MMA Corner did a great article based on an interview leading up to my Combat 8 fight. Article and link below…
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…
MMA Downunder asked for me for an interview for a fighter profile feature they had for their site. Below is the excerpt of the main interview. Thanks MMA Downunder for doing the feature on me.
1) Where are you originally from and where did you grow up?
- I was born in Vietnam and my family moved to Australia as refugees when I was one. I grew up in the eastern suburbs of Sydney but pretty much spent most of my life living in the western suburbs of Sydney.
2) Why did you first get into martial arts and how old were you?
- My first exposure to martial arts was when I was 15 yrs old (which is 17 yrs ago – man i’m an old fart. haha). I did Wushu which is basically Chinese Kung Fu. The story behind that was that back in the 90s I was a huge Jet Li fan and I had a friend who knew a Master who actually trained with Jet Li back in China and were friends, so that basically got me to do it. I only did it for two years though. Fast forward to 2006 and that’s when I started my first BJJ class which was when the real path to MMA started. So you can say I was a late bloomer. Read more…
So it’s been more than two months since I’ve given any updates and that mainly has to do with some injuries, holiday season and travelling. But I’m back into everything and that means even some time to stop by MMA News Asia to do another podcast interview to update on the last few months and what lies ahead for me in the next few months. I’ll be doing an official post soon about my future plans too.
Yesterday I did a podcast interview with MMA News Asia where they were interested to get a very candid and personal history about myself and get some insight into the life and mind of an MMA fighter. We discussed my humble beginnings in MMA, about how and when I started training; the joys of winning and the challenges of losing; what I have planned for the future; some discussion on next week’s CFC 19 event and a lot of other bits and pieces.