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...


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.

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…

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 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…

Martial Combat 5 – Wrap up

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Back in Aus from Singapore for ESPN’s Martial Combat 5 and had a bittersweet experience. The overall trip was awesome as it was a great experience fighting overseas for the first time. We were well looked after by the promoters and everything was run exceptionally well. The atmosphere was great and it was fun being around so many fighters before, during and after the fights. Travelling with the Lion’s Den team was also a load of fun.

On the down side though, both Josh and I came back with a loss. For my fight, I felt I controlled most of my fight and did what was needed to win the fight. Everyone i’ve spoken to who has seen the fight believes I got robbed of the win. I’ve watched the fight again myself and I don’t know what the judges were seeing, and have no clue as to how they were scoring. I even had a CSA judge from Australia have a look at it, and based on agression, ring control, takedowns and groundwork, I should have won the fight. My opponent did land a few punches here and there, but they were not significant and I don’t think he did anything else worth scoring. As the saying goes, you don’t want to leave it in the hands of the judges, but I think they got it very wrong.

Overall, besides the dubious decision, everything else was awesome which made up for the loss I guess. I hope I get asked to come back on a future show to finish a fight and not leave it in the hands of the judges again.

Here’s footage of my fight if you want to judge if I got robbed or not.

Calm Before The Storm…

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All the hard training is over and we’ll be flying out tomorrow to Singapore for Martial Combat. It has been another tough camp leading up to this fight as it always is, and I’m in great conidtion. We have a stopover in Manila (Philippines) for a few hours before we make our final way to Singapore and land late Sunday night.

Summary of the week ahead is as follows:

- Monday is a free day with no commitments so we should fit in some relaxing and go do some stuff during the day.

- Tuesday begins the formal proceedings with medical checkups, tv shoots, and official weigh ins.

- Wednesday has Josh doing his own weigh ins, and my fight night which will be around 8pm local time. I’m the first fight, which is good, cause I always like to get my fight out of the way.

- Thursday will be Josh’s fight night, and he’ll be fight number 3. Then after all the fights are over will be the official after party at Big Easy at Resorts World Sentosa. I’m sure the night will go far into the morning to make use of out time there, as we fly out the next afternoon and land back in Sydney on Saturday morning.

I’m hoping for a very good fight, and of course a win result. Should be a good experiencing travelling with the team. I probably won’t be blogging during the trip, but will write up something when I get back. I’ll have more real time updates from my facebook page.

See ya all in a week.

ESPN and Star Sports Present: Martial Combat

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My next fight will be in two weeks in Singapore on a show run by ESPN called Martial Combat on July 14th. This show aims to bring all the best fighters around Asia Pacific and broadcast the fights and entertainment to a potential audience of 350 million people across 24 countries. I’ve been working to get on this show since the beginning of the year, and as you can see the scope is quite big. I’m glad I was able to get in a fight last month, which hopefullycleared the cobwebs from having sat out for 10 months since my previous fight and will be ready to showcase myself on this bigger stage.

My opponent will be Jiang Long Yun from China, who comes from a Boxing and Wrestling/Judo background. From what I’ve seen, he looks like a tough fighter once again and should be another good test for me. Also fighting on the same show is friend and team mate, Josh Payne who will be up against Robert “The Beast” Washington. Originally from the USA, but now resides in Guam, Robert looks like a strong wrestler, and is currently unbeaten with 9 wins. Unfortunately, everyone eventually loses, so I’m happy to be there when Josh gives him his first loss. :)

We have a couple of friends who will be making the trip to support out of their own pocket which will be good support. Should be a good experience for all, and having been to Singapore many times before, it will be a great country to host this.

Will keep you all informed of the events leading up to and on the day. Cheers.

Holidays are over….

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So I just got back from a month long vacation in North America. I pretty much circled the United States and visited Mexico as well. There was too much going on over there, so I had little time for training. The upside to that is that all my injuries are pretty much healed. The main injury was a sprained wrist from a few months ago and was taking a lifetime to get better, but since i’ve been back, it feels almost 100%.

The time away from training was also good, not only to heal the body, but to clear the mind and bring back the drive and motivation to fight again. Not more than 24 hours after I arrived back in Australia, I was back at training again – and it was good to be back. I’m back hard into it as i’m trying to get my fitness back.

My target schedule to return to the cage looks to be in June. I’ll have more specific details in the coming weeks as it’s still a while away, but considering I need to get back the fighting fitness, 10 weeks is good prep time. I’m aiming to have at least 3 fights by the end of the year and already have booked spots on some shows, so it’s definitely going to happen. As I said, the motivational drive to fight is definitely back in full swing, and I can’t wait to just scrap. :-)