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2022 IMMAF Youth World MMA Championship: Here is the Indian team for the event

LockerRoom Team
26 July 2022

India is all set to send a strong contingent of 16 MMA fighters to the 2022 IMMAF Youth World MMA Championship.

The athletes were selected during the 5th MMA India Nationals that was held in Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh back in May. The event had seen the participation of more than 300 athletes and was capped off by the Fight of Knights Event which saw a huge turn out of more than 20,000 fans. The event was also graced by the presence of former WWE superstar The Great Khali.

The Indian MMA team for the Youth World Championship will consist of 10 female athletes and 6 male athletes across different weight categories.

Aarya Choudhary and Ayeera Chishti who competed in front of a huge crowd at Fight of Knights will be part of the team that he heading to the championship. Also on the team is Praggya P Khanikar who shined at the MMA India Nationals and secured gold for Assam.

Aranjot Kaur, Palak Nag, Akshita Shrivastava, Jagvi Pardeshi, Avani Naithani, Durgashree Gejjiganahalli Murthy and Theeksha Bharuni are the other female athletes on the team.

The Men’s team will consist of Tarshit Yalamanchili, Viwin Nithyanand, Chirag Sankar, Khan Hamza Jamil, Zaid Bhat, and Zaid Bhat.

This will be the first time that the nation will be sending a squad for the Youth World MMA Championship.

“The Youth Worlds are important for Team India as this would be the first time our team participates in the championships. In 2019 we had visa issues with the embassy, and in 2021 because of the Pandemic, we were not allowed to participate as the second wave had hit us badly. But now, leaving the past behind, the young team are geared up with their training, hard work & efforts so that we have many Podium finishes. The team coaches are all putting in their hard work and seeing to that Team India makes a mark in the championship,” MMA India President Sharif Bapu noted in a statement to IMMAF about the importance that the federation is giving to the Youth World Championship.

The MMA India Federation has been quite active lately and hosted an IMMAF International Judge and Referee Seminar by Marc Goddard in Mumbai earlier in July. The Team is also planning a National level Judge and Referee Seminar at the UFC Gym in Delhi later this year.

India had a good outing at the IMMAF World Championship recently with Vridhi Kumari winning a Bronze Medal in the Women’s Atomweight division.

Multiple Indian fighters picked up victories as well for the nation in the Senior World Championship making it one of the most successful outings for the country at the IMMAF Stage.

Women’s Divisions: Indian Team for MMA Youth World Championship

  • Aarya Choudhary [Youth A Atomweight 47.7 kg]
  • Ayeera Chishti [Youth A Strawweight 52.2 kg]
  • Aranjot Kaur [Youth A Bantamweight 61.2 kg]
  • Palak Nag [Youth A Welterweight 77.1 kg]
  • Praggya P Khanikar [Youth B 48 kg]
  • Akshita Shrivastava [Youth B 57 kg]
  • Jagvi Pardeshi [Youth C 37 kg]
  • Avani Naithani [Youth C 40 kg]
  • Durgashree Gejjiganahalli Murthy [Youth C 40 kg]
  • Theeksha Bharuni [Youth C 57 kg]

Men’s Divisions:: Indian Team for MMA Youth World Championship

  • Tarshit Yalamanchili [Youth A Strawweight 52.2 kg]
  • Viwin Nithyanand [Youth A Bantamweight 61.2 kg]
  • Chirag Sankar [Youth A Featherweight 65.8 kg]
  • Khan Hamza Jamil [Youth B 67 kg]
  • Zaid Bhat [Youth B 72 kg]
  • Aryan Raj [Youth C 57 kg]

The IMMAF World Youth MMA championship happens from 17 to 20 August 2022 in Abu Dhabi. What are your thoughts on the team? Let us know in the comment section of the article below.


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