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Indian MMA fighter Roshan Mainam hopes to join ONE Championship, looks up to Martin Nguyen

Born on December 3, 1996, Roshan Mainam is one of the young Asian fighters hoping to be signed with the largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship. He is a mixed martial artist from Imphal, Manipur, India with an MMA record of 3 wins and 1 loss.

Mainam’s most recent fight took place on February 17, 2018 at the SFL Arena in Mumbai, India. He was one of the members of the Haryana Sultans, which competed against the Mumbai Maniacs on Super Fight League: Season 2, Week 2 titled “SFL 2018: Haryana Sultans vs Mumbai Maniacs.”

In the bantamweight division at “SFL 2018: Haryana Sultans vs Mumbai Maniacs,” Mainam faced Ateet Kelvin “The Face” Gupta of the Mumbai Maniacs. The former knocked out the latter at 4:22 of Round 1.

As a martial artist, Mainam started with wrestling in 2005. He was good in his weight class but because of some issues, he retired from wrestling in 2014.

“One day, I was watching the UFC,” Mainam told Conan Daily. “Suddenly, I thought I wanted to join the MMA sport.”

“But nobody helped me,” Mainam continued. “I hoped to become an MMA fighter. I started with kickboxing and joined amateur MMA tournaments from 2015 to 2016.”

On November 4, 2016, Mainam officially fought in the cage for the first time. Beginner’s luck worked for him as he defeated his opponent Xico Zorinmawia via rear-naked choke in the second round.

When Mainam fought in the cage for the second time, it did not work in his favor. He was submitted by Kantharaj Shankar Agasa via guillotine choke at “SFL 2017: Close Quarter Combat- Haryana Sultans vs Sher-E-Punjab” at the Squash and Badminton Courts Siri Fort in Delhi, India on January 29, 2017.

On February 5, 2017, Mainam was back at the Squash and Badminton Courts Siri Fort and redeemed himself at “SFL 2017: Battle of the Bold- U.P. Nawabs vs Haryana Sultans.” He submitted Pramod Kataria via rear-naked choke.

After showing good performances in India, Mainam decided that MMA will be his “only world.” He has earned his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt and he dreams to become a ONE Championship fighter someday.

Mainam is looking up to ONE Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 28, of Australia. The 21-year-old Indian fighter said he has watched every fight of the Vietnamese-Australian fighter.

Nguyen looks handsome but smart and cold in his fights, Mainam said. The young Indian fighter also noted that the reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight Champion has an “excellent hand power.”

Watch a video of Mainam in an amateur bout in 2016 here.

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