eFighting League event blends esports and MMA fighters, heads to London in December

A new esports event featuring fighting game players and teams owned by mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters is coming to London.

eFighting League (eFL) will be hosting eFL One on December 29th at the Troxy London.

The eFL said in a press release it has 'some of the world’s most renowned' MMA fighters and other UK and internationally-recognised celebrities who own and operate their own esports teams.

It will feature Street Fighter, Tekken and other fighting games.

The feature event will be a head-to-head battle between MMA fighters Mark "Super Samoan" Hunt (pictured above, top ten world heavyweight fighter) and Ben "10" Nguyen (top 10 world flyweight fighter).

Mark Hunt said: "I am so excited to be part of the eFL, showing the younger
generation a healthy digital and physical life, playing fair and winning without cheating."

Ben Nguyen added: "As a kid, Ryu from Street Fighter inspired me to get in to martial arts,
and now gaming with the eFL I get to be both an esports and sports professional."

 

"As a kid, Ryu from Street Fighter inspired me to get in to martial arts,
and now gaming with the eFL I get to be both an esports and sports professional."
Ben Nguyen

 

The launch will include an afternoon and an evening event for children and adults, and there will be photo opportunities with the fighters, as well as other activities.

eFL One will also include live performances from grime artists.

From the press materials for this event, it looks as if the eFL is testing the waters with its event and is hoping for some kind of crossover between MMA and esports.

Organisers have also confirmed events for the US, Thailand and Russia in 2019.

Umesh "aperezane" Perera, eFL owner, commented: "Support for the eFL has been overwhelming, we are inclusive not exclusive, and even ticket prices are low. Gaming transcends colour and creed, uniting us all."

"We use esports as a gateway to light up the imagination of young minds to coding, game theory, graphics and media."

There's more info over at eFightingleague.com

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