Tyson Nam Turned Down Title Fight To Sign With FNG


World Series Of Fighting veteran Tyson Nam stunned UFC veteran Ali Bagautinov with a last second head kick at Fight Nights Global 64.

Prior to the bout with the UFC veteran, the bantamweight turned down a shot at the WSOF Bantamweight Title.

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“Weighing out the options, definitely a fight with Ali, it was a no-brainer,” Nam said on The MMA Circus. “He was top 10 in the world, he fought against Demetrious Johnson, he had a long run in the UFC, and that’s the guy I wanted to fight. And 125 is actually my weight class. I’ve always fought at 135, but I’ve always had the size disadvantage.”

Nam competed three times in the WSOF, losing those three bouts to Marlon Moraes, Cody Bollinger and Jeremian Labiano.

When the fighter got the last second knockout, it reminded him of the movie Rocky IV.

“I felt like I was in a Rocky IV movie. I was gonna go up there into hostile territory, but I think after my performance on Friday, I think we won over some of the fans,” Nam said. “It was almost like déjà vu for me. It was just like back in 2012, when I went over to Brazil and I knocked out Eduardo Dantas. And I think he was ranked No. 6 in the world at that time. It was nothing new to me. It was something that I’ve already experienced.”

The knockout artist doesn’t have another fight scheduled at the moment, but he still has a few fights left on his contract with the promotion.

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