After three eventful days at the recently concluded GAMMA (Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts) World MMA championship in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. the India National MMA team have finished with a total of 11 medals, including 1 Gold, 4 Silver, and 6 Bronze Medals after the conclusion of the third and final day of the tournament on Sunday in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Laishram Surbala Devi wins gold for India, while Sarita, Longtsukumba, Kumar and Indiyana bag silver
Sarita Rathod was the first fighter from the Indian contingent to step in the ring, up against Victoria Anthony of the United States in the women’s under 47.5 kg summit clash. After a dominating first round from the American, Rathod fired back in the second, executing a body slam on Anthony. However, the latter had full control of the decisive round, performing a takedown on Rathod, followed by some superb ground game to prevent Rathod from getting up. Anthony secured the win while Rathod settled for silver.
Coming off a win against Kasiev Esentur on the second day of the event, Ao Longtsukumba suffered a loss against Ismael Eid Mohammad Wasfi of Jordan in the men’s under 65.8 kg gold medal final. Even though Longtsukumba had dropped Wasfi early in the bout, the Jordanian changed his pace and eventually took the control of the fight, with a barrage of clinical strikes on his Indian counterpart to secure a 3-0 unanimous decision victory.
Kumar Kishor B found his men’s under 52.2 kg final opponent to be Begzhan Abilkassym of Kazakhstan. The gold medal clash started off with Abilkassym landing back to back brutal hits on Kumar, dazzling the Indian fighter throughout the fight. Despite Kumar returning some strikes, the Kazakh fighter showed equally impressive defense and won the gold via unanimous decision, with Kumar securing the third Silver medal for India.
Laishram Surbala Devi was the solo Indian fighter to clinch gold at the event with her superb performance in the women’s under 52.2 kg summit clash against Kazakh fighter Tomiris Zhussupova. Laishram started off the bout with a brutal fist on Zhussupova, who went down but beat the clock at the last second. Despite suffering a knock down herself in the second round, Laishram kept her offensive domination on Zhussupova and sealed the deal with a unanimous decision victory, becoming the first Indian fighter to clinch gold at the GAMMA World MMA Championship.
B Indiyana clinched the fourth silver for India in the women’s under 65.8kg final, losing to Polish fighter Joanna Walorska. In a fairly one sided affair, Walorska kept her guard up against Indiyana and was able to drop the Indian fighter with a quick left right combo, winning the fight via TKO.
Final medal tally for India at GAMMA World MMA Championship:
- Laisham Surbala Devi – women’s under 52.2 kg Gold
- Ao Longtsukumba – men’s under-65.8 kg striking Silver
- Sarita Rathod – women’s under 47.5 kg Silver
- Kumar Kishor B – men’s under-52.2 kg striking Silver
- B Indiyana – women’s under 65.8 kg striking Silver
- Dinesh Naorem – men’s under 56.7 kg Bronze
- S Thole Veinii Suffix – men’s under 56.7 kg striking Bronze
- Arsenba Ozukum – men’s under 56.7 kg striking Bronze
- Havish Reddy – men’s under 52.5 kg Bronze
- Peter Charles – men’s under 120.2 kg striking Bronze
- Shahid Syed Hussain – men’s under 52.5 kg striking Bronze