Fuji Sports Australia Sponsorship


Very happy to announce I have some new sponsors and have been selected to be a part of the Fuji Sports Australia Fight Team for 2014. Ever since I got back Read more...

Eternal MMA - Feb 21st 2014


I will be going up a weight class in my next fight which will be on Feb 21st on the Gold Coast, QLD Australia on Eternal MMA against Reece Read more...

BJJ Black Belt


So I was awarded my BJJ Black Belt a week ago and being such a monumental milestone I have been meaning to take the time to write some words Read more...

One FC: Warriors and Champions


I'll be making my One FC debut on September 13th on their "Champions & Warriors" card being held in Jakarta, Indonesia. And it wouldn't be fitting if I wasn't Read more...

Cabra Kai Mixed Martial Arts


So an idea which was embarked on about 10 months ago and a journey which started about 8 years ago I'm proud to say that my own little gym Read more...

Fuji Sports Australia Sponsorship

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Fuji Sports Aus

Very happy to announce I have some new sponsors and have been selected to be a part of the Fuji Sports Australia Fight Team for 2014. Ever since I got back into BJJ competition last year I’ve been wearing Fuji gear so was already a fan of the brand. Now to be sponsored by them and have their support as I dive deeper into competition in 2014 both here in Australia and Internationally feels great.

If you want to check out their stuff check out the links below.

Fuji Sports Australia Website
Fuji Sports Australia Facebook Page
Grappling Store Online Store

Eternal MMA – Feb 21st 2014

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I will be going up a weight class in my next fight which will be on Feb 21st on the Gold Coast, QLD Australia on Eternal MMA against Reece McClaren of Kachi MMA. I was offered this fight with a couple weeks notice back in October last year which I tentatively accepted but due to contract commitments could not go through with the fight. When I was offered the same fight again, this time with a bit more notice too, I thought why the hell not. Having come back from training overseas for a few weeks I was in decent shape to get straight into camp to prepare for this fight. Read more…

BJJ Black Belt

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So I was awarded my BJJ Black Belt a week ago and being such a monumental milestone I have been meaning to take the time to write some words of thanks and reflection but haven’t had much time due to wrapping up work for the year and preparing to head overseas. So I’ve got a few hours left before flying out so now’s my chance…

To say I was surprised to have been awarded my black belt that night is an understatement. I personally didn’t think I was ready as in my head there was so much that I wanted to work on and perfect. Having planned the year ahead with competitions and travel for training and outlining somewhat of a path of what I wanted to do before getting my black belt – so didn’t think I was ready. But like most of my life I’ve always been one to keep working on things, trying to improve wherever possible, striving for perfection and never settling on where I’m at. And if that’s how I naturally am then I don’t think I would ever have been “ready” for a black belt. Read more…

ONE FC Result

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Unfortunately my debut on One FC didn’t go as I’d hoped and came home with a loss via decision. I have to say though that based on the judging criteria that One FC uses whereby the fight is judged as an entirety and not per round, my coach and I thought we should have been given the nod mainly because even though my opponent was on top on the ground for the latter stages of the fight, not much as done on his part and I was more active when I had my chances. But even though I didn’t want the fight to go to the judges, there was not much I could do when you have a world champion BJJ guy laying on top of you – It’s not that just to get up if he wants to hold you down. So congrats to him.

All in all it was a great experience and well looked after by the One FC crew and had a great time. Not many fighters get to travel and fight internationally on such a stage so I’m always grateful of such opportunities.

One FC: Warriors and Champions

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I’ll be making my One FC debut on September 13th on their “Champions & Warriors” card being held in Jakarta, Indonesia. And it wouldn’t be fitting if I wasn’t fighting a champion so I’ve been matched up with BJJ World Champion Almiro Barros fighting out of Evolve MMA. So that would make me the warrior I guess? :)

It’s an exciting matchup and am very excited to fight someone of Barros’ calibre even if this is his MMA debut. Being a World Champion at anything is nothing to be sneezed at so I have been training hard to prepare for a war. But in saying that I’m going in there to make a statement that I am going to be a future force in the flyweight division in One FC.

I have been hindered by physical and mental hurdles in the past, but for the first time in a long time I feel physically great, looking after my body more with better training, better eating and more focus on recovery. Mentally I feel in a much better place than I have been during my last few fights and much happier and relaxed and in the right head space to get through a great productive camp and be more than ready on fight night. Read more…

Cabra Kai Mixed Martial Arts

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So an idea which was embarked on about 10 months ago and a journey which started about 8 years ago I’m proud to say that my own little gym is up and running – Cabra Kai Mixed Martial Arts. It’s not the grandest of places. It’s not the biggest of places. It’s not the most complete of places. But it’s a place that I can call my own and is built from the ground up with the passion, sweat, tears, pain, happiness, friendships, relationships, shortcomings, victories and love for the art and sport. Basically everything that captures my journey, and in many ways… life.

To say that my dream a long time ago was to own and run an MMA gym/business would be lying. The idea and the want and need for it kind of evolved over time. When I started my MMA journey many, many years ago, I didn’t know where I would end up. I didn’t even know how long it would last. As time went on I became more and more passionate about it and followed my heart like most things I did in life. And though there have been many times I’ve used the same instinct and followed my heart and things didn’t turn out the way I wanted, I’m thankful this is one thing that did work out. Read more…

MMA Corner Article – Kian Pham: The White Collar Fighter

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MMA Corner did a great article based on an interview leading up to my Combat 8 fight. Article and link below…

 

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The connotation of a fighter who competes professionally rarely goes hand in hand with a white-collar day job.

For Kian Pham, however, it’s a reality. When he’s not fighting, he’s busy with his career as an Information Technology professional for a globally recognized company that he represents across the Asia-Pacific region.

“I try to keep my job separate to my fighting. I don’t think many of the people I work with are really that familiar with the sport, so it has worked well so far,” Pham revealed in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. Read more…

Combat 8: 3 – vs. Allan Nascimento

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To just officially announce on here, my next fight will be at the third Combat 8 show on April 27th to be held at Big Top Luna Park in Sydney. Hopefully will be home court advantage being in Sydney and at Big Top where I’ve fought 8 previous times for CFC before so the surroundings will be familiar. This time though the rules will be different with the Combat 8 rules only allowing a limited time on the ground so there’ll be a lot more action on the feet.

My opponent is Allan Nascimento from Brazil who comes into this fight with a flawless 7 – 0 MMA record and training our of the well known Chute Boxe team. But flawless records don’t phase me much as everyone loses eventually and I aim to be the one to hand him his first loss.

Physically, preparation for this fight has been very good and I’m working on everything I need to to get the win. Mentally, I think I’m positioned much better than my last fight to be in the right frame of mind to win this fight. Last fight you could almost say I was too content and satisfied with everything and almost didn’t care about the result. I guess I wasn’t as hungry. But after losing my last fight and having parts of my life take a blow since then too, I’m more determined than ever to win. I’m hungry. I’m determined. And I’ve got a chip on my shoulder which will translate to me having no thought of self-preservation on my part and will come out for a war and mean my opponent is going to have a very, very hard time in there.

April 27th…. It’s on…

 

Tiger Muay Thai

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Decided to drop everything and head overseas to train for a bit and ended up at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket for a couple weeks. Was tossing up between TMT and Phuket Top Team and though TMT is a bit more expensive, you get what you pay for and was happy with my choice. Whole facility is much bigger and spacious, the indoor MMA/grappling room was pretty slick and the training was pretty good too.  Read more…

OneFC: Return of Warriors

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Been a while since I’ve posted but much going on and even this is a delayed post. Was lucky enough earlier in the month to attend OneFC: Return of Warriors in Malaysia helping out with cornering duties for fellow Aussie Viet – Thanh “Alladin” Vu who was fighting for a place in the semi finals for the Bantamweight eliminator. OneFC run things like clockwork and was a great show to be apart of, even if this time I was there as more a trainer/spectator than a fighter. I’ll get my change on OneFC soon enough. :) Read more…

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