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WATCH: Indian MMA Origin Stories Ep 09: Hyderabad MMA Gym ft. Shaik Khalid

LockerRoom Team
03 June 2021

In the ninth episode of Indian MMA Origin stories, we talk to coach Shaik Khalid who is the man behind Hyderbad MMA Gym.

For the uninitiated, Indian MMA Origin Stories is an Interview series from LockerRoom India where we try to explore the origin stories of Indian MMA Fight Teams, Gyms, Promotions, and whatnot.

In the episode, Shaik Khalid opens up about the trouble he had in his fighting career, how he discovered MMA, how Hyderabad MMA Gym got its name, how his fighters made a mark on the international stage, the story behind the IMMAF Gold Medal win of Mahboob Khan, his take on MMA in India and much more.

Below is the time code for the chat for easy listening.

  • 01:35 – How his career in combat sports started
  • 02:50 – Transition to MMA
  • 05:09 – Story behind name of Hyderabad MMA Gym
  • 06:00 – Challenges he faced initially  
  • 07:06 – How Mohammed Bilal, Siddiq Bin Mahmood, and Mahboob Khan joined the team
  • 09:44 – Story behind the IMMAF Gold Medal of Mahboob Khan
  • 12:51 – Siddiq Bin Mahmood winning IMMAF Medal in South Africa
  • 15:15 – Story behind MMA events in Hyderabad
  • 18:54 – About International Fighting Club
  • 21:02 – His take on MMA in India and closing thoughts

You can listen to the episode on Spotify, Anchor.FM, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Breaker, Radio Public. Below is an audible link for the episode.

Let us know your thoughts on the episode in the comment section below. Also, let us know who you want to see in the next episode of the Indian MMA Origin Stories.

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