Since entering the world of MMA, Khai ‘The Shadow’ Wu has approached each training session and competition with the dedication of a seasoned vet. When the business to climb the amateur ranks became too…amateur, Wu leapt at an opportunity to sign his first contract as a professional mixed martial artist.
Wu boasted a record of 3-1 while licensed by C.A.M.O (California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization), displaying an array of toughness and adaptability, in addition to a well-executed technique—trained at Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu and Omni Movement in the Bay Area—during his victories and even lone setback. Though Wu would have preferred to hone his craft for just a little bit longer as an ammy, the thought of having yet another match-up cancelled was incomprehensible. While visiting Episode 115 of the @norcalfightmma Podcast (link here), the fighting pride of Tracy detailed the need to ditch the amateurs on his path as prizefighter after the last name on his hit list at 559 Fights fell off the radar.
“The reason I wanted to turn pro was: I don’t disrespect any martial artist or fighter; however, my opponent’s reason—and keep in mind this is before Christmas so I’m dieting, cutting, and training all the way before Christmas and not enjoying the holidays; and my mom is in town, which I don’t get to see her often, and I’m spending time away training and not hanging out with her—only to find out this guy doesn’t want to fight me because he hasn’t been training,” Wu incredulously began. “I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ I’ve had a total accumulation of eight fights—from the beginning of my amateur MMA career until now; eight fights fell through. I think my skill level has improved in the amateur scene, so I can do decent against the pros.”
Having spent considerable time in Taiwan during his upbringing, the native of Northern California was elated when a deal from RFC 1, a new Asian MMA promotion, fell in his lap. More than anything, Wu was certain that he’d, without a doubt, have a warm body standing across from him.
“When that [RFC 1] showed up, I jumped all over it. One thing about Japanese and Korean fighters is: they show up.”
Competing in MMA at a high-level, and doing so in a country that is like a second home, has always been a dream of Wu’s, and on February 3, 2018, he’ll kill two birds with one solid strike to the beak of Masatoshi Okuno.