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Chaitanya Gavali is a professional Indian MMA fighter based in Mumbai, India. He is currently the National Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion in the 69 Kgs Category. He has been selected to represent India in Jiu-Jitsu at the Asian Games to be held in Jakarta Indonesia in August 2018.
Chaitanya is one of 3 brothers. Chaitanya's father ran a small shoe shop in Mumbai which explains his humble beginnings. . Chaitanya grew up in the Kandivali suburban area of Mumbai where he presently resides with his family.
Mixed martial arts career
Chaitanya started his mixed martial arts career in 2014 with the Evolution Combat Fighting Academy in Mumbai. He is known to be India's first Professional MMA Fighter to win a title in a foreign promotion. He has participated in the MMA reality show Super Fight League right from Season 1.To mark the entry of Professional MMA into India, Amul butter created a billboard featuring Chaitanya in an iconic pose from his bout with Tiran "Tornado" Thakshala in Season 1 of the Super Fight League.
Awards and Achievements
- World Feather Weight MMA Champion at Ultimate Beat Down
- Bantam Weight MMA Champion at Warrior FC, Malaysia
- Gold Medal at Bangkok Brazilian Jiu-Jutsu (BJJ) Open 2012
- Gold Medal at Evolution Grappling India Open 2015
- Silver Medal at Bangkok Brazilian Jiu-Jutsu (BJJ) Open 2011
- Silver Medal at World Professional Jiu-Jutsu Championship (WPJJC) Trials Held In Hong Kong, 2012
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