IMPI FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP AIMS TO HOLD UP TO FOUR MMA EVENTS EACH YEAR.
Vuyisile Colossa’s IMPI Fighting Championship will hold its second event in Hong Kong on 31 July, featuring 10 professional and four amateur MMA fights.
The former ONE FC lightweight launched IMPI FC on 31 October last year in an event dubbed “Halloween Fight Night”.
The inaugural event saw Hong Kong gyms Triquest, Everlast and Versus, go head-to-head. The main event saw Sean Stolarczyk defeat Hong Kong-based fighter Mourad Ennaceri by TKO in the first round.
Colossa said the event is part of an ambitious plan to expand IMPI into a more regular MMA competition in Hong Kong and Macau.
“The Cheetah” said there is a solid pool of fighting talent in Hong Kong which IMPI hopes to tap into.
“The aim with IMPI is to be the event second to the UFC globally. Yes, I know as someone will say that’s a bit too much to ask, but IMPI is created by fighters for fighters and the success of these events will be mainly on fighters participation and investment,” he said.
“I wasn’t surprised at all about the quality of fights because these guys have been hungry and training and looking for fights, we just had to find the right time to put the event together and the match ups.
“High quality fights comes from the good matching of fighting styles,” he added.
Colossa agreed that Southeast Asia markets like Singapore and the Philippines had been more active in MMA events, Hong Kong remains relevant.
“It’s true. These places have been hosting events for years now. Hong Kong is known as the home of martial arts, it deserves a second chance, but there’s a lot of education still, since Hong Kong audiences are more exposed to kick boxing and Muay Thai promotions.
“Legends FC opened the doors for most promotions around Southeast Asia. I think if we can host four events a year between Hong Kong and Macau the momentum will build up. With power houses like the UFC, they will be able to use more local fighters as headliners. But like I said previously, education still needs to play a big role around MMA in Hong Kong and Macau and the greater China region.”
IMPI FC 2 will feature four bouts of white collar MMA, in addition to 10 professional MMA fights. The event will be held on 31 July at Queen Elizabeth Stadium.