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Midnight Mania! Watch Francis Ngannou teach children martial arts in Cameroon

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Welcome to Midnight Mania!

It has been an incredible 12 months for Francis Ngannou. The Cameroonian athlete rebounded from his first UFC loss in July of 2018 by simply destroying each of his opponents, stopping three high-quality opponents via knockout in less than three minutes total. He’s closer than ever to the title, potentially next in line for a rematch with Stipe Miocic.

In addition, Ngannou announced at the start of 2019 the creation of the Francis Ngannou Foundation. Seeking to help others escape the poverty that once trapped “The Predator,” Ngannou’s foundation offers free martial arts lessons to Cameroonian youths. It’s the first combat sports gym in the African country, and the foundation just posted footage of Ngannou himself stopping by to help coach.

Check it out:

With all the bar fights and controversies dominating martial arts headlines, it’s nice to see a high-profile fighter like Ngannou using his influence for something positive. Similarly, one half of next week’s main event, Dustin Poirier, frequently auctions off his fight gear to help out a local elementary school. Cheers to both of these excellent fighters and humans!

Insomnia

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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.