UFC heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou had a full head of hair in 2013, however that doesn’t imply his life was care free.

On Thursday, Ngannou (15-Three MMA, 10-2 UFC) posted a pair of photographs of a seven years youthful model of himself. With lengthy hair, two piercings in his left earlobe, and a Reebok shirt that will finally grow to be ironic, Ngannou is subtly smiling on the digicam, standing on a staircase.

Delving deeper into the backstory, nonetheless, Ngannou defined the context of the photographs. They have been taken upon his launch from jail. Ngannou had illegally entered Europe and spent two months behind bars. Ultimately, he was freed by Spain’s homeland safety.

Right here’s what Ngannou wrote in a deep and inspirational caption (three tweets mixed):

“2013: 7 years in the past we have been freed by Spanish homeland safety after spending 2 months in jail for illegally coming into Europe by sea. This, after trying for one yr from Morocco. I had nothing (again) then however a dream and a religion of pursuing it. Some individuals will at all times inform you that it’s too late, you could’t make it, that it’s not meant for you, that you just’re not price it, or you could’t succeed with out them (whereas their lives aren’t an exemple of success). These voices are at all times across the nook to make you give up your dream and possibly your future. It’s as much as you and solely you if you happen to allow them to get to your thoughts, however it’s also possible to reject or ignore the negativities round you and make it in your personal method.”

Born in Cameroon, Ngannou made his approach to France at age 26 to pursue a profession in skilled boxing. Ultimately, Ngannou was homeless. His life took a flip when MMA grew to become a part of it by way of a boxing coach. Seven years later, Ngannou is knocking on the doorstep of his second UFC title shot.

Take a look at Ngannou’s tweets under:

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