Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has been rising steadily in popularity in Asia, particularly India, according to reports.

The combat sport encompasses boxing, wrestling, taekwondo, kick boxing, judo, Brazilina jiu jitsu, Muay Thai et al. It involved lot of blood and sweats as the competitors’ slug it out to remain the last person standing.

MMA involved combining techniques and styles from other physical combat sport to wear out an opponent. Indians, instead of seeing cricket or watching soccer, have been increasingly taking to the sport.

“I have been training in taekwondo and MMA for the past six years. I was 15 years old then and had no idea about MMA, but I started learning taekwondo under my school instructor. After that, I started training in boxing as well,” 21-year old MMA fighter Bharti Dhoundiyal said about the sport.

The passionate university student added that the “different” rule of the physical sport made it even more exciting for her.

“You can striker an opponent even when she is on the ground or in the heavyweight category,” Dhoundiyal added whilst enthusiastic of the game despite living in a top cricket nation. MMA is set to have a professional league in India, with time with the rate of the sports development in the country.

All India Mixed Martial Arts Association – the sports’ local governing body – is set to sanction eight teams that will participate in a franchise-based competition: the super Fight League (SFL), reports in India say.

“After cricket, MMA is the second most-watched sport online in India today. Sixty percent of our population in the next ten years is going to be under the age of 24 years, and MMA connects with the youth,” Bill Dosanjh the principal founder and CEO of SFL said, revealing the potential of the sport in the country.