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...


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…

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…

Combat 8: 3 – vs. Allan Nascimento

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Combat 8: 3 Matchup Poster

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…


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…

ONE Fighting Championship

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A new MMA promotion is starting up in Asia called One Fighting Championship and is looking to be the next big thing here in this region for MMA. The promotion is headed by the same director who headed the successful Martial Combat promotion out of Singapore most recently. ONE FC will also be based out of Singapore for its first show set to go on September 3rd and has been themed to be matching Champions vs Champions – which sounds like it’ll be a huge and exciting first show. Read more…

CFC 17: Trekko vs Lisita

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Wishing my brothers in arms the best of luck this Friday. I’ll be flying up to support them. KP.

Reposting from Lion’s Den Academy website.

“CFC 17 is on this Friday June 3rd up on the Gold Coast with four of the boys fighting. Mo Kandeel, Steven Semrany and Adam Sarkis will be taking a step up in competition and making their CFC debut on this QLD show. Rob Lisita will be headlining the event with a Lightweight Title fight against Bernardo Trekko. Rob has trained very hard for this fight and we all believe his time is now, and you will be seeing a new Lightweight champ come Friday night. Rob is hungry and wants it more and has a lot of motivation for this fight. It should be a very good performance from Rob no doubt.

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CFC 16

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CFC 16 happened on Friday and was a great start to the CFC year. It was a much anticipated show for a couple reasons. Firstly, we hadn’t seen any CFC action since last October, and also because 5 of the fellas were fighting.

We ended up getting 4 out of 5 wins, with the loss coming by points decision for Alex, but the fight itself was easily the fight of the night. It was pretty much a standup war between the two. Chris Patterson started us off with a 1st round TKO win dropping his opponent with a nice elbow. Before that he landed a lot of good knees which hurt his opponent. Charlie Sukkar pulled off a first round armbar from the bottom. Was picked up and slammed a couple times, but he never let of the arm and the other guy eventually had to tap.  Josh Payne came away with a nice triangle/armbar combination finish in the first round as well. He too was not scared of the slam. :) And finally, as usual, Hector who is ex-Lion’s Den and now ATT, finished his opponent with some nasty elbows which cut his opponent open, and the doctor had to stop the fight. Read more…


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TUFFA 9 happened on the weekend up at the Central Coast and two of the boys from Lion’s Den were fighting. Both boys won their fights. Charlie Sukkar didn’t mess around and took the fight to the ground and was able to work ground and pound, eventually making his way to mount and finishing the fight in the first round via ref stoppage. Steve Semrany went the 3 round distance coming back from a slow start to being more aggressive in the second round and third rounds and taking the unanimous decision. Great win for Steve who had lost his previous two fights and then having a layoff from fighting, so it was a much needed win for him. Read more…

CFC 15: Oct 8th – Gold Coast

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Been a delay making an official post on this, but I’ve been bit busy. However, I will be fighting this Friday on the Gold Coast at CFC 15 against Tyson “Kamikaze” Kroehn. This should be a very entertaining fight and I’m very excited to fight Tyson. Had a confirmation on the fight a while ago, so have had good preparation for it. What do I know about Tyson? I know he’s a good kid and growing into a very good fighter. I’m very sure there will be much respect in both directions come fight time. Read more…

Late fight entry to TUFFA 7 – Campbelltown

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So after a few people pulling out of TUFFA 7, I was offered to fight on the card a couple days ago which is set for this Saturday the 28th. It’s not exactly a lot of notice, but after some consideration and some extra negotiation, I’ve decided to take the fight against Nick Honstein from the USA, who is fighting out of Platinum Extreme gym. Read more…