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...

EverthingMMA.com.au Sponsors Karnage for CFC 14

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I’m excited and proud to annouce that EverythingMMA.com.au has agreed to sponsor me for my next fight at CFC 14 on June 5th. EverythingMMA will support by providing me with my fight shorts, as well as walkout apparel for my cornermen and myself.

Be sure to check out EverythingMMA.com.au for all your MMA Clothing, MMA Equipment and MMA Gear needs and support the people who support me. They were also sponsors of George Sotiropolous and Wanderlei Silva for UFC 110, so you can be assured that you will be dealing with professionals. Thanks!

My Mother and MMA

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So being Mother’s Day today, I thought I’d share a short story about my mother – specifically about her and my decisions to train as a fighter.

Early on, like a lot of people doing martial arts, mum never really liked me doing it. Everytime I’d head off to training she’d remind me of the potential injuries that could occur, and when I came back from training she’d like to throw in how even though I didn’t get hurt in training, that it could possibly happen next time. Mum was always extremely cautious and her constant reminders was just her way of making me to be alert and always mindful of potential outcomes. When I did come home with a limp or whinced when I did something, she liked to remind me of her pervious warnings too. And then came the more serious injuries from training – “One day, you’ll hurt yourself so bad, don’t expect me to spoon feed you in hospital.”

As time went on, it eased up when she realized I wasn’t made of glass and could handle the punishment the training can bring sometimes. She started becoming more observant as well and would kind of know when I had a fight coming up based on my routines with training, schedules and diet and would ask me about it. It was nice to know she was showing kind of interest. And then one day when it was a fight day, she asked me if my fight that night was going to be on TV and what channel was it on so she could watch. This totally threw me off guard – my mum wanting to watch MMA. It’s weird because – to put it in a couple of words – my mum is very asian. Yes, her main motive for wanting to watch was because I was in it, but nevertheless, it was a big thing for me, and for her, to want to watch it.

Unfortunately my fights don’t air live, but she was able to watch the replay a few weeks later. She enjoyed it, and I think she was able to see it’s not as bad as she thought and her son is a tough little cookie. She’s realized it’s just a sport and that I’m well trained to not get seriously hurt. She has taken it all in well and I’m glad about that. The times when I come home limping. When I cut myself and require stitches. When I waddle in with grazes and bruises. The smelly training clothes. She knows it’s all a part of my life now and is OK with it and is more interested and supportive than I thought she’d ever be. Thanks Mum. Love you.

Sponsorship 2010

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A new year, meaning new starts. From about mid-year I’ll be competing again and am looking for new sponsors. Fighters don’t get paid enough as it is, and so am looking to establish new business relationships to address this as well as growing exposure for the sponsors, the sport and myself.

(Puts on salesman voice, and does up top button).

So what does this mean for potential businesses and sponsors?

Well, it’s mainly to get exposure for a company’s name/brand/logo/presence out there. This is done via a few methods such as:

The Internet; aside from this website, the sponsor’s name/logo/URL will be used wherever possible such as Facebook/Twitter/Forums. This not only puts your URL all over the net, but it will ensure your site comes up in google search results way higher than it is now. Try googling “Kian Karnage Pham” – at least the first top 50 results are related to me.

Television: Fights taking place on Cage Fighting Championship are televised on FoxSports and FuelTV in Australia and broadcast on Untamed Sports TV in the United States. I am also in discussions to fight on ESPN Star which is broadcast to 310 million viewers in 24 different countries around Asia. So that’ll be a big one once they find me a match-up. Being well-spoken and a local favourite, I end up doing a lot of televised interviews, so that’s always good.

Sponsors logos/names will be printed on all clothing so that they can be picked up on camera and broadcast to everyone watching, as well as on walkout banners.

Big companies like Gatorade, Nike, etc. need not apply. This is more suited for the smaller companies who want to increase their exposure. Ok kidding, I’d be more than happy to be sponsored by Gatorade and Nike, so  if you’re reading this. Holla. ;) Haha.

Looking forward to a big year in 2010 for myself and Mixed Martial Arts!

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. :-)

UFC 110: Nogueira vs Velasquez

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Finally got some time to blog about UFC 110 yesterday. THE BEST live sporting event I have been to. Hands down. The script couldn’t have been written any better. The Arena was packed with more than 17,000 people. The crowd was filled with predominantly educated fans who knew what was going on during the fights. Everyone was vocal and cheering which lead to a great atmosphere… And George Sotiropolous, the Australian from Geelong, VIC came out on top against Joe Stevenson who is a top-tier 155lb fighter. This fight was the one I was looking forward to the most, and the fight was a great one which went the distance, and George dominated nearly every step of the way. When the fight was over, we didn’t have to wait till the decision was over to know that the Australia had won. The sounds of the packed house which nearly took the roof off, was enough to know what the pending decision would be. Throughout the fight as well, constant cheers of Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, and “Cmon Aussie Cmon” got the excitement going and made me feel proud to be Australian.

The rest of the night’s fights were pretty good too. All in all, UFC 110 had one of the best card of fights for a while. People on forums and websites from other countries are still fuming about how shit their cards have been in the past, and Australia got a great card. Cry me a river I say. :)

It was a truly great and memorable week having the UFC in Australia. From seeing all the MMA buzz around, to meeting fighters, to seeing a UFC live, and to see some of the best in the world compete in something I’m trying to grow has been an amazing experience. Bring on the next one!

UFC Q&A and Weigh ins

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Today I went to the UFC Q&A session with Dana White which was for UFC FightClub members as well as attending the official weigh ins and I only have one word – awesome! I’ve seen a lot of these, as well as the people at these events many times on TV before, but to be there live and amongst it all was a whole new level. Like Thursday’s signings, there was a lot of buzz in the air, but today was 10 fold. I can’t even imagine what the actual event is going to be like tomorrow. I think the roof will come off!

Anyways, here’s my blog from the day. When we got there, there was a very, very long line. It was so long, it kind of looped back on itself. Luckily for us, it was the line for the autograph signings, and as we had already met the same fighters (Couture, Akiyama, Maynard) the other day, so we didn’t have to line up there. There was a special line for the FightClub members (which I happily paid $35USD for two nights before) which was much shorter, and we got in, in less than 10 minutes.

When we got inside Acer Arena, there was the signings section again with the three fighters from Thursday signing, the usual merchandise area, and just heaps of people walking around with TapOut wear.

We had FightClub wristbands so was able to go into the Q&A session early. Sat around talking to Steve Perceval and John Sharp who will be the two Aussie refs who will be Official UFC Refs tomorrow. Great gig! John was nice enough to sneak me through the curtains to get a pic with the cage. Thanks Big John!

It was a bit after 12pm, before the “MAN” came – Dana White. He spent the next 90 mins or so answering questions from the fans in the audience. He’s as straight up as it gets, and it’s always good to hear him talk – swear words and all. One of the questions came from a guy who was from America and had no tickets. Without getting on his knees, asked Dana if he could get some tickets. After asking the crowd, and receiving a loud cheer, Dana decided to give the American some tickets. Due to the crowd’s response, Dana went on to say that we (Aussies) truly are the nicest people on the planet. Touché.

After Q&A, the weigh ins began. Joe Rogan MCed as usual, and the atmosphere was electric. Loud roars to the fighters. Special mention to hometown boy George Sotiropolous and Pride Legend, Wanderlei Silva. I was sitting quite close to where the fighters exited after they weighed in, but the stupid spotlights kept shining down my camera so not many pics came out. Below is one with Rampage in it, because I’ve yet to get a pic with him. This is as close as I’ve come so far.

After weigh ins were done, I managed to catch up with a few other UFC faces and take some pics with them, including Jacob “Stitch” Duran, Mark Munoz and Chris Lytle. Chris was an awesome guy, and came back out and gave me a TapOut hat.

And here is me with my new TapOut hat. :)

Was a great day. A nice warm-up to tomorrow’s main event, and the way I feel now, I think tomorrow is going to be an EPIC day. :)

UFC is nearly here…

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UFC 110 is coming this weekend, and I haven’t posted a while. Have been busy with holiday plans, and tying things up at work, but finally got off my ass to get invovled with the buzz – and boy was there a buzz in the air. After regretfully missing the signing with Wanderlei Silva and Joe Stevenson a while back, I made sure to attend today’s signing. I have to admit my main motivation was hearing that Arianny Celeste was going to be there. Randy Couture was second. After hearing Arianny dropped out, I figured I’d still go make the trip which is about an hour for me. Not sure when I’ll ever get to meet a UFC Hall of Famer since I won’t be attending his seminars. So the three fighters who were confirmed for today were Randy Couture, Gray Maynard and Yoshihiro Akiyama.

Arrived there around 5:30pm for the 6pm signing, and when the line started moving around 6:15pm we noticed a bit of activity happening behind us. And what do you know? Rashad Evans was walking on by. Fans started taking pictures, and people started taking photos with him. I had to get in there and grab a pic.

Seeing Rashad and taking a picture with him kinda made up for Arianny not being there. I’m still going to try and get a pic with her. :) Rashad was in and out quite quick as he wasn’t there for the signing. I think he had just been walking through.

The signings with the other fighters were pretty uneventful for myself. I just spoke a few friendly words to them – welcoming to Oz and how it was a REAL pleasure to meet them (mainly Randy). I didn’t really ask them much about MMA or fighting, cause i’m sure they’ve been asked a million times, and there’s no advice they could give me in the 14.3 seconds I had with them each, that would ever take my fight game to the next level. Just meeting them, and being in their presence was enough for me. One for the memory bank. Here’s a picture with the others…

After leaving the signing there was a real buzz in there. I mean I had known the UFC was coming, but after today, I REALLY knew the UFC was coming. Tomorrow being the last working day of the week, the weekend’s festivities are eagerly anticipated. I’ve even signed up to the UFC Fight Club to get in on the Q&A session on Saturday, and hoping to capture some more awesome experiences. Stay tuned…

BJJ Training Retrospective

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Found this on a forum about BJJ and found it to be very true (and amusing too because of its truth).

* 90% of the folks that you start with at white belt will never make it to black belt.
* You will be one of those 90 percent that never reaches black belt unless you really want it.
* Injury is 100 percent guaranteed at each belt level.
* Family members will try to talk you into quitting after each injury, especially if surgery is required. and if you really don’t want to be a black belt, their comments will make sense and you will quit.
* Listen to your body and rest when you’re hurt. BJJ is a marathon race, not a sprint.
* There’s a thin line between being hurt and injured. Don’t ignore the warning signs.
* BJJ is ALL EGO, regardless of the old “leave your ego at the door” mantra.
* Keep a flower pot at the office large enough to soak my sore wrists, hands and elbows during the day.
* Never train hard without a good warm-up first. if you’re intentionally skipping warm-ups so you can save energy for your matches, you’re going to pay for it someday.
* To not listen to training advice from other white belts over my instructor.
* Everyone online sounds smarter and better equipped to teach you than your instructor.
* Too much bjj info (e.g. DVDs, books, magazines, etc.) is just as bad as not enough bjj info.
* Good grapplers are training, not spending all day posting about who’s the best grappler or where they train.
* If you don’t have training goals in the beginning, someone will give you their agenda for what they want you to be and you may not like it.
* The grappler that thinks “drilling is a waste of time” will be an average grappler at best.
* You don’t have to be at the gym to train.
* Competitions will reveal all your bad habits that you can either hide or ignore in the gym.
* Start learning takedowns as a white belt. that way, you won’t be a blue/purple/brown belt that can only jump guard or butt scoot.
* The paintbrush and every other basic technique that you think is useless will work if you take time to learn how to set them up and execute them correctly.
* If you have to think about doing a technique, you don’t know it.
* Drill at least 10-15 mins after class every day on the technique you just learned to help reinforce it in your muscle memory.
* Trust your coach to build you as a grappler, not strangers that you only talk to online.
* White belts don’t have a style, regardless of what they think.
* Never let anyone intimidate you on the mat.
* Remember to breathe when sparring. if you run out of gas too quickly every time you roll, you’re probably holding your breath.
* Never be afraid to tap with a partner, it’s really not that important

Fight Life: MMA Documentary by James Z. Feng

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Came across this in some MMA news. Looks like a very interesting documentary made which goes through the stuff people don’t see and know about MMA fighters. Something I would be keen to watch in full when it comes out in 2010.

Harder, Better, Stronger, Faster*…

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So the year is winding to an end, but I’ve already started thinking about the new year. I took about 2 months off after my last fight to heal a chronic groin injury and I’ve been back in training for a number of weeks now and just going through the motions. Not as intense as training would get when preparing for a fight, but still very good and hard sessions.

I’ve mapped out the next 6 months, and the basic goal is to get better at every aspect of the MMA game. To focus on increasing the knowledge and skills and to be a much better athlete. There’s always room to improve for myself, and I can still get better in everything I do. What has helped is the fact that I am quite small in stature. My training partners are always physically bigger and it adds as a driving factor for me to balance the playing field and get better in other aspects.

So for strength, I’ve started hitting the gym again for weights. Need to win every battle when it comes down to that. For my immediate goals for wrestling it will be to always remain on top when I get top position and always scramble to the advantage position first. Will have to just focus on the ground component of wrestling for now as most of my wrestling partners are training in Japan.

For my BJJ, I’m just increasing my repertoire of techniques from all positions. When I changed gyms about a year ago, I essentially stopped increasing my skills in this field from not attending any proper classes. I’m back to three classes a week at the Lion’s Den with a proper black belt instructor, and so far it’s been helping my game heaps on a week to week basis, especailly rolling with the instructor every class, and with the other browns and purples. Lastly, for striking, am having 1 on 1 muay thai sessions with my trainer three mornings a week to round off my striking. Will get back to the weekly sparring sessions once the new year starts with the rest of the team back.

So that’s the plan. Harder, better, stronger, faster*. Not really looking for any fights in the next 6 months, as holiday season is approaching and I’m off to my own holiday break in March. When I get back from that, i’ll have a training camp and look to return to the cage Harder, Better, Stronger and Faster…

*Taken from the title of the Daft Punk song. =)