Who are Francis Ngannou’s coaches and training partners?


Francis Ngannou is set to face heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 260. The two heavyweights will meet in a highly anticipated rematch after three years. Miocic won the first fight where he outclassed his opponent for five rounds.

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Much has changed since then. ‘The Predator’ has parted ways with former coach Fernand Lopez. Now he trains with Eric Nicksick, named 2020 MMA Coach of the Year, at Team Xtreme Couture MMA.

Nicksick has a lot of experience as he has cornered many UFC fighters like Dan Ige and Paul Felder. Now he has another gigantic task on his hands to prepare Francis Ngannou for the championship fight at UFC 260.

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Nicksick watches Stipe very carefully. He said, “The last few fights we watched with Stipe, he really did a really great job of movement and setting traps, getting the guys to chase him. Maintaining center and cage control leaves all of our options open. “

Francis Ngannou and Nicksick wrestled, punched and worked on submissions in the gym.

‘The Predator’ also trains with ‘The Black Cobra’, inducted into the 2008 Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame and two-time kickboxer world champion. Dewey Cooper is Francis Ngannou’s scoring coach. He had also cornered the latter when he faced Miocic for the first time. Naturally, the 8-time world champion boxing trainer will love to get the job done this time around.

International heavyweight boxer Carlos Takam is also on the squad and trained with “The Predator” in the gym.

Francis Ngannou trains with ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’

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Another guy who was recently seen with Ngannou is “The Nigerian Nightmare”, Kamaru Usman. Usman is the current UFC welterweight champion and shares his championship experience and heavyweight training methods. Usman is physically shorter than him, but can really help him with his techniques and his approach to the game.

Horsepower is nothing to worry about as statistics show that Ngannou’s punching power equates to 96 horsepower, which is like getting hit by a Ford Escort at full speed. Fighting with Ngannou is like walking through a landmine field. You have to place your feet carefully, or it turns off the lights in a flash.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 08: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon poses on the scales during the official weigh-in for UFC 249 on May 08, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Roach / Zuffa LLC)

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With all the best guidance and experience, Francis Ngannou is ready to dive into the deep waters with Stipe Miocic. They will fight for the heavyweight championship in the “Biggest Baddest Rematch”.


Milton S. Rodgers

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