Pakistani MMA fighter Shahzaib Khan won a gold medal in the Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA) Asian MMA Championships 2021, which took place in Kyrgyzstan from August 24 to 28.
Khan, representing Sindh, advanced to the final after beating India’s Suyash Jadhav in the semi-finals. In the knockout phase, the youthful player overcame the Kyrgyz combatant in under a minute, bringing the South Asian country a gold medal. Mr. Imran Qasim taught Khan at Badsha WuShu Academy.
Liaqat Ali of Balochistan took silver, and Allah Gul Afridi of KPK took bronze in the competition.
Zulfiqar Ali, President of the Pakistan Mixed Martial Arts Federation, praised the participants and stated that the PMMAF will work hard in the future to guarantee maximum participation in all tournaments.
The players have also received welcomes from the local MMA community.
“I saw some competition film, and Shahzaib has the potential to be something really special,” professional MMA player Bashir Ahmad, dubbed the “Godfather of MMA Pakistan,” commented on Facebook. He described a “new competitor to keep an eye on” in the Pakistani MMA scene.