Dare you enter the Kumite1League death pool?

There are so many MMA promotions now that the sport has become fairly standardized. There’s a bit of variety in terms of whether knees to a grounded opponent are allowed or if the fight takes place cage or a ring. But basically when you watch an event you have a pretty astute idea of what you are going to see regardless of who is behind it.

So hats off to the Kumite1League for doing something truly original. Confusingly they are promoting MMA fights, not K-1 matches, but this brand new Indian promotion definitely has some new ideas. I’m not talking about inviting Mike Tyson to the launch, I’m pretty sure that has been done before, but this article really caught my eye.

It starts out fairly normal;

‘Kumite One Fight League (K1L), promises to be a high octance, action-packed sports league, and can definitely be the next big thing in sports.’

So far so boring. But then things take a definite turn for the strange:

A Japanese term, Kumite means fight. K1L will present fights under stimulated scenarios, them being:

-Death pool

-Cage of death

-Train to hell

-Kil Arena

-Air Combat Zone

– Floor trap

Ok, now I’m interested. And slightly concerned for the welbeing of the participants. My concern isn’t exactly dissipated by the next paragraph:

The matches will consist of 7 fighters, 5 male and 2 female fighters, with 3 backups in each of the six teams. The 3 rounds with each fighter chosen from India and internationally will be played in a hexagon shaped ring. A player can prove his/her strength within 3 minutes that will be provided for each rounded, along with a 2 minute break to refresh before the match begins again. 

This strikes me as strange, and not just from a grammatical perspective.

5 male and 2 female fighters, with 3 backups

Why are the backups required? Is it in case one of the participants falls into the Death pool? Or fails to survive the Kil Arena?

Anyway the good news is that Kumite1League could well be coming to a large town near you:

Apart from India, the matches will be held in Dubai, Beijing, Las Vegas and Paris, thus making it international in the true sense.

Personally I can’t wait to see what this looks like. And if the Death pool doesn’t contain live sharks I’m going to be deeply disappointed.


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