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Video: Cameroon explodes as Francis Ngannou returns home — ‘Everyone wants to touch him’

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From Cameroon, to Paris, to Las Vegas, and back to Cameroon. It’s been a wild ride these last few years for UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou returned home to his native Douala, Cameroon, where the streets exploded in celebration for “The Predator.” The 34 year-old power puncher is fresh off his title-winning performance against Stipe Miocic at UFC 260.

Which accounted for his fifth straight knockout.

“It’s total euphoria in the streets of Douala,” a local reporter said. “Francis Ngannou is right there, everyone wants to touch him, everyone wants to touch his trophy. You can imagine the atmosphere in the streets of Douala, there is no way to get around. They have come to say thank you. The atmosphere foreshadows what will happen in the days to come in other cities of Cameroon.”

Where are all the motorcycles?

Ngannou (16-3) is taking time off after his Jon Jones super fight died on the negotiating table. That said, “The Predator” is expected to make his Octagon return — and first UFC title defense — in a rematch against Derrick Lewis within the next few months.