We get to hear a lot about professions divided gender-wise. Both genders have equal capacity to excel if opportunities are given. Pakistan is blessed to have talents. Gilgit Baltistan is a hub oozing talent, where both men and women have achieved international recognition in different sports, which otherwise is a man’s domain. Anita Karim, the first female mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, has won against her Australian opponent in Thailand. We are extremely proud of her.
Sister of Uloomi Karim, who himself is an MMA fighter, Anita has the honor of being the first female MMA fighter. She is the only female fighter amongst the other 300 MMA fighters. She has won both national and international awards.
She hails from Hunza and comes from a family of MMA fighters. Her brothers have founded an MMA Training Centre in Islamabad. She trained and became a role model for the girls who want to pursue MMA in the future. Her family has been very supportive of her passion for MMA. Earlier, she received a lot of criticism, but her consistent efforts paid off. It is usually considered a dangerous sport for women, and there were no women trainers to train her. Her brothers trained her.
She thinks that this is not a fight, but it makes the individual strong (mentally and physically). She said, “We can only learn to compete in the world if we get to train with men equally.” She is known as “the arms collector”. She rose to fame in 2019, when she defeated Indonesian opponent Gita Suharsono in One Warrior Series (OWS).
She dominated all the three rounds of the bantamweight fight against Australia’s Uyen Ha by a unanimous decision under the banner of Fairtex Fight Promotion at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok. She has been training at the Fairtex Training Centre.
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
Her brother proudly shared the news on Twitter, “Anita Karim getting another W after putting on a clinic today at Fairtex Fight Promotion in Bangkok, Thailand. P.S. Anita is the only female Pakistani (and one of the VERY FEW women in the WORLD) to have fought at the world-famous Lumpinee Stadium!”
@karimanitamma getting another W after putting on a clinic today at Fairtex Fight Promotion in Bangkok, Thailand.
P.s. Anita is the only female Pakistani (and one of the VERY FEW women in the WORLD) to have fought at the world famous Lumpinee Stadium!
— Uloomi Karim (@uloomi) June 11, 2022
Netizens congratulated her on Twitter.
— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) June 12, 2022
Anita Karim from #GilgitBaltistan #Pakistan won her match, in a spectacular fashion, against Australia’s Uyen Ha in Bangkok.
A feather in the hat of PAK’s first female professional #MMA athlete.
🇵🇰💪🏽@karimanitamma @ARYSports_Web @geonews_sport pic.twitter.com/ksnTQQ1eNV
— Ehtisham Karim Shaheen (@FightFortress) June 11, 2022
— PakNorwayNews (@PakNorwayNews) June 12, 2022
Thank you, Anita Karim for representing Pakistan. We are proud of her.