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Peter Graham (fighter)

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Other names  The Chief
Name  Peter Graham
Trained by  Melchor Menor
Nationality  Australian
Role  Boxer
Martial art  Boxing
Stance  Orthodox
Height  1.89 m
Division  Super heavyweight
Fighting out of  Tokyo, Japan
Weight  114 kg

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Born  5 August 1975 (age 40) Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (1975-08-05)
Team  Redfern Gym Spirit Gym Boxing Works IMC
Trainer  Melchor Menor (Muay Thai)
Similar People  Marcin Rozalski, Karol Bedorf, Mariusz Pudzianowski, Badr Hari

Peter "The Chief" Graham (born 5 August 1975) is an Australian kickboxer, boxer and mixed martial artist.


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Originally from North Sydney Australia Graham began training in Kyokushin Karate at the age of 18. Graham quickly demonstrated his talents, winning his first tournament in an under yellow belt division about half a year later. In 1999 at the age of 23, Graham won the Amateur Australian and New Zealand Open Weight Championships and soon also became the South Pacific Champion. Graham then moved to Ikebukuro in Tokyo, Japan to further hone his skills and live in a dojo. However, Graham only completed three months of this rigorous training before having to return to Australia after his brother Matthew died of a heroin overdose. Graham would earn his black belt in only five years.

Kickboxing career

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Graham began kickboxing and boxing at the age of 21 and before turning professional he captured the World Kickboxing Federation World Amateur Heavyweight Championship from New Zealand's Shane Wijohn, finishing his amateur career undefeated (17-0). Graham turned professional in 2000 and attained instant success, defeating Ben Hamilton in K-1 Oceania Revenge by TKO and then Clay Aumitagi.

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On 19 November 2000 he became the first Australian to go ten rounds with the legendary Stan "The Man" Longinidis.

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In 2001 he defeated Mark Hunt, the K-1 World GP Champion of the year. He won his second WKBF Super Heavyweight title the next year, and won the Kings of Oceania 2004 championship after defeating his long-term rival Jason Suttie.

In 2006, Peter had a feud with Badr Hari in K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Auckland. Hari mocked Graham that he is a has-been, and Hari is the future. A brawl at the press conference instigated by Hari kissing Graham hyped up their match. The real match was won by Peter, via his trademark "Rolling Thunder" spinning kick, which broke Hari's jaw. Hari was sidelined for almost a year.

On 31 December 2006 at K-1 PREMIUM 2006 Dynamite!!, Graham fought against the four time K-1 heavyweight champion, Dutch man from the Seidokaikan dojo Semmy Schilt in a 5 round match and lost by unanimous decision (3-0).

On 5 August 2007, Graham and Hari met for a revenge fight in K-1 World GP 2007 in Hong Kong as one of the three super bouts of the event, held in Hong Kong for the very first time. This time, Hari was more alert to the threat of a Rolling Thunder by Graham. Both fighters could not show their top performances as Hari won the fight by points. Graham tried the Rolling Thunder Kick twice in the last moments of the fight, but could not connect with Hari.

He has returned to kickboxing to fight Prince Ali at HEAT 24 in Nagoya, Japan on 7 October 2012, winning the fight via decision.

He is competed in a Heavyweight Tournament at GFC Series 1 in Dubai on 29 May 2014, defeating Arnold Oborotov via an extension round majority decision in the semi-finals before losing to Badr Hari by first round TKO in the final.

Mixed martial arts career

After training with PRIDE veteran Akira Shoji, Peter made his MMA debut in World Victory Road on 5 March 2008 against the seasoned Japanese MMA fighter Kazuyuki Fujita, and was defeated by submission in the first round. Graham undeterred by the loss returned to for the World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 4, where he again he fought valiantly in a much closer match against French grappler Moise Rimbon but Graham was submitted early in the second round.

Over the course of the following two years Graham proceed to hone his BJJ skills in Brazil, earning a blue belt, and continued to fight at elite level matches around the globe matched against the likes of Rolles Gracie Jr.. In July 2010 Graham defeated American K-1 Champion Carter Williams.

On 8 December 2010, Graham defeated Alexander Emelianenko by TKO via leg kicks halfway through the second round. This marks Graham's biggest win in MMA to date.

In 2012, Graham defeated Konstantin Gluhov twice by KO & TKO.

Following the second Gluhov fight, he returned home to fight at Australian Fighting Championship (AFC) 4, defeating Donnie Lester by TKO 1:50 of Round 1, in December 2012.

On Australian modified MMA promotion Combat8 Graham defeated Tai Tuivasa by TKO in the second round making that his eighth KO/TKO MMA win so far.

Graham Beat Salimgirey Rasulov by TKO due to injury of Rasulov's broken arm in Russia on 2 June.

Bellator MMA

He signed with Bellator MMA in July 2013. He debuted at Bellator 104 on 18 October 2013 when he faced Eric Prindle. He won the fight by unanimous decision which marks the first MMA fight Graham had that went the distance.

In late October, Graham was announced as the injury replacement in the Bellator Season Nine Heavyweight Tournament. He faced Cheick Kongo on 8 November 2013 at Bellator 107. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

On 7 March 2014, Graham faced Mighty Mo in the Bellator Season Ten Heavyweight Tournament at Bellator 111. Despite winning the first 2 rounds, Graham would lose via submission in the third round.

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After going 1–2 in Bellator MMA, Graham returned to MMA competition in Poland at KSW 28 versus Marcin Rózalski on 4 October 2014. He won via TKO due to a leg injury in the second round.


  • Australian National Boxing Federation
  • Australian Heavyweight Championship (One time) 2015
  • New South Wales State Heavyweight Championship (One time) 2012
  • World Boxing Foundation
  • World Boxing Foundation World Heavyweight Championship (One time) 2016
  • World Boxing Organization
  • WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight Championship (One time) 2015
  • Kickboxing

  • 2010 I.S.K.A. World Heavyweight Champion
  • 2004 Kings of Oceania Champion
  • 2003 K-1 World Grand Prix in Melbourne Champion
  • 2002 WKBF World Super Heavyweight Champion
  • 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix Preliminary Melbourne Runner Up
  • 2000 WKBf Amateur Super Heavyweight Champion
  • South Pacific Karate Champion
  • 1999 Australian Kyokushin Openweight Champion
  • 1999 New Zealand Kyokushin Openweight Champion
  • Mixed martial arts

  • 2013 Bellator MMASeason 9 Heavyweight Tournament Runner-Up
  • Personal life

    Graham married a Brazilian woman living in Tokyo on 26 June 2008. He got a tattoo on his right arm reading her name, "Silvia". The two have one daughter together, named Nicole. In 2010, Graham appeared on the TV program "Find My Family" where he was re-united with his younger brother who he had lost contact with and hadn't seen in 20 years. In 2012 he opened up his own full-time martial arts school Peter Grahams IMC at Prospect New South Wales, Australia.


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