We know a lot of stats and facts when it comes to the UFC fighter but how well do you know about Indian MMA fighters? Here are 10 facts you should know in Part -1.
Two Indian MMA Fighters competed in their first-ever fight in BRAVE CF
The first-ever fight in BRAVE Combat Federation was between two Indians, Mohammed Atif and Sunny Khatri – BRAVE Combat Federation held their first event on September 23, 2016, in Bahrain and the first fight on the card was between Atif and Sunny. The card also had Indian MMA stars Mohammed Farhad and Abdul Muneer on it with Muneer fighting former UFC Fighter Massio Fullen.
First Indian MMA Fighter to win in ONE Championship
Priyanka Jeet Toshi was the first Indian MMA fighter to win in ONE Championship – Priyanka became the first Indian MMA Fighter win in ONE Championship when she defeated Tharoth Sam of Cambodia via a decision back in December 2015. Priyanka is also the first female fighter to fight in ONE Championship and she was part of the first-ever Women’s fight in the promotion.
First-ever Women’s Fight Night in India
The first-ever women’s fight night in India was headlined by Eva Brown and Akshata Khadtare. X1 International held the first-ever Women’s Fight Night back on March 9, 2019, in Mumbai and it was headlined by the fight between Akshata Khadtare and Eva Brown which was won by Akshata via a unanimous decision. The behind the scene stories of the event are available on our YouTube channel.
First Fighter to get a stoppage win in BRAVE Combat Federation
Indian MMA fighter Mohammed Farhad was the first fighter to get a stoppage win in BRAVE Combat Federation: Farhad fought Badr- Eddine in BRAVE CF 1 and got a second-round TKO finish which made him the first fighter to get a stoppage win in the promotion.
First Indian MMA Fighter to compete in Invicta Fighting Championship
Manjit Kolekar was the first Indian MMA fighter to compete in Invicta Fighting Championship – Manjit, who won the first-ever SFL Challengers show, became the first Indian fighter to compete in Invicta Fighting Championship when she fought Kaline Medeiros at Invicta 19 back in September 2016. Manjit suffered a decision defeat and went the distance in the fight even after breaking her arm.
The only fighter to win Two-Division titles in Super Fight League
Pawan Maan is the only Indian fighter to win titles in Two weight divisions of Super Fight League: Pawan won the Super Fight League Lightweight title back in August 2013 and won the Welterweight title in 2013 making him the only Indian two-division champion in the Super Fight League.
First Indian Fighter to win Gold Medal at IMMAF World Championship
Mahboob Khan was the first Indian fighter to win a Gold Medal at the IMMAF World Championship. Hailing from Hyderabad, Mahboob khan won the Gold Medal for India at the 2018 IMMAF Junior World Championship in Bahrain when he knocked out Ebrahim Darwish in the finals of the Strawweight category.
Winning titles in Two Foreign Promotions
Chaitanya Gavali has won titles in two weight divisions across two foreign MMA promotions: Chaitanya Gavali won the featherweight title in Ultimate Beatdown and the Bantamweight title in Warriors FC in Malaysia. His title win in Warriors FC came in 2015 when he defeated Gary Espinar of Canada when his win in Ultimate Beatdown came in 2015 when he defeated Keith Aiden of Ireland.
First Indian MMA fighter to fight in ONE Championship
Susovan Ghosh was the first Indian fighter to compete in the ONE Championship. Back in 2011 when ONE Championship rolled out their first-ever event, Susovan Ghosh was the Indian representative. He fought Radeem Raheem of Singapore on short notice and even though he suffered a defeat, it was a milestone moment for Indian MMA. You can hear the behind the scene stories of this fight on our Indian MMA origin stories episode with Jitendra Khare which is available on our channel.
First Indian Women’s MMA fighter to fight at IMMAF World Championship
Naipunya Sunil was the first female fighter to fight for India at the IMMAF World Championships. In 2017, India had female representation for the first time in IMMAF World Championships. Divya Nagaraj, Naipunya Sunil, Nisagandhi Rao, and Saloni Avhad were the fighters that represented and it was Naipunya that fought first when he faced Hannah Dawson of New Zealand.
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