World Kickboxing Network (WKN) supports Kumite 1 League
Mohamedali Budhwani, founder of Kumite 1 League and "Iron" Mike Tyson / Pic: Facebook

The World Kickboxing Network, one of the largest sports governing bodies in the world, has extended its firm support to the upcoming Kumite 1 League, Yahoo! News reported on Thursday. Four fighters, Antonio Gordill, Dmitry Batok, Kamen Georgie and Martin Ottaviano, associated with WKN will also be participating in the league, according to a statement.

“World Kickboxing Network in its last 25 years of existence has strived to promote and popularize all forms of kickboxing in the world. India is a key market for us and we are happy to partner with Kumite 1 League which is unique unto itself and a first for MMA in India,” said WKN President Stephane Cabrera.

Founder of the Kumite 1 League Mohamedali Budhwani said: “Kumite 1 League is honoured to operate in partnership with a prestigious body like World Kickboxing Network, which is known to have promoted the sport in a large scale across the globe. This is a reiteration of our commitment towards bringing hardcore MMA to India. Kumite 1 League has also tied up with the All Indian Mixed Martial Arts Federation (AIMMAF) in India.”

The former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is expected to attend the inaugural event. The first fight on the night will see team India go against UAE. The current lineup can be found below.

Kumite 1 League fight card

57 kg Tereza Dvorakova vs. Karla Benitez
87 kg Antonio Gordillo vs. Dmitry Batok
93 kg Ihor Potieria vs. Martin Ottaviano