24-year-old wrestling champion “The Indian Notorious” Roshan Mainam is primed and ready to put on a fantastic show when he steps back inside the ONE Championship Circle. The 4-time former Delhi State Champion has been hard at work at Evolve MMA, sharpening the tools he says will bring him victory in his next outing.
Mainam aims to capture his second straight victory in ONE Championship when he takes on China’s Liu Peng Shuai in a three round mixed martial arts contest at ONE: REIGN OF DYNASTIES, scheduled for Friday, 9 October. Venue and location for this event have yet to be confirmed and announced by ONE Championship.
“The Indian Notorious” wants to prove himself against the best competition in the world and says he’s scared of nobody.
“I know [Liu Peng Shuai] is a fighter working his way up. He’s very solid. I know that only worthy fighters and warriors get an opportunity to compete in ONE Championship, so in no way or form will I ever underestimate him or anyone else. I will come prepared for battle,” said Mainam.
“With my coach and my team by my side, I am super confident in my abilities. I fear no man. I am ready to showcase my new and improved skills. I am ready to show why Evolve MMA is the best team in the world.”
Mainam began wrestling at the age of nine, learning the art as a member of Guru Hanuman Akhara, India’s oldest and most prestigious wrestling camp. Not long after, he added kickboxing to his training while participating in amateur mixed martial arts tournaments. Mainam dominated the majority of his opponents, winning all of his bouts by stoppage.
He turned pro in 2016, racking up wins with India-based promotion SFL before joining ONE Championship in 2019. Mainam made a successful debut against Khon Sichan just last year, winning by first round submission. He is confident he can replicate his success against Shuai.
“I’m confident I have everything that I need to put on a fantastic performance. I have great coaches and training partners who helped me get ready for this. We are the best martial arts team in the world. I am ready,” said Mainam.
“Fans can expect a dominant performance by me. I want to display my more complete arsenal.”
ONE Championship returns for its next big blockbuster with ONE: REIGN OF DYNASTIES, scheduled for Friday, 9 October, and once again, the world’s greatest martial artists are ready to take the stage and showcase their incredible skills in the ONE Circle.
In the main event, reigning ONE Strawweight Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao of Thailand will defend his Muay Thai title against top contender Josh “Timebomb” Tonna of Australia.
Mainam believes he is among the fortunate few to still be able to do what he loves, given the circumstances with Covid-19 that according to him has ‘changed the world.’
“Due to Covid-19, everyone has had to adjust and bring in new ways of putting in the work while staying safe. It has certainly been a challenge. But I thank ONE Championship for giving me the opportunity to compete again. I also want to thank Evolve MMA for being there for me,” said Mainam.
“It’s important for me to stay active so I stay sharp and at the top of my game. I have a huge responsibility on my shoulders, representing my country, family, and team on the biggest stage of competition. I appreciate everything I have and I will keep working hard to improve myself. Nothing will ever stop me. I am very glad to be a part of Evolve MMA and ONE Championship.”
Also, Channel 5 will have the action on a same-day delay at 10 p.m. SGT.
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