The In­tel­lec­tual Fighter

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WE ALL are aware of the Su­per Fight League (SFL) go­ing on since last month. The league has al­ready had a suc­cess­ful first edi­tion and is now hav­ing its sec­ond run. Amidst the kicks, punches and thor­ough en­ter­tain­ment, we caught up with Indo-Bri­tish en­tre­pre­neur Bill Dosanjh, the mas­ter­mind, co-founder and pro­moter of SFL, Asia’s big­gest and the world’s num­ber three Mixed Mar­tial Arts (MMA) pro­mo­tion. “In Amer­ica, wrestling has been taught in col­leges and univer­sity lev­els, which is one of the rea­sons that MMA is the fastest grow­ing sports in the USA. I saw this, and spend­ing a lot of time in Amer­ica with my friend Amir Khan, this idea of bring­ing MMA to In­dia trig­gered. In In­dia, the most pop­u­lar sport is cricket, but at the grass­roots level, Kushti is one of the an­cient sports and eas­ily seen in var­i­ous re­mote ar­eas of In­dia. I thought this would re­ally work here. Af­ter the huge suc­cess of Su­per Fight League, my part­ner Amir Khan sug­gested that we should give back some­thing to the sport that gave us so much, ex­plains Bill. He has suc­cess­fully taken Su­per Fight League in­ter­na­tional, fo­cus­ing on In­dia, USA, Canada and the UAE, com­plet­ing over 60 live events at a global level. Not many peo­ple know this, but they are the first MMA or­gan­i­sa­tion to fea­ture fe­male fights. “One of the most ex­cit­ing fights was Asha Roka Vs Man­jit Kolekar. Dur­ing Su­per Box­ing League, Asha Roka was the only fe­male cap­tain in the league. In­dia is sur­rounded with is­sues re­lat­ing to sex­ual vi­o­lence. We have women fight­ers so that this can be a stage for them to break down gen­der stereo­types, am­plify their strength and voices as well as tear down bar­ri­ers and dis­crim­i­na­tion. Fight­ing is not just about power or brute strength, but also un­der­stand­ing how to use one’s body to its best ad­van­tages,” he says. “We’re onto some­thing big—no one else is do­ing what we’re do­ing, and we still have lots to come,” he adds, leav­ing us won­der­ing. Well, we can’t wait to see what Bill and his team have in store for us.

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