Peter DavisMalaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts (MIMMA) has joined forced with ONE FC for a card in Kuala Lumpur on June 15. It will feature three professional fights as well as seven amateur bouts, which will crown Malaysian national champions for the first time.

MIMMA is organized by Tune Talk, a telecommunications company that also sponsors ONE FC. It is open to all fighters of Malaysian nationality with a total of RM 150,000 (48,000 USD) worth of cash prizes on offer to the winners.

A field of over 300 participants was narrowed down to 112 fighters spread across seven weight categories after an open trial. A panel of experts selected the most qualified candidates for MIMMA, who then competed in an elimination style tournament with fights conducted under amateur rules.

Footage of the fights, which have been taking place at a major shopping center in Kuala Lumpur, has been broadcast every week on Star Sports. For the finals, MIMMA is moving to the 11,000-capacity Stadium Negara and there will be three ONE FC fights on the card.

In the main event, rising Malaysian lightweight star Peter Davis (6-1) faces the greatest test of his career to date when he takes on Costa Rica’s Ariel Sexton (7-2-1) who is a BJJ black belt notable for an appearance on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck.

Davis has won three fights out of three under the ONE FC banner, but matchmakers reportedly want to see him tested against more experienced opposition before rewarding him with a shot at the 155-pound belt, which is currently owned by Shinya Aoki.

In the co-main event, Malaysian flyweight Saiful Merican (0-1) goes up against unbeaten Indian Aditya Desphande (3-0) who fights for Full Contact Championship. The Malay fighter is a Muay Thai champion who despite never having registered an MMA win is very popular with the Kuala Lumpur crowd.

The third professional fight on the card sees Filipino Edward Kelly (1-0) take on Thai striking specialist Tanaphong Khunhankaew (2-2). The former is best known for being the brother of ONE FC featherweight contender Eric Kelly. The latter is a veteran of over 100 Muay Thai matches.

MMA has developed in Malaysia at a dramatic rate, meaning many fighters have rushed to make their pro debuts, often with minimal experience. Tune Talk CEO Jason Loh is a long-term fan of the sport and wanted to invest in some grass roots infrastructure that would help give up-and-coming mixed martial artists some valuable amateur experience.

He feels that the standard has improved as the tournament has progressed and hopes to see some of the finalists go on to make an impression in the professional ranks.

“With every round, the fights have got much better and I am super excited about the MIMMA grand finals,” he said. “I’ve been an MMA fan for a long time and I hope this tournament is going to introduce more Malaysians to the sport as well as launching the careers of fighters who will go on to star for ONE FC or the UFC one day.”

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Gerald Meerschaert Replaces Joe Riggs in Valor Fights 36 Main Event

  • 26 days ago
  • 13 views

With Joe Riggs forced out of his main event bout against Sidney Wheeler at Valor Fights 36 due to injury, Valor Fights has found a replacement. read news >>

Sid Wheeler Not Rattled by Late-Notice Change for Valor Fights 36

  • 20 days ago
  • 4 views

Sid Wheeler was looking forward to fighting UFC vet Joe Riggs at Valor Fights 36, but a late-notice change of opponent won't shake him. read news >>

Ev Ting to Face Rob Lisita at ONE: Unbreakable Warriors in Kuala Lumpur

  • 19 days ago
  • 8 views

ONE: Unbreakable Warriors is set for Kuala Lumpur and will be headlined by a lightweight bout between Malaysia’s Ev Ting and Australian Rob Lisita. read news >>

Tanner Saraceno Looks to Start a Winning Streak in Valor Fights Debut

  • 18 days ago
  • 5 views

After suffering a loss in his pro debut, Tanner Saraceno will look to pick up his second straight win when he makes his Valor Fights debut on Saturday. read news >>

UFC's Era of Money (and Moneyweight) Fights Has Begun, and There's No Going Back

  • 18 days ago
  • 23 views

Shortly after Michael Bisping realized his career-long goal of capturing the UFC middleweight championship, the question of who he might fight next followed. It is a simple and obvious one, almost ma read news >>

Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Says MMA Fights are Booked by ‘How Pretty You Are’

  • 17 days ago
  • 262 views

Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison has an opinion of how MMA fights are booked. read news >>

CJ Hamilton Excited to Fight for the Valor Fights Flyweight Championship

  • 16 days ago
  • 5 views

Hamilton (8-4) will look to add to his current winning streak when he takes on Cody Gabelman in a 125-pound championship co-main event bout at Valor Fights 36. read news >>

Cody Gabelman Looking to Finish CJ Hamilton on the Ground at Valor Fights 36

  • 16 days ago
  • 5 views

Cody Gabelman will look to pick up his third win a row when he takes on CJ Hamilton for the Valor Fights 125-pound championship. read news >>

UFC 202 Video: Anthony Johnson – Warrior Code

  • 14 days ago
  • 14 views

Anthony Johnson sits down to talk about why he fights, his fighting style, recent success, and plans for the future. read news >>

CM Punk Says Conor McGregor 'Worked' WWE Wrestlers, Predicts Diaz vs. McGregor

  • 14 days ago
  • 69 views

One of the strangest fights of 2016 thus far has been the battle between Conor McGregor and the WWE roster. The two parties have been exchanging blows online and through the media for a week now, and read news >>