Vaibhav Shetty’s journey as an IT professional by day and MMA fighter by night

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Our Friday Fighter this week is Vaibhav Shetty who has competing in Indian MMA for a long time. He is currently ranked 39th in active Asia southeast middleweight rankings. Training in KOI Combat Academy, Vaibhav Shetty has become known for his ability to fight under any circumstance.

He also trains at Rama Reddy Martial Arts for their Jiu-Jitsu facility. He is an International Middle Weight amateur MMA fighter and Medium Heavy Jiu-Jitsu athlete, a management professional and last but not the least, a father from Bangalore.

His day job is as a Senior Strategy professional at a software company called Eka Software services. Vaibhav was always a sports person growing up being active in Karate, Discus throw, and NCC. However, education and career took priority over sports and he ended up completing his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry followed by an MBA from Symbiosis and fruitful 10 years career in management. (H/T FuelaDream)

Vaibhav has represented India at the Asian Open MMA 2019 and have won 3 silvers and 1 gold in the recently concluded Jiu-Jitsu (SJJIF) Gi and No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Asian Open 2019. Currently ranked #2 (Pound for Pound rankings) Among Master 1 White No-Gi category in Asia in Jiu-Jitsu and #185 (pound for pound rankings) in the world in Amateur MMA.

Vaibhav Shetty’s Combat sports achievements are below:

#3 in the Asian SJJF No Gi Master 1 White rankings for the season Nov 2018-Nov 2019 (Pound for Pound). Asian Open 2019 (1X gold, 3 X Silver), Oceania Open 2020 Bronze


Combat Sports
Combat Sports athlete and Official
Team India MMA Athlete : IMMAF Asian Open 2019, World Championship 2019
Oceania Open 2020 Bronze Medallist

#3 in the Asian SJJF No Gi Master 1 White rankings for the season Nov 2018-Nov 2019 (Pound for Pound). Asian Open 2019 (1X gold, 3 X Silver)
Coordinator and Supervisor for World Boxing Federation (WBF) Title fights in the India region
Responsible as an official for developing an ecosystem of professional boxers
Sanctioning WBF title bouts
Overseeing Administration and Officiating of the events where WBF title fights are held or defended
Board of Directors – Association of Mized Martial Arts Karnataka
Director – Athletes Commission

1. Combat Carnival 2017 Submission – Heavy Weight category- Gold
2.Bangalore Open MMA 2017 – Middleweight Quarter Finalist
3.Body Power Open MMA 2018 – Middle Weight Semi Finalist
4. Abhiva Crossfit MMA Open 2018 – Middle Weight winner
5. Cross Club BJJ Competition 2018 – Light Heavy Weight Bronze Medallist
6. ASJJF Bangalore Open 2018- No Gi Medium Heavy – Silver Medallist
7. ASJJF Bangalore Open 2018 – No Gi Open Weight – Bronze Medallist
8. ASJJF Bangalore Open 2018 – Gi Medium Heavy – Silver Medallist
9. IMMAF-WMMAF Asian Open 2019 (Team India) – Quarter Finalist
10.ASJJF Asian Open 2019- No Gi Medium Heavy – Silver Medallist
11.ASJJF Asian Open 2019 – No Gi Open Weight – Gold Medallist
12.ASJJF Asian Open 2019- Gi Medium Heavy – Silver Medallist
13.ASJJF Asian Open 2019 – Gi Open Weight – Silver Medallist
14. Bengaluru Open 2019 – Middleweight – Bronze Medallist
15. IMMAF-WMMAF World Championship 2019 (Team India)
16. ASJJF-SJJINDF Nationals 2019 – Gi Medium Heavy Weight – Gold Medallist
17. ASJJF-SJJINDF Nationals 2019 – Gi Open Weight – Bronze Medallist
18. ASJJF-SJJINDF Nationals 2019 – No Gi Medium Heavy Weight – Silver Medallist
19. IMMAF Oceania Open 2020 – Middleweight – Bronze Medallist

(H/T FuelaDream)

In one of his interviews with, he had discussed about future plans. “I would like to prepare for the world championships again. However, I’m also part of the Federation in Karnataka and would be working towards the development of the game for the athletes. There are also some plans with the World Boxing Foundation that I will reveal in a bit and also expressed his desire to turn pro in Boxing or BJJ.” 

Vaibhav Shetty has also been recently appointed as the official WBC MuayThai representative in India. He and his team will begin their work to enhance the growing popularity of the sport of MuayThai in India with the implementation of the WBC MuayThai youth program and WBC MuayThai professional championships.

We are sure Vaibhav and his team will do an amazing job in developing Mixed Martial Arts sport in the country. The MMA India Show wishes Vaibhav Shetty all the best for his future ahead.


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