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Combat Sports Festival from Oct 22

Combat Sports Festival from Oct 22
3E members during the press conference at Capital Convention, Kohima on Monday night. (NP)
Correspondent Kohima, Jul 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/25/2018 12:07:49 AM IST
Combat Sports Festival, organised by 3E Nagaland, will be held at Kohima local ground from October 22-27. The event will consist of Naga Wrestle Mania 7 (King of the Ring Series 2018), Nagaland Taekwondo League 2018 and X-1 International (Mixed Martial Arts).
Addressing a press conference at Capital Convention, Kohima, managing director of 3E, Elvis Kethoseituo Mepfhiio informed that the preliminary rounds of Naga Wrestle Mania 7 (King of the Ring Series 2018) would be conducted separately in categories –lightweight (74 kg & below) and heavyweight (above 74 kg). After a certain round, the remaining wrestlers in both categories will be grouped together to vie for the King of the Ring championship.  
Unlike previous editions, there will be no individual category championship, said Mepfhiio. However, wrestlers who survive up to certain stages of competition from qualification till King of the Ring championship will be awarded cash prizes, he added. 
Cash prize details will be notified when the registration starts in later part of August 2018, said Mepfhiio.
The X-1 International (Mixed Martial Arts), which is a new MMA promotion with series of fights planned across the country, will be played during the sports festival. 3E said there will be two fight cards - an open card which will be drawn from open registration of interested amateur fighters in different weight classes and a closed card which will be pre-determined with already established fighters vying for championship titles. 
Registration for open fight card will commence simultaneously with Naga Wreslemania 7 in the later of August, the organisers informed.
The organisers will also be introducing Nagaland Taekwondo League in this year’s Combat Sports Festival. The event to be organized by Nagaland Taekwondo association (NTA) for which modalities are being worked out, 3E said. In due course of time, NTA will announce the date, time and other details of the event. 
The combat sport festival will also feature ethnic food and merchandise stalls. Therefore, interested party for management of stalls have been asked to contact 3E. 

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