Grand Unified World Champion
Kru Sam Nankani Founder & Head Coach of KO Next Generation Gym
Prior to opening of KO South Next Generation Gym, I had to put my fighting aspirations on hold due to suffering a freak accident which caused my elbow to pull out of the socket. After being taken to hospital in an ambulance Doctors declared that I would never be able to fully straighten my arm again and would ultimately not able to fight again. In 2009, KO Next Generation Gym was opened in Thornton Heath where I was able to teach and transfer the Knowledge and experience gained training under my Coach Master Bill Judd as well as pass on my own Unique style of Fighting to aspiring fighters. Many champions have been produced on all levels since the opening of KO Next Generation and the numbers continue to rise to date.
Sam Nankani with his Coach- The Living Legend and The Founder of KO GYM Bill Judd
Having not fought for 10yrs, in 2014 as a veteran I decided to enter the World Unified Championships in Italy whilst also taking some fighters along with me who were also competing in Stand Up, K1 and Thai Boxing Tournament.” The Unified World Championships is unquestionably the greatest, unique and legendary event in all the history of Martial Arts and Combat Sport. With Over 28 World Federations, over 5000 Participants and over 107 countries participating it is a prestigious event to win and be crowned the “Real Unified World Champion”. World Class fighters from all across the globe including professional MMA & A- Class fighter’s from Thailand, Holland, Ukraine, Russia, China, United States, Africa, Iran, Italy, Germany, Spain to name a few taking part in the Elimination Tournament. This event determines the best of the best and winners are crowned as ” THE REAL UNITED & UNIFIED WORLD CHAMPION” – Quote taken from Unified World Championship Website
I got myself ready and in shape with intense training with my own students as well as ko south in-house MMA coach Marek. With no warm up fights or previous mma fights I entered 3 different disciplines at the Unified World Championships, k1, MMA 9 Man and Submission Wrestling Tournaments. I not only cornered my team of fighters but also fought on some of the same days as them. During my fights my students only gave me water, I had no corner-men’s instructions. This took place over 3 days to get to the finals during which I was also coaching my fighters in between competitions whenever I had a chance to. On the last day of competitions I fought in both MMA and K1.As a Veteran I competed against world class active fighters in their twenties and early thirties to mid thirties in the MMA 9 Man tournament- 4oz Gloves 5 Minute Elimination Rounds. I got to the finals in all 3 disciplines winning Silver in MMA losing on points, Gold in Submission Wrestling and Gold in k1 Veteran World Title.
Amazingly my achievements have led to me being awarded the prestigious Grand Unified World Champion Title and Belt. The transition in competing in both Stand Up & MMA at the same tournaments and fighting in all these disciplines has never been done before in the history of World Championships and combat sports. I also produced 2 Thai Boxing World Champions on the same day of finals with both my fighters picking up Gold Medals.
I am reminded of my achievement by my students at KO NEXT GENERATION GYM who now call me “LEGEND, THE HIDDEN WARRIOR & THE FORMULA”.