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UFC Gym India partners with MMA India Federation to launch national talent and scouting program

Amateur Indian MMA should benefit

UFC Gym India is partnering with the MMA India Federation and the big winner could be amateur MMA development in the country of India.

The deal was announced Wednesday. The new talent and scouting program will led by International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) coaches from the MMA India Federation, with the venues of training provided by UFC Gym India

Pledging in 2017 to launch 100 locations in India by 2027, the new initiative is a building block for UFC Gym India to put the locations to a productive use.

The MMA India Federation is the country’s governing body for amateur MMA. They cover 24 states and three union territories out of a total population of 1.38 billion citizens.

“We are honored to partner with IMMAF and UFC GYM India to launch our regional talent scouting program to help build a talented roster of amateur MMA talent that could potentially comprise India’s national amateur team for the IMMAF International Championships,” MMA India Federation president Sharif Bapu said in a press release.

“UFC GYM India, IMMAF and MMA India share a common vision to mentor, train and groom the next generation of MMA athletes from India,” UFC GYM India managing director Istayak Ansari added. “We will be supporting the selection of amateur MMA athletes by the MMA India Federation and IMMAF, by providing membership and coaching at our select gyms across India. Our goal is to collectively help create the next generation of MMA athletes who will represent India in future professional combat sports events and hopefully UFC.”

“On behalf of IMMAF, I would like to congratulate the MMA India Federation and UFC GYM India on sealing this seminal partnership, with its huge potential to foster significant development to recreational and amateur MMA in India,” IMMAF president Kerrith Brown said. “Credit is due to the committed work and exemplary organization of MMA India, and to Istayak Ansari’s vision and support of well governed MMA and talent pathways.”

If both partners follow through, the deal could significantly improve India’s MMA landscape.

“We’re thrilled to support the continued development and growth of MMA throughout India, while also raising awareness for UFC GYM’s ‘Train Different’ mentality and programming for fitness enthusiasts of all ages and athletic abilities,” UFC GYM CEO Adam Sedlack said. “India is a burgeoning market for UFC GYM and we can’t wait to show our world-class facilities and overall fitness offerings as part of this new and amazing program.”

Financial terms were not disclosed.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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