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6th Bengaluru Open MMA Championship: Exciting fights heat up the event on Day 2

LockerRoom Team
17 December 2021

Day 2 of the 6th Bengaluru Open MMA Championship proved to be a memorable one as it played host to the opening ceremony and a long list of exciting fights.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Aravind Limbavali who addressed the gathering and paid tributes to sandalwood Hero Puneeth Rajkumar and 14 Veer Jawans including CDS General Bipin Rawat by observing 2 minutes silence along with the MMA India Federation Team.

This was followed by the first bout of the 6th Bengaluru Open MMA Championship which saw Karnataka’s Akshadha going up against Tanvitha of Telangana. It was Akshadha that came out on top after three hard-fought rounds and this officially kickstarted the action for the day.

27 more bouts across multiple weight categories including Bantamweight, Strawweight, Featherweight, and Lightweight followed, and interestingly, there was a long list of finishes as well. The fighters that won in their respective fights moved onto the next rounds and a step closer to getting their hands on the gold medal.

“Today mainly we started the qualifier bouts. Tomorrow we can expect more action from the fighters,” Prasad Gaitonde, Founder of Bengaluru Open MMA championship, MMA India General Secretary, and AMMAK President noted.

Meanwhile, MMA India president Sharif Bapu noted that the inflow of new talent made matters interesting.

“This time around, 65% of the fighters are new fighters. And this is what is required because we need new people to come up and take interest in the game so that the sport can grow,” he noted.

“Every single fighter gave their best. Winning and losing are part of the game. Some progressed into the next round, some have not but it is a great learning curve for everyone. Hopefully, we’ll have a great day tomorrow as well,” noted MMA India Legal Commission Chairman and AMMAK Joint Secretary Mahesh Jantil.

“It amazes me to see how the youngsters pick up the sport from day to day. This is the 6th Bengaluru Open and I have seen fighters evolving. They fight their hearts out and it feels great as a Team India Coach to know that the standards are on the rise. MMA in India is not what it was a decade ago. There has been a paradigm shift and more and more things are bound to happen as well,” said Vikram who is the MMA India Technical Commission Chairman, General Secretary AMMAK, and Team India Coach.

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Day 3 of the Bengaluru Open MMA championship will kickstart at the Forum Neighbourhood Mall on Saturday, 18 December 2021, and will feature more exciting bouts. Catch the action on the LockerRoom India Social media pages.

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