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MMA in Pune: 19-year-old leads the way for new age fighters

Nineteen-year-old Dale Seymour aspires to make a career in the MMA circuit. A firm believer in weight training along with functional training, he believes that it is important for every fighter to focus on their strength as well as their technique.

pune Updated: Jun 06, 2018 16:38 IST
Pranav Shahaney
Dale Seymour practising mixed martial arts.
Dale Seymour practising mixed martial arts.(Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)

With the growth of Multfit gyms in the city, a number of fitness enthusiasts are now aware of a sport which is nothing like what they’ve played before. A combat sport in the true sense of the word, mixed martial arts (MMA) can prove to be mentally and physically exhausting, but the joy of getting into the ring or an octagon like the ultimate fighting championship (UFC) is unmatched for those who are involved with the sport. Nineteen-year-old Dale Seymour is no different as he aspires to make a career in the MMA circuit.

Training at the Multfit gym in Sopan Baug under his brother Daniel, Dale quickly developed a love for the sport. The teenager, however, was no stranger to the world of combat sports. He was a school-level boxer representing Bishop’s School in Camp and has picked up two silver medals during his stint as a boxer. However, instead of pursuing boxing, he decided to venture into something that would require him to be good at a lot more than just throwing jabs at his opponent.

“There is no denying that I enjoyed my boxing at school, but I felt it had a very limited reach. Therefore, I moved into MMA which had fewer restrictions and it also allowed me to be more expressive in the ring,” said Dale.

He has trained under numerous coaches, including Ismaile Haji during his days at Multifit.

“Ismaile gave me the belief and motivation to make it big in the world of MMA. He taught me some important sequences that will give me an edge when I fight in competitions.”

Dale makes it a point to complete his MMA drills thrice every week. A firm believer in weight training along with functional training, he believes that it is important for every fighter to focus on their strength as well as their technique.

The 19-year-old is now set to compete in his third amateur competition in Indore later this month.

His brother, Daniel, has proven to be a more than capable mentor and coach. “I love Dale’s ambition and willingness to learn and also his fighting spirit. He hates losing and that attitude makes him stronger with every fight. He has an incredible work ethic and I enjoy training him,” said Daniel. The older brother makes it a point to be present at each of Dale’s training sessions.

Dale now hopes to put Pune in the MMA map as he bids to win his first amateur competition and slowly make his way into UFC glory.