MIMMA AIMS HIGH FOR SEASON 3, WITH TWO NEW CATEGORIES TO EXPAND ITS AMATEUR BASE.
Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts is back for its third run, with new categories and a new initiative to take its MMA action to the high seas.
At a press conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, Jason Lo, founder of MIMMA and CEO of Tune Talk, said this year Asia’s largest amateur MMA competition will invade major cities throughout Malaysia to unearth more raw talent.
The nationwide tryouts will take in five states; Johor, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, and Selangor and interested fighters are being pushed to a new online registration portal www.malaysianinvasion.com.
Those who make it through stand a chance to share a prize pool of more than RM150,000 in cash.
All episodes of MIMMA 3 will be aired on Malaysia’s RTM TV1, reaching a significantly larger audience.
The new season also sees the introduction of two additional categories including a female catchweight division (48kg to 56.7kg) and a Foreign Pride catchweight division (61.2kg to 70.3kg).
In MIMMA Season 2, a good number of female fighters came to the tryouts and Lo said it was high time to introduce a female category.
A new addition to MIMMA this year is an initiative to hold a fight card on a cruise ship.
Called “Mixed Martial A’RRRR!: Terror on the High Seas”, the four day and three night event will head from Penang to Phuket and Krabi to Penang in a hybrid mixed martial arts cruise crossover. The MMA cruise will start from the 31 May until 3 June.
Lo said MIMMA’s Season 2 was highly successful, drawing huge audience numbers on social media and online. Some 90 million impressions were recorded on Facebook, in addition to 500,000 hits on its mimmalive.tunetalk.com during the Grand Finals.
“We are proud to be part of this journey of building the MMA scene in Malaysia with efforts from all quarters, from many fighters, trainers, gyms and fans,” Lo said.
“The MMA scene in Malaysia over the past few years has bloomed from where it was relatively unknown, unfounded and uncool. Now we have local tournaments from every corner of our nation.”