Campsie kickboxer Jim Perdios will later this month make his debut as the youngest UFC referee at Sydney Olympic Park.
RETIRING from the ring at the age of 20, Jim Perdios had already achieved the NSW and Australian titles in the sport of kickboxing.
The Campsie resident became disillusioned with the sport eight years ago after he said he had difficulty finding suitable opponents. He made the tough decision to retire after less than four years in the ring, and concentrated his efforts on coaching.
"Don't get me wrong; I love the sport," the 28-year-old said.
"I felt it was time to move on in the sport."
Having won state and national titles, as well as becoming a successful coach, Perdios went on to become the youngest Australian judge in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Now he has set out to achieve another goal in the sport.
"Later this month I will be making my debut as the youngest UFC referee," he said.
Perdios will be refereeing the UFC in front of a crowd of 15,000 people, when it brings a number of promising, up and coming, young kickboxers to Olympic Park on November 19.
"The stakes are high. I suppose, I'm a bit nervous, but as soon as that bell rings, I'll be ready to go," he said.
Perdios says his ultimate dream is to one day referee a title fight.
He runs and owns the Australian Kickboxing Academy in Campsie, where he manages over 150 students.