Graham Park Balances Fighting In The Unified Cage With Fighting Fires

Jul 30, 2021

EDMONTON — Graham Park doesn’t just fight opponents in the Unified MMA cage; he also fights fires.

The defending Unified MMA Light-Heavyweight Champion has been a firefighter in Edmonton for more than three years.

Unlike some, Park never dreamed of being a firefighter, but he jumped at the opportunity when it was presented by a buddy after leaving the Armed Forces.

Park loves fighting, and he loves his day job.

“Every day is a little bit different; we’re always responding to different calls,” the 32-year-old Edmonton fighter says. “There are some interesting days, some very challenging days, and some days that make you smile. It’s a great job.”

With two hot careers going strong, time management is key for Park, as is patience and understanding from those in his life, he says.

“It does take a lot of sacrifices to balance both careers,” Park admits on the eve of his first title defense against Neil Berry Unified 40 on Aug. 14 at the sold-out River Cree Resort & Casino, LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS.

Park holds an impressive record of 7-2, and he’s finished his past four opponents in the first round. An opportunity to showcase his talents in the UFC could arise soon if he continues his winning ways this summer. Even if that’s the case, don’t expect to see him leaving the fire station any time soon.

“I wouldn’t change a thing,” Park says. 

“I love my job, and I can create a good work-life balance. I’ve got a great support system that’s very patient with my work and training. My work is supportive as well because I’m always totally focused on the job when I’m at the station. 

“Everybody is very supportive, so I wouldn’t change a thing,” he adds. “I love my jobs.”


Unified MMA is Canada’s preeminent mixed martial arts promotion. Unified MMA has successfully promoted 39 events since its debut in 2010. The organization is home to most of Canada’s most exciting fighters and helped propel athletes like Tanner Boser and KB Bhullar to the UFC’s Octagon.