When it comes to Indian MMA, there are very few fighters who command the same respect and awe from the audience as Srikant Sekhar does. His reputation is well earned, as Captain Crazy has made it a hobby to finish his opponents, that too in some style.
The lightweight who last submitted Jason Ramesh Solomon in a barn-burner of a contest back in June of 2019 was apparently preparing for a fight when the world was struck by Coronavirus pandemic. However, Sekhar is not giving up on his plans and in a recent candid chat with Bollywood actor and The MMA India Show’s host, Parvin Dabas, the young man from Orissa shared his plan of action for when the lockdown gets lifted, as well as revealed how he is staying fit at home.
“When the government had announced the initial 21 days lockdown phase, I and some of the teammates, we were going through a big training camp. It was I, Clinton, Yadwinder Singh too joined for his upcoming fight in Brave. It was all going really well, even Kantharaj Agassa was supposed to come back and join because he also had a scheduled fight. Then suddenly the lockdown was announced and we all gradually decided to leave,” said Sekhar in a way emphasizing the importance of social distancing.
When asked about how he is staying in shape during this lockdown phase when most people are sitting at home and putting on extra kilos. Srikant explained, “I am living in my hometown which is on a hill in the Western Ghats. The major perk of living here is training because this place is like 6000 feet above sea level, so it is an ideal place to boost my stamina. So even apart from the lockdown, I do regularly come home before and after training camps for my fight. So I currently do a lot of hills sprinting on extremely steep hills, yoga, then I also have a little home gym in my garage, where I train along with a couple of close friends and neighbors, some of whom are in the navy, etc.”
I can’t reveal my exact plans for the future, because that will just kill the surprise. But I know I have two potential opponents in my mind. It’s going to be either Vikas Rohil or Anshul Jubli and I am very sure about it. They both have three wins on their record and Anshul for instance, he had a pretty nice fight in his previous outing. I don’t know about Vikas because he was fighting, playing with some new guys. So I am not too keen on fighting him.”
He further explained what he is now looking to achieve in his career, i.e. he wants to get his hands on a title belt, “The thing is what I’ve been looking into is the concept of belt championships. I have some friends who are looking to make fights for belt championships for different weight classes, but I am definitely looking to fight for a belt championship next, and in that case, I would really like to fight Anshul. Because he has at the top of the rankings and will be a big name fight. If my next fight is sort of like a title eliminator bout, then I would like to fight Vikas Rohil first, just beat him up and then like I said, take on Anshul for the belt in a mega-fight for the belt.”
You can check out his interview down below: