Global MMA promoter Kumite 1 League launches in India


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Fight Night to be graced by legendary boxer Mike Tyson

India’s first global mixed martial arts promoter – Kumite 1 League (K1L) launched in Mumbai, today. Supported by the All India Mixed Martial Arts Federation (AIMMAF) and World Kickboxing Network (WKN), the league will bring together eight countries from around the world, a global-first in the MMA circuit. K1L is all set to showcase its first ever Fight Night on 29th September at the NSCI Dome in Worli, Mumbai. The event will be graced by none other than legendary heavyweight boxer, Mike Tyson, who will be in India for the very first time.

The inaugural season will see eight teams representing different countries fighting for the top spot. Each team will consist of nine fighters of which one will be women. The players will be selected through an auction process and will be hosted in India, Dubai, Las Vegas and London.

Countries like India, Pakistan, Middle East, Russia, USA, UK, China and Bahrain have already confirmed their participation. Some of the world’s best MMA fighters such as Paulo Silva and Leandro Silva have been roped in for the inaugural season. K1L has also scouted for leading fighters in the Indian MMA circuit – Kantharaj Agasa, Sumit Khade, Hardeep Rai, Mohammed Farhad, among others. In addition, India’s top women fighters such as Manjit Kolekar and Priyanka Jeet Toshi will be seen fighting tooth and nail to win the title.

This marvel is the brainchild of Mr. Mohamed Ali Budhwani, the CMD of Toyam Industries Limited, a successful entrepreneur, a passionate sportsman and a hardcore MMA fan. He said, “Kumite 1 League aims to bring together the best forms of martial arts from around the world and promote it on a global scale. Our aim is to create a mass following for MMA and spread the message of discipline, focus, resilience, patience and willpower among the youth.

My team has spent the past few years planning and doing extensive research on the sports landscape in India. We saw a massive dearth in MMA, a sport which has huge potential to flourish in a country like India that has a rich history of the sport. We are leaving no stone unturned to make this the biggest MMA league in the world. India will soon be on the global map as a premier destination for MMA.”

In order to unearth potential MMA fighters of Indian origin, K1L will be soon launching a grassroots talent hunt programme where raw talent from different parts of the country will be identified, nurtured and trained to fight on an international level by expert trainers. In association with AIMMAF, the programme will scout for the raw, untapped MMA talent across the length and breadth of India. In its first season, the talent hunt will be hosted in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Bengaluru, and is set to begin soon.

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