Indian MMA star Punyajit Likharu will take on Filipino opponent Gab Masancay on April 21 at Island Fighting Championship in Bali, Indonesia.
Punyajit Likharu has a professional record of 3-0. His opponent Gab Masancay also holds a professional record of 3-0. Punyajit is one of the upcoming big name in Indian MMA. Hailing from Assam, Punyajit turned pro in 2019 and made his professional debut under the Matrix Fight Night banner. He fought against Mayank Kohli at Matrix Fight Night 3 which took place at the Worli NSCI Dome in Mumbai, India. In this fight, he earned a unanimous decision victory.
Punyajit Likharu then fought at Matrix Fight Night 6 against Shillong’s Anthony Syiem in Dubai. In that fight, he scored an impressive first round submission victory. His last fight took place at MFN 10 last November in Dubai where he scored a TKO win over Djordje Stojanovic.
Exclusive Interview with Punyajit Likharu
The MMA India Show had the opportunity to chat with Punyajit Likharu ahead of his fight against Gab Masancay at the Island Fighting Championship.
1.) How has the training been going for you?
Training has been amazing, I was supposed to fight earlier so camp never stopped. Has been one of the best as well one of the hardest for me, I got sick multiple times prior. Staph infection affected my training. But now all healthy and with god’s blessing I got this fight easy.
2.) What do you know about your opponent?
He is Filipino with aggressive pressure forward style. I look forward to seeing and testing my striking abilities with him. My counters will play a major factor and am excited to showcase sharp and technical skills like every fight I step in.
3.) How is your training experience at Soma MMA?
It’s been a game changer. Coach Mike has improved my striking a lot. When I fought Mayank I started training with coach Mike and it could definitely be seen in the fight. All my coaches and training partners in SOMA MMA are always pushing me to be my best version. So am more than happy to be here. I got my home team Crosstrain Fight Club support and blessings as well so couldn’t feel more happy to step in the cage.
4.) Do you have a message for Indian fans?
I always had a vision to elevate the standard of Indian MMA. I had no talent and have reached where I am through only hard work. I want to prove to myself and to the world that Indian MMA is on the rise and we have a lot to offer.