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MMA Is Fighting for a Place In India

Mumbai is famous for many things, but mixed martial arts isn’t one of them. A fast-growing and dedicated fan base is changing that. Fight nights in the city and across India are popping up and the world is taking notice. British and Singaporean promoters are dipping their toes in the potentially giant market, with local television backing the bets. Governing body All India MMA Federation says 18- to 35-year-old Indians are leading the charge.

Will India back a champion? With the wider community equating the sport with “human cockfighting,” acceptance is hard-won, but enterprising promoters are devoting years of training to develop young competitors.

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