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9 Upcoming stars who could be the future of Indian MMA on the global scene

  • A look into the upcoming stars of Indian MMA.
Modified 26 Nov 2019, 14:39 IST
Ritu Phogat following her debut win at ONE FC. Courtesy:
Ritu Phogat following her debut win at ONE FC. Courtesy:

Mixed Martial Arts is one of the most rapidly growing sports globally today. Gone are the dark ages when cage fighting was regarded as a barbaric and unregulated violenct sport. MMA fighters today are one of the most highly trained, well recognized and well-paid athletes in the world.

With the colossal status that the sport's premier promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship ('UFC') has reached, coupled with the rise of other smaller promotions such as the American Bellator MMA, Singapore's ONE Fighting Championship and the Bahrain based Brave Combat Federation, the sport of MMA has never seen better days and is a household name globally today.

The rise of the sport to popularity has attracted talented martial artists from all across the globe to transition to professional MMA in search of fortunes and glory and Indian fighters are not too far behind in this regard as well. In the present day, we have a lot of extremely talented Indian fighters competing at the highest level of the sport and some are on the brink of super-stardom.

In this article we highlight 9 Indian fighters who could be the flag bearers and superstars in the sport of MMA. The fighters have not been ranked in any particular order, and the article merely lists out 9 upcoming stars of Indian MMA.

#Rahul Raju

Rahul Raju is one of the most accomplished and popular fighters from India
Rahul Raju is one of the most accomplished and popular fighters from India

'The Kerela Krusher' Rahul Raju is one of the very best fighters from India and is on a path to glory and stardom. Rahul Raju is based out of Kerela, India and fights out of Singapore where he trains at the famed Juggernaut Fight Club. Raju is a Welterweight with a professional record of 7-4. He is signed with the Singapore based promotion ONE FC and has been competing with top competition ever since he began his MMA journey. Raju is currently riding a 2 fight win streak, and secured his last victory against Pakistan's Furqan Cheema.

A relentless finisher, The Kerela Krusher has won 5 out of his 7 victories by stoppage with 3 submission victories and 2 knockouts. Rahul Raju had a shaky start to his ONE FC campaign and lost his first 3 bouts, albeit all against top contenders like Honorio Banario and Gary Tonon. However, Raju has turned around a new leaf in 2019 by winning his last 2 fights, both by submission.

An exciting fighter with well-rounded skills, Rahul Raju has all the makings of becoming the flag bearer of Indian MMA in the years to come.

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Published 26 Nov 2019, 14:33 IST
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