Sikkim to host India's biggest MMA event on 17 Apr


SAGAR CHETTRI

Gangtok, 16 Mar: Sikkim is gearing up to host a mega open-air Mixed Martial

Arts event of the Indian Fight Night [IFN] on 17 April here at the Paljor Stadium complex. The

event, being promoted as ‘Battle of Warriors- Sikkim MMA,’ is being organized by FITB 27 in association

with Alpha Tribe. Addressing a press conference here this afternoon, FITB 27 and Battle of Warriors founder, Bishal Chettri, said that this will be the biggest international MMA event of the country and,

for the first time ever, will feature professional fighters from India and other countries competing

in Sikkim. “The main objective behind bringing such a major international event to my home state is to promote MMA in Sikkim and motivate local youth to enter MMA sports professionally. My ultimate hoe is to see our local youth participating in the UFC,” he shared. He informed that 19 professional fighters have confirmed participation in the event, of whom 10 are from Australia, Germany, the United States and Afghanistan and the rest from different parts of India. Mr Chettri added that the event will also feature the special presence of WWE star, the Great Khali, and Fitness Icon of India, Sahil Khan, and a performance by popular rapper, Badshah and other nationally and internationally famed artists. He assured that the event will follow the COVID-19 protocol strictly. “Such international level events with eminent personalities will also help to further promote Sikkim tourism. We will continuously work to promote Sikkim on the international map through such activities and motivate our youth towards healthy and sporting activities,” he added. He informed that the people from Dubai, Singapore and some other countries and different parts of India have already booked tickets for the event, adding that a ticket counter will also be set up at MG Marg for local spectators. What local fans of the sport can also look forward to is the participation of MMA fighter from Sikkim, Passang Lepcha, who hails from Tashiding, West Sikkim and had won the champion’s belt in feather weight category at the 7th MMA championship held in Delhi in 2019. Mr Lepcha expressed his happiness on getting to compete at such a mega event in his home state. “MMA is already in Sikkim having debuted here two years back. That said, it like other

sports but has still not gained popularity in the State so such an event will definitely help promote MMA among local youths,” he highlighted. Arjuna Awardee, Jaslal Pradhan, who is the brand ambassador

of the event, congratulated the organizing committee for bringing such a big event to Sikkim. He expressed excitement on being part of the event and expressed hope that the event motivates youth here towards MMA.