Francis Ngannou recalls the time a group of nightclub guests tried to brawl with him

Of all the people in the world you’d want to brawl with, UFC Heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is likely to be the last person.

Ngannou has knocked out a number of prominent competitors in the heavyweight division. On his list are  all-time great heavyweights like Cain Velasquez, Stipe Miocic, Junior dos Santos, and Alistair Overeem.

As it turns out, Ngannou used to work as a bouncer for a nightclub in France. During his time on the job, Ngannou had to get through several altercations with unstable individuals.

During his appearance on the True Jordie’s podcast, the Heavyweight champion shared a story about the time when he had to handle a group of five belligerent night club guests who tried to get one up on him.

“We were working the club, and we send them out,” Ngannou told True Georgie. “And then they went down the street and they wait for me.”

“Like, after the club was closed, I was walking by and they just come like very close. I knew like, this is trouble. I have to step away, I have to get out of here, you know?”

“And my colleague from the other side [of the street] he saw it, and he came.”

“he [was] literally kicking somebody in the head and I’m like “bro, I don’t want to get involved in this, we better stop this!”

Despite being very good at it, Francis stated that he actually hated getting into brawls as a bouncer.

“In this job, you have to fight only if it’s necessary,” Francis said. “I fight for money I don’t fight for free.”

“And then when you fight on the street, most of the time you get hurt. What I want is to go there, do my job, collect my money and then go home, come back next day, That’s it.”

“I don’t want to go home and find ice to put on something instead of sleep. I’m tired, it’s like 7 or 8 am in the morning, I just want to get to bed.”