Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 5:
Amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Satyajit Bahubalendra of Sundargarh was the lone fighter from Odisha to win a match on Day-1 of the Yoddha Fighting Championship being held at the Utkal Karate School in the city.
Satyajit defeated Nagaland’s Vikota Kiho in the sixth bout to win the match. While Vikota started the attack as soon as the match started, Satyajit used defensive techniques initially. At 1.15 minute of the first round, a punch on Vikota’s face grounded him.
Satyajit’s team Sundargarh Ekta Fighters held a small event to celebrate the win.
“I didn’t know much about the game and competed because my trainer wished I do. This win will push me to go further. I will try to get professional if I get a chance. I practice boxing and taekwondo and was drawn to MMA after I came to know about it,” said Satyajit.
It may be noted that the recently formed Ekta Fighters have been training students on martial arts and defensive skills in Sundargarh under the guidance of Ratha Khalko.
Another trainer of this institute Siddhilal Marandi, a bronze winner in state level boxing, also played the opening bout of the freestyle match yesterday. While he finished the first round pretty well, he could not carry the momentum into the second round and lost the match.
Tapas Pradhan, another Odia fighter and a state level boxer from Puri also lost his match in the second round. He is under medication after his shoulder was dislocated during the match.
The main attraction of the match, however, was the fight between the girl fighters. Kolkata’s Srilaxmi Gupta and Mumbai’s Srusti Wankhde had a tough competition amidst loud cheering and neither of them was able to ground the other. Based on points, Srusti was declared the winner.
Overall, 56 male and 2 female contestants are competing in this series. Attractive light, sound and the cage fights are gaining quite a bit of traction in the state.