UFC heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou is no fan of United States president Donald Trump.
The Cameroon-born fighter who now trains in France is preparing for the biggest fight of his career this weekend when he takes on UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 220 in Boston.
During Media Day on Thursday, Ngannou was asked about comments Trump made about African nations where he referred to them as “sh*thole countries” — or “sh*thouse,” depending on who you believe — when he went on a long rant calling Trump the “shame of America.”
Ngannou gave a unique perspective on Trump’s comments and it’s worth giving a listen.
His comments can be heard below, along with a transcription from BJPenn.com’s Justin Golightly:
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.”
It’s going to be interesting to see if Dana White, who is an avid Trump supporter and even spoke at the Republican National Convention, tries to dial back on any talk against the president.
UFC 220 takes place this Saturday.