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Fast & Furious 9 Adds Another UFC Fighter to Its Cast

Francis Ngannou, a professional mixed martial artist and current UFC heavyweight fighter, has joined the cast of Fast & Furious 9.

According to Deadline, Ngannou is set to board the ninth installment in the long-running franchise in an as-yet undisclosed role. Ngannou will be the third mixed martial artist, and second UFC fighter, to join the Fast & Furious franchise, following Gina Carano in Fast & Furious 6 and Ronda Rousey in Furious 7.

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Ngannou is currently the second ranked heavyweight fighter in the UFC, coming in behind Stipe Miocic and current heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. Nicknamed "The Predator," Ngannou holds a professional mixed martials arts record of 14-3, with all 14 of his wins coming via knockout (10) or submission (4). His three losses have all come by decision.

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Ngannou joins an ensemble cast that sees the return of franchise stalwarts in Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris; returnees Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel and Charlize Theron; and franchise newcomers John Cena, Finn Cole, Anna Sawai and Vinnie Bennett.

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Fast & Furious 9 will be helmed by Justin Lin, who directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth entries in the Fast & Furious franchise. Fast & Furious 9 is slated for a May 22, 2020 release.

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