Peter Graham (fighter)
Graham at K-1 World GP 2007 in Hong Kong press conference
5 August 1975 |
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Other names||The Chief|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||114 kg (251 lb; 17 st 13 lb)|
|Fighting out of||Tokyo, Japan|
|Trainer||Melvin Menor (Muay Thai)|
|Rank||2nd Degree Black belt in Kyokushin Karate
Blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
|Years active||2000–present (Kickboxing)|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Spouse||Silvia dos Santos|
|Boxing record from Boxrec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Originally from Australia, Graham competed in rugby growing up and began training in Kyokushin Karate at the age of 18. Graham quickly demonstrated his talents, winning his first tournament in an under yellow belt division about half a year later. In 1999 at the age of 23, Graham won the Amateur Australian and New Zealand Open Weight Championships and soon also became the South Pacific Champion. Graham then moved to Ikebukuro in Tokyo, Japan to further hone his skills and live in a dojo. However, Graham only completed three months of this rigorous training before having to return to Australia after his brother Matthew died of a heroin overdose. Graham would earn his black belt in only five years.
Graham had began kickboxing and boxing at the age of 21 and before turning professional he captured the World Kickboxing Federation World Amateur Heavyweight Championship from New Zealand's Shane Wijohn, finishing his amateur career undefeated (17-0). Graham turned professional in 2000 and attained instant success, defeating Ben Hamilton in K-1 Oceania Revenge by TKO and then Clay Aumitagi.
In 2001 he defeated Mark Hunt, the K-1 World GP Champion of the year. He won his second WKBF Super Heavyweight title the next year, and won the Kings of Oceania 2004 championship after defeating his long-term rival Jason Suttie.
In 2006, Peter had a feud with Badr Hari in K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Auckland. Hari mocked Graham that he is a has-been, and Hari is the future. A brawl at the press conference instigated by Hari kissing Graham hyped up their match. The real match was won by Peter, via his trademark "Rolling Thunder" spinning kick, which broke Hari's jaw. Hari was sidelined for almost a year.
On 31 December 2006 at K-1 PREMIUM 2006 Dynamite!!, Graham fought against the four time K-1 heavyweight champion, Dutch man from the Seidokaikan dojo Semmy Schilt in a 5 round match and lost by unanimous decision (3-0).
On 5 August 2007, Graham and Hari met for a revenge fight in K-1 World GP 2007 in Hong Kong as one of the three super bouts of the event, held in Hong Kong for the very first time. This time, Hari was more alert to the threat of a Rolling Thunder by Graham. Both fighters could not show their top performances as Hari won the fight by points. Graham tried the Rolling Thunder Kick twice in the last moments of the fight, but could not connect with Hari.
He is competed in a Heavyweight Tournament at Global FC 3 in Dubai on 29 May 2014, defeating Arnold Oborotov via an extension round majority decision in the semi-finals before losing to Badr Hari by first round TKO in the final.
Mixed martial arts career
After training with PRIDE veteran Akira Shoji, Peter made his MMA debut in World Victory Road on 5 March 2008 against the seasoned Japanese MMA fighter Kazuyuki Fujita, and was defeated by submission in the first round. Graham undeterred by the loss returned to for the World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 4, where he again he fought valiantly in a much closer match against French grappler Moise Rimbon but Graham was submitted early in the second round.
Over the course of the following two years Graham proceed to hone his BJJ skills in Brazil, earning a blue belt, and continued to fight at elite level matches around the globe matched against the likes of Rolles Gracie Jr.. In July 2010 Graham defeated American K-1 Champion Carter Williams.
In 2012, Graham defeated Konstantin Gluhov twice by KO & TKO.
On Australian modified MMA promotion Combat8 Graham defeated Tai Tuivasa by TKO in the second round making that his eighth KO/TKO MMA win so far.
Graham Beat Salimgirey Rasulov by TKO due to injury of Rasulov's broken arm in Russia on 2 June.
He signed with Bellator MMA in July 2013. He debuted at Bellator 104 on 18 October 2013 when he faced Eric Prindle. He won the fight by unanimous decision which marks the first MMA fight Graham had that went the distance.
In late October, Graham was announced as the injury replacement in the Bellator Season Nine Heavyweight Tournament. He faced Cheick Kongo on 8 November 2013 at Bellator 107. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Championships and achievements
- 2004 Kings of Oceania Champion
- 2003 K-1 World Grand Prix in Melbourne Champion
- 2002 WKBF World Super Heavyweight Champion
- 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix Preliminary Melbourne Runner Up
- 2000 WKBf Amateur Super Heavyweight Champion
- South Pacific Karate Champion
- 1999 Australian Kyokushin Openweight Champion
- 1999 New Zealand Kyokushin Openweight Champion
Mixed martial arts
Graham married a Brazilian woman living in Tokyo on 26 June 2008. He got a tattoo on his right arm reading her name, "Silvia". The two have one daughter together, named Nicole. In 2010, Graham appeared on the TV program "Find My Family" where he was re-united with his younger brother who he had lost contact with and hadn't seen in 20 years. In 2012 he opened up his own full-time martial arts school Peter Grahams IMC at Prospect New South Wales, Australia.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||10 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||10–7||Mighty Mo||Submission (cobra choke)||Bellator 111||7 March 2014||3||2:31||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator Season 10 Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Loss||10–6||Cheick Kongo||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 107||8 November 2013||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator Season 9 Heavyweight Tournament Final|
|Win||10–5||Eric Prindle||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 104||18 October 2013||3||5:00||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA|
|Win||9–5||Salimgirey Rasulov||TKO (injury)||K-1 Global MMA||2 June 2013||2||1:00||Krasnodar Krai, Russia|
|Win||8–5||Tai Tuivasa||TKO (punches)||Combat 8:03||27 April 2013||2||2:48||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||7–5||Donnie Lester||TKO (corner stoppage)||AFC 4||7 December 2012||1||1:50||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||6–5||Konstantin Gluhov||TKO (punches)||Draka 11||24 November 2012||1||3:20||Khabarovsk, Russia|
|Win||5–5||Konstantin Gluhov||KO (punch)||Governor's Cup 2012||11 February 2012||1||2:47||Khabarovsk, Russia|
|Win||4–5||Alexander Emelianenko||TKO (leg kicks)||Draka 5||18 December 2010||2||2:59||Khabarovsk, Russia||Special rules allowing :30 on the ground.|
|Win||3–5||Yusuke Kawaguchi||TKO (elbows)||Xtreme MMA 3||5 November 2010||1||N/A||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||2–5||Carter Williams||TKO (strikes)||Xtreme MMA 2||31 July 2010||1||4:10||Sydney, Australia|
|Loss||1–5||Jim York||Submission (rear naked choke)||Impact FC 2||18 July 2010||1||3:44||Sydney, Australia|
|Loss||1–4||Dion Staring||Submission (armbar)||Fury 1: Clash of the Titans||21 May 2010||1||N/A||Macau, China|
|Win||1–3||Felise Leniu||TKO (punches)||RPA: Return Of The Chief||18 April 2010||1||N/A||Keysborough, Australia|
|Loss||0–3||Rolles Gracie||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Art of War 14||26 September 2009||1||1:43||Macau, China|
|Loss||0–2||Moise Rimbon||Submission (rear naked choke)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 4||24 August 2008||2||0:42||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||0–1||Kazuyuki Fujita||Submission (north-south choke)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 1||5 March 2008||1||1:23||Tokyo, Japan|
|59 Wins (31 (T)KO's, 25 Decisions), 13 Losses|
|29 May 2014||Loss||Badr Hari||Global FC 3, Semi Finals, Dubai, UAE||TKO (punches)||1||1:33|
|29 May 2014||Win||Arnold Oborotov||Global FC 3, Semi Finals, Dubai, UAE||Extension round decision (majority)||4||3:00|
|23 March 2013||Win||Erik Nosa||Capital Punishment 7, Canberra, Australia||KO (right low kick)||1||1:43|
|7 October 2012||Win||Prince Ali||HEAT 24, Nagoya, Japan||Decision||3||3:00|
|20 August 2011||Loss||Paul Slowinski||Kings of Kombat 4, Keysborough, Australia, I.S.K.A. Heavyweight World Title||KO||3|
|2 April 2011||Win||Andre Meunier||Kings of Combat 3, Keysborough, Australia||TKO (low kicks and punches)||3|
|29 August 2010||Win||Doug Viney||Kings of Combat, Keysborough, Australia||TKO (leg kicks)||5|
|5 August 2007||Loss||Badr Hari||K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Hong Kong||Decision (unanimous)||3||3:00|
|28 April 2006||Win||Jerrel Venetiaan||K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Hawaii, USA||Decision (unanimous)||3||3:00|
|31 December 2006||Loss||Semmy Schilt||K-1 Premium 2006 Dynamite!!, Japan||Decision (unanimous)||5||3:00|
|18 November 2006||Loss||Doug Viney||K-1 Kings of Oceania 2006 Round 3, New Zealand||Decision||3||3:00|
|11 November 2006||Win||Yuki Kamikaze||Macau X-plosion, Macau||TKO (low kicks)||2|
|16 September 2006||Win||Andrew Peck||K-1 Kings of Oceania 2006 Round 2, New Zealand||TKO (low kicks)||2|
|18 August 2006||Win||Andrei Malchanau||X-plosion 13, Sydney, Australia||TKO (referee stoppage)||1|
|24 June 2006||Win||Matt Samoa||K-1 Kings of Oceania 2006 Round 1, New Zealand||KO (right hook)||1||2:16|
|5 March 2006||Loss||Paul Slowinski||K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Auckland, New Zealand||TKO (low kicks)||2||1:42|
|5 March 2006||Win||Badr Hari||K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Auckland, New Zealand||KO (rolling thunder)||3||2:54|
|10 December 2005||Win||Ricardo van den Bos||K-1 Kings of Oceania 2005 Round 3, Australia||KO (punches)||1||1:19|
|8 October 2005||Win||Jay Hepi||K-1 Kings of Oceania 2005 Round 2, New Zealand||Decision||3||3:00|
|30 July 2005||Win||Rony Sefo||K-1 Kings of Oceania 2005 Round 1, New Zealand||Decision (unanimous)||3||3:00|
|30 April 2005||Win||Alexey Ignashov||K-1 Battle of Anzacs II, New Zealand||2nd Ext. R Decision||5||3:00|
|5 November 2004||Loss||Jason Suttie||K-1 Oceania MAX 2004, New Zealand||Decision (unanimous)||3||3:00|
|16 July 2004||Win||Jason Suttie||Kings of Oceania 2004, New Zealand||Decision (unanimous)||3||3:00|
|16 July 2004||Win||Paul Slowinski||Kings of Oceania 2004, New Zealand||Decision (unanimous)||3||3:00|
|16 July 2004||Win||Hiriwa Te-Rangi||Kings of Oceania 2004, New Zealand||KO (rolling thunder)||1||1:59|
|6 March 2004||Loss||Xhavit Bajrami||Kings Of The Ring, Pristina, Kosovo, Serbia||Decision||5||3:00|
|6 December 2003||Loss||Remy Bonjasky||K-1 World Grand Prix 2003, Japan||TKO (referee stoppage)||1||2:58|
|11 October 2003||Win||Sam Greco||K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 Final Elimination, Japan||TKO (leg injury)||2||0:30|
|27 July 2003||Win||Jason Suttie||K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Melbourne, Australia||Decision (unanimous)||3||3:00|
|27 July 2003||Win||Mitch O'Hello||K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Melbourne, Australia||Ext.R TKO (punch)||4||0:47|
|27 July 2003||Win||Josip Bodrozic||K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Melbourne, Australia||Decision||3||3:00|
|27 April 2003||Win||Chris Chrispoulides||License to Thrill, Australia||Decision||3||3:00|
|24 April 2003||Win||Mike Angove||Fights in Dunedin, New Zealand||TKO (knees)||2||0:55|
|31 August 2002||Win||Hiriwa Te-Rangi||WKBF World Super Heavyweight Title, Dunedin, NZ||Decision||5||3:00|
|12 July 2002||Loss||Jason Suttie||KB4 Fightnight, Sydney, Australia||Decision||3||3:00|
|12 July 2002||Win||Chris Chrispoulides||KB4 Fightnight, Sydney, Australia||Decision||3||3:00|
|1 September 2001||Draw||Jason Suttie||JNI Promotions, Star City, Australia||Draw||3||3:00|
|21 July 2001||Win||Mark Hunt||K-1 New Zealand Grand Prix 2001||Decision||5||3:00|
|29 April 2001||Loss||Adam Watt||K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Osaka, Japan||KO (left punch)||2||1:29|
|29 April 2001||Win||Jan Nortje||K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Osaka, Japan||Ext. R Decision||4||3:00|
|7 April 2001||Win||Fadi Hadara||Australia vs USA, Sydney, Australia||Decision||3||3:00|
|24 February 2001||Loss||Mark Hunt||K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Preliminary Melbourne, Australia||KO (right uppercut)||3||2:10|
|24 February 2001||Win||Rony Sefo||K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Preliminary Melbourne, Australia||Decision||3||3:00|
|24 February 2001||Win||Phil Fagan||K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Preliminary Melbourne, Australia||TKO (2 knockdowns)||2|
|19 November 2000||Loss||Stan Longinidis||K-1 Oceania Star Wars 2000, Australia||Decision (unanimous)||10||2:00|
|10 September 2000||Win||Gurkan Ozkan||K-1 Oceania Dream, Australia||Ext.R TKO (3 knockdowns)||4|
|24 June 2000||Win||Clay Aumitagi||Bradford's Show, Sydney, Australia||Decision||3||3:00|
|14 May 2000||Win||Ben Hamilton||K-1 Revenge Oceania, Australia||TKO (doctor stoppage)||2|
|8 April 2000||Win||Shane Wijohn||Bound for Glory, NSW, Australia||TKO (leg kicks and punches)||1|
Professional boxing record
- Profile of Peter Graham Sengoku Raiden Championship (Japanese)
- "As we all expected the brawler causes a brawl!! Badr Hari pounces on Graham", 4 March 2006, K-1 (Japanese)
- "Sengoku : 5 March, Fujita's opponent will be Peter Graham, who broke Badr Hari's jaw", 21 February 2008, Livedoor Sports (Japanese)
- "K-1 PREMIUM 2006 Dynamite!! Round 7 : Semmy Schilt vs. Peter Graham", 31 December 2006, Sportsnavi - Yahoo! Japan (Japanese)
- "Fujimoto Defends K-1 Asia GP Title in Hong Kong". K-1 Official Website. 8 June 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2007.
- Japanese kickboxing scene: October preview
- Badr Hari Wins Big in Dubai, Aerts and Cooper Draw
- Global FC 3 live results
- Peter "The Chief" Graham Sherdog Fight Finder
- Draka - Governor's Cup 2010 Sherdog
- Australian Kickboxing Icon Peter Graham Signs with Bellator FC
- "Bellator 111 results: Dantas vs. Leone". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
- "Sengoku : Peter Graham, let's get the first MMA victory with a newlywed power", 26 June 2008, Livedoor Sports (Japanese)