Local Kung Fu instructor claims MMA fighters can’t fight – challenges former UFC fighter
This fight took place between a 50-year-old Kung Fu instructor, Khai Tran, and 36-year-old, former UFC fighter, Nam Phan.
According to Nam Phan, a local Kung Fu instructor, Khai Tran came to his MMA school saying he wanted to become a professional MMA fighter – thinking he could get a professional fight, impress UFC’s Dana White, become a champion, and then a millionaire…
Nam then explained that in order to become an MMA fighter, Khai would need to get some sparring in.
Khai seemed to take this as a challenge and not for what it actually was; a request for some actual MMA training. The two went back and forth and agreed to a ‘sparring’ match with some stipulations.
Khai claimed that gloves would slow down his movements. Nam agreed to allow the Kung Fu instructor to go bare-knuckle, while Nam would use regulation size amateur MMA gloves and wraps. In my opinion, this is a clear indication that the Kung Fu instructor had little to no sparring or actual combat training experience.
Khai also requested there be no grappling at all, even though he claimed to want to fight with ‘no rules’.
Check out the video to see how the fight went down.
Who is Nam Phan?
Nhat Nam Si Phan, better known as Nam Phan, is an American mixed martial artist and professional boxer. A professional in mixed martial arts since 2001, Phan has also competed for the UFC, WEC, Strikeforce, World Victory Road, and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck. He has competed in a Japanese MMA organization called Pancrase and has won the title of featherweight class King of Pancrase in 2015. His last UFC fight was against Vaughan Lee in March of 2014.
Nam Phan’s ranks:
2nd Degree Black Belt in Việt Quyền Đạo
Black Belt in Karate
Black Belt in Judo
Black Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu [Souce: Wiki]