Jason Tan

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Jason Tan
BornLiverpool, England
ResidenceLiverpool, England
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Reach69 in (180 cm)
Fighting out ofLiverpool, England
TeamThe MMA Academy
Rankblack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2005-2008
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision2
By knockout2
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jason Tan is a retired English mixed martial artist and currently a head coach of MMA Liverpool. He formerly competed in the welterweight division.


Tan started out in kickboxing at the age of 15 before studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. It is said in previous interviews that Tan's inspiration to study Jiu Jitsu and MMA was through watching Rickson Gracie's Choke documentary.[1]

Tan has travelled extensively to pursue training in mixed martial arts. He has trained with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and Pride Veteran Chris Brennan at the original Next Generation Fighting Academy, California. On his return to the United Kingdom, Tan co-created Next Generation MMA [2] UK in Liverpool. Tan currently teaches and trains at The MMA Academy Liverpool with Thai Boxing Champion Peter Davies.

On 5 December 2012, Tan was awarded his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from SBGi Vice President and BJJ Black Belt Karl Tanswell of SBG Mainline, Manchester.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Tan began his career on the local show in Liverpool, known as Cage Fighting Championships & Cage Gladiators, defeating opponents such as Joey Van Wanrooy and Leslee Ojugbana. At this time Tan was not a prominent figure on the British MMA scene as he was only fighting in local shows. However this changed when he agreed to fight London's Alex Reid at the Manchester Evening News Arena on the "WCFC: No Guts, No Glory" event. Tan took the fight on two hours notice and some interviews state that he was actually in the middle of a McDonald's feast when he received the call. Tan dominated the fight both standing and on the ground earning a decision victory. Tan's first defeat came against Jim Wallhead who hails from Leicester and is a part of Team Rough House in Nottingham. Over a tough three round battle the judges scored a split decision victory for Wallhead.

Tan had to take time off after the Wallhead fight due to a knee injury and was not able to compete until mid-2007. Tan signed with the UFC in 2007. In his debut he fought at UFC 72 against former pro boxer Marcus Davis. Tan came out with sharp Muay Thai skills landing leg kicks and high kicks on Davis. However a brief exchange from the pair saw Tan get dropped by a right hook which prompted Davis to land further shots before referee Yves Lavigne stopped the bout at 1:15 of the first round.

Tan came back stronger defeating Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Alexandre Izidro. Izidro was a recognized fighter in the UK and the former Cage Warriors Lightweight Champion. Tan dominated the fight outstriking Izidro on the feet and landing effective ground and pound from the top on the ground, where he had him in an armbar. Tan took a unanimous decision.

Tan returned to the UFC in 2008, facing undefeated Korean fighter Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 84. He lost via TKO (elbows) in the third round.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 5–3 Dong Hyun Kim KO (elbows) UFC 84 24 May 2008 3 0:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–2 Alexandre Izidro Decision (unanimous) CG 4 - Cage Gladiators 4 5 August 2007 3 5:00 Liverpool, England
Loss 4–2 Marcus Davis KO (punch) UFC 72 16 June 2007 1 1:15 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Loss 4–1 Jim Wallhead Decision (split) CG II - The Next Generation 3 September 2006 3 5:00 Liverpool, England
Win 4–0 Joey Van Wanrooij Submission (triangle choke) CG 1 - Cage Gladiators 1 22 May 2006 1 1:46 Liverpool, England
Win 3–0 Alex Reid Decision (split) WCFC - No Guts No Glory 18 March 2006 3 5:00 Manchester, England
Win 2–0 Leslee Ojugbana Submission (triangle choke) CFC 4 - Cage Carnage 3 July 2005 1 4:56 Liverpool, England
Win 1–0 Brian Moore TKO (punches) CFC 3 - Cage Carnage 6 March 2005 1 N/A Liverpool, England


  1. ^ "Jason Tan Interview". fightopinion.com. Retrieved 2006-04-03.
  2. ^ "Liverpool MMA Gym, Next Generation | Next Gen MMA Liverpool Academy". Nextgenerationmma.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  3. ^ "Jason Tan awarded BJJ Black by Karl Tanswell". BJJManchester.co.uk.

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