Suman Mokhtarian: Portrait of the Hustle

To say that Sydney’s Suman Mokhtarian leads a full life would be an understatement of colossal proportions. The 27-year old lists Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter as his primary occupation, but in between training sessions he also runs his own gym, Australian Top Team and operates the Urban Fight Night MMA promotion, both of which are joint ventures with older brother Ashkan and sister-in-law Azize. If that weren’t enough, he’s also made inroads into the fight management game over the past two years, and today oversees a stable of fighters signed to his management company, One Out Fight Management.

The self-proclaimed “busiest man in Australian MMA” has ambitions for all four of his MMA enterprises, and it’s no surprise that his average day entails a lot of juggling.

“From the time I wake up, it’s everything,” Mokhtarian told “One morning I might be working with Urban and dealing with my coaching duties. Whenever I can get away from one and get to the other, that’s when I’ll get my focused time. They all kind of work hand in hand, they’re all in the same industry. I never have to go too off topic and think about something completely different. I’ve made it work for my life. I’ve got my brother and his wife helping me with Urban and the gym. It’s not just me, even though some people think of me as the face of it. There’s a lot more that goes on behind it.”

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