Anita Karim, Pakistan’s first female mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, won a unanimous decision over Australia’s Uyen Ha at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok under the Fairtex Fight Promotion banner.
According to reports, the Hunza-born fighter, who is 25 years old, overpowered her opponent in all three rounds of the bantamweight match.
🇵🇰 first female MMA athlete Anita Karim secured a victory over Australia’s Uyen Ha, after 3 action packed rounds at the world famous Lumpini Stadium, Bangkok.
— Pakistan Embassy Thailand (@PakinThailand_) June 12, 2022
“Another one, Alhumdulillah, All praises to the Almighty and a great thank you to everyone who showed love and support,” she tweeted after winning. A big thank you to my fairtexofficial team for sharing their knowledge and for pushing me to improve!
Another one, Alhumdulillah 🇵🇰👊🏽♥️
All praises to the Almighty☝🏽and a big thank you to everyone who showed love and support 🙏🏽
Huge shoutout to my team @fairtexofficial for the knowledge and pushing me every single day to get better! #teamfightfortress #anitakarim pic.twitter.com/E4R2dlt1Y1
— Anita Karim (@karimanitamma) June 12, 2022
Karim Sultan, according to her brother Ali Sultan, trained for several months at Fairtex Center in Pattaya, Thailand, before defeating her opponent and receiving a unanimous verdict from the judges.
“Anita began MMA training at the end of 2016,” Sultan told Arab News over the phone on Sunday. “She took her first international flight after roughly a year.”
Karim had previously competed in five international fights, winning three of them, according to him.
Raja Nasir Ali Khan, the region’s sports and tourism minister, also congratulated her on Twitter.
“Bravo! A strong female warrior from Gilgit-Baltistan is demonstrating her worth around the world. “Congratulations,” he wrote after the Saturday bout.
Sultan claimed that his family was chastised since no Pakistani women competed in the sport.
“Despite widespread condemnation, the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and Hunza rallied with Anita,” he stated. “She has also been a source of pride for us.”
Karim’s performance, he hoped, would motivate other women to step forward and enter the field as well.
Several Pakistanis used social media to congratulate Karim on his victory in the fight.
“What a victory,” screamed Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon, the former governor of Gilgit-Baltistan, in a Facebook post. “A gallant Gilgit-Baltistani daughter.” An Australian combatant was knocked down by MMA competitor Anita Karim.”