Indian MMA fighter Sumit Bhyan was someone that made a huge mark for India at the inaugural GAMMA World Championship.
The event, which was held in Singapore back in November 2019, had a strong Indian presence with the Indian fighters picking up seven medals which resulted in India finishing at eighth position in the medal standings.
Sumit Bhyan secured a silver medal in the 155lbs category and his run towards the medal was something that deserves the spotlight.
The win in Octagon FC prior to the GAMMA World Championship
Prior to competing at the GAMMA World Championship, Sumit competed at the second season of Octagon Fighting Championship in Malaysia.
He fought against Muhammad Syafiq Bin Jamalu of Malaysia at the event and went on to secure a submission victory via rear-naked choke. Interestingly, this set the tone for his run in the World Championship as well.
Three wins in a row and the Silver Medal
The first match in the World Championship for Sumit came against Russia’s Timur Sinen and he came out with a submission win in the fight to progress into the quarter-finals of his category.
Ukraine’s Oleh Andrieiev was the challenge that stood in-front of Sumit for the quarter-finals. Sumit continued his streak of submission wins here as well by picking up an arm-bar triangle finish and move to the semi-finals where he was matched up against Adliet Nurmatov of Kyrgyzstan.
Nurmatov was sitting on a three-fight winning streak when he fought Sumit but the result remained in favour of the Indian who locked in a Kimura to get the job done. Nurmatov has turned professional since then and won both of his fights.
Although Sumit missed out on the Gold Medal at the championship after his loss to Ilya Freymanov of Russia in the finals, it was indeed a memorable run by the Indian.
And the best part is, Sumit has only started his MMA career and there is a lot to look forward to from him.
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