• MIXED MARTIALS ARTS DEBUTS AS A DEMONSTRATION SPORT ALONGSIDE OLYMPIC DISCIPLINES
  • 10 – 12 MARCH, ACCRA – GHANA

The African Games’ landmark Mixed Martial Arts tournament concluded yesterday in Ghana with competition finals and medals ceremonies on the continental Olympic platform.

National teams representing in the finals were Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ghana, Libya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Sudan, Togo and Uganda.

Following the disqualification of Holonou Song (Benin) and Muammar Felfel (Libya) due to breach of GAMMA’s Code of Conduct, Sookhoo Bhirsing faced Kotoka Felix to determine the silver and bronze medallists for the 56,7 KG / – 125 Lbs category.

See below for the list of Medallists and Official Finals Results.

MMA MEDALLISTS: 2023 AFRICA GAMES

56,7 Kg | – 125 Lbs Male
1 Sookhoo Bhirsing (MRI)
2 Kotoka Felix (GHA)

61,2 Kg | – 135 Lbs Male
1 Awassiou Welike (TOG)
2 Gabriel Karo (NGR)
3 Issa Boussim (BUR)
3 Etrue Joseph (GHA)

65,8 Kg | – 145 Lbs Male
1 Sylvain Kokou (TOG)
2 Eweh Emmanuel Benard (NGR)
3 Entusah Mubarak Muhammed (GHA)
3 Nortey William Adom (GHA)

70,3 Kg | – 155 Lbs Male
1 Aka Miezan Prince Mensan (CIV)
2 Sewanou Jacques Jouton (BEN)
3 Destiny Freddy (NGR)
3 Albert Idowu Lucky (NGR)

77,1 Kg | – 170 Lbs Male
1 Ramzan Abdul Aziim (MRI)
2 Mohamed Elsayed (EGY)
3 Ekoue Douhadji (TOG)
3 Obeya John (NGR)

83,9 Kg | – 185 Lbs Male
1 Eze Daniel Emeke (NGR)
2 Houssou Michael Mahugnon (BEN)
3 Affognon Jhon-Kennedy (BEN)
3 Marcel Yao (CIV)

93,0 Kg | – 205 Lbs Male
1 Idoo Bhojul Mohammad Ajmal (MRI)
2 Aziba Martins (NGR)
3 Mohamed Ashaat (EGY)
3 Sibiri Ben Ali Toe (BUR)

-120,2 Kg | – 265 Lbs Male
1 Muzan Richard (NGR)
2 Fanny Dago (CIV)
3 Gaoussou Sanou (BUR)
3 Niane Oumar (GHA)

47,6 Kg | – 105 Lbs Female
1 Dalia Abodeff (EGY)
2 Peter Winifred Agara (NGR)
3 Ankrah Leticia Amanua (GHA)

52,2 Kg | – 115 Lbs Female
1 Idowu Busayo Khadijat (NGR)
2 Boakye Elizabeth (GHA)

61,2 Kg | – 135 Lbs Female
1 Sodiq Olanike Rasheeda (NGR)
2 Rassool Bibi Oumee Hanee Meherin (MRI)

65,8 Kg | – 145 Lbs Female
1 Obanla Joy Ebanda (NGR)
2 Abubakari Winnie (GHA)

OFFICIAL FINALS RESULTS (GAMMA AMATEUR MMA RULES)

1 – 65,8 KG | – 145 Lbs Male
EWEH EMMANUEL BENARD (NGR) DEF. NORTEY WILLIAM ADOM (GHA) VIA TKO, R2 1:47

2 – 47,6 KG | – 105 Lbs Female
DALIA ABODEFF (EGY) DEF. PETER WINIFRED AGARA (NGR) VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

3 – 56,7 KG | – 125 Lbs Male
SOOKHOO BHIRSING (MRI) DEF. KOTOKA FELIX (GHA) VIA TKO, R1 0:17

4 – 61,2 Kg | – 135 Lbs Male
AWASSIOU WELIKE (TOG) DEF. GABRIEL KARO (NGR) VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

5 – 52,2 Kg | – 115 Lbs Male
IDOWU BUSAYO KHADIJAT (NGR) DEF. BOAKYE ELIZABETH (GHA) VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION, R3

6 – 70,3 Kg | – 155 Lbs Male
AKA MIEZAN PRINCE MENSAN (BEN) DEF. SEWANOU JACQUES JOUTON (CIV) VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

7 – 61,2 KG | – 135 Lbs Female
SODIQ OLANIKE RASHEEDA (NGR) DEF. RASSOOL BIBI OUMEE HANEE MEHERIN (MRI) VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

8 – 77,1 Kg | – 170 Lbs Male
RAMZAN ABDUL AZIIM (MRI) DEF. MOHAMED ELSAYED (EGY) VIA SUBMISSION, R1 1:50

9 – 83,9 Kg | – 185 Lbs Male
EZE DANIEL EMEKE (NGR) DEF. HOUSSOU MICHAEL MAHUGNON (BEN) VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

10 – 65,8 Kg | – 145 Lbs Female
OBANLA JOY EBANDA (NGR) DEF. ABUBAKARI WINNIE (GHA) VIA TKO, R1

11 – 93,0 Kg | – 205 Lbs Male
IDOO BHOJUL MOHAMMAD AJMAL (MRI) DEF. AZIBA MARTINS (NGR) VIA TKO, R2 0:19

12 -120,2 Kg | – 265 Lbs Male
MUZAN RICHARD (NGR) DEF. FANNY DAGO (CIV) VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

ABOUT MMA IN THE AFRICAN GAMES

The amateur rules MMA tournament played out from Sunday 10 to Monday 12 March under the Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA), joining 6 other demonstration sports among 30 total disciplines. 8 of these are holding qualifiers for this summer’s Paris 2024 Games.

The 13th edition of the four-year, multi-sport event runs from 8 to 23 March, organised by the African Union (AU), the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), the Association of African Sports Confederations (AASC) and the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA).

Officially recognised by the Association of African Sports Confederations (AASC), GAMMA holds the vision of seeing the sport accepted internationally by the Olympic movement and one day entering The Olympic Games. Inclusion in the African Games provides a milestone for the sport.

MMA at the African Games 2023 is available on replay on GAMMA YouTube.

Tournament information is available at sportdata.org