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MFN Contenders 2023: Indian MMA Talents Shine, Earning Contracts with MFN

LockerRoom Team
Calendar Icon12 December 2023

The MFN Contenders event, held from December 6th to December 9th in Noida, India, proved to be a breeding ground for emerging talent in the country's mixed martial arts scene. Designed to offer Indian fighters a shot at earning contracts with Matrix Fight Night, the competition witnessed an array of impressive performances across different weight classes.

The winners who stood out in their respective divisions include Riya Thapa (Strawweight), Vinay Kundu and Jai Maliyal (Flyweight), Abhishek Kumar, Thokchom Nanao Singh, Mridul Saikia, Ajay Payal, and Ketan Prasad Upadhyay (Bantamweight), Mohsin Mohammed Yasin Shaikh and Rajesh Pujari (Featherweight), Abdul Kahaf and Owais Sarwar Ahengaer (Lightweight), Jyoti Kalita and Lalit Adhana (Welterweight), and Tarun M Hiremath (Light Heavyweight).

The competition was fierce, and the following fighters won contracts in their respective weight classes:

  • Riya Thapa (Strawweight)
  • Vinay Kundu (Flyweight)
  • Jai Maliyal (Flyweight)
  • Abhishek Kumar (Bantamweight)
  • Thokchom Nanao Singh (Bantamweight)
  • Mridul Saikia (Bantamweight)
  • Ajay Payal (Bantamweight)
  • Ketan Prasad Upadhyay (Bantamweight)
  • Mohsin Mohammed Yasin Shaikh (Featherweight)
  • Rajesh Pujari (Featherweight)
  • Abdul Kahaf (Lightweight)
  • Owais Sarwar Ahengaer (Lightweight)
  • Jyoti Kalita (Welterweight)
  • Lalit Adhana (Welterweight)
  • Tarun M Hiremath (Light Heavyweight)

These victorious fighters showcased not only their technical prowess but also their determination to secure a spot on the Matrix Fight Night stage. Their achievements at MFN Contenders mark a significant step forward in their MMA careers, and fans can look forward to witnessing these emerging talents in action on the larger, more prominent Matrix Fight Night platform.


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