to end and she is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Francis Nganou’s Mom

However, Nganou said at that exact moment he saw the mom smiling in front of the truck, even though he was out of money and his utilities couldn’t go through until the next paycheck from the bout in Albany 12/9/2016, he felt like he has made it.

He said, “#throwbackthursday — As a kid growing up in a sand mine, the biggest dream alive in that environment is to become a truck driver and better yet, a truck owner as they are on-top of the chain of command in a sand business.

“My older brother is a mechanic and he also learned how to drive trucks while I was doing everything in my power to become a world class boxer.

“After a few MMA fights and 3 in the ufc, my savings was just enough to buy this old truck for about $30k so my brother who back then was unemployed can drive and provide for the family with it while I keep hustling out here to make more. And I bought the truck in October 2016 and I was happy to satisfy one of my childhood dreams.

“But what made me happiest – and I almost teared up – were those pictures with my mom in front of the truck smiling as her suffering was about to end for real and she’s seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. At that exact moment, even though I was out of money and my utilities couldn’t go through until my next paycheck from my fight in Albany 12/9/2016, I felt like I made it.

“My former coworkers were loading truck and my sister was playing around throwing sand into it, it was a turning point for my family.”


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