Formed in 2012 by actor British-Indian business magnate, investor and philanthropist Bill Dosanjh and British professional boxer, Olympic and two time former world champion; Amir Khan, The Super Fight League is the only Indian group that gives Asian Mixed Martial Artists a platform to compete and grow in their home country. Not only this, the league also contributes to the effort by bringing in talented fighters from different parts of the world to their own country.
The best part about the Super Fight League is that it gives opportunities to amateur fighters in a professional cage. This year, the league had managed to grab headlines for more than one reasons. It has roped in top corporate honchos as team owners, names that grab headlines by themselves. The eight teams and their owners are: Aditya Munjal of Hero Cycles (Delhi Heroes), Amit Burman of Dabur (Mumbai Maniacs), Keshav Bansal of Intex (Gujarat Warriors), Achin Kochar of VI-John (Sher-e-Punjab), Shreeram Suresh and Vinodini Suresh of 8K Miles Media (Bengaluru Yoddha), Jaskaran Punihani and Navraj Jaura of the Jaura Group and Deepak Saluja and Pramod Sharma of UV Media (UP Nawabs), Kanav Parwal and Raahil Bhatia of the SPA Capital & Belmaks Group (Haryana Sultans) and Preeti Mahapatra of Mahapatra Universal (Goa Pirates) .
This year however, Bill Dosanjh and Amir Khan decided to tweak the format a little to make SFL the first point-based MMA league. “The most important point is to have a vision aligned with the promoters and we are so happy to get young entrepreneurs, who see the value in MMA, to partner with us as team owners,” Dosanjh told ET. “We have been studying who will be the best fit for our teams on the basis of their work and commitment towards sports. It’s a great feeling to get these guys backing us.”
SFL is also known for its equality; it provides equal opportunities to both male and female fighters. The sport picking up in popularity, can be attributed to rules like these. Around ninety-six professional fighters compete for the title which is one of the most prestigious in the field of Mixed Martial Arts. Check out the teams below-