Goa’s MMA champion Nelson Paes wins Kumite 1 League

By on October 19, 2018
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With just a week’s notice, Goa’s mixed martial arts (MMA) champion Nelson Paes recently stamped his authority in the Catch Weight Division with a knockout against Russian Pavel Kurskin at the Kumite 1 League in Mumbai.

With legendary former World Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson watching from the sidelines, Paes represented India at the inaugural edition of the tournament at The Dome at NSCI in Worli last month. World renowned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) referee Dan Miragliotta brought the fight to a close after the knockout.

The Kumite 1 League pitted the best fighting talent in India against international stars from the UAE in a nail-biting tournament that combines combat sports and martial arts. Paes was informed that his opponent was Kurskin with just two days to spare, forcing him to switch strategies at the last minute for a better chance at defeating him. Additionally, the Russian weighed 3 kgs more than Paes, putting the latter at a disadvantage.

After the fight, he said, “After my two defeats in Abu Dhabi and Mumbai, I am delighted to get this knockout victory for my country. I took the fight on a week’s notice, following which two of my opponents backed out. But I had tremendous faith in my training and ability. I am now looking forward to my next fight in December. I thank my friends and family, and all my fans for their continued support and admiration.”

Paes is also the co-founder and head trainer at Strikers MMA Club in Calangute, Goa. Paes believes his purpose is to continue inspiring the youth, and the best way to do this is through his MMA club where fitness and personal training sessions are available.

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