MIMMA returns with nationwide tryouts & an interesting new twist

YB Datuk M Saravanan, YB Tuan Jalluddin Abu Hassan, Jason Lo, Victor Cui, Malaysian MMA fighters and MIMMA season 1 champions @ MIMMA 2 press conference

MIMMA season 2 begins nationwide tryouts and auditions in March 2014, winners to face previous season’s champions

Following the success of the last year’s Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts Fighting Championship (MIMMA FC), it’s coming back bigger and more intriguing than before. In the previous season, the tryouts and the preliminaries to the semis were all only held at Paradigm Mall, a shopping complex in Kelana Jaya Selangor, but this time in the brand new season, there’ll be tryouts in other major cities around Malaysia, including Sabah and Sarawak, and the winners will go on to face the current champions for the MIMMA Championship titles with over RM150,000 cash in prizes.

MIMMA FC was the first All-Malaysian MMA Tournament organized by Tune Talk in 2013 which is also a reality TV show broadcasted nationwide and region. It saw over 300 aspiring mixed martial artists signing up for the tryouts and 112 potential amateur fighters made the cut to be the Top Amateur MMA fighters in their respective weight divisions. It was perhaps the single largest Amateur MMA tournament ever held worldwide over duration of 5 months.

Yang Berhormat  Datuk M Saravanan, Yang Berbahagia Tuan Jalluddin Abu Hassan (MASMMAA) & Jason Lo @ MIMMA 2 press conference

MIMMA FC was a brainchild of Tune Talk CEO and rocker Jason Lo with the Minister of Youth & Sports, Yang Berhormat Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin to develop the “Fastest Growing Sport in the World” for Malaysian martial artists and fans. MIMMA FC Season 1 has a proven track record of being an excellent stepping-stone or starting point for aspiring martial artists to start a professional sports career. This is justified when Sabahan Allen Solomon Chong, Season 1 MIMMA Lightweight Champion, the only South East Asian that was chosen as one of the 16 competitors at The Ultimate Fighter China of the UFC. With continuous support from the Kementerian Belia dan Sukan, ONE FC and the launch of MASMMAA (Malaysian Mixed Martial Arts Association / Persatuan Mixed Martial Arts Malaysia), this sport is only going to keep growing faster.

I don’t know about you but I’m pretty fuckin’ excited about it already. It’s going to be tough for this season’s participants ’cause in order to win the whole thing, they’ll have to face the champions of season 1 who should be even more experienced and stronger by now (unless they’ve been slacking off since).

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However, the champions who have gone pro, like Allen Solomon Chong, will vacant their belts and the lucky 2 finalists of that weightclass will battle it out for it instead. It’s going to be very, very interesting to see if any of the newbies could dethrone the king of the respective weight divisions, and at the end of this season, we will know who’s the real deal in the current Malaysian amateur MMA scene.

For those of you young lads who’re still considering to participate, well consider no more, just go ahead, give it a try and have fun. You won’t regret it, I’m sure, especially when the rules in the ring is still the same as last year (no elbows, have to wear shin guards, etc.). I highly encourage you to do so while you’re young and energetic ’cause when you grow up being in your late 20s like myself or beyond, you’d have no time, no courage and probably too unfit to participate.

Stay tuned for further updates about MIMMA 2. <<< Revisit MIMMA Season 1 Grand Finals <<<

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