Our Friday Fighter this week is Sumeet Khade. A pro-MMA fighter from Mumbai. He currently holds a pro-MMA record of 10-4-0 and is ranked with his last win coming against Pawan Goyat at Matrix Fight Night 4.
Sumeet Khade first started training in Karate since he was 8 years old. At that time, there wasn’t much awareness about MMA in India. He earned his black belt in Shorin-Ryu and participated in Karate tournaments in Japan, following which he got into kickboxing.
How did Sumeet Khade get started with MMA in India?
He was always interested in learning different disciplines and various forms of Martial Arts. That’s when he came across MMA and got to know how it is an amalgamation of all these different disciplines. He started training MMA and got his first break in 2012 when he fought Sumeet Sawant in Full Contact Championship where he got his first win.
He also had a great stint in Jackson-Wink where he got to train with UFC fighters like Jones, BJ Penn and Holly Holm. They were very helpful and he got to learn a great deal and his ground game, takedown timing and Jiu Jitsu defense all got better from the time spent there. On the striking front, he was primarily a counter-striker, but now he have worked on throwing combinations and counters. His improved MMA game have showed great results which can be seen in his fight game
A man of many talents he is also a Technical Director at ICL Indian Combat League and he also has his own fitness gym ‘Fitness Wynk’. Sumeet who is mostly known for lethal striking game is no slouch in the ground too, he is known for his slick submission and grappling game too. There are talks of Sumeet fighting Dhruv in a trilogy fight. Many fans in India are looking forward to this battle.
Sumeet also feels that within the next 3-4 years, the growth of MMA as a sport will get to the next level in India. Sumeet in one of his earlier interviews has said that fans that fans support is needed for MMA to grow in India and we couldn’t agree more. The whole world is waiting for that first Indian athlete to make waves in the UFC and here is hoping that day isn’t too far away.
We are hoping to see him Sumeet Khade back in the octagon fighting soon. We wish him all the best for his future fights