IT’S THROUGH SPORT THAT I’M GOING TO GET BY
An African immigrant, Georges Ngoma sees martial arts as a way to survive and to build a future in France, far away from the problems that pushed him into exile. After a big career in amateur MMA, the young Congolese is now embarking on the professional circuit, in which he will make his debut on August 4 in Béziers.
The story of Georges Ngoma is written between Congo, Angola and France. Born in Kinshasa, the young man fled the first two countries in succession, finally landing in Besançon, far from the problems that pushed him to take off. And even if he does not wish to dwell on the reasons for his escape, everything suggests that it was inevitable and necessary. Be that as it may, for the time, that chapter is closed. And in the midst of all these disappointments, Georges Ngoma, 20, clings to a life rope in MMA. Currently seeking asylum, he sees martial arts as promising an outcome, and is about to start a professional career as a fighter.
“As soon as I arrived in France, I looked for a club. I think it’s also through sport that I’ll be able to get by. “
“It was a bit wild, but it trained me well”
With his background in karate, judo and traditional jiu-jitsu, Georges Ngoma is far from being the least armed in the cage. And despite a virgin record in MMA, the young man has a wealth of experience including 12 amateur fights, a championship title in Congo, and has participated in the IMMAF Worlds, under the colors of Angola.
“My strong point is my striking. I think I have good striking power! At home, we often trained without gloves and shin guards. It was a bit wild, but it trained me well.”
It remains for his successes to be transposed to the professional circuit, but for Georges Ngoma, it is not only a question of sport, but above all of “survival”.
“Right now, I’m in a hostel waiting for government help. On a daily basis, it’s complicated…”