Two Nagas enter finals of GAMMA Asian MMA Championship
Dimapur Aug. 27 (EMN): Two mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters from Nagaland have entered the finals of the Global Martial Arts Association (GAMMA) Asian MMA Championship.
Kekhrieneitso Angami, who is competing in the 70.3 kg division at the ongoing event in Kyrgyzstan, defeated Shammas Latheef of India via technical knockout in the semi-final bout to enter the final. Latheef had to quit the fight following Angami’s strike with the knee.
Angami will now fight Nurtaza Jumakhanova of Kazakhstan in the final for the championship title.
Longstukumba Ao (77.1 kg) also entered the final after defeating Koldoshev Elaman of Kyrgyzstan in the semi-final via knockout. They were cautious during the initial rounds but began to exchange punches in the later rounds till Elaman was knocked out.
He will now fight Yazan Jaber of Palestine in the final.
Both the fighters — Angami and Ao — from Nagaland will fight for the championship titles in their respective divisions on August 28.
Meanwhile, Arsenba Ozukum (56.7 kg) lost to Dinesh Naorem of India via split decision in the semi-final.
It may be mentioned that five fighters from Nagaland are representing India at the GAMMA) Asian MMA Championship, which is being held in Kyrgyzstan from August 24 to the 28th. Limasunep Imchen (61.2 Kg) and Mairidin Newmai (65.8) had earlier bowed out of the competition after losing their respective quarter-final bout.