African Warriors is one of world’s most brutal sports with sickening KO punches
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African Warriors could be one of the world's most brutal sports.
The competition combines the indigenous African combat sports – Dambe and Wrestling – to showcase African heritage on the world stage.
Dambe has its roots in Nigeria, and it's a form of boxing that also allows kicks and knees to be thrown, in a style that resembles modern-day MMA.
One of the fighter's hands is wrapped, and that's the only hand that is allowed to throw punches.
However, the key to the sport is the knockout, or the 'kill', and African Warriors has its fair share of brutal blows.
“Dambe is a form of boxing native to Nigeria, primarily practiced by the Hausa people of northern Nigeria," Maxwell Kalu, the CEO of African Warriors FC, told Fight Library.
"The key role of Dambe is the knockout blow, which is known as the kill.
"You are only allowed to strike with one hand, which is your hand that’s wrapped in rope.
"The other hand is unwrapped and is used for blocking and for gauging distance and you’re allowed to kick and knee as well.”
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African Warriors regularly post clips of 'kills' in their bouts to their Instagram page.
And without headgear, or gloves, fights can be over with a couple of sickening blows.
One bout between fights sees only three punches thrown before one of the men finds himself on the ground.
Another shows a fighter connecting with his bare foot to another man's chin, leaving him crumpled in a heap.
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However, with only one of the competitor's hands allowed to strike, it leads to some unconventional fighting styles.
Fighters generally used the other hand to gauge the distance needed to throw the punch.
Similar to how a jab is used defensively in boxing.
But without that hand connecting it makes for an interesting spectacle.
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Kalu continued: “Dambe’s roots are from tradition.
"You have guys that want to compete to just put their village on the map.
"One of the guy’s names translates to English as, ‘The Shield of this Village’ or a ‘Son of this Village'."
Around the country, you have different styles depending on where you are coming from."
Kalu is trying to take the sport international: “With African Warriors, we’re trying to give these guys a national and international platform.
"We’re putting in more standards when it comes to the sport.
"We’re working on a character side of things, introducing them to the audience and fighting videos, speaking to international fight fans and making sure they understand what they’re looking at."
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