Karate black belt challenges UFC veteran in his own gym
Before the UFC was founded, the legendary Gracie Family challenged various styles of competing martial arts styles to prove the superiority of their brand of Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which typically resulted in a tap out. With the advent of the UFC and the sport of MMA evolving into what we see today, a lot of traditional martial artists are still eager t to prove their style is superior only this time they’re taking on the ‘style’ of mixed martial arts as opposed to Gracie Jiujitsu.
At Nam Phan’s MMA gym, a Kempo Karate black belt issued a friendly challenge to spar with the mixed martial arts veteran so he could get a taste of what it was like to face a professional mixed martial artist and test his Kempo karate.
The rules were simple, the first three rounds were to be contested in kickboxing and the last three being mixed martial arts according to Nam after footage of the bout was posted.
Unfortunately, the Kempo representative despite his size advantage of the natural featherweight was not able to make it through all the rounds, as Nam was able to stalk him around the ring punishing his challenger with body shot after body shot before sealing the deal.
After the challenge was all said and done the Kempo stylist announced he would like to train at the academy.
Nhat Nam Si Phan (born March 13, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist who currently competes for Bellator MMA. A professional competitor 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. In 2015 he captured the King of Pancrase featherweight title. He holds black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. [source: wiki]