Terrence Chan (Unassigned) to Make MMA Debut

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One of the online poker world’s best known names, Terrence Unassigned Chan (pictured, known as TChanon PocketFives), wants to get some kicks outside of a poker table as he looks forward to his debut in the Mixed Martial Arts arena on March 30th. He has multiple PokerStars SCOOP and WCOOP titles, including two SCOOP titles in the same night in Six-Max events four years ago.

“S**t just got really real,” Chan opened on a blog post from Tuesday. “I got a text message out of the blue. Mike Haskamp, co-founder and matchmaker for the Legend Fighting Championships, texted me to ask if I was interested in taking a fight on two weeks’ notice here in Hong Kong. I said hell yes, I am interested!”

The next fight card for LFC is slated for March 30th at the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong, with co-feature events pitting Lightweight Champion Jadamba Narantungalag, making his first title defense, against Nam Yui Chul. Also on tap is the first ever Featherweight Championship between Ji Xian and Yusuke Kawanago. Chan’s fight is on the under-card of the LFC slate, putting him against Muay Thai fighter Alex Lee.

“Two weeks’ notice is obviously not an ideal situation,” Chan wrote on his blog. “Since I’m coming off a fight in which I took no damage, it’s perfectly fine. I’m healthy and in shape.”

The fight for Chan will be his debut on the MMA stage and will be Lee’s second MMA fight following a loss by submission (rear naked choke) to Mark Eddiva in January 2011. Chan, however, is well aware of the challenge he will be facing by stepping into the ring with Lee.

My opponent (pictured) is a veteran of over 20 ring fights in Muay Thai, boxing, and karate,” Chan detailed on his blog. “(He’s) bigger, stronger, taller, more experienced, and, being Hong Kong born and bred, will likely be the crowd favorite. Do I care? Not in the least. I am full of confidence and being the on-paper underdog is only going to make this win sweeter.”

The rules that the LFC fights under are a bit different than what most Americans have seen when it comes to MMA. Instead of a cage arrangement, the LFC fights in a roped ring that is normally seen in boxing. In another departure from American-style MMA fights, elbow and knee strikes to the head are allowed when the fighters are on the ground. “This is no joke,” Chan understatedly said. “We are playing in the big leagues now, kids.”

Chan, known as Unassigned on many of the online poker sites he plays at, has been at the forefront of poker since his start on the virtual felt in 2005. Chan has been able to parlay his online success into the live arena also, earning over $900,000 in his live poker career according to the Hendon Mob database. He also owns SCOOP and WCOOP titles. But Chan seems to want the thrill of another challenge with one of his passions in life, MMA.

Chan began training in Muay Thai two years prior to his debut on the world poker stage as a way to stay in shape. After watching bouts from the now-defunct Pride Fighting Championships, Chan added in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to his repertoire of training. With almost a decade of such drilling under his belt, Chen believes he is ready to take on the challenge of entering the MMA arena.

For those that are interested in seeing Chan make his debut on the MMA stage, the fights will be streamed on YouTube beginning at 11:00am GMT in the United Kingdom and at 7:00am ET in the United States. As Chan’s fight appears to be the first one on the under-card, his fight against Lee should start soon after the show begins.

21 COMMENTS

  1. This isnt even news about shit we can watch on TV. Its bottom feeder MMA fight news. Dude has 2 fights so fkn what, Sick and tired of not getting any news about the so called closing deal on Full Tilt. Havent played on a real site getting stuck for 2500 on FT. Less and less visits to P5’s. Slowly moving away from the poker world losing touch…Fuq!!!!!

    • This isnt even news about shit we can watch on TV. Its bottom feeder MMA fight news. Dude has 2 fights so fkn what, Sick and tired of not getting any news about the so called closing deal on Full Tilt. Havent played on a real site getting stuck for 2500 on FT. Less and less visits to P5’s. Slowly moving away from the poker world losing touch…Fuq!!!!!

      Hey, bud. Rest assured that when there’s news to report on Full Tilt, we’ll do so. We’re all waiting for this week’s rumored close, and we’ll be on top of it.

    • LOL, dan. theres never gonna be a close to the ftp deal…im not sure if u guys get it..peeps were depositing 100s of 1000s without the money being TAKEN! You cant take to give whats NOT there…i mean really..u have guys winning 100k pools when theres only 50k in the actual pool..its called “FAKE MONEY” aka Bernie Madoff type shit…

    • LOL, dan. theres never gonna be a close to the ftp deal…im not sure if u guys get it..peeps were depositing 100s of 1000s without the money being TAKEN! You cant take to give whats NOT there…i mean really..u have guys winning 100k pools when theres only 50k in the actual pool..its called “FAKE MONEY” aka Bernie Madoff type shit…

      just stfu

    • This isnt even news about shit we can watch on TV. Its bottom feeder MMA fight news. Dude has 2 fights so fkn what, Sick and tired of not getting any news about the so called closing deal on Full Tilt. Havent played on a real site getting stuck for 2500 on FT. Less and less visits to P5’s. Slowly moving away from the poker world losing touch…Fuq!!!!!

      2500$. Big money you got there. Must be the unluckiest guy on the face of the Earth right now.

    • This isnt even news about shit we can watch on TV. Its bottom feeder MMA fight news. Dude has 2 fights so fkn what, Sick and tired of not getting any news about the so called closing deal on Full Tilt. Havent played on a real site getting stuck for 2500 on FT. Less and less visits to P5’s. Slowly moving away from the poker world losing touch…Fuq!!!!!

      he part of the poker community,i enjoyed the story,mma fighters of all ranks work their ass off!

      my brother is one of them ,now he has 12 sponsors from his hard work

      quit being a whiny bi tch

    • Ive listened to Terrence on his podcasts and he always said he was getting into MMA fighting- im glad to see hes getting a chance to fight with the big boys! Be sure to let us know how the fight turns out! GL Terrence!

    • FOR FCK SAKE, fight some one worth fighting, then and ONLY then is this thread/news worthy, fight me, 100k each, 200k for first, im shit at poker, im shit at fighting, i can bring in the money!

    • i will watch a figth from a guy who won two scoop titles in one fkn day!!! what’s wrong with the guys ITT??????