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With the 50-year anniversary of The India-Pakistan War of 1965 recently passing, World Series of Fighting – Global Championship (WSOF-GC) is reigniting the fuse, as Pakistan’s Uloomi Karim (5-3) looks to end the undefeated streak of India’s Yadwinder Singh (5-0) at WSOF-GC 3: PHILIPPINES on July 30 at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
Uloomi Karim, [hailing from district Hunza village Shimshal Gojal] who has finished all five of his professional victories, is the current, reigning Underground Battle MMA Bantamweight Champion, having captured the title earlier this year.
During his post-fight interview, he gave a very heartfelt speech dedicated his title to some of his fellow students that had recently been victimized by a terrorist attack in his home country. It was an emotional affair for all. With the crowd fully behind him, he made a bold challenge by calling, “Yad Singh, I’m coming for you.”
WSOF Global veteran, Yadwinder Singh, is certainly not running and answered the challenge.
Singh made his debut with the organization in November 2015, with an impressive victory over a previously unbeaten American and Roger Huerta protégé’, Alex Schild. Singh is currently the #1 ranked flyweight in India and will be welcoming Karim to the 125-pound division.
Despite the challenge from Karim, and the history between the two nations, there is a mutual respect from both camps. Majid Gilani, from Paksitan’s Team Fight Fortress, recently wrote on social media, “Although there is animosity between nations, there is no animosity between Team Relentless and TFF as we are all legit martial artists.” Jitendra Khare, from India’s Team Relentless, responded, “I have utmost respect for you and your team. This is a big challenge and we really respect Uloomi and his skills.”
“When you issue a challenge, you had better be prepared to answer when the person you challenged responds,” said Jason Lilly, Vice President of Operations and Matchmaker for WSOF-GC. “I was very impressed with Uloomi when I saw him fight earlier this year. Calling out someone like Yad shows that he feels he is ready for a big step up in competition. I’m not sure what prompted it, but the despite the mutual respect between the two camps, the tension between those countries is very intense. There will certainly be some blood boiling that night and international pride will be on the line. Fight fans from Pakistan and India, as well as from around the world, can watch the fight LIVE at wsofgc.com.”
WSOF-GC Owner, Dunesa Hesser, added, “We already have one international rivalry fight on the card with Philippines’ Mario Sismundo (3-1) taking on China’s Keremuaili Maimaitituoheti (5-3) in the co-main event. All ten of our scheduled matches showcase competitors facing off against other countries. With the Olympics coming soon, this is a precursor to that with eleven countries represented at our event.”
WSOF-GC will host WSOF-GC 3 Philippines at Smart Araneta Coliseum on July 30, 2016. Tickets, which start at P300 and ringside seats available for P4,000, will be sold here.
Smart Araneta Coliseum has been host to many great events over the years, but is most notably known for Ali vs Frazier III “The Thrilla in Manila”.
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