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GAMMA World Championship invites Indian team to MMA C’ship in Germany

The team members from the KOI Combat Academy has been invited to the GAMMA World Championships in Germany, equivalent to the Olympics, which is being seen as a major achievement for India – and an opportunity to showcase Indian MMA athletes on the world stage.

Mixed martial arts, sometimes referred to as cage fighting, no holds barred, and ultimate fighting, is a full-contact combat sport based on striking & grappling, incorporating techniques from various combat sports including boxing, kickboxing and martial arts from around the world.

The team earlier came third in the Asian MMA Championships in Kyrgyzstan in August 2021 as it had bagged as many as five medals.

The KOI Combat Academy led by Vishal Seigell, has been independently nurturing MMA athletes, by identifying and adopting the young hopefuls. Vishal Seigell and the KOI Combat Academy completely supports the athletes with their training, equipment, supplements, medical, championships and even housing.

KOI Combat Academy started with a vision to support athletes who are from under privileged and weak socio-economic backgrounds. With a mission to providing opportunities to get them visibility at national and international levels.

“We have already been victorious at what could be the Asian Games of MMA – the Asian MMA Championships held in Kyrgyzstan in August 2021,” says Vishal Seigell, Founder, KOI Combat Academy.

“We have now been invited to participate, in what could be called the Olympics of MMA – The GAMMA World MMA Championships to be held in December 2021. This would be an excellent forum to showcase India and its talent to the world, and offer hope to the Indian youth – especially after the challenges of the pandemic,” he added.

Coach Vishal Seigell, Founder of the KOI Combat Academy started training in MMA at 6 years of age – and has numerous achievements to his credit as head coach of the Indian National MMA Team (AIMMAF) (2021), World Kickboxing Network Supervisor among many others.

The athletes are looking for sponsorships for the tournament, and are training intensely. The team consists of 6 athletes, the head coach – manager and an assistant coach.

The athletes – Naoram Dinesh, Subala Laishram, Kishore Gowda, Havish Reddy, Ajit Negi and Rupjyoti Choudhary are getting ready to be the new champions of the world.

Ireland’s Conor McGregor tops Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list for 2021

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) star fighter of Ireland — Conor McGregor has been the world’s highest-paid athlete in the past one year and in course, he has also left behind ace footballers like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the annual Forbes list.

During the 12-month period ending May 1, 2021 McGregor earned $180 million, a figure which includes $158 million from endorsements and the recent sale of the majority stake of his whiskey brand, Forbes said.

On the other hand, Barcelona and Argentina forward Messi is second on the list and set a record as the highest-earning soccer player after bringing home $130 million.

Portugal and Juventus forward Ronaldo earned $120 million in the past one year and sits at the third spot among the top 10 highest-paid athletes.

NFL quarterback Dak Prescott ($107.5 million) of the Dallas Cowboys and four-times NBA champion LeBron James ($96.5 million) rounded out the top five.

DraftKings becomes UFC’s official sportsbook & daily fantasy partner in US, Canada

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and DraftKings, an American daily fantasy sports contest and sports betting operator, have announced a groundbreaking agreement. After the deal, DraftKings has become the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion’s first-ever official sportsbook and daily fantasy partner in the US and Canada.

According to a report in ESPN, the five-year deal is worth US$350 million.

After the agreement, DraftKings will now offer in-game promotions, activations, in-broadcast odds integrations and UFC branding across its daily fantasy and betting products and will possess rights to use official UFC marks and logos.

Commenting on the developement, UFC president Dana White said: “This is a massive deal that will benefit UFC, DraftKings, and most of all the fans. This is the most important deal we’ve ever done to increase engagement with our fans and reach new ones, and I’m looking forward to all the exciting things we’re going to do with DraftKings over the next few years.”

On the other hand, Jason Robins, DraftKings co-founder, chief executive and executive chairman said: “Combat sports, and UFC in particular, have scaled significantly across both our sportsbook and daily fantasy verticals, evolving from a niche offering to a high-demand category that we believe will only grow further as we innovate.”