Wrestler Dan Gable once quoted ”Some have wrestled without great skill – none have wrestled without pride.” Same can be said of the female MMA fighters of “The Super Fight League Challengers” reality show.
As India is still in it’s infancy in terms of MMA, eight women have the guts to be called the first group that will lead the women’s divisions in their country. The format is very similar to The Ultimate Fighter; with fights happening every other week at the SFL gym. Unlike TUF, Bollywood stars and the fighters families are allowed to watch the the action live in person. All the women are fighting at 55.5 kg (126 lbs.)
A lot of what is going on with the show mirrors the early women’s battles; with size mismatches and style clashes. With the season half over, four fighters have qualified for the semi-finals.
On the first fight of the series, Gurleen Kaur and Neetu Goyat went toe to toe, which saw Kaur endurance being the deciding factor.
- Gurleen Kaura (@GurleenKaursfl) def. Neetu Goyat (@Neetusfl) by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 29-27). (Watch the video here)
Two weeks later, the two Sri Lanka fighters in the competition squared off, as Monika Singh used her size and length to control Ritika Singh on the ground; scissoring Ritika’s arm in all three roundto land ground and pound.
- Monika Singh (@Monikasfl) def. Ritika Singh (@Ritikasfl) by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26). (Watch the video here)
The Third quarter-final Priyanka Sharma land a vicious headkick that took out Priya Sharma in what was the only finish of the semi-finals.
- Priyanka Sharma (@Priyankasfl) def. Priya Sharma (@PriyaSharmasfl) by TKO (kick) round 1. (Watch the video here)
The last quarterfinal match was the closest so far, as Manjit Kolekar and Lipika Uniyal were even going to the third round. Kolekar would use her power to cleanly win round 3.
- Manjit Kolekar (@MajitSFL) def. Lipika Uniyal (@LipikaSFL) by unanimous decision (30-29 all cards). (Watch the video here)
The semi-finals will feature Gurleen Kaur versus Monica Singh and Priyanka Sharma taking on Manjit Kolekar.
The Super Fight League posts episodes every week on their Youtube channel.