Super Fight League, a start-up promotion from India had a very unique and interesting debut event that got mixed reviews from fans and analysts alike. The production, and quality of talent left much to be desired, but it looks like they're taking a big step forward to improve on that by booking 3 fights filled established MMA veterans.
The card will still be filled with India's local talent that they are developing, but as reported last month, former UFC heavyweights Todd Duffee and Neil Grove will be headlining the event. As part of the supporting bouts that have also been announced, Paul Kelly will take on Gabe Reudiger, and what can be considered as the unofficial main event of the night, Ikuhisa Minowa will lock horns against two-time Bellator tournament winner, Alexander Shlemenko.
The four other UFC veterans will probably get the most attention, but these are all guys who are trying to jump start their careers and get out of a slump by competing against each other. Minowa on the other hand, has won 6 of his past 7 bouts, and will be taking on Shlemenko, who's riding a 7-fight win streak, with his only loss in the past three years coming from a decision against Hector Lombard.
With his penchant for taking freakshow fights, I wouldn't usually associate the bouts from the popular Japanese fighter in Minowaman with the words 'legit' or 'relevant', but that's exactly what it is on this card.
I do feel like these legitimate fights are huge step in the right direction as it's really hard to take a bout like Bob Sapp vs. James Thompson seriously, but on the other hand, a lot of people tuned in solely because of the guilty pleasure that comes with a freakshow bout of that magnitude. So to be completely honest, there's a part of me will miss that.