The Intellectual Fighter
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.