After an eventful first day of the GAMMA (Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts) World MMA championship, the India National MMA team performed well in the second day of the event omn Saturday in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Indian contingent had picked up four victories on Day 2 of the event.
Ao Longtsukumba wins his second bout of GAMMA World MMA Championship while Laishram Singh’s campaign comes to an end
Dinesh Naorem was the first fighter to secure a victory for India on the second day of the tournament, defeating Michael Perez of Nicaragua in the men’s under-56.7kg category. Moments into the first round, Naorem executed a clinical takedown on Perez, and continued his domination over the Nicaraguan in the next rounds, delivering two back to back body slams and won the favour of the judges at the end.
In the men’s under 52.5kg category, Kumar Kishor B marked the second win for the Indian contingent on day two in his showdown against Kyrgyz fighter Aibekov Aitegin. Both fighters had a mixed approach of body shots and takedowns, but it was Kumar who won the judges’ favour with a unanimous decision victory.
Laishram Surbala Devi powered herself into a victory over Rustambek Kyzy Zinazik of Kyrgyzstan in the women’s under 52.5kg fight, awarding India another win for the day. Both fighters were fast in their approach, with Laishram executing clinical takedowns on Rustambek. The verdict was a split decision win for the Indian fighter.
Ao Longtsukumba marked his second win of the tournament against Kasiev Esentur in the men’s under 65.8 kg category, defeating the Kyrgyz fighter. Esentur had the more offensive approach at the start, but Longtsukumba started his own rebuttals with dropping his opponent in the last round and sealed the deal with a unanimous decision victory.
Laishram Chourajit Singh, who secured two victories on the first day of the tournament, suffered a loss against Australia’s Pat Hill in the men’s under 65.8 kg quarterfinal. The Aussie had put Singh in a side grapple early on and after a dominating first round, pulled off another takedown on the Indian, continuing his ground game to emerge victoriously.
Sumit Bhyan, competing in the men’s under 77.1 kg category, lost to German fighter Khizriev Irashka. After some early kick attempts from Sumit, Irashka executed a takedown and kept the Indian on the ground throughout the first round. For the rest of the fight, the German continued his ground game with more takedowns and won the decision of the judges.
Havish Reddy suffered a loss in his men’s under 52.5 kg bout against Amir Akhmet of Kazakhstan. After exchanging some body shots and leg kicks, Reddy had pressed Amir up against the ropes, but the latter converted it well into a takedown. The second round saw another takedown attempt from the Indian fighter but Amir had held his Reddy into submission until the latter tapped out.
Hussain Syed Shahid lost to Abilkassym Begzhan of Kazakhstan in their under 52.5 kg encounter. Begzhan had the upper hand from the start, dominating Shahid on the ground as well as dropping the Indian fighter before the end of the first round and the Kazakh earned a TKO in the second.
Up next for India was another Kazakh fighter, Oryntayev Yermakhan who squared off against S Thole Veinii Sufflix. After a mostly uneventful first round, both fighters aimed to take fight to the ground in the second but Yermakhan had made more connections, which earned him the unanimous decision victory.
The men’s under 56.7 kg bout between India’s Ozukum Arsenba and Georgia’s Natobaidze Giorgi started off in a fast-paced first round but right into the second, Giorgi had dropped Arsenba and was awarded the win via TKO.