24 May BAMMA fighter David Khalsa talks with MMAUK
MMAUK recently caught up with David Khalsa after he made his BAMMA and professional debut.
He defeated highly touted Cian Cowley at the recent BAMMA event in Birmingham.
MMAUK: Congratulations on your recent win on your debut at BAMMA 29 against Cian Cowley.
Did the fight go as you expected?
DK: No definitely not at all, I was prepared for a war. However, I knew once it went to the ground I’d have the advantage.
MMAUK: He had a lot of hype surrounding him so to beat him on your own pro debut must have been good?
DK: Yeah, it was a dream debut for me. A lot of people wrote me off for this fight. One thing I’ve learned is to never underestimate your opponent or look past them.
MMAUK: You are from the Birmingham area so did you have a lot of support in the arena?
DK: I’m originally from Aston in Birmingham but moved to Kidderminster as a boy. Lots of my friends and family came to support, over 100; so that was great for me.
MMAUK: Have you signed a multi fight deal with BAMMA?
DK: Yes, it’s a multi fight deal so I’m now looking forward to my next fight.
MMAUK: You had fought exclusively for Battle Arena in your amateur career, racking up a 6-1 record and culminating in becoming champion. Are they a good promotion to deal with?
DK: Battle Arena is the best amateur-only show in the country and was a great platform for me to start my mixed martial arts journey.
I’d recommended them to any amateur fighter looking to start theirs.
MMAUK: Your only defeat came against Luke Mulhall is this a fight you would like to make again to try and avenge the loss?
DK: I’m looking forward not back to be honest. I beat him and I gave him a rematch, no question. Then he beat me and refused me a rematch, saying he was turning professional, which he still hasn’t. You never know, we might end up fighting for a professional title in the future, but that would only be because the chips fall that way, not because of any desire for revenge.
MMAUK: Can you tell us a bit about you, what got you into MMA, did you train in any specific martial arts before moving to mma?
DK: I’ve always liked to fight but never trained in anything. I went to RPMAA (Russell Perks Martial Arts Academy in Kidderminster) 5 years ago and never looked back.
MMAUK: What are your aims within MMA?
DK: I’ve one goal. That’s to be the baddest man on the planet. The pound-for-pound best in world!