British professional boxing sensation Amir Khan, in association with Super Fight League, has announced the world&’s first ever MMA league to be hosted in India from August 26 to October 1, 2016.
The franchise based league that will feature eight teams has been sanctioned by the All India Mixed Martial Arts Association (AIMMAA).
The Super Fight League&’s inaugural edition will also feature a women&’s category, which will play a critical role in deciding the results for each of the team in tournament. Ninety-six fighters constituting of both men and women from India and abroad will fight in the League this year.
The franchisee-based inaugural edition will see these fighters representing teams from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Mumbai, Haryana, Bangalore, Punjab, Pune and Goa.
Each team will constitute of nine Indian fighters and three international fighters that will be a mix of men and women. A total of 72 bouts will be played in the league stage that will be followed by two semi finals, a third 4th place and a gala final bout.
“India has a diverse culture and with its population as the biggest strength, we at Super Fight League are excited to announce the world&’s first ever MMA league here," Bill Dosanjh, CEO & Principal Founder, Super Fight League, said.
"India will host the inaugural edition and we aim to change the way combat sports is viewed and played in the future not only within the country but also internationally," he added.
The Super Fight League has a total sum of Rs.4 crore up for grabs as prize money. The individual prizes in the tournament will include Best Fighter of the Tournament, Best Knockout of the Tournament and Best Submission of the Tournament.
Super Fight League&’s tagline “Panga Le Liya” stands true to the nature of challenge undertaken by fighters when they are locked inside a cage. They are left with one option–take on the odd and triumph. Moreover, the organisers believe that if a tagline is imitated, parodied enough it leaves significant impact on our minds and people can easily relate to the sport.
Also commenting on this announcement, Amir Khan, chairman, Super Fight League said, “It&’s indeed an honour to present the world&’s first ever MMA league from a country like India known for their rich history in combat sports".
MMA is a fast and exciting sport and one needs high levels of fitness to sustain yourself in the sport. Hence, SFL came up with specialised training centers and gyms for youngsters to get the right training,” he added.