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Nam Phan

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  • Given Name: Nam Si Phan
  • MMA Record: 21-14-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
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  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 32 | Date of Birth: 1983.03.13
  • Last Fight: January 31, 2015 in Pancrase
  • Weight Class: Featherweight | Last Weigh-In: 144.6 lbs
  • Affiliation: Paraestra Hachioji
  • Height: 5'6" (168cm) | Reach: 70.0" (178cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $176,100 USD
  • Born: Fountain Valley, California, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Little Saigon, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • College: N/A
  • Foundation Style: Tae Kwon Do

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Nam Phan is a Vietnamese-American bantamweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate and Judo as well as a second degree black belt in Quyen Dao. He trains out of Team Alpha Male in Sacremento, California and also owns his own gym named Ma Du Academy. Nam has fought for numerous promotions such as the WEC, KOTC, Strikeforce, Dynamite! USA, Sengoku and Tachi Palace Fights and was a cat member of The Ultimate Fighter 12. He holds notable victories over Saad Awad, Leonard Garcia and Cole Miller. He has won "Fight of the Night" honors two times. Of his eighteen career wins, twelve have been finishes including seven T/KOs.


Nam began training martial arts at eight years old under Grandmaster Ha Quoc Huy. He trained Quyen Dao (a Vietnamese martial art) for nine ears and earned his black belt at age 17. In 2000, Nam started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Carlson Gracie Black Belt Franco De Camargo. He studied for 5 years with Sensei Franco before moving on to train with Marciol Feitosa at Gracie Barra. Over time, Nam began to slowly move away from gi jiu jitsu and in 2005, solely devoted his training to no gi jiu jitsu training. At this time, Nam met friend, mentor and coach Jeremy Williams, where he trained full time at Apex Jiu Jitsu; until his tragic death in May 2007. Nam continues to train no gi jiu jitsu at Ma Du Academy, as well as Subfighter Gym with Rick Estrada, Russ Muira, and Adam Lynn inLaguna Hills, CA.


To become more versatile, Nam began boxing as well. He started in 2004 and his amateur record is 5-3. He became a professional boxer in 2006 and currently holds a pro record of 3-1. He trains under Art James of Team PunchOut of Anaheim, CA. Nam’s well rounded MMA skills also include a wrestling component. He began in his early high school days when he was on the Rancho Alamito wrestling team in Garden Grove, CA. He was a league champion and CIF finalist. Nam also wrestled for Golden West College in 2002. In addition to BJJ, boxing, and wrestling, Nam also trains Muay Thai kickboxing under Master Fumi Fujimoto.


Phan began his professional career in 2001. He was able to win his first two fights, both with second round finishes. in 2003, with a 2-0 record, he would enter an eight man, one night tournament. He would win his first two fights with decisions but would suffer his first loss when he lost a decision to future WEC lightweight champion, Rob McCullough. He would fight sporadically until he signed with KOTC in 2005. With the promotion, he would go 6-0 in a six month time span including a twelve second armbar victory. He would earn one more victory outside of KOTC after a thirteen month layoff to notch his winning streak to seven before joining Strikeforce in 2006. He would get an immediate title shot against then champion, Josh Thomson, at Strikeforce 4 but would lose by unanimous decision.


Nam would be finished for the first time in his next fight when he lost by TKO in just twenty six seconds to Gesias Cavalcante at Dynamite! USA. He would earn TKO wins over Shad Smith and Saad Awad, but would lose by split decision to Billy Evangelista in his return to Strikeforce. He would enter Sengoku's featherweight grand prix in 2009. He would win his first fight by by TKO but would lose his second round fight the same way. In early 2010, Phan would be given a title shot in Tachi Palace Fights, but would be knocked out in the first round. He would pick up one more submission win two months later to improve his record to 16-7.


In 2010, it was announced that Phan was selected to be on The Ultimate Fighter 12. In the elimination fight to get into the house, he would finish Mike Budnik with a liver strike. He was selected as the fifth overall pick for Team Koscheck. Nam would pick up another win when he defeated Spencer Paige by decision. He was pitted against guillotine specialist, Cody McKenzie, in the quarter finals and was able to knock him out in the second round. In his semifinal fight, he would lose a split decision to Michael Johnson and be eliminated from the tournament.


Nam was expected to fight fellow cast member, Alex Caceres, at the finale, but an injury forced Caceres out of the fight. He was replaced by Leonard Garcia. In a "Fight of the Night" performance, Phan would end up losing a highly controversial decision. It was named the "Robbery of the Year" by many MMA news outlets. Although he lost, he was still awarded his win bonus for the fight since the decision was so controversial. He was expected to rematch Garcia in March 2011, bu an injury forced Phan off the card. He would instead next fight Mike Brown at UFC 133 but would again lose a decision. He stepped in as a late replacement against Matt Grice, but when an injury forced Grice off of the card too, Nam instead got a rematch with Leonard Garcia on the same card. Although the fight again went to the judges, Nam was victorious this time and both fighters again picked up "Fight of the Night" bonuses. 


Phan would take on Jimy Hettes at UFC 141, but would be outgrappled in a rout and would lose the unanimous decision. He would bounce back with a split decision win over Cole Miller, but would lose badly when he faced German striker, Dennis Siver, at UFC on Fox 5. He would receive only the second 30-24 scorecard in UFC history in his unanimous decision loss. He next fought Takeya Mizugaki at UFC Fight Night 33. He was controlled for much of the fight, but was able to mount a small comeback at the end of the third round. He would end up losing a unanimous decision.


Phan was again defeated via unanimous decision to Vaughan Lee, at The Ultimate Fighter China Finale: Kim vs Hathaway. This was his sixth loss in his eight fight career with the UFC and sent his record to 2-8 in his last ten fights. He was released from the UFC after this loss.


Phan went back to Japan where he broke his 3 fight losing streak win two dominate victories, including a first round submission at Pancrase 261, against Yuki Baba.


On 15 November, 2014, Phan came back to North America to face Mike Richman, at Bellator 131. Phan was quickly finished by Richman, being TKO'd 46 seconds into the fight.


However, this lost did not faze the promoters at Pancrase, as they have just announced Phan will be fighting for the vacant Featherweight title on 1 February, 2015, at Pancrase 264, against longtime Japanese MMA veteran Takumi Nakayama.


The Ultimate Fighter 12

Episode 1 Phan def. Mike Budnik by TKO (Liver Strike & Punches) in Round 1

Episode 5 Phan def. Spencer Paige by Unanimous Decision

Episode 9 Phan def. Cody McKenzie by TKO (Punches) at 2:54 of Round 2

Episode 11 Michael Johnson def. Phan by Split Decision



Last updated 01.12.2015, 2:01 AM ET
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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Takumi Nakayama
20-14-0 19-14-6

Pancrase 264
Main Event | Vacant Title | Featherweight | 66 kg

2015.01.31
Weigh-In: 144.6 lbs (65.6 kgs) | Referee: Yuichi Taniuchi
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:46 Round 1 of 3

Mike Richman
20-13-0 17-5-0

Bellator 131: Tito vs. Bonnar
Main Card | Catchweight | 143 lbs

2014.11.15
Odds: +260 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $5,600 Base | Weigh-In: 143.0 lbs (64.9 kgs) | Referee: Michael Bell
Win | Submission | Choke
4:05 Round 1 of 3

Yuki Baba
19-13-0 11-5-0

Pancrase 261
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 66 kg

2014.10.05
Weigh-In: 145.1 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Hirokazu Takamoto
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:27 Round 1 of 3

Kenichi Ito
18-13-0 12-11-8

GRANDSLAM: Way of the Cage
Main Card | 64 kg | 64 kg

2014.07.13
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Vaughan Lee
18-12-0 13-9-1

UFC Fight Night: Kim vs. Hathaway
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2014.03.01
Odds: -165 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs) | Referee: Leon Roberts
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Takeya Mizugaki
18-11-0 18-7-2

UFC Fight Night 33: Hunt vs. Bigfoot
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2013.12.06
Odds: +275 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: John Sharp
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Dennis Siver
18-10-0 20-8-0

UFC on FOX 5: Henderson vs. Diaz
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2012.12.08
Odds: +250 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Base | Weigh-In: 145.4 lbs (66.0 kgs) | Referee: Anthony Hamlett
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Cole Miller
17-10-0 18-6-0

UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs. Vera
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2012.08.04
Odds: +125 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jimy Hettes
17-9-0 9-0-0

UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2011.12.30
Odds: -170 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $8,000 Base | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Junior Senior - Move Your Feet
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Leonard Garcia
16-9-0 15-7-1

UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2011.10.08
Odds: -230 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $75,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Jacob Montalvo
#13 Greatest Featherweight MMA Fight of All Time
#18 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
UFC 136 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Matt Grice UFC 136 2011.10.08
Reason: Grice Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Mike Brown
16-8-0 24-8-0

UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz 2
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2011.08.06
Odds: +190 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
Cancelled Bout Leonard Garcia UFC UFN 24 2011.03.26
Reason: Phan Broken Foot
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Leonard Garcia
16-7-0 14-6-1

The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2010.12.04
Odds: +150 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $38,000 ($8K Base, $30K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#5 Greatest Featherweight MMA Fight of All Time
The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale Fight of the Night
Win | Submission | Armlock

Rodney Rhoden

California Regional

2010.04.03
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches

Isaac de Jesus

Tachi Palace Fights

2010.02.04
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
4:52 Round 1 of 3

Michihiro Omigawa
15-5-0 5-7-1

Sengoku 8
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 66 kg

2009.05.02
Odds: -160 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 142.9 lbs (64.8 kgs) | Referee: Yoshinori Umeki
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:09 Round 1 of 3

Hideki Kadowaki
14-5-0 13-8-2

Sengoku 7
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16 | 66 kg

2009.03.20
Odds: -275 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 142.6 lbs (64.7 kgs) | Referee: Yoshinori Umeki
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Billy Evangelista
14-4-0 6-0-0

Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2008.06.27
Odds: -134 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Base | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs (69.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Saad Awad

Gladiator Challenge

2008.02.16
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Shad Smith

The Untamed MMA

2007.10.06
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:26 Round 1 of 3

Gesias Cavalcante
12-3-0 11-1-1

Dynamite!! USA
Preliminary Card | Lightweight

2007.06.02
Disclosed Pay: $29,500 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Josh Thomson
12-2-0 11-2-0

Strikeforce: Triple Threat
Co-Main Event | Vacant Title | Lightweight | 155

2006.12.08
Weigh-In: 154.5 lbs (70.1 kgs)
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Aric Nelson

California Regional

2006.09.09
Win | Decision | Split

Ryan Diaz

King of the Cage

2006.08.04
Win | Submission | Armlock

Albert Hill

King of the Cage

2005.12.02
Win | Submission | Armlock

Joe Frainee

King of the Cage

2005.08.05
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Sost Infante

King of the Cage

2005.06.12
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Joey Alvarado

King of the Cage

2005.03.20
Win | Submission | Choke

Mike Valdez

King of the Cage

2005.02.05
Loss | Decision | Split

Nick Ertl

WEC

2004.08.20
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Eben Kaneshiro

California Regional

2004.02.07
Win | Decision | Split

Brad Levy

Arizona Regional

2003.04.05
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Patrick Hoang

Arizona Regional

2003.04.05
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Rob McCullough

Arizona Regional

2003.04.05
Win | Submission | Choke

Brad McCall

California Regional

2002.06.11
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Jason Maxwell

California Regional

2001.10.06

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