This week was the culmination of an entire year’s work for the All India Mixed Martial Arts Association (AIMMAA), as they rolled out with the National Amateur Championship 2017. Curtailing the despondency and doldrums, that has now become commonplace for the fighters, the National Championships came about as a welcome change in pace for the amateur athletes.
Bhubaneshwar, Odisha was chosen as ground-zero for the tournament, which witnessed around 175 athletes signing up for the three day event. The sport of mixed martial arts, at least in India, needs to be built from the grassroots level, and that was the idea behind AIMMAA going to Bhubaneshwar, which has traditionally hosted some of the top amateur and pro MMA tournaments in the country.
Athletes from 17 states participated in the tournament, which saw the men participating in eight different weight classes, while the women competed in the flyweight division. The three – day event marks the third edition of the annual championships, as the Association ramps up its efforts in churning out more fighters from the country.
Unearthing raw talent – A definite metric to gauge the quality of the next generation of fighters
National Championships play a key role in establishing the proper foundations for the future prospects. Unlike North American or European countries, India is still at a nascent stage when it comes to the sport of mixed martial arts, and hence, a more holistic approach needs to be undertaken, in order to facilitate the athletes with adequate opportunities and resources.
As a result, efforts by the Association serve a larger purpose; while the nationals give the current crop of amateur athletes the platform to showcase their skills, it also serves as a metric to gauge the talent pool available, and to better understand the quality of the next generation of fighters in the country.
The National Championships also marked the end of the amateur events for the calendar year, and presented the winners with the ambitious, yet realistic chance to get themselves in contention for the IMMAF Championships to be held in 2018. Those who showed glimpses of quality and precision in their technique will also be given opportunities at the professional level going forward — something which AIMMAA has done over the past couple of years.
Results – Delhi, Karnataka steal the show
1st SF: Mahboob Khan (Telangana) defeated Suraj Alisha (Odisha) by TKO in 14 seconds of round 1
2nd SF: Yogengra Dhruv (Delhi) defeated Talavia Deep Bharat (Gujarat) by Unanimous Decision
Final: Mahboob Khan (Telangana) defeated Yogengra Dhruv (Delhi) by submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 1 minute 52 seconds of round 3
1st SF: Satya Brata (Odisha) defeated Mehul Rana (Gujarat) by submission (Arm Bar) in 1 minute 31 seconds of round 1
2nd SF: Rajat Kapoor (Chhattisgarh) defeated Suvam Das (Delhi) by Unanimous Decision
Final: Satya Brata (Odisha) defeated Rajat Kapoor (Chhattisgarh) by Unanimous Decision
1st SF: Ariz Ahmed (Chhattisgarh) defeated Syed Omar (Telangana) by submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 1 minute 43 seconds of round 1
2nd SF: Mayank Joshi (Delhi) defeated Sathvik H (Karnataka) by TKO after round 1
Final: Ariz Ahmed (Chhattisgarh) defeated Mayank Joshi (Delhi) by KO in 1 minute 09 seconds of round 1
1st SF: Pushkar Singh (Delhi) defeated Mayur Chandra (Chhattisgarh) by Unanimous Decision
2nd SF: Yashas P (Karnataka) defeated Shubham Choudhary (Rajasthan) by Unanimous Decision
Final: Pushkar Singh (Delhi) defeated Yashas P (Karnataka) by TKO in 49 seconds of round 3
1st SF: Shiv Kumar (Delhi) defeated Abhinav Bhardwaj (Bihar) by submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 1 minute 17 seconds of round 1
2nd SF: Kalyan S (Karnataka) defeated Amit Choubey(Bihar) by submission (Guillotine Choke) in 2 minute16 seconds of round 1
Final: Shiv Kumar (Delhi) defeated Kalyan S (Karnataka) by TKO in 1 minute 45 seconds of round 1
1st SF: Rajeev Muthayal Pradeep (Karnataka) defeated Mahesh C P (Karnataka) by Submission (Arm Bar) in 53 seconds of round 1
2nd SF: Morrish Kumar (Chhattisgarh) defeated Danesh Mobedgi (Madhya Pradesh) by TKO in 39 seconds of round 1
Final: Rajeev Muthayal Pradeep (Karnataka) defeated Morrish Kumar (Chhattisgarh) by submission (Knee bar) in 1 minute 16 seconds of round 1
1st SF: Pushparaj (Delhi) defeated Dhanush Singh (Chhattisgarh) by TKO in 1 minute 08 seconds of round 1
Final: Pawan Kumar (Delhi) defeated Pushparaj (Delhi) by TKO/stoppage after round 1
1st SF: Syed Yameen (Telangana) defeated Dilip Pradhan (Odisha) by TKO in 1 minute 14 seconds of round 1
Final: Syed Yameen (Telangana) defeated Aman Kumar (Bihar) by submission (Knee bar) in 1 minute 16 seconds of round 1
1st SF: Tanu Jha (Delhi) defeated Kavya Shree (Karnataka) by Unanimous Decision
Final: Tanu Jha (Delhi) defeated Priyadarshini (Odisha) by Split Decision