By Lawrence Oshodi –
Mixed Martial Art, also known as combat sport, will make its debut in Lagos on Oct. 30, according to the organizers.
The firm’s Chief Executive Officer, Ife Obiudo, said at a news conference in Lagos that the sport’s second edition will take place on December 4.
The Oct. 30 event will feature local warriors at the National Stadium, while the Dec. 4 event will feature fighters from around the world at the Balmoral Event Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, according to Obiudo.
He explained that the goal was to scout for talent at the grassroots level with the goal of exposing them to the rest of the world and increasing the popularity of the sport in Nigeria.
According to him, this project is to scout for homegrown talents because I am not in doubt about the abilities of the Nigerian youth.
“We have seen their breathtaking performances in sports all over the world, especially in Europe.
“The fighters in the popular Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) all started from somewhere, and I believe Nigeria is blessed with abundant talents,” he said.
Charles Okafor, the Brand Ambassador of the Fight, reiterated that the aim was to seek for new talents instead of depending on established fighters.
“If we continue to use the established stars in Nigeria, we are not creating room for development of the sport in Nigeria. We need to grow our own,” Okafor said.
The Technical Director of the fight, Ikechukwu Nwobodo, said that the fight would have Middleweight, Bantamweight, Lightweight and Welterweight categories for this event.
“In subsequent editions, we will add the heavyweight class,” Nwobodo said.