The India National MMA team has made a brilliant start to their GAMMA (Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts) World MMA championship on an actioned packed first day of the tournament currently taking place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Indian team consists of 28 formidable fighters under the mentorship of head coach Mr. Vishal Seigell. Under Mr. Seigell’s coaching, the team recently bagged three gold medals and one bronze at the Asian Championship held at Kyrgyzstan.
Laishram Singh picks two wins with S Thole Veinii Sufflix marking Team India’s 4th victory at GAMMA World MMA Championships Day 1
The first bout of the event saw Aaquib Javid of India taking on Ugandan fighter Twinomugisha in the men’s under-61.2kg class. Javid, going on the offensive right from the start, delivering a body slam to Twinomugisha before pinning him to the corner with a submission. With less than two minutes remaining on the clock, Javid emerged victorious with a submission victory.
However, in the next round, Javid suffered a defeat against Muslim Zaurov of Germany. Even though Javid was able to place a headlock on Zaurov who had him pinned in the corner, the German fighter was able to lock an armbar just moments before the end of the 2nd round. The win was awarded to Zaurov via judges’ decision.
Taking on Paul Angalla, their second Ugandan opponent for the day, Aditya Bhosale was up next for Team India in the men’s under-61.2kg class. In the first round, Angalla failed to connect a big hook, giving Bhosale the chance to return with a brutal chin strike. The second round saw Bhosale taking his opponent down to the canvas, followed by a barrage of strikes to end the bout in a win. Bhosale will now face Germany’s Rasul Davletmuzaev in the next round.
Up next for Bhosale was Rasul Davletmuzaev, the second-seeded in the weight class. After a dominating start from the German, Bhosale bounced back with strikes and was able to land three jabs on Davletmuzaev in the second. However, the German was able to edge out in the favour of the judges due to his dominance early in the fight.
Laishram Singh marked the third win for Team India with his dominating performance against Charles Mady of Canada. After pinning down the Canadian fighter, Singh delivered a brutal jab before suplexing Mady on the canvas and following up with some more pounding before the referee stopped the fight.
Taking on Czech Republic’s Jakub Batfalsky in the second round, Laishram Singh took an early advantage into the fight with a takedown on Batfalsky. After an uneventful second round with both fighters trading blows, it was Singh who landed four massive jabs on the Czech fighter with only a minute left on the clock and it was the Indian who walked out as the winner.
S Thole Veinii Sufflix was the fourth fighter from the Indian contingent to secure a victory against Chautard Robin of France. Early in the bout, both fighters made connections with jabs and low kicks but Veinii was able to take Robin down on the canvas twice and took the control of the fight from thereon, landing kicks and jabs and producing two more takedowns on the Frenchman and ending the fight with a win.
Competing in the under-120.2kg category, Gaganpal Singh suffered an early defeat against Georgian fighter Giorgi Chochishvili, who delivered a brutal knockout blow just moments into the fight.
In another under-120.2kg bout, Deepak Patil was up against Ijri Fernandes of Portugal which ended in another quick defeat for the Indian. Just 26 seconds into the first round, Patil sustained a barrage of punches from Fernandes, with the referee stopping the bout and awarding the Portuguese fighter the win.
In the women’s under-52.2kg contest, Samata Sonavane from India faced off against Hannah Rokala from the United States. The bout saw a rear-naked choke in place from Rokala early in the fight, with Sonavane tapping out to end the fight with a win for the American.