Kumite 1 League

The Kumite 1 League (K1L) is a mixed martial arts league and martial arts promotion, based in Mumbai, India. The league is supported by the World Kickboxing Network[1][2] and backed by Toyam Industries.[3] Kumite 1 League debuted its inaugural season on 28 September 2018 in Mumbai and Mike Tyson was appointed as the brand ambassador of the event.[4][1][5]

Kumite 1 League
IndustryMixed martial arts League
FounderMohamedali Budhwani
Key people
Mohamedali Budhwani Chairman & MD
ParentToyam Industries Limited


Kumite 1 League was founded by Mohamedali Budhwani in 2017, with the purpose to promote and popularise the sport of Mixed Martial Arts in India.[2]


Kumite 1 League 1.0 was the introductory event held at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) Dome, Mumbai on 28 September 2018,[4] in the presence of brand ambassador Mike Tyson.[6] The event was attended by international sports and entertainment personalities from India.[7] The event was broadcast in India on Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD and Sony Liv[8] and it was beamed across more than 80 countries.[9]

Bappi Lahiri composed a special jingle for Mike Tyson during his visit to India.[10] Music composer Asif Panjwani created the theme music for Kumite 1 League.[11] The MMA champion Nelson Paes won the Kumite 1 League's championship.[12] The inaugural season was won by Nelson Paes.[12]

Kumite 1 Warrior HuntEdit

Toyam Industries Limited has announced Kumite 1 Warrior Hunt, which is India's first-ever MMA Talent Hunt & Sports Reality Show soon going to be launched as a Web Series on MX Player. Kumite 1 Warrior Hunt is India's search for two of the best Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) athletes (1 Male & 1 Female).[13][14]

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  1. ^ a b "Mike Tyson: Ex-boxing champ Mike Tyson to visit Mumbai". The Times of India. 4 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "World Kickboxing Network offers aid to India's K1 league". Sportzbusiness. 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Significant Sports associates with Kumite 1 League". Sportskeeda. 25 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b Mayure, Subodh (28 September 2018). "Kumite 1 League: Sparks fly as fighters size up each other". Mid-Day.
  5. ^ Acharya, Shayan (27 September 2018). "Mixed martial artists brace up for K1L extravaganza". The Hindu.
  6. ^ "'Slumdog' Mike Tyson Laments Lack of Personalities in Boxing". News 18. 29 September 2018.
  7. ^ Ferro, Ashwin (30 September 2018). "K1 League: Indian team register convincing 8-3 win over UAE". Mid-Day.
  8. ^ Laghate, Gaurav (10 September 2018). "MMA league Kumite ties up with PVR & Sony for live broadcast". The Economic Times.
  9. ^ "Sony ESPN & Sony ESPN HD bag telecast rights for Kumite 1 League". Adgully. 12 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Bappi Lahiri composes a jingle to welcome Mike Tyson to India". Hindustan Times. 13 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Panjwani explains 'Kumite 1…' theme music". Telangana Today. 29 September 2018.
  12. ^ a b "MMA champion Nelson wins international Kumite 1 League". O Heraldo. 20 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Bappi Lahiri composes for Mike Tyson". Mumbai Mirror. 14 September 2018.
  14. ^ Maity, Sayantan (8 June 2019). "Kumite 1 League: Home of Indian MMA launches Warrior Hunt". Sportskeeda.

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