Nam Phan

Nam Phan
Nam Phan
Born March 13, 1983 (1983-03-13) (age 28)
Westminster, California, United States
Other names Naplam
Nationality American
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight 65.8 kg (145 lb)[1]
Division Featherweight
Lightweight
Reach 69 in (180 cm)
Style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai, Karate, Quyen Dao
Fighting out of Garden Grove, California
Team Ma Du Academy[1]
Rank      black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
     black belt in Karate

     2nd degree black belt in Quyen Dao
Professional boxing record
Total 4
Wins 3
By knockout 2
Losses 1
Draws 0
Mixed martial arts record
Total 26
Wins 17
By knockout 7
By submission 5
By decision 5
Losses 9
By knockout 3
By decision 6
Other information
Boxing record from Boxrec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Nam Phan (born March 13, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the featherweight and lightweight divisions. He was a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck. Currently, Phan is signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, fighting in their featherweight division.

Contents

Mixed martial arts career

Background

Nam Phan takes pride in his Vietnamese heritage and is avid part of the Vietnamese-American community. He proudly displays both the American and South Vietnamese flag on his gi as a symbol of his pride in the freedom of his current home and of his lost homeland. Phan owns and runs the Madu Academy, where he teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as boxing and Muay Thai.

Phan began training in Taekwondo at the age of 4. By the age of 16, he had earned a 2nd degree black belt in Quyen Dao Vietnam, a Vietnamese combat martial art, and also holds a black belt in Karate. Phan then began studying jiu-jitsu in the year 2000. In 2005, Phan co-founded Ma Du Entertainment, a business to promote mixed martial arts fighters. He is also a professional boxer with a record of three wins and one loss.[2]

Early career

Nam Phan made his professional debut against Jason Maxwell in October 2001, and won due to a second-round TKO. He then won his following three fights also, before tasting defeat at the hands of Rob McCullough in April 2003. In December 2006, and now with a 12-2 record, he made his promotonal debut with Strikeforce against Josh Thomson at Strikeforce: Triple Threat. He lost via unanimous decision, however, and was also defeated in his next, and last, Strikeforce fight against Billy Evangelista at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson.

He then won the Extreme Fighters World Championships by defeating Shad Smith via TKO at 1:11 of the first round on October 6, 2007.

In 2009, he took part in he Sengoku Raiden Championship's Featherweight Grand Prix where he defeated Hideki Kadowaki in the opening round. In the second round, at Sengoku 8, Phan was defeated by Michihiro Omigawa.

The Ultimate Fighter

Phan signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship to appear on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck. On the debut episode, Phan defeated Mike Budnik via TKO after a liver shot and follow-up punches. Phan therefore earned entrance into the house,[3] where he would be picked for Team Koscheck as Koscheck's fifth pick (ninth overall).[4]

In the preliminary fight, Phan fought Spencer Paige, winning via unanimous decision to give Koscheck's team their first win. The first round was closely contested until the final seconds where Phan got a takedown, ground and pounded, and then applied a kimura. During the break Paige told his corner that the kimura may have broken his arm.[citation needed] Phan would go on to continue pressuring Paige in the second round to win the fight.

For his quarter-final fight, Phan was selected to fight Cody McKenzie. Nam defeated McKenzie via TKO (punches) in round 2, securing his spot in the semi-finals.[5] In the semi-final round, Phan faced Michael Johnson. In a back-and-forth fight, Johnson scored takedowns. The consensus at the fight was that Johnson won the opening round, whilst Phan won the second. The third round, however, was argued over, with the coach of each respective fighter believing that their fighter took it. Johnson was declared the winner via split decision.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Phan faced Leonard Garcia at the The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Finale. Phan was originally scheduled to face Alex Caceres but Caceres was forced off the card with an injury.[7] Instead Phan faced WEC/UFC veteran, Leonard Garcia. Phan lost the fight against Garcia via a controversial split decision. Due to the controversy surrounding the decision, Phan was still awarded a win bonus by the UFC and the fight earned "Fight of the Night" honors.[8][9] The loss was named as 2010 Robbery of the Year by many MMA websites, most notably by Sherdog.com.[10]

A rematch with Garcia was expected on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24.[11] However, Phan was forced out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Chan Sung Jung.[12]

Phan faced Mike Brown on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133.[13] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Phan was expected to face Matt Grice on October 8, 2011 at UFC 136, replacing an injured Josh Grispi.[14] However, Grice was forced out of the bout with an injury with Leonard Garcia stepping in to replace him.[15][16] Phan won via unanimous decision, also earning both fighters Fight of the Night bonuses.

Phan is expected to face Jim Hettes on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141.[17]

Championships and achievements

Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Fight of the Night (Two times)
Sherdog

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 17-9 Leonard Garcia Decision (unanimous) UFC 136 02011-10-08 October 8, 2011 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States Fight of the Night
Loss 16–9 Mike Brown Decision (unanimous) UFC 133 02011-08-06 August 6, 2011 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 16–8 Leonard Garcia Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Finale 02010-12-04 December 4, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night
Win 16–7 Rodney Rhoden Submission (armbar) Civic Disobedience 2 02010-04-03 April 3, 2010 1 3:20 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 15–7 Isaac DeJesus TKO (punches) TPF 3: Champions Collide 02010-02-04 February 4, 2010 1 2:55 Lemoore, California, United States For Tachi Palace Fights Featherweight Title
Loss 15–6 Michihiro Omigawa TKO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 8 02009-05-02 May 2, 2009 1 4:52 Tokyo, Japan Featherweight Grandprix 2nd Round
Win 15–5 Hideki Kadowaki TKO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 7 02009-03-20 March 20, 2009 1 3:09 Tokyo, Japan Featherweight Grandprix Opening Round
Loss 14–5 Billy Evangelista Decision (split) Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson 02008-06-27 June 27, 2008 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 14–4 Saad Awad TKO (punches) GC 74: Evolution 02007-02-16 February 16, 2007 2 0:52 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 13–4 Shad Smith TKO (punches) EFWC: The Untamed 02007-10-06 October 6, 2007 1 1:11 Anaheim, California, United States
Loss 12–4 Gesias Cavalcante TKO (punches) Dynamite!! USA 02007-06-02 June 2, 2007 1 0:26 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 12–3 Josh Thomson Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Triple Threat 02006-12-08 December 8, 2006 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States For Strikeforce Lightweight Championship
Win 12–2 Aric Nelson TKO (punches) FCP: Malice at Cow Palace 02006-09-09 September 9, 2006 2 4:11 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 11–2 Ryan Diaz Decision (split) KOTC: Rapid Fire 02006-08-04 August 4, 2006 2 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 10–2 Albert Hill Submission (armbar) KOTC 63: Final Conflict 02005-12-02 December 2, 2005 1 0:12 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 9–2 Joe Frainee Submission (armbar) KOTC 58: Prime Time 02005-08-05 August 5, 2005 1 3:28 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 8–2 Sost Infante TKO (cut) KOTC 54: Mucho Machismo 02005-06-12 June 12, 2005 1 0:51 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 7–2 Joey Alvarado KO (punches) KOTC 49: Soboba 02005-03-20 March 20, 2005 1 1:08 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 6–2 Mike Valdez Submission (triangle choke) KOTC 47: Uprising 02005-02-05 February 5, 2005 1 0:41 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 5–2 Nick Ertl Decision (split) WEC 11 02004-08-20 August 20, 2004 3 5:00 Upland, California, United States
Win 5–1 Eben Kaneshiro Decision (unanimous) Pit Fighting Championship 02004-02-07 February 7, 2004 3 5:00 Upland, California, United States
Loss 4–1 Rob McCullough Decision (unanimous) PFC: Knucklefest 02003-04-05 April 5, 2003 2 5:00 California, United States
Win 4–0 Patrick Hoang Decision (unanimous) PFC: Knucklefest 02003-04-05 April 5, 2003 1 5:00 California, United States
Win 3–0 Brad Levy Decision (split) PFC: Knucklefest 02003-04-05 April 5, 2003 1 5:00 California, United States
Win 2–0 Brad McCall Submission (guillotine choke) California Pancration Championships 02002-06-11 June 11, 2002 2 0:42 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 1–0 Jason Maxwell TKO (punches) Cobra Classic 2001 02001-10-06 October 6, 2001 2 N/A Anza, California, United States

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Sengoku 7 broadcast
  2. ^ http://www.boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=359125&cat=boxer
  3. ^ "Episode no.1 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck"". mmajunkie.com. September 16, 2010. http://mmajunkie.com/news/20660/episode-no-1-recap-the-ultimate-fighter-12-team-gsp-vs-team-koscheck.mma. 
  4. ^ "Episode No. 2 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck"". mmajunkie.com. September 22, 2010. http://mmajunkie.com/news/20738/episode-no-2-recap-the-ultimate-fighter-12-team-gsp-vs-team-koscheck.mma. 
  5. ^ "Episode No. 9 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck"". mmajunkie.com. November 10, 2010. http://mmajunkie.com/news/21344/episode-no-9-recap-the-ultimate-fighter-12-team-gsp-vs-team-koscheck.mma. 
  6. ^ "Episode No. 11 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck"". mmajunkie.com. December 1, 2010. http://mmajunkie.com/news/21554/episode-no-11-recap-the-ultimate-fighter-12-team-gsp-vs-team-koscheck.mma. 
  7. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale fight card set, five bouts slated for Spike TV". MMAjunkie. http://mmajunkie.com/news/21594/the-ultimate-fighter-12-finale-fight-card-set-five-bouts-set-for-spike-tv.mma. 
  8. ^ Michael David Smith. "Ultimate Fighter Finale Results: Leonard Garcia Beats Nam Phan". MMA Fighting. http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/12/04/ultimate-fighter-finale-results-leonard-garcia-beats-nam-phan. 
  9. ^ http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news/284337/Dana-White-paid-Nam-Phan-the-win-bonus/
  10. ^ Critchfield, Tristen. "Sherdog 2010 Awards: The Complete List Robbery of the Year". Sherdog. http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/12/Sherdog-2010-Awards-The-Complete-List-29335. Retrieved February 15, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan 2 Headed to UFC Fight Night 24". MMAWeekly.com. January 10, 2011. http://mmaweekly.com/leonard-garcia-vs-nam-phan-2-headed-to-ufc-fight-night-24. 
  12. ^ "UFC Fight Night 24: Leonard Garcia vs Chan Sung Jung booked with Nam Phan injured". mmamania.com. March 16, 2011. http://www.mmamania.com/2011/3/16/2055079/ufc-fight-night-24-leonard-garcia-vs-chan-sung-jung-booked-with-nam. 
  13. ^ "Featherweights Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan slotted for UFC 133 in Philly". mmajunkie.com. May 11, 2011. http://mmajunkie.com/news/23568/featherweights-mike-brown-vs-nam-phan-slotted-for-ufc-133-in-philly.mma. 
  14. ^ "UFC 136 Fight Card Update: Nam Phan Steps in for Josh Grispi". MMAWeekly.com. August 11, 2011. http://mmaweekly.com/ufc-136-fight-card-update-nam-phan-steps-in-for-josh-grispi. 
  15. ^ "Injured Matt Grice out, Nam Phan awaits new UFC 136 opponent". MMAjunkie.com. September 7, 2011. http://mmajunkie.com/news/25118/injured-matt-grice-out-nam-phan-awaits-new-ufc-136-opponent.mma. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  16. ^ "UFC 136 Fight Card: The Rematch That Never Was, Nam Phan vs. Leonard Garcia". MMAWeekly.com. September 7, 2011. http://mmaweekly.com/ufc-136-fight-card-the-rematch-that-never-was-nam-phan-vs-leonard-garcia. 
  17. ^ "Nam Phan vs. Jim Hettes slated for year-end UFC 141 event". MMAjunkie.com. November 16, 2011. http://mmajunkie.com/news/26113/nam-phan-vs-jim-hettes-slated-for-year-end-ufc-141-event.mma. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  18. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/7/Sherdogs-2010-Misc-Awards-29168

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