?STATE: Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA), Asian Championship was held in the resort town of Cholpon-Ata on the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan from 24 to 28 August, wherein few North Eastern fighters managed to clinched the medals for the country.
Jowkhum Dilli of Bordumsa in Changlang district who scripted history by becoming the first-ever Arunachalee to qualify for GAMM), Asian Championship, has bagged Bronze.
Jowkhum Dilli put up a tough resistance against his opponent and managed to clinch a bronze medal for the country in the 52.2 kg weight category after getting short in the semis. Other fellow contestants from the northeast also succeeded in getting medals.
The three Nagaland MMA fighters Kekhrieneitso Angami won the silver along with Longtsukumba Ao who also won silver medals in the lightweight and welterweight divisions respectively, Arsenba Ozukum won bronze in the flyweight category.
Angami faced a defeat to Nurtaza lumakhanova of Kazhalchstan in the final match, while Ao lost to Yazan Jaber of Palestine in a close match. On the other hand, Ozukum was defeated in his semi-final match to Dinesh Naorem, also from India. With 22 medals including four gold, seven silver, and 11 bronze, India stood in the third position of the medal tally at the GAMMA Asian MMA Championship.
While with 36 medals Kazakhstan topped the medal tally at the GAMMA Asian MMA Championship, followed by Kyrgyzstan with 22 medals, Palestine with three medals, and Pakistan – three medals.
While in Arunachal Pradesh together 66 sportspersons of different disciplines have been felicitated with cash incentives for their outstanding performance in various competitions at the Zonal, National & International level on the occasion of National Sports Day by the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs
How to Win in the GAMMA
A match is normally won either by the judges’ decision after the allotted amount of time has elapsed, a stoppage by the referee (for example, if the athlete cannot defend him/herself intelligently) or the fight doctor (due to an injury), a submission, by an athlete’s cornerman throwing in the towel, or by knockout.
As soon as an athlete is unable to continue due to legal strikes, their opponent is declared the winner. This is to prevent further injury to the athlete.
An athlete may admit defeat during a match by:
- a physical tap on the opponent’s body or mat/floor
- submitting verbally
The referee stops the match when the athlete is caught in a submission hold and is in danger of being injured. This can occur when an athlete becomes unconscious while being choked or when a bone has been broken in a submission hold.
Technical Knockout (TKO):
The referee may stop a match in progress if:
- the athlete becomes dominant to the point where the opponent cannot intelligently defend themselves and, as a result, is taking excessive damage
- an athlete appears to be losing consciousness as he/she is being struck
- an athlete appears to have a significant injury, such as a cut or a broken bone
The referee will call for a timeout if an athlete’s ability to continue is in question as a result of apparent injuries, such as a large cut. The ring doctor will inspect the athlete and stop the match if the athlete is deemed unable to continue safely, rendering the opponent the winner. However, if the match is stopped as a result of an injury from illegal actions by the opponent, either a disqualification or No Contest will be issued instead.
The athlete’s corner may announce defeat on the athlete’s behalf by throwing in the towel during the match in progress or between rounds. This is normally done when the athlete is being beaten to the point where it is dangerous and unnecessary to continue. In some cases, the athlete may be injured.
An athlete is so dazed or exhausted that he/she cannot physically continue. This usually occurs between rounds.
If the match goes the distance, then the outcome of the bout is determined by three judges. The judging criteria are organization-specific.
The athlete or their representative may forfeit a match prior to the beginning of the match, thereby losing the match.
A “warning” will be given when an athlete commits a foul, illegal action or does not follow the referee’s instruction. Three warnings will result in disqualification. Moreover, if an athlete is unable to continue due to a deliberate illegal technique from his/her opponent, the opponent will be disqualified.
In the event that both athletes commit a violation of the rules, or an athlete is unable to continue due to an injury from an accidental illegal technique, the match will be declared a “No Contest”. A result can also be overturned to a No Contest if the athlete that was originally victorious fails a post-match drug test for banned substances.
If an athlete is unable to continue due to an accidental illegal technique late in the match, a technical decision is rendered by the judges based on who is ahead on the judges’ scorecards at that time. In a three-round match, two rounds must be completed for a technical decision to be awarded, and in a five-round match, three rounds must be completed.
In order to reduce the competitive advantage a much larger opponent will have on a smaller opponent because of their size, power, and weight, athletes are categorized into one of the nine different weight categories for men, and seven different weight categories for women. This helps to ensure that athletes are given a fair fight.
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