Chaitanya, 26, who has won multiple MMA tournaments and even won the Gold at the latest Warrior Championship held in Penang, Malaysia in September. In last 5 years, he has won four out of the five championships that he has participated in.
But recognition evades him. His coach Jitendra Khare of the Evolution Combat Sports Academy, said, “MMA is a combination of all the martial art form. Unlike Judo, it has limited rules. The origin of this sport dates back to several centuries but it has not evolved much in India because it is perceived as ‘street fight’ and not a legitimate sport.” Khare started training the MMA athlete five years back in 2010.