Following the successful first ever mixed martial arts tournament that took place at the Likas Sports Complex on November 16, the Borneo Fighting Championship (BFC) organisers are already planning a follow up tournament.
BFC co-organizer, Julian Lee said that the organisers were delighted to see the encouraging response from the public. Out of 500 tickets, 470 tickets were sold and out of 200 VIP ringside tickets, 187 were sold off. There were approximately 700 people who came to the event, inclusive of event crews and the members of the media.
“As two of the pro fights were cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, we are planning to bring them back into the cage,” said Julian, “some of the audience also requested for special repeat fights for their favourite fighters,” he added.
Rayner Kinsiong, another co-organizer of BFC said that MMA is currently the fastest rising sport in the world, and in Sabah, although the MMA is still new its fan base is rapidly growing.
“We believe that 2014 will be a great year for MMA. Therefore, we’re planning to hold the second fight tentatively in February,” he said.
The organisers revealed that this time, they will be featuring 15 fight cards instead of 10 as in the previous event are looking for more local amateur fighters.
“For aspiring fighters who want to sign up, they can now start submitting their portfolios to us,” said Julian, adding that they have started to receive numerous portfolios from fighters from as far as Las Vegas, Mumbai and Barcelona who are keen to fight in the BFC.
Dean Hamsah, winner of the 58kg amateur bout said that he is glad that local organisers have taken the initiative to initiate a mixed martial arts tournament in KK .
“Prior to this, fighters who are keen to compete must travel abroad in order to get their skills tested. I’m glad that BFC has made it possible for some of us to compete without the hassle of traveling,” he said.
The BFC is the newest mixed martial arts organiser in Malaysia, joining the another equally new MMA organiser, the Johor Bahru-based Ultimate Beatdown.