>> Wednesday, June 01, 2016
We would love to introduce you guys to the #1 ranked MMA fighter in Australia Adrian Pang! Pang is currently 2-0 in the promotion, and both are wins over stars and top fighters in ONE Championship. Pang is currently signed to ONE Championship, but he actually used to hold the belt in the former promotion Legend FC. Nearing a title shot in ONE we look to learn more about Pang inside and outside of the cage! Check it out!
MMA Repz: Tell us a little bit about yourself, things that interest you, your hobbies etc?
Adrian Pang: "Well I grew up in PNG(Papua New Guinea) & lived a great yet semi- dangerous life growing up among the tribal natives of PNG. We lived right on the coast in KOKOPO & even today the place is like a step back in time & true paradise. My father is PNG / Chinese & my mother is Australian. They met in PNG as both their parents had been in PNG through the war.
Anyway moving forward I own & run Australia’s most successful MMA gym Integrated MMA based in Brisbane. We have produced 3 UFC fighters out of here Kyle Noke, Ben Nguyen & Damien Brown as well as TUF nations stand out Tyler Manawaroa. We also have produced the most pro. MMA champions out of any gym here in Australia combined. I am fortunate to have a beautiful supportive wife of 15 years & two healthy children. We have a son & a daughter that bring endless joy & laughs into our lives."
MMA Repz: So how long have you had an interest in martial arts?
Adrian Pang: "I have been interested in martial arts most of my life, my brother & I would hire out Bruce Lee movies on VHS then attempt to imitate his style. I had always wanted to follow my Asian heritage & wanted learn Chinese Kung fu as soon as I could find a school. In Brisbane after several failed attempts at ridiculous styles I eventually found a strong practical Kung fu system which is Chow Gar Tong Long & I even travelled to Hong Kong to learn off the great Grand Master Ip Shui himself."
MMA Repz: How did you become interested in competing in MMA?
Adrian Pang: "I had always wanted to see if my style could truly defeat another style or system that was prepared to fight against me rather than self defence type scenarios that most arts are known for. I was tired of hearing instructors’ “ not my Sifu “ say they could beat this style ,that style & i wanted actually see if I could do it instead of just talking about it.
I first saw the UFC & saw a Royce Gracie Gi wearing man beat any style put in front of him & knew mixed martial arts was definitely the ultimate test of combat sport. From here I searched for the only Gracie Jiu-Jitsu School I could find in Brisbane & used to take lengthy journeys just to be able to train."
MMA Repz: What emotions do you experience when walking into the cage?
Adrian Pang: "Walking into the cage is a buzz that only a fighter could know the feeling of. I am so excited to put my training & skills to the test against another athlete that has specifically trained to compete against me. I am proud to represent not only my team, my countries & my family but to represent myself!"
MMA Repz: What inspires you?
Adrian Pang: "I am inspired by my mother & my father. They have not been together since I was 7 years old & both came from very humble beginnings. They are both 100% self made successful people after decades of hard work, perseverance & consistency. My mother is the number 1 real estate agent in her office consecutively for years now & recently was just ranked 19th in the whole country. My father owns several huge businesses in PNG including, real estate, hotels, resorts & PNG’s number 1 book maker. It is beyond inspirational what my father has achieved so yes he often times questions why I want to keep fighting for a living haha. "
MMA Repz: How would you describe your time in the promotion ONE Championship?
Adrian Pang: "Being part of One Championship has been a great highlight to my 15 year career. I fought back from a severe injury in 2012 where Doctor’s told me I would never fight again. Since then I have climbed the ladder & stopped all of my opponents inside the distance. I was honoured to be signed by One championship & have enjoyed competing at both events I have actually fought on."
MMA Repz: In ONE the fights are scored in their entirety rather round by round. How big of a difference does that make when scoring a fight and do you believe that is the way things should be?
Adrian Pang: "Like any judging it is always based on what the judge perceives as “attempting to win” a fight. I think it is a good scoring system as I have had a fight or two where grapplers opt to hold you down i.e. lay & pray without trying to finish the fight, therefore all they would need is a few takedowns per round & effectively they are up on the score cards."
MMA Repz: What do you think of ONE's weight cutting program, and what is your opinion on weight cutting in general?
Adrian Pang: "I like the One Championship weight cutting program. Fighter’s not being able to cut via dehydration makes it safer for the competitors as the majority of us do it fairly tough to make the weight. Saying that I feel as a professional making weight is part of the game that only pro’s can do properly, therefore perhaps more amateur fighter’s should be made to abide by the dehydration rule. Either way I believe One Championship is leading the way in safety for its athletes."
MMA Repz: Australian MMA seems to be on the rise and is beginning to produce more and more top fighters. Where do you see Australian MMA being in a few years?
Adrian Pang: "Australian MMA is definitely on the rise & we have many champions in my gym Integrated MMA. The promotions are getting more credible & consistent & the talent of the fighter’s are getting better with each generation. Hopefully in a few years they can get sponsors here like in the USA so Australian athletes can have a good chance at making it big."
MMA Repz: So you are 2-0 in ONE and in both wins you finished two top guys in the promotion. You are definitely in the mix for a title shot along with Lowen Tynanes. Why do you believe you deserve a title shot at Shinya Aoki's belt before the other contenders?
Adrian Pang: "Yes I am 2-0 in One championship & believe I have earned a shot at the title due to my experience outside of One. I have been competing for 15 years & have won 7 o f my last 8 which was a split loss to former champion Jadamba. Tynanes has also had a string of victories under the One banner & he is definitely a young future champion."
MMA Repz: How do you feel you compare stylistically to Shinya Aoki?
Adrian Pang: "Stylistically Shinya & I are a good match. Although it is modern day MMA it appears to have the works of a classic striker Vs grappler match. He is a legend in the sport & I used to watch him in early Pride type days of him dismantling limbs from his opponents. I believe if he chose to stand with me it would not be a good night for him!"
MMA Repz: Would you prefer to do a #1 contender match up against Lowen Tynanes first?
Adrian Pang: "I believe my time is now! I am ready for their champion & have honoured all my contractual obligations. Tynanes & I would be one cracker of a fight for sure but he is young & has a huge career ahead of him. I am ready for Shinya Aoki now."
MMA Repz: Any idea on when you would like to fight next? Anybody you want to call out?
Adrian Pang: "I am likely one of the most humble athletes in the sport. I come from a traditional background & say very little in regards to trash talking but if you have seen me fight you can see I am a different animal in the cage.
I have been ready to fight since March of this year & am waiting for One to have something on paper for me which I feel will be very soon now the Bangkok card is over."
MMA Repz: Any last things that you would like to say to the fans?
Adrian Pang: "I would like to thank all of my fans & supporters from around the world for all your ongoing encouragement & support. It is truly humbling to have so many people that can relate to my circumstance as a fighter, father, husband, business owner & battling back from adversity the way I have over the years to establish myself as one of the best LW MMA fighter’s in the world. My team IntegratedMMA, Team Compton training centre, Nitro Boxing & fitness centre, Phuket Top team & my loyal ongoing sponsors Fairtex Thailand, Australian Sports Nutrition, QA signs, Instinct Sports Nutrition & Fighters Worldwide Clothing."