Nam Phan

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Nam Phan
Born (1983-03-13) March 13, 1983 (age 31)
Westminster, California, United States
Nationality American
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight 61.4 kg (135 lb)
Division Bantamweight
Featherweight
Lightweight
Reach 70.0 in (178 cm)[2]
Fighting out of Garden Grove, California
Team Ma Du Academy
Team Alpha Male
Rank      2nd degree Black belt in Việt Quyền Đạo
     Black belt in Karate
     Black belt in Judo
     Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Professional boxing record
Total 4
Wins 3
By knockout 2
Losses 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 34
Wins 20
By knockout 8
By submission 6
By decision 6
Losses 14
By knockout 4
By decision 10
Other information
Boxing record from Boxrec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Nhat Nam Si Phan[3] (born March 13, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist who 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.

Background[edit]

Born and raised in California, Phan began training in Tae Kwon Do at the age of four. A few years later, Phan began karate and he did that for eight years. By the age of 16, he had earned a second degree black belt in Việt Quyền Đạo, a Vietnamese combat martial art, and also holds a black belt in karate. Phan then began studying Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the year 2000.[4] He is also a professional boxer with a record of 3-1.[5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Phan made his professional mixed martial arts 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[edit]

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,[6] where he would be picked for Team Koscheck as Koscheck's fifth pick (ninth overall).[7]

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. In between rounds, Paige told his corner that his left foot was broken.[8] Phan would go on to continue pressuring Paige in the second round to win the fight.[9]

For his quarter-final fight, Phan was selected to fight Cody McKenzie. Phan defeated McKenzie via TKO (punches) in round 2, securing his spot in the semi-finals.[10] 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.[11]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Phan was expected to face Alex Caceres on December 4, 2010 at the The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Finale. However, Caceres was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Leonard Garcia.[12] Phan lost the fight against Garcia via a controversial split decision. Due to the controversy surrounding the decision, both fighters were awarded a win bonus by the UFC and the fight earned Fight of the Night honors.[13][14] The loss was named as 2010 Robbery of the Year by many MMA websites, most notably by Sherdog.com.[15]

A rematch with Garcia was expected on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24.[16] However, Phan was forced out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Chan Sung Jung.[17]

Phan faced Mike Brown on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133.[18] 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.[19] However, Grice was forced out of the bout with an injury with Leonard Garcia stepping in to replace him.[20][21] Phan won via unanimous decision, also earning both fighters Fight of the Night bonuses.

Phan next faced Jimy Hettes on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141.[22] Phan was dominated by Hettes throughout the fight, unable to stop the many takedowns of his opponent and losing via unanimous decision.

Phan was briefly linked to a bout with Zhang Tie Quan on February 26, 2012 at UFC 144.[23] However, for unknown reasons, the bout never materialized.

Phan faced Cole Miller on August 4, 2012 at UFC on FOX 4 and won a split decision.[24]

Phan faced Dennis Siver on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5, replacing an injured Eddie Yagin.[25] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Phan fought Takeya Mizugaki in a Bantamweight bout on December 7, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 33.[26] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Phan faced Vaughan Lee on March 1, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter: China Finale.[27] He lost the fight via unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the promotion.

Post-UFC career[edit]

In his first fight post-UFC, Phan faced Kenichi Ito at Grandslam MMA: Way of the Cage on July 13, 2014.[28] He won the fight via first round TKO.[29]

Phan then faced Yuki Baba at Pancrase 261 on October 5, 2014. Phan won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the first round.[30]

Bellator MMA[edit]

On October 17, 2014, it was announced that Phan has signed with Bellator. He made his debut for the promotion against Mike Richman on November 15, 2014 at Bellator 131.[31] Phan lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

Personal life[edit]

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. In 2005, Phan co-founded Ma Du Entertainment, a business to promote mixed martial arts fighters.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20–14 Mike Richman TKO (punches) Bellator 131 November 15, 2014 1 0:46 San Diego, California, United States
Win 20–13 Yuki Baba Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase 261 October 5, 2014 1 4:05 Tokyo, Japan
Win 19–13 Kenichi Ito TKO (punches) Grandslam MMA: Way of the Cage July 13, 2014 1 4:27 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 18–13 Vaughan Lee Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter China Finale: Kim vs. Hathaway March 1, 2014 3 5:00 Macau, SAR, China
Loss 18–12 Takeya Mizugaki Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot December 7, 2013 3 5:00 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Bantamweight debut
Loss 18–11 Dennis Siver Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz December 8, 2012 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 18–10 Cole Miller Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera August 4, 2012 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 17–10 Jimy Hettes Decision (unanimous) UFC 141 December 30, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–9 Leonard Garcia Decision (unanimous) UFC 136 October 8, 2011 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States Fight of the Night
Loss 16–9 Mike Brown Decision (unanimous) UFC 133 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 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 April 3, 2010 1 3:20 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 15–7 Isaac DeJesus TKO (punches) TPF 3: Champions Collide February 4, 2010 1 2:55 Lemoore, California, United States For Tachi Palace Fights Featherweight Championship
Loss 15–6 Michihiro Omigawa TKO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 8 May 2, 2009 1 4:52 Tokyo, Japan Featherweight Grand Prix Second Round
Win 15–5 Hideki Kadowaki TKO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 7 March 20, 2009 1 3:09 Tokyo, Japan Featherweight Grand Prix Opening Round
Loss 14–5 Billy Evangelista Decision (split) Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson June 27, 2008 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 14–4 Saad Awad TKO (punches) GC 74: Evolution February 16, 2007 2 0:52 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 13–4 Shad Smith TKO (punches) EFWC: The Untamed October 6, 2007 1 1:11 Anaheim, California, United States
Loss 12–4 Gesias Cavalcante TKO (punches) Dynamite!! USA June 2, 2007 1 0:26 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 12–3 Josh Thomson Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Triple Threat 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 September 9, 2006 2 4:11 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 11–2 Ryan Diaz Decision (split) KOTC: Rapid Fire August 4, 2006 2 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 10–2 Albert Hill Submission (armbar) KOTC 63: Final Conflict December 2, 2005 1 0:12 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 9–2 Joe Frainee Submission (armbar) KOTC 58: Prime Time August 5, 2005 1 3:28 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 8–2 Sost Infante TKO (cut) KOTC 54: Mucho Machismo June 12, 2005 1 0:51 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 7–2 Joey Alvarado KO (punches) KOTC 49: Soboba March 20, 2005 1 1:08 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 6–2 Mike Valdez Submission (triangle choke) KOTC 47: Uprising February 5, 2005 1 0:41 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 5–2 Nick Ertl Decision (split) WEC 11 August 20, 2004 3 5:00 Upland, California, United States
Win 5–1 Eben Kaneshiro Decision (unanimous) Pit Fighting Championship February 7, 2004 3 5:00 Upland, California, United States
Loss 4–1 Rob McCullough Decision (unanimous) PFC: Knucklefest April 5, 2003 2 5:00 California, United States
Win 4–0 Patrick Hoang Decision (unanimous) PFC: Knucklefest April 5, 2003 1 5:00 California, United States
Win 3–0 Brad Levy Decision (split) PFC: Knucklefest April 5, 2003 1 5:00 California, United States
Win 2–0 Brad McCall Submission (guillotine choke) California Pancration Championships June 11, 2002 2 0:42 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 1–0 Jason Maxwell TKO (punches) Cobra Classic 2001 October 6, 2001 2 N/A Anza, California, United States

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sengoku 7 broadcast
  2. ^ Staff (2014-03-01). "UFN Macao Print Card". ufc.com. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  3. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/2010%20Results%20Web/TUF%2012%2006-05-10.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Nam-Phan?id=
  5. ^ http://www.boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=359125&cat=boxer
  6. ^ "Episode no.1 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck"". mmajunkie.com. September 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Episode No. 2 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck"". mmajunkie.com. September 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Episode No. 5 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck"". mmajunkie.com. October 14, 2010. 
  9. ^ "TUF 12, Episode 5 episode recap". mixedmartialarts.com. October 14, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Episode No. 9 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck"". mmajunkie.com. November 10, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Episode No. 11 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck"". mmajunkie.com. December 1, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan slotted for The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale". mmajunkie.com. Dec 1, 2010. 
  13. ^ Michael David Smith. "Ultimate Fighter Finale Results: Leonard Garcia Beats Nam Phan". MMA Fighting. 
  14. ^ http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news/284337/Dana-White-paid-Nam-Phan-the-win-bonus/
  15. ^ Critchfield, Tristen. "Sherdog 2010 Awards: The Complete List Robbery of the Year". Sherdog. Retrieved February 15, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan 2 Headed to UFC Fight Night 24". MMAWeekly.com. January 10, 2011. 
  17. ^ "UFC Fight Night 24: Leonard Garcia vs Chan Sung Jung booked with Nam Phan injured". mmamania.com. March 16, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Featherweights Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan slotted for UFC 133 in Philly". mmajunkie.com. May 11, 2011. 
  19. ^ "UFC 136 Fight Card Update: Nam Phan Steps in for Josh Grispi". MMAWeekly.com. August 11, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Injured Matt Grice out, Nam Phan awaits new UFC 136 opponent". MMAjunkie.com. September 7, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  21. ^ "UFC 136 Fight Card: The Rematch That Never Was, Nam Phan vs. Leonard Garcia". MMAWeekly.com. September 7, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Nam Phan vs. Jim Hettes slated for year-end UFC 141 event". MMAjunkie.com. November 16, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Nam Phan declares 'Asian on Asian crime' at UFC 144". espn.co.uk. January 31, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2012. 
  24. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/28838/ufc-on-fox-4-adds-swick-johnson-grispi-garza-phan-miller-gamburyan-omigawa.mma
  25. ^ Ian Bain (2012-11-14). "Nam Phan replaces Eddie Yagin – fights Dennis Siver at UFC on FOX 5". mmaopinion.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  26. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (2013-09-27). "Takeya Mizugaki vs. Nam Phan booked for UFC Fight Night 33". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  27. ^ Staff (2014-01-30). "TUF China Finale adds Nam Phan vs. Vaughan Lee, tournament finals". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  28. ^ Mookie Alexander (2014-06-20). "Nam Phan booked for Grandslam MMA show in Japan, indicating end to UFC tenure". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  29. ^ Chris Nelson (2014-07-13). "Victor Henry Takes Out Tokoro, Nam Phan Rebounds at Grandslam MMA ‘Way of the Cage’". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  30. ^ "Pancrase - 261". Sherdog.com. 
  31. ^ "Nam Phan signs with Bellator, meets Mike Richman in Bellator 131 main-card opener". MMAJunkie.com. October 17, 2014. 

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