March 13, 1983 |
Westminster, California, United States
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||61.4 kg (135 lb)|
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Garden Grove, California|
|Team||Ma Du Academy
Team Alpha Male
2nd Degree Black Belt in Viet Quyen Dao|
Black Belt in Karate
Black Belt in Judo
Black Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from Boxrec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Nhat Nam Si Phan (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.
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. He is also a professional boxer with a record of 3-1.
Mixed martial arts career
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
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, where he would be picked for Team Koscheck as Koscheck's fifth pick (ninth overall).
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. Phan would go on to continue pressuring Paige in the second round to win the fight.
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. 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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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. 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. The loss was named as 2010 Robbery of the Year by many MMA websites, most notably by Sherdog.com.
Phan was expected to face Matt Grice on October 8, 2011 at UFC 136, replacing an injured Josh Grispi. However, Grice was forced out of the bout with an injury with Leonard Garcia stepping in to replace him. 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. Phan was dominated by Hettes throughout the fight, unable to stop the many takedowns of his opponent and losing via unanimous decision.
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.
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. Phan lost the fight via knockout in the first round. Phan is reconsidering his training partners in search of a win.
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
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|34 matches||20 wins||14 losses|
|Win||21–14||Takumi Nakayama||Decision (split)||Pancrase 264||January 31, 2015||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Won the Featherweight King of Pancrase Championship|
|Loss||20–14||Mike Richman||KO (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|
- Sengoku 7 broadcast
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- "Episode No. 2 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck"". mmajunkie.com. September 22, 2010.
- "Episode No. 5 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck"". mmajunkie.com. October 14, 2010.
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- "Episode No. 9 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck"". mmajunkie.com. November 10, 2010.
- "Episode No. 11 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck"". mmajunkie.com. December 1, 2010.
- "Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan slotted for The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale". mmajunkie.com. Dec 1, 2010.
- Michael David Smith. "Ultimate Fighter Finale Results: Leonard Garcia Beats Nam Phan". MMA Fighting.
- Critchfield, Tristen. "Sherdog 2010 Awards: The Complete List Robbery of the Year". Sherdog. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
- "Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan 2 Headed to UFC Fight Night 24". MMAWeekly.com. January 10, 2011.
- "UFC Fight Night 24: Leonard Garcia vs Chan Sung Jung booked with Nam Phan injured". mmamania.com. March 16, 2011.
- "Featherweights Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan slotted for UFC 133 in Philly". mmajunkie.com. May 11, 2011.
- "UFC 136 Fight Card Update: Nam Phan Steps in for Josh Grispi". MMAWeekly.com. August 11, 2011.
- "Injured Matt Grice out, Nam Phan awaits new UFC 136 opponent". MMAjunkie.com. September 7, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
- "UFC 136 Fight Card: The Rematch That Never Was, Nam Phan vs. Leonard Garcia". MMAWeekly.com. September 7, 2011.
- "Nam Phan vs. Jim Hettes slated for year-end UFC 141 event". MMAjunkie.com. November 16, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
- "Nam Phan declares 'Asian on Asian crime' at UFC 144". espn.co.uk. January 31, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
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- "Pancrase - 261". Sherdog.com.
- "Nam Phan signs with Bellator, meets Mike Richman in Bellator 131 main-card opener". MMAJunkie.com. October 17, 2014.