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Sanjay Dutt's martial arts to go ‘live'

tv Updated: Feb 17, 2012 17:05 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times
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They are leaving no stone unturned to kick off their sporting venture in style. Actor-producer Sanjay Dutt and partner Raj Kundra, who have tied up on Super Fight League, have inked a deal with video-sharing website, YouTube, to make it the official online broadcaster of the matches.

Super Fight League also marks popular sporting event Mixed Martial Arts’ entry in India. The first match will be aired on Sunday, March 11.

Sanjay beams, “We will show the world some of the best Mixed Martial Arts’ fighters from India. Through our initiative, fans can also interact with the fighters, my celebrity friends and me on our special channel. And people can watch the fights at any hour of the day.”

Raj, who will soon turn a father, seconds his partner and calls their move unique: “It will give the league a global reach on a single platform. And since we are offering this for free initially, our events will have greater viewership than any other Mixed Martial Arts event in the world.” Right now, the Super Fight League’s participants are training at a camp in Nasik, where the 52-year-old actor and father of two, and his partner have made the best provisions for them.

The league features Indian and international contestants. Rumours have it that Raj is in talks with international artistes like Jennifer Lopez and American band LMFAO to perform at the inaugural event.Plans for big-ticket after-parties are also being worked out.

A couple of top names from Bollywood’s music fraternity are also expected at the opening ceremony at Andheri Sports Complex on March 11. The owners plan to reveal the list of fighters for the event soon. The Super Fight League was launched in Mumbai, mid last month.