On January 26, Vridi Kumari Singhvi defeated Nurjamal Sadykova to become the first Indian woman to win a match at the World Amateur Championship.
Singhvi began her MMA training at the Combat Kinetics Academy in Nungambakkam. There she trains with Ajit Sigmani, an MMA pioneer in South India.
At first, her presence in the gym was strange. She is the daughter of a businessman and a non-athletic college student.
Sigmani and other members of the gym had doubts about her desire to really become a fighter. But over time, they learned that Singhvi was in business for a long time.
The idea to fight came from her forensic research and a documentary about Olympic bronze medalist MC Mary Kom. Through fierce training, Singhvi has proven that wrestling is her passion. And for two years, she remained committed to her gym.
She won five fights – two by submission – and won gold in the national championship before making it to the IMMAF. Her trainer praises her tenacity and tenacity in the cage.
The final test in her career was the world tournament of the International Federation of Mixed Martial Arts. And that day she made history.
In the IMAFF quarter-finals in Abu Dhabi, Singvi defeated Kazakhstani bronze and silver medalist in the minimum weight Nurzhamal Sadykova.
However, the next day ended differently.
Although she lost her semi-final match to Irish fighter Nadine Bizette, Singvi never gave up on herself and was looking forward to her next fight. She took home the bronze medal and her team couldn’t help but be proud of her.
“Even in her loss, she was always thinking about what she needed to do. She didn’t panic at any point. But it also showed that while she has made huge strides in the past couple of years, she still has a very long way to go,” coach Sigamani says, according to ESPN.
Singhvi is another proof of what women are capable of. She recognizes her need for improvement and allows loss to serve as a motivator.
The 22-year-old football player dreams of joining the ranks of professionals someday.
MMA is still a long way from being recognized in India, but rare souls like Vridhi Kumari Singhvi are certainly bringing more attention to it.
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