Super Fight League

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Super Fight League
Private
Industry Mixed martial arts League
Founded 2012
Founder Sanjay Dutt, Raj Kundra
Headquarters India, UAE, United States, Canada
Owner Bill Dosanjh, Amir Khan[1]
Parent Super Fight Promotions Pvt. Ltd
Website www.superfightleague.com

Super Fight League[2] Is a mixed martial arts promotion, based in India. The organisation was formed in 2012 by actor Sanjay Dutt and British-Indian businessman Raj Kundra,[3] and is currently co-owned by British-Asian businessman Bill Dosanjh and British-Pakistani boxing champion Amir Khan.[1][4]

Super Fight League has had 67 live televised events, with over 100 million views.[5] It has produced at least 50 live televised events broadcast on Colors, Neo Prime, ESPN Star Sports, MTV India and YouTube.

History[edit]

The Super Fight League was formed in 2012 by actor Sanjay Dutt and British Indian businessman Raj Kundra. Its intent is giving Indian Mixed martial artists a platform to compete and grow in its home country whilst bringing in talented fighters from different parts of the world. They launched their first event on 11 March 2012, which was headlined by Bob 'The Beast' Sapp and James 'The Colossus' Thompson.

On 27 February, the Super Fight League announced that they had signed Todd Duffee, Trevor Prangley, Baga Agaev, Paul Kelly, Xavier Foupa-Pokam and Lena Ovchynnikova to four fight exclusive contracts.[6]

On 23 June, the Super Fight League announced that they had signed Jeff Monson, Satoshi Ishii, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, and Michael Page.

It was announced by the Fight Network that they will show all of the Super Fight League’s events on Canadian TV.

In September 2012 Pavia resigned his position as the CEO of the Super Fight League citing "family reasons."

The Super Fight League made three announcements on 24 September 2012. The first was a strategic alliance between themselves and Invicta Fighting Championships, which aims to bring the best Indian female fighters to Invicta, whilst Invicta will aim to send world class female mixed martial artists to the Super Fight League.

The second announcement was the Friday Night Fight Nights. From 12 October, the Super Fight League will hold an event every Friday in a specially designed arena in Mumbai in front of an exclusive invitation only audience. This will replace the original model of holding arena events once aimed one a month. Programming will last for three hours each week with weigh-ins, live fights, and interviews from Bollywood cage side guests. There will be 7 fights in total each event, with 1 of them being a female bout. It will air live on Neo Prime in India and on their YouTube page for the rest of the world.

The final announcement was introducing Indian Olympic Female Boxing Bronze Medallist Mary Kom as the Super Fight League's brand ambassador.

At Super Fight League 13: Night of Champions, the Super Fight League rewarded 5 titles in the men's and women's division.

Launching on 4 December 2012, the Super Fight League announces a strategic partnership Provogue to set up a new company to jointly market all merchandise for Super Fight League. The company has been named Pro Super Fight League and the first product to hit the market is the New Deodorant Range ‘Aspire, Inspire and Desire.

At the start of 2013, the Super Fight League partnered with Indian news outlet DNA to promote women to get into martial arts and ran self-defence courses throughout Mumbai during mid-January as a result of the 2012 Delhi gang rape case that happened just weeks prior.

The Super Fight League signed a new TV deal with ESPN Star Sport in India for all events to be shown live, starting with Super Fight League 14 on 29 March 2013.[7]

On 4 October 2014, Super Fight League held its inaugural show in the United States, with Super Fight League 35 taking place in Tacoma, Washington, followed by Clash of Titans in Dubai, a fight night rivalry between two countries, India and Pakistan On 27 February 2015.

British boxer Amir Khan announced his share in the SFL in 2016, and would set up the first team-based MMA league.[8]

Super Fight League Challengers[edit]

On 5 August, the Super Fight League aired their reality show Super Fight League Challengers. Similar to the Ultimate Fighter, the show took 8 male and 8 female up-and-coming Indian mixed martial artists, place them in the same house whilst they compete to become the winner of the show. Every alternate episode has 2 fights where 2 fighters (male and female) graduate to the next round whereas the other two have to leave the camp. The show went on for 50 days and the fighter will a be given tasks each week, as well as being trained by some of the best international trainers available. The winner received Rs. 20 lakhs (approx. $30,000 / £22000) and a 3-year contract worth Rs. 25 lakhs with the promotion. The show was aired on Neo Prime and Zoom TV. The inaugural season was won by Kario Isaac Maheo and Manjit Kolekar.

Team & Owners[edit]

Teams Owners[9]
Bengaluru Tigers Owner Shreeram Suresh, Vinodini Suresh (8K Miles Media), Co-owner Tiger Shroff
Haryana Sultans Owner Kanav Parwal (SPA Capital), Co- Owner Randeep Hooda
Sher-E-Punjab Owner Achin Kochar (VI – John)
Mumbai Maniacs Owner Amit Burman (Dabur), Co-Owner Ajay Devgn
Gujarat Warriors Owner JaskaranPunihani and Navraj Jaura (Jaura Group), co-owners Salim- Sulaiman Merchant
U.P. Nawabs Owners Amit Agarwal (SJ Granulate Solutions), Keshav Bansal (Intex) and Nilesh Parmar (3 Capital Limited), co-owner Arbaaz
Tamil Veerans
Delhi Heroes Owner Aditya Munjal (Hero Cycles)

League Structure[edit]

There are two groups, ‘A’ and ‘B’, consisting of four teams each. Every team has six players (a break of five male fighters and one female fighter) and skheh Kheix back-ups. These six players belong to six different weight categories.

The four teams compete to play twelve League Level Matches. (All the matches are played between the respective teams of the allotted groups only, i.e., Group A teams do not compete against teams of Group B. Two Semi Final Matches are played and a match for the third and fourth place.)

Scoring System[edit]

The following are the five scales the contestants are scored on:

1. Draw = 1 point Unanimous/Majority/Split

2. Referee Decision = 3 points Unanimous/Split

3. TKO = 4 points

4. Submission = 5 points

5. KO = 6 points

Teams[edit]

Active[edit]

Sher-e-Punjab

Goa Pirates

Delhi Heroes

Bengaluru Tigers

Haryana Sultans

Mumbai Maniacs

Aurangabad Orangutans

Pondicherry Ponds&Cherries

U.P. Nawabs

Gujarat Warriors

2017 Tables[edit]

Group A

Pondicherry Ponds&Cherries
Team Fights Win Loss Points Sher-E-Punjab (Q) 3 2 1 6
Delhi Heroes (Q) 3 2 1 6
3 2 1 4
Harayana Sultans 3 1 2 3
U.P. Nawabs 3 1 2 3

Group B

Team Fights Win Loss Points
Goa Pirates (Q) 3 2 1 6
Bengaluru Tigers (Q) 3 2 1 6
Mumbai Maniacs 3 2 1 6
Gujarat Warriors 3 0 3 0

Tournament Brackett[edit]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
17 February–Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi
 
 
Sher-E-Punjab18
 
25 February–Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi
 
Bengaluru Tigers9
 
Sher-E-Punjab14
 
18 February –Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi
 
Delhi Heroes12
 
Delhi Heroes20
 
 
Goa Pirates10
 

Rules[edit]

Super Fight League's current rules are based upon the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts that were originally established by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board and modified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.[10]

Cage[edit]

Super Fight League uses a structure called the 'O'Zone. The 'O'Zone is a circular cage of chain-link fence that has been coated in black vinyl. The height of the fence varies between 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m) and 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m), is 30 feet (9.1 m) in diameter and sits atop a 2.6 feet (0.79 m) platform. There are two gates on opposite sides of the cage to allow for people to enter and leave the cage.

Champions[edit]

List of Champions

Events[edit]

2012

2013

2014-2016

2017 Schedule[edit]

SFL 2017: Finals - The Final Battle: Sher-E-Punjab vs. Delhi Heroes 25 February 2017 Siri Fort Sports Complex New Delhi, India
SFL 2017: Battle for Bronze - Bengaluru Tigers vs. Goa Pirates 24 February 2017 Siri Fort Sports Complex New Delhi, India
SFL 2017: Semifinals - The Ultimate Showdown: Delhi Heroes vs. Goa Pirates 18 February 2017 Siri Fort Sports Complex New Delhi, India
SFL 2017: Semifinals - King of the Jungle: Sher-E-Punjab vs. Bengaluru Tigers 17 February 2017 Siri Fort Sports Complex New Delhi, India
SFL 2017: Gujarat Warriors vs. Goa Pirates 12 February 2017 Siri Fort Sports Complex New Delhi, India
SFL 2017: Big City Brawl - Mumbai Maniacs vs. Bengaluru Tigers 11 February 2017 Siri Fort Sports Complex New Delhi, India
SFL 2017: War of the North - Delhi Heroes vs. Sher-E-Punjab 10 February 2017 Siri Fort Sports Complex New Delhi, India
SFL 2017: Battle of the Bold - U.P. Nawabs vs. Haryana Sultans 5 February 2017 Siri Fort Sports Complex New Delhi, India
SFL 2017: Coastal Collision - Mumbai Maniacs vs. Goa Pirates 4 February 2017 Siri Fort Sports Complex New Delhi, India
SFL 2017: Metro Mayhem - Gujarat Warriors vs. Bengaluru Tigers 3 February 2017 Siri Fort Sports Complex New Delhi, India
SFL 2017: Close Quarter Combat - Haryana Sultans vs. Sher-E-Punjab 29 January 2017 Siri Fort Sports Complex New Delhi, India
SFL 2017: Backyard Brawl - Delhi Heroes vs. U.P. Nawabs 28 January 2017 Siri Fort Sports Complex New Delhi, India
SFL 2017: Sibling Rivalry - Mumbai Maniacs vs. Gujarat Warriors 27 January 2017 Siri Fort Sports Complex New Delhi, India
SFL 2017: Konkan Attack - Goa Pirates vs. Bengaluru Tigers 22 January 2017 Siri Fort Sports Complex New Delhi, India
SFL 2017: Fields of Fire - U.P. Nawabs vs. Sher-E-Punjab 21 January 2017 Siri Fort Sports Complex New Delhi, India
SFL 2017: Wreck Thy Neighbor - Delhi Heroes vs. Haryana Sultans 20 January 2017 Siri Fort Sports Complex New Delhi, India

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Boxing superstar Amir Khan named co-owner of Super Fight League, promises new MMA format in 2016" (11 August 2015). Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  2. ^ "The Official Website of the Super Fight League (Super Fight League)". Super Fight League. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  3. ^ PTI (12 Mar 2012). "Sanjay Dutt-Raj Kundra launch mixed martial arts league". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  4. ^ Janardhan, Arun (10 May 2017). "Super Boxing League banks on Amir Khan, star power". Mint.
  5. ^ Laghate, Gaurav (18 December 2017). "Super Fight League promoters to invest Rs 200 crore over 3 years". The Economic Times.
  6. ^ "Super Fight League announces the signing of Paul Kelly, Professor X, and Lena Ochynnikova". ProMMANow.com. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  7. ^ "ESS acquires Super Fight League broadcast rights for 5 years". Indiantelevision.com. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Boxer Amir Khan announces he is launching MMA fight league in Britain". metro.co.uk. 22 December 2016.
  9. ^ Gaurav, Laghate (10 Jan 2017). "Top corporate honchos put their money in Super Fight League". The Economic Times. Retrieved 10 Jan 2017.
  10. ^ "NSAC Regulations: CHAPTER 467 - UNARMED COMBAT". Nevada State Athletic Commission. Retrieved 8 February 2012.

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