One of the best fighters around in the Indian MMA scene and a winner of India’s first MMA Gold at 2018 IMMAF World Championship, Mahboob Khan is willing to keep to maintain his position as one of the top Indian MMA fighters.
Mahboob, who hails from Telangana and trains under Shaikh Khalid and representing Hyderabad MMA gym, he is known for putting up some entertaining fights with most of his fights ending in a finish.
Mahboob khan holds an amateur MMA record of 32-5 with his last win coming at 4th National MMA Championship held in Lucknow, UP.
At the age of 20, he joined Team India in Bahrain at the 2018 IMMAF | WMMAA Unified World Championships, competing in the junior men’s strawweight division, exclusively for athletes age category 18-20.
Making his debut on the international amateur platform, Mahboob was no doubt considered as an underdog in the division with standouts from decorated nations like Kazakhstan and Bulgaria starting as strong favourites to win the gold medal.
Mahboob dispelled any such notion without delay, against Kazakhstan’s Yerlun Kabdulov, taking just 76-seconds to eliminate one of the division favourites with a first-round guillotine choke submission.
All preconceived expectations for the junior strawweight were turned upside down at the semi-final stage. Mahboob had booked his place in the final while Bahrain’s own Ebrahim Darwish produced a unanimous decision triumph over Bulgaria’s Radostin Angelov.
Mahboob took his moment of the World Championships finals, once again finishing his opponent in the opening round. Shortly following the 90-second mark, a step-in left hook created the opening for Mahboob to follow with an overhand right knocking Darwish to the canvas for a KO stoppage and securing the gold medal. Mahboob subsequently became India’s first athlete nominated for the International Amateur MMA Awards.
Mahboob also participated in the 2019 World Amateur MMA Championship. Mahboob defeated Troy Fumo of Australia in a unanimous decision. This gave Indian fans a lot of hope going forward as nine fighters had already lost their fight and bowed out of the tournament. However, bad luck gripped the Indian side, as Mehboob was disqualified earlier today by the officials in Bahrain after he failed to make the strawweight limit of 115lbs.
Mahboob seeks government support to continue his MMA journey so that he can concentrate on bringing laurel to the country.
“I was a taxi driver earlier and part-time worker in a clothing store to fulfil the basic needs of my family. My interest in MMA began when I first saw my friend training, and later with the help of my trainer Sheikh Khalid, I have come this far,” Mahboob Khan told ANI in an interview.
“It has been only four years training during which at the age of 20 years, I bagged International Gold Medal representing India in 2018 IMMAF (International Mixed Martial Arts Federation) defeating Bahrain, Kazakhstan, and Australia,” he further said.
“I am the first and only Indian who has bagged an Internationa, Gold Medal for the Country in Mixed Martial Arts till now. I request the Government of India to support me to participate in more International fights and win for the country,” Mahboob Khan added. (H/T – ANI News)
Coach Shaik Khalid has continued to support Mahboob Khan
Throughout his MMA career, Mahboob has been supported by his head coach Mahboob Khan who is also the Telangana Association of Mixed Martial Arts Association Head coach.
“Mahboob Khan is the only talent who won gold medal for Indian at an Internationa platform. He had a unique journey. He was a taxi driver and now is a world champion and has brought glory to our country in the field of MMA,” Coach Khalid said.
“We have supported and sponsored him during his journey. Today MMA is the world’s fastest-growing sport,” he concluded.