One of Assam’s rising MMA stars Manish Mahanta is ready to make his professional MMA debut and he wants it to be against TCA Nagaland’s Avizo Lanamai. Manish Mahanta who is 16-2 as an amateur last fought against Nirma Soules at Amateur Contender Series 6. It was a pretty exciting back and forth fight until Manish landed a hard right hand that dropped his opponent and following which the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Manish Mahanta hails from Guwahati and he started his journey as a martial artist when he joined Karate classes in 10th standard. Due to its limitations in Karate, Manish realized he wanted to learn other disciplines of martial arts and that’s when he joined Bidang MMA gym to get started in his MMA career. He, then, trained under former Super Fight League fighter Bhabajeet Choudhary. However, right now he trains under Manas Daimary of Dojang Gym in Guwahati.
Manish Mahanta vs Avizo Lanamai: Battle of the North East
The MMA India Show had the opportunity to chat with Manish Mahanta following his superb KO win last Saturday. We talked about his upcoming plans that involve a fight against Avizo Lanamai. The pair have previously fought each other in the amateurs and in that fight, Manish scored a brutal KO win over the Nagaland-based fighter. Avizo Lanamai recently made his pro debut at Matrix Fight Night 9 where he defeated Abhishek Negi via unanimous decision.
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1) A lot has been said about your previous fight against Avizo Lanamai where you knocked him out, pls tell me about that fight and when and where did it take place?
My fight against Avizo Lanamai took place in 2018 at an X1 International event in Kohima, Nagaland. The fight took place in Avizo’s hometown and I knocked him out in about 20-seconds. It was a semi-pro fight.
2) Tell me about your last fight at ACS where you scored a KO win?
I was basically waiting for the right moment and when the opportunity arrived in the third round, I took it and knocked him out. My opponent was also mostly a striker and he was throwing a lot of kicks, so it was a waiting game and as soon as the opportunity presented I landed a right hook and got the stoppage win.
3) Do you have any pro fight under your belt and would you like to take on some Pro Fights before taking on Avizo?
No, I haven’t had a professional fight yet. Also, it’s not about Avizo, I just want to perform on a good platform and that’s Matrix Fight Night. If they provide me with an opponent other than Avizo, I am fine with it. But since he won the last fight, that’s why I am challenging him and we already have a history.
4) Any message for Avizo Lanamai?
The position where he is now, he has earned that position and he has worked hard for it. I fully respect him and I don’t have any personal grudge against him, this is a fight business, So I have to challenge him. If he wins the fight, he will have all my respect, but I just want to face him.
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