Pulwama’s Pride: Kashmir’s first MMA Fighter to represent India at International Matrix Fight Night

Owais Yaqoob set to showcase skills on global stage, highlight Kashmiri talent in Delhi next month

PAMPORE: In a remarkable display of talent and determination, Owais Yaqoob, hailing from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, is set to showcase his skills on the international stage as he represents India in the upcoming Matrix Fight Night (MFN) scheduled for March 9, 2024, in Noida, Delhi.
Owais Yaqoob, the first professional MMA fighter from Kashmir, is set to participate in the International Matrix Fight Night in Delhi next month, representing his country.
With a promising career trajectory in mixed martial arts (MMA), Yaqoob has emerged as a shining star within the Kashmiri sports community. His journey from the picturesque valley of Kashmir to the high-intensity arenas of professional MMA is a testament to his dedication and passion for the sport.
The Matrix Fight Night serves as a platform for some of the most talented fighters in the country to display their prowess in the cage, and Yaqoob’s participation underscores his rising stature in the Indian MMA scene. His presence not only highlights the growing recognition of MMA as a legitimate sport in India but also brings attention to the immense potential within the Kashmiri youth.
As Yaqoob gears up to step into the octagon on March 09, fans and supporters eagerly anticipate witnessing his performance and cheering him on as he represents not just himself but also his hometown and the nation on this prestigious platform.
Owais Yaqoob is thrilled to represent his country at the International Matrix Fight Night.
Speaking to Kashmir Reader, Owais Yaqoob said that the upcoming Matrix Fight Night (MFN)-14, to be held in Noida, Delhi next month, is an International event featuring a total of 12 fights. All fights will feature Indian fighters competing against opponents from other countries. Yaqoob, the sole fighter from Kashmir, will be representing India in a match against Afghanistan. The event is scheduled to take place on March 9th at the Noida Indoor Stadium.
Yaqoob said that he has been undergoing continuous training for the past four months in preparation for this fight.
Owais Yaqoob told Kashmir Reader, “I aim to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and for that, I am building my record. Matrix Fight Night holds great significance for me; I have been working hard for this fight for a long time, and now I have the opportunity to represent India.”
Owais said that he began his career with the Indian traditional martial art Thangta, then ventured into other martial arts, including boxing, and finally transitioned to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in 2018. He proudly stated, “I am Kashmir’s first professional MMA fighter.”
In addition to his fighting career, Owais runs an academy called Lines Den Martial Art Academy in Pulwama, where 40 to 50 players are currently undergoing training. Some of these players have already won medals at the national level and are now preparing to promote MMA in Kashmir.
Furthermore, Owais outlined plans to organize programs focused on self-defence and other initiatives to promote MMA in Kashmir. The upcoming fight is scheduled for March 9th.

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