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Evolve MMA’s Roshan Mainam: Indian MMA fighters are inferior to none

Roshan Mainam (©ONE Championship)

Roshan Mainam (©ONE Championship)

Roshan Mainam, 23, the pride of Thoubal, Manipur, India, is a young warrior armed with big dreams. He was the first ever Indian mixed martial artist to join the Evolve Fight Team, the official fight team of Evolve MMA based in Singapore.

“I want to prove that Indian athletes are inferior to none and we are not weak in mixed martial arts,” Yahoo News Singapore quoted Mainam as saying. “My team is really good and I think I can be a world champion one day.”

On November 8, 2019, Mainam made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Masters of Fate” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. He was the sole representative of India, which was one of the 15 countries represented.

“ONE: Masters of Fate” featured 10 MMA matches and three Muay Thai contests. In the first bout of the evening, Mainam fought Khon Sichan, 32, of Cambodia in an MMA match in the flyweight division.

Mainam exhibited his wrestling skills. Referee Motohiro Tsuruwa put a stop to the flyweight contest when the Indian Evolve MMA representative submitted his Cambodian opponent via armlock at 3 minutes and 22 seconds in the first round.

 

For Mainam, winning his ONE Championship debut match was a dream come true. He was so happy he could not speak properly in his “ONE: Masters of Fate” post-fight interview with Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson.

Now, Mainam is working on his striking everyday at Evolve MMA and he is ready to fight anyone. The Thoubal native currently holds a professional MMA record of 4 wins and 2 losses.

 

After Mainam, Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat, 26, of Balali, Haryana, India has also joined Evolve MMA. The other Indian MMA fighters currently signed in ONE Championship are Arjan “Singh” Bhullar, 34, Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju, 27, Gurdarshan “Saint Lion” Mangat, 33, Himanshu Kaushik, 27, Puja “The Cyclone” Tomar, 26, and Asha “Knockout Queen” Roka, 21.

Like Mainam, Mangat also competes in ONE Championship’s flyweight division. Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 31, of Brazil is the reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion and the division’s top contenders are Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 33, of the United States, Danny “The King” Kingad, 24, of the Philippines, Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov, 32, of Kazakhstan, Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu, 25, of Japan and Reece “Lightning” McLaren, 28, of Australia.

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