Francis Ngannou, a rising heavyweight contender, set to square off against current champ Stipe Miocic at UFC 220 in Boston on Saturday, January 20.
Ngannou was recently asked about president Donald Trump’s provocative comments accusing people coming from ‘sh-thole’ nations entering the United States.
Francis “The Predator,” Ngannou, who hails from Cameroon, did not seem pleased with what Trump had to say about Africa, especially thanks to the fact that his rags to riches story was built on his ability to immigrate to the United States to pursue his dream to become UFC champion.
Ngannou was speaking to MMA Fighting.
In response to President @realDonaldTrump’s recent alleged controversial comments on immigration, UFC heavyweight contender @Francis_Ngannou called Trump “a shame for America.” He said more, too. Hear his impassioned response below. #UFC220 pic.twitter.com/qM6hJSqWYa
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) January 18, 2018
“All those people that [Donald Trump] was talking about is people like us. It’s kind of difficult to accept a thing like that. To hear a thing like that. For myself, the goal for me was to lift [up] my country and see someone who just wants to break that dream, that hope that people are following. This guy is like a shame for America. America was built from immigration. America is the country that the poor people of the world look to like a model. Not expecting America to give them something, but just to look at them like an example. This country has been doing well with a great president like the last one Barack Obama — like Martin Luther King — people like that who really helped to work for that. Then today, we have some guy like Donald Trump who come and break all that down. So, it’s just a shame.”
“I don’t feel like a responsibility [to speak out about these things]. I’m an immigrant. I was, I am, and I will be an immigrant. This year, next year, 10 years after, I will still be an immigrant. So, I know that particular situation. I know how difficult it is. I know why those people leave their country. They don’t leave their country because they want to leave their country. They don’t leave their country because they love another country better than their country. They leave their country because they don’t have a choice. Because they are looking to opportunity, looking for change. They want change things for their family. They don’t want their kids to live in the same situation that they did. They want to give the chance for their kids to have what they didn’t have in their life. They want to sacrifice themselves for their family.”
Ngannou’s remarks come just a day after UFC brass Dana White vowed his support to President Trump while also mentioning that he had talked to the Commander-In-Chief about potentially bringing UFC champions to the White House.
Dana White Granted that he doesn’t support everything Trump says or does and doesn’t control how UFC athletes feel about the president or his politics.