It wasn't a professional fighting event, unlike OneFC as it caters only for amateurs, and with the tagline "Now Everyone Can Fight", it literally means, everyone who is a Malaysian citizen, would be able to fight in this Championship. Techniques were not as good as we would have seen in the professional fights, but these Malaysians truly showed heart and courage, and are all winners in their own right.
Jason Lo, CEO of Tune Talk who is the proud creator of MIMMA said the idea for a local reality show on MMA was spurred by passion for the sport after watching Ultimate Fighting Championship and ONE Fighting Championship. Speaking at the event, Jason Lo said, “It is the Semi-Finals and I can’t believe we have come this far in the competition! The fights are getting more intense as fighters level up their game. This is a critical week as it guarantees them a spot at the finals. Everyone here is excited!”
Also present at the semifinals was MIMMA FC co-creator YB Khairy Jamaluddin, our newly appointed Minister of Youth and Sports.
“We would like to see more Malaysians get involved and excel in sports and MIMMA FC is a great avenue for youths out there to prove their skills and capabilities. Being the fastest growing sport in the world, it is crucial that we nurture and develop local talents in MMA from now and we hope to see more Malaysian MMA Champions at the regional and global levels.” according to him.
Ring Girl Winner #1: Lisha Ho
Not only were the crowd given an adrenaline boost from the fights, the guys were also very happy when MIMMA’s Top 20 Ring Girls sizzled the ring with their alluring and sexy catwalks. These 20 girls were selected through MIMMA’s Ring Girl Search Contest on Facebook.
Ring Girl Winner #2: Merveen Tan
The two newly appointed Ring Girls, Merveen Tan and Lisha Ho, will be officially working their ring cards at the MIMMA Grand finals. On top of that, each of them gets cash prize of RM 5,000 and will be featured in FHM Malaysia magazine.
Moving on to the fights, I apologize beforehand as I don't have much pictures of the fight itself cos my camera is not made to take nice pictures with zoom :( But having said that, I have recorded some fights, and you can take a look at them below :)
MIMMA 2013 Semi Finals Results (Taken from Tony, here *click*)
Ngeoh Jian Chong (winner by unanimous decision) vs. Julian Lee (pic)
Kenny Yap (winner by unanimous decision) vs. Muhd Faizal
Jian Chong vs Julian Lee
Prabu Somanaidu (winner by unanimous decision) vs. Arthur Kah Bowie
Muhd Aiman (winner by unanimous decision) vs. Bryan Lim (video)
Muhd Ikram (winner by TKO in the 1st round - punches) vs. Mohd Khairul Annuar
Keanu Subba (winner by submission in the 1st round - rear naked choke) vs. Naimul Amal
Sharma Chandran (winner by submission in the 1st round - triangle choke) vs. Chew Chee Hui
Allen Chong (winner by unanimous decision) vs. Zeus Lim (video)
Ooi Aik Tong (winner by submission in the 1st round - rear naked choke) vs. Rezza Azim
Chew Chee Chan (winner by unanimous decision) vs. Teh Kah Wei
Hafiz Chandran (winner by TKO in the 1st round - punches) vs. Jack Cheang
Jim Chong (winner by submission in the 1st round - standing guillotine choke) vs. Irfan Rizain
Adrian Than (winner by TKO in the 3rd round - arm bar) vs. Mohd Fitri Abdul Jalil (pic)
Mohd Norshaiful (winner by submission in the 1st round - standing rear naked choke) vs. Christopher Leow
Adrian vs Fitri
For those who have missed MIMMA at Paradigm Mall for the past few months, do not worry because the fights will be shown on air every Wednesday nights at 11pm on Astro Starsport, Channel 813. The programme is made-in-Malaysia especially for the Malaysians! So MMA enthusiasts can now grab their popcorns (or perhaps, protein shakes) and watch the fights comfortably at home, on their couches.
Tickets for the Grand Finals will be available for sale on http://www.airasiaredtix.com/Events/mimma2013/. So get your tickets today!!!