Hailing from Manipur, India, “The Warrior Princess” Surbala Laishram, 21, is a former Kickboxing World Champion. She is training out of KOI Combat Academy under the tutelage of the gym’s founder and head coach Vishal Seigell.
A Bengaluru Open MMA Championship gold medalist, Laishram represented India in the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation-World Mixed Martial Arts Association World Amateur MMA Championships, which took place at the Khalifa Sport City Stadium in Isa Town, Bahrain from November 11-16, 2019 as part of Brave International Combat Week. She suffered from injuries after losing via unanimous decision to Daniela Hernandez of Mexico.
Laishram has to undergo surgeries to recover from the injuries. Here is a message from her coach:
“I would greatly appreciate any and all help for ‘The Warrior Princess’ Surbala Laishram. Thank you. Help a former Kickboxing World Champion and MMA fighter from Manipur get back into the ring and fly the nations flag high.
My name is Vishal Seigell, Indian team Coach for the MMA World Championships and personal coach of Surbala, a 21-year-old former Junior Kickboxing World Champion and Jiu Jitsu Asian Open Double Gold medallist and Team India member for the 2019 MMA World Championships in Bahrain.
Surbala hails from a family which has a weak economic background and her stay, food and training is completely funded by me in my limited capacity. Her participation in the World Championships was covered by me as well by taking up loans for the purpose.
While competing at the MMA World Championships, Surbala was injured during her Quarterfinals match against a Mexican opponent in the first round itself, but persevered to last the 3 rounds and eventually lost by judges decision.
Surbala is suffering from anterior cruciate ligament and the medial collateral ligament damage. She was admitted and has to get surgery in Hosmat Hospital. The athletes are neither funded, nor insured by any agency or federation.
Until now, we have spent about Rs. 100000 that was cobbled up by friends and family. In the next 30 days, we need Rs.195,000.00 more for further treatment and surgery. She is a future World Champion from India and needs financial support now to continue to make our nation proud.
Please come forward to support my cause. Any contribution will be of immense help. Do contribute and share this campaign link with your friends and family.”