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LockerRoom India Year in Review: The Major Events that happened in 2020

LockerRoom Team
Calendar Icon01 January 2021

2020 is in the books and despite the global pandemic; it was a busy year for the combat sports circuit in India.

A long list of developments happened across the twelve months of 2020. We’ve been fortunate enough to cover a lot of inspiring stories from the Indian Combat Sports community and we’ll be listing down the major events of each month below.

January 2020:

  • Puja Tomar Fights Stamp Fairtex at ONE Championship
  • WFC hosts WFC III in Kozhikode with proceedings going to Charity
  • Asha Roka fights Gina Inong at ONE: Fire and Fury
  • Hyderabad hosts Naresh Surya Classic India Open MMA championship

February 2020:

  • 4th Muay-Thai title belt championship held in Kozhikode
  • Anish Shetty secures Flying Knee KO win in his Muay-Thai Fight in Thailand
  • Ayushman Mukherjee secures three wins in four Muay-Thai Fights in Thailand
  • PCFL hosts PCFL 2 in Haryana
  • Ritika Poojary and Arshiyan Memon represent India at TFC 4 in Thailand, Arshiyan secures a win as well
  • Mumbai hosts MMA event at Yuva Khel Summit
  • Surya Sagar gets a TKO win in his Muay-Thai fight in Thailand
  • Susovan Ghosh, Manthan Rane, and Rana Rudra Pratap Singh fights at ONE Warrior Series 10, Manthan and Rana secure wins at the event
  • ADCC India happens in Delhi, Crosstrain Fight Club emerges on top of the standings
  • Ritu Phogat defeats Wu Chiao Chen at ONE: King of the Jungle
  • Dubai hosts Matrix Fight Night 4, Pawan Maan wins the main event when Anshul Jubli gets a dominant win, Sumeet Khade produces another head-kick KO

March 2020:

  • Soul of Warriors roll out SOW 1, Bonjovi wins the main event against Ishan Das
  • Vaibhav Shetty gets Bronze Medal at 2020 IMMAF Oceania Open MMA Championship
  • Surya Sagar suffers a controversial decision defeat in his Muay-Thai fight in Thailand

May 2020:

  • Multiple-time Wushu World Championship Medalist Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh announces transition to MMA, reveals he will fight at SOW

July 2020:

  • Priya Saini, Aarti Khatri, Kushal Vyas, and Mohammed Farhad signs with MTK Global
  • Jason Ramesh Solomon and Mannan Dattah announce India’s First Online MMA course

August 2020:

  • Mohammed Farhad signs extension deal with BRAVE CF
  • PFL reveals that they have scouted Indian MMA fighters for the upcoming season
  • Kantharaj Agasa signs with ONE Championship
  • PCFL 3 happens in Haryana

September 2020:

  • Atin Gaur represents India in Muay-Thai in Thailand
  • PFL signs multi-year broadcast deal with Eurosport India
  • Ariz Ahmad Khan represents India at BRAVE CF 42

October 2020:

  • Roshan Mainam and Rahul Raju represent India at ONE: Reign of Dynasties, Roshan secures a win
  • Ritu Phogat defeats Nou Srey Pov at ONE: Inside the Matrix
  • Atin Gaur fights the iconic Saiyok Pumphanmuang at Thai: Fight Begins in Thailand, suffers a defeat
  • Nashik plays host to Hero Pro Fight Night 2, Sultan Kokni wins the main event

November 2020:

  • The two-year USADA Suspension of the First Indian Born UFC Fighter Bharat Kandare comes to an end
  • Roar Championship hosts an event in Manipal, Syed Abid takes the main event, Kaushik Saikumar, Ankush, Arjun AJ, Ajith, Vishnu Warrier, and Suhas progress to the next stage
  • Balkrishna Shetty turns WMC promoter
  • Fraggingmonk Promotions host inaugural event in Bangalore, Vaibhav Shetty crowned WKN champion
  • PCFL 2nd Indian Open MMA championship happens in Haryana

December 2020:

  • Ritu Phogat defeats Jomary Torres at ONE: BIG BANG
  • Matrix Fight Night rolls out Matrix Fight Night 5 in Dubai, Pawan Maan defeats Sandeep Dahiya in Main Event, Anshul Jubli defeats Srikant Sekhar in Co-Main Event, Sumeet Khade produces Flying Knee KO
  • Hero Fight Night 3 happens in Nashik, Hemant Wadekar returns with a win
  • AIMMAF hosts Gujarat State MMA Open Championship
  • Bidang MMA and Fitness hosts Club Wars
  • Matrix Fight Night announces events in Russia, UK, Dubai, and India for 2021
  • Leverage Fight Night IX happens in Delhi, Aman Gusain of Warrior’s Cove MMA crowned champion
  • MMA India wins Most Proactive Federation Award at IMMAF Awards 2020
  • Indian MMA fighter Kartikay Kaushik picks up a win in Vietnam
  • Hyderabad hosts IFC Fight Night

Let us know if we missed out on any events or moments. Also, let us know your favorite moment of the year in the comment section below.

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