Who is Impa Kasanganay, the homeless ex-UFC fighter who became a billionaire/The Sun
Who is Impa Kasanganay, a homeless ex-UFC fighter who became a billionaire after winning the PFL (Proffesionals Fighter League). Impa Kasanganay is a former UFC fighter who was homeless, aka homeless and the victim of a historic knockout, and now I am a billionaire after a big win at PFL.
Impa Kasanganay is officially a billionaire after becoming the PFL light-heavyweight champion – just over three years after falling victim to one of the greatest knockouts in MMA history. The former UFC middleweight turned the world upside down in October 2020 when he was knocked out by Joaquin Buckley’s sensational and viral spinning kick.
Impa Kasanganay bounced back from that loss with a submission win over Sasha Palatnikov, but he had to retire in December after losing to Carlston Harris. His slump continued at Eagle FC 46 last March, although he returned to winning ways with a unanimous decision win over Jared Gooden at XMMA 5 in July.
The win gave the American fighter a ticket to the Professional Fighters League and moved him closer to a million-dollar payday. He recorded two finishes, one submission and one decision win on his way to a multi-million dollar championship fight against Josh Silveira.
Impa Kasanganay remained cool and collected as she dominated the Brazilian – son of American Top Team co-founder Conan – to claim victory via judges’ decision and a life-changing sum of money. Kasanganay’s victory capped a remarkable story of self-belief, grit and determination – instilled in her by her Congolese parents when she came to America.
Although his fortitude was tested with various trials and tribulations in the arena, it was tested even more when he was homeless and slept in a car outside the gym. In an exclusive interview with SunSport, he recalled, “It’s funny how I look back at a year ago, I’m like, ‘Life is a little different!”
“Every time I walk past that parking lot, I’m like, ‘Wow, now I’m going home, I have a house with a garage.’
And those nights in his car were always in his mind, seconds after he achieved his dream of becoming a world champion. An emotional Kasanganay said in a post-fight interview: “You can (sleep) in the car one day, you can be world champion the next.
“It’s in everything you do. A lot of people here, you don’t know what they’re going through. But once you know that you’re loved unconditionally, you might feel like giving up now, but don’t.”