Kung-fu masters are never getting enough of trying to prove their martial arts can compete with modern combat sports. Even though many have tried and things mostly don’t go their way, new faces keep on trying.
This time a video that went viral features a kung-fu master named Khai Tran. Tran is challenging a former UFC fighter, Nam Phan. Tran visited the Nam Phan MMA Academy in Garden Grove, California to challenge the veteran.
The spar between the two was a 4×2 minute round stand-up-only fight with UFC rules. “The UFC rules” here mean that there won’t be things like eye-gouging, hitting behind the head, and other moves that were prohibited in the UFC. While Phan is wearing an MMA glove, Tran looks confident with his bare hands.
As the bell rang, the significantly bigger and muscular kung fu master relentlessly pressured the smaller Phan. But instead of fighting fire with fire, Phan cleverly and patiently hit back whenever he saw an opening.
Throughout the first round, Phan keeps the war of attrition and waits for a perfect shot. He finally got the shot he was waiting for as he dropped the Tran early in the second round.
The bigger kungfu master then rose to his feet although with wobbly legs. To his credit, he still wants to continue despite the damage he took.
Phan takes no time to waste as he launched a barrage at Tran before a final 1-2 knocked the kungfu master out cold.
The Vietnamese Phan was an MMA veteran who professionally competes from 2001 to 2017. Throughout his long and decorated career, he has fought in promotions like the UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce, and Pancrase. He even once won the featherweight King of Pancrase title in 2015.
He currently holds the 3rd-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, making him the highest-ranked Vietnamese BJJ fighter in the world.