Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts brought its Ladder Matches to a close yesterday after some 72 fights and 144 fighters, making it one of the biggest amateur MMA tournament in the world.

Paradigm Mall in Petaling Jaya played host to the MIMMA4 Ladder Matches over the weekend and saw some impressive submissions and knockouts from emerging MMA fighters.

The fights also got the nod from respected referee Olivier Cost.

“I have been head of officials for the past four years and every year the level of the athletes increases,” he said.

“Much to my pleasure I can say this year is the same.”

The weekend saw some of the best male and female fights in the promotion’s four years and sets up a hugely exciting quarter finals, which will take place on 28 and 29 May.

Last year MIMMA introduced the women’s and foreign pride categories and this year’s season has seen a dramatic rise in the number of female and foreign competitors.

Jason Lo, CEO of Tune Talk, the Malaysian telco behind MIMMA, said he initially embraced MMA initially because he believed that the sport was something it can truly associate with.

“It demands discipline, dedication and passion which aligns with Tune Talk as we are also fighters in our own right, going up against the big telcos in Malaysia. This is our fourth year and MIMMA has reached an unprecedented level with a handful of our champions fighting professionally now.”

“With more and more MMA hopefuls at the grassroots level showing up for our tryouts, more talents will be discovered and more champions will be produced who will later move on to fight professionally and in return becomes a source of inspiration to further light the fire in the hearts of amateur fighters at the grassroots level,” he added.