The rise of Francis Ngannou: From walking six miles to school in Africa to owning a car park of Rolls Royces

Francis Ngannou has come a long way in his journey to becoming a UFC champion and historic card against Tyson Fury.

Ngannou’s biggest payday from the UFC was $600,000 when he fought Ciryl Gane in 2022.

He left the UFC for more freedom and security and signed a flexible deal with the PFL.

His manager, Marquel Martin, mentioned that his pay for the Fury is life-changing and bigger than all of his UFC purses combined.

Ngannou had faced financial struggles in the past, having to borrow money to survive.

He grew up in Cameroon, walked six miles to school, and later embarked on a perilous journey to emigrate from Africa to Spain, facing challenges like living in Moroccan forests and eating from bins.

After reaching Spain, he made his way to France, where he began sleeping in a car park before training in an MMA gym.

He initially wanted to be a boxer but transitioned to MMA, ultimately earning a UFC contract in 2015 and becoming the heavyweight champion in 2021.

Ngannou aims to maximize his earnings by setting up mega events and building his personal brand.

Ngannou holds the world record for the hardest punch ever recorded.Ngannou’s journey from humble beginnings to a fight against the boxing heavyweight champion is a testament to his resilience and determination.

As he transitions from the MMA world to the boxing ring, fans can’t help but wonder what luxurious rides he’ll add to his already impressive collection.

Rolls-Royce Phantom VII – $546,320

Crowned as the most expensive gem in Ngannou’s collection, the Rolls-Royce Phantom VII commands a jaw-dropping $546,320. Rolls-Royce, synonymous with luxury, sets new standards of excellence with this model. Equipped with a 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine, it defies its imposing size, sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, even though its top speed is limited to 147 mph.

Rolls-Royce Ghost – $348,360

Another Rolls-Royce graces Ngannou’s garage—the sleeker Ghost model, costing approximately $348,360. It retains the V12 engine but in a more compact form, capable of hitting 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and reaching a top speed of 155 mph.

Mercedes-Benz G Class G63 AMG – $163,000

Ngannou also flaunts his Mercedes-Benz G Class G63 AMG, known affectionately as the G-Wagon. The rugged, spacious vehicle, valued at $163,000, offers both luxury and security. With a 5.5-liter Biturbo V8 engine, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a swift 5.3 seconds. This choice is shared by his boxing rival, Tyson Fury, emphasizing its appeal to towering athletes.

Ferrari 488 GTB – $229,840

Ngannou’s love for speed led him to squeeze into a Ferrari 488 GTB, despite his imposing size. In 2021, Ngannou took a trip to Exotics Racing in Las Vegas to test out the supercar on the race track. ‘Power and Speed is a good combination,’ Ngannou posted on Instagram following his time around the track. Unsurprisingly, the Ferrari is the fastest car Ngannou has driven, with the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 capable of reaching 60 mph in just three seconds. The model costs around $229,840.

As he enters the boxing world and the “Battle of the Baddest,” Ngannou’s car collection reflects his taste for luxury and performance. With potentially substantial earnings from the fight, who knows what incredible automobiles he might add to this already remarkable ensemble.