Top MMA Fighters Confirm Join SFL 3 from May 6, 2012. Super Fight League start in land of ‘Singh is King’ Chandigarh and Top fighters confirm to join and perform their skill live actions in SFL from start of event.
The Super Fight League, jointly owned and promoted by Raj Kundra and Sanjay Dutt, has gone from strength to strength and if SFL COO Daniel Isaac is to be believed, the Delhi round should be the most exciting. “It’s really the first big mainstream MMA promotion in the Capital and that’s very exciting for us,” Isaac says.
The Mixed Martial Arts competition aims to capitalize on India’s disenchantment with WWE – MMA is real, WWE is fake – by highlighting the raw nature of this full combat sport. While it took a few bouts for attendees and viewers to come to terms with the nature of the sport, after a warm welcome and a thundering reception in the land of ‘Singh is King’ Chandigarh, SFL 3 is now ready to rumble at the IGI Stadium in New Delhi next week.
Beads of sweat fly around at the same pace that punches do. In the caged ring, men and women have just one goal in sight, to win. The fight craze that engulfed Mumbai and Chandigarh recently is coming to the Capital next week with the third round of the Super Fight League kicking off on May 6.
“The fight card for this round is absolutely fantastic. We’ve fighters who other promotions like UFC and Strikeforce wouldn’t hesitate to feature. It’s a great opportunity for people to see the best of Indian MMA fighters,” Isaac, who’s also the president of the Indian MMA association, adds.
The highlight of next week’s line-up is obviously the heavyweight clash between Bobby Lashley and James Thompson. Lashley, an amateur wrestler and a former WWE champ, will meet his match in the vastly experienced Thompson, who is known for rushing his opponents at the start of the bout.
Of course, most eyes will be peeled on the women fighters and SFL 3 won’t disappoint fans there. The ladies for this bout are among the best in the sport. Look out for Ukraine’s Lena Ovchynnikova will be up against European muay thai champion Joanne Calderwood.
SFL 3 Fight Card: Look out for
Bobby Lashley (US) vs James Thompson ( UK) (Heavyweight: Main Event)
Lashley, an amateur wrestler and a former WWE champ, is up against Pride Fighting Championship fighter Thompson. Will be the highlight of the event.
Kultar Singh Gill (India) vs Quinton Arendse (South Africa)
Gill, an NRI from Canada, is among India’s first international MMA fighters and at 33 is in his prime to take on the unknown Arendse.
Lena Ovchynnikova ( Ukraine) V Joanne Calderwood (UK)
Ovchnnikova lost in Mumbai and will be sharper than usual against the young but talented Scot Calderwood.