New Delhi, September 1st, 2023: Matrix Fight Night, India’s premium mixed-martial arts promotion announced a blockbuster main event for the MFN 13, which is set to take place on October 28th, 2023, at the Noida Indoor Stadium, Sector 21. On the action-packed night that will feature 12 exciting bouts, India’s very own Shyamanand, who has been on an impressive winning streak with 2 back to back KOs over two international opponents, will challenge the Featherweight Champion Sanjeet Budhwar for the title in the main event for a rematch years later.
- MFN 13 to return to Noida Indoor Stadium on October 28th
- Abdul Azim Badakhshi will return to MFN and challenge Korea’s Hae Jin Park
Shyamanand, who hails from Bihar, had called out Haryana’s Sanjeet after a TKO win over his opponent Mido Mohamed from Egypt at MFN 12 on July 1st. Shyamanad’s only professional loss was at the hands of Budhwar; however, has improved drastically since then, creating immense buzz around this highly anticipated Main Event.
The ‘Silent Killer’ Sanjeet had beaten Atabek Abdimitalipov of Kyrgyzstan in a thrilling 5 round bout for the crown in December 2022. He has remained unbeaten in his last three MFN bouts and will hope to continue his streak against Shyamanand.
Speaking on the title bout, Sanjeet said, “I feel like I am ready for any challenge that is thrown at me. Shyamanand has risen through the ranks and has earned a title shot. But while he thinks he is ready for me, he will be in for a surprise at MFN 13.”
Meanwhile, throwing the gauntlet, Shyamanand added, “I have been waiting to get in the cage with Sanjeet again for a long time. Winning the MFN title means everything because it represents that you are the best among the best. I will give my all to win and become the new MFN Featherweight Champion.”
Meanwhile, South Asia’s biggest prospect, Afghanistan’s most popular MMA star, Abdul Azim Badakhshi will make a return to MFN and will square off against Korea’s Hae Jin Park (Road FC’s Featherweight champion) in the Co-Main event of the night.
Addressing the MFN 13 fight card, Ayesha Shroff, Co-Founder MFN, said, “We are really excited with the MFN 13 fight card. Some of the most talented fighters are on the card this time around and matchups that fans have wanted to see for a long time have been delivered. This will truly be one of our best shows ever.”
Krishna Shroff, Co-Founder MFN, further added, “Creating a fight card this time around was really exciting. Our main event sells itself and there is a story and hype already built around it. We cannot wait to see how this rematch ends because it honestly could go either way. May the best man win. We are also excited to welcome many new prospects as well as some of the OGs back into the MFN cage. I’m absolutely confident that MFN 13 will surpass all expectations, once again.”
MATRIX FIGHT NIGHT 13 CARD:
FEATHERWEIGHT: Satyam Kumar (IND) vs Jatin Choudhary (IND)
FLYWEIGHT: Nongmaithem Bonjovi (IND) vs Arshiyan Memon (IND)
STRAWWEIGHT: Sonam Zomba (IND) vs Sarita Rathod (IND)
FLYWEIGHT: Himanshu Kaushik (IND) vs Arsenba Ozokum (IND)
MIDDLEWEIGHT: Dushan Burale (IND) vs Sameer Dhiman (IND)
FLYWEIGHT: Govind Singh Ale (IND) vs Clinton D’Cruz (IND)
BANTAMWEIGHT: Sahil Rana (IND) vs Djordje Stojanovic (SRB)
BANTAMWEIGHT: Yuki Angdembe (NPL) vs Mohammad Mahmoudiyan (IRN)
WELTERWEIGHT: Jason Solomon (IND) vs Pawan Maan (IND)
BANTAMWEIGHT: Mandeep Prajapati (IND) vs Abu Samad (IND)
FEATHERWEIGHT: Abdul Azim Badakhshi (AFG) vs Hae Jin Park (KOR) – CO-MAIN EVENT
FEATHERWEIGHT: Sanjeet Budhwar (IND) vs Shyamanand (IND) – MAIN EVENT
*Please Note: Fight Card/Bout subject to change
Matrix Fight Night 13 will take place at the Noida Indoor Stadium, Sector 21, on October 28th and will be live streamed on Disney+Hotstar from 6 PM IST.
About Matrix Fight Night
Since its inception in 2019, Matrix Fight Night has become synonymous with mixed-martial arts in India. A pet-project of Ms Ayesha Shroff and family, MFN has already witnessed global MMA stars, along with talented Indian fighters competing across multiple weight categories. The professional MMA competition has given Indian fighters a platform to showcase their talents against some of the best opponents from around the world.