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Mike wins pro MMA debut in style

15th May, 2018

By UMESH RAJAN

KOTA KINABALU: Local mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, Mike Sidis won his professional debut match in style during the Ultimate Beatdown Borneo on Saturday held at the International Technology & Commercial Centre (ITCC) Penampang, near here.

The Labuan-born fighter representing Borneo Combat Gym Malaysia made a quick debut in one of the main events scheduled that night when he won by TKO in the first round against American fighter, Ryan Feltner in the Pro MMA Middleweight class.

When met after his victory: “What a night it was, the match was short-lived but absolutely exciting and to win it by TKO in the first round is a great start to any professional MMA fighter’s career.

“I hope to continue winning matches in the future and I would like to thank my family and friends especially my coach AC Poseidon and Borneo Combat Gym team-mates for their support,” said Mike.

In the other Pro MMA Middleweight fight, Sabah’s Masko Franklin representing Team Karabaw Sabah was out of sorts as he went down to a first round TKO by experienced fighter from USA, Isamu Himura.

As for the MMA Amateur category, Kota Kinabalu lad, Ian Sua of Team Karabaw Sabah won by points over Johor’s Roman in the Flyweight class whereas another Flyweight favourite, Dayat of Khaliffa MMA Brunei faced no trouble in his match against India’s Ketholetuo Nagi.

Other state fighters in action included Vitalis Raining representing Kalai Brothers who won his Bantamweight fight over Evolve Singapore’s Charles Liew, while Hamid Ismail claimed victory against George Jason of Ranau Fight Team Sabah in the Middleweight class.

More than 70 professional and amateur fighters from around Sabah and abroad battled among each other in 37 scheduled matches in several categories such as MMA, Amateur Cage K1 and Amateur Cage Boxing of various weight classes for both men and women.

Meanwhile, organising chairman, Rayner Kinsiong of Team Karabaw Malaysia stated that the event was co-organised by his team and the Sabah Muaythai Association with the support of ITCC where the aim was to promote ITCC Penampang as the hub for martial arts in Sabah.

“We are thankful to be supported by ITCC group general manager, Ceasar Mandela Malakun for providing such an amazing venue that caters to all the fighters’ hospitality needs and the event’s atmosphere was outstanding that night with many martial arts fans attending.

“It is our vision and aim to try to make ITCC Penampang as the martial arts hub for Sabah mainly exclusively for MMA and muaythai. Therefore we will assist in making sure this dream comes true which will benefit the martial arts scene here in Sabah,” he said when contacted, recently.

   
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