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Super Fight League kicks off at the JLN Stadium in New Delhi

Fans await the start of the action
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Modified 18 Mar 2016
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The Super Fight League is India’s first and Asia’s largest Pro Mixed Martial Arts competition. Founded in 2012 by British Indian business tycoon Bill Dosanjh and renowned pro boxer and Olympic Boxing Champion Amir Khan, it has completed close to 50 Pro MMA fight nights across the globe.

As part of the Grubfest held at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, the 47th event of the competition featured a few exhibition matches consisting of both professionals and amateurs. The audience was left spellbound by the high-octane action on display, cheering wildly with every kick and every punch.

The first bout featured two Indian amateurs from the welterweight category as Shivam Chandan with his karate style took on Vijay Saini, whose style was Muay Thai. The match was a short affair as Saini made quick work of his opponent, completing the win in the first round itself. It took him just 70 seconds to score a win with a technical knockout as his opponent was left reeling from a barrage of strong punches.

The second match was a much longer one, as Akshay Singh faced off against Nitesh Yadav in the bantamweight category clash. It was Judo vs MMA in terms of style with Singh coming up trumps after two rounds.

After an explosive first round that featured some explosive takedowns, Singh seized the initiative in the second as he pinned his rival down and threw some fierce punches at him for the entire duration of the two minutes. Yadav withdrew before the third round began as he was dazed by the hard hits from his opponent and couldn’t continue.

51 seconds was all it took for Gary Dogra to outclass Arvind Kumar in the light heavyweight category matchup. With his karate style combat skills, Dogra recorded the win via technical knockout to flatten his MMA style opponent as he connected with some powerful punches and gave Kumar absolutely no respite.

The competition now moves to the city of Pune where fans will get to see similar top-class MMA action. Speaking to Sportskeeda exclusively, Bill Dosanjh said, “It feels great to partner with the Grubfest and bring the sport of MMA to Delhi and other parts of India. It is a fast-rising sport in the country and enables us to connect with the youth very well.”  

Published 18 Mar 2016, 22:09 IST
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