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Gurdarshan Mangat
BornGurdarshan Mangat
(1987-01-24) January 24, 1987 (age 33)
Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada
Other namesGary Mangat
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
TeamXtreme Couture / 10th Planet Las Vegas
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission5
By decision5
By knockout2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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Gurdarshan Singh Mangat (born on January 24, 1987), also known as Gary Mangat, nicknamed "Saint Lion", is a Canadian-born Indian martial artist. He currently competes for ONE Championship in its flyweight division.

As of November 2019, he is the number one pound-for-pound mixed martial artist in Southern Asia according to Tapology.[1]


Mangat is the son of Indian immigrants who settled in Canada. He attended Columneetza Secondary School in Williams Lake, and later earned a degree as a Certified General Accountant from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, where he first took an interest in MMA.[2]

Martial Arts Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Mangat credits his interest in former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin for trying out mixed martial arts. He first trained at Revolution Fight Team in Langley.

Within a year of starting his training, Mangat had his first amateur bout in November 2008, and went on to become Battlefield Fight League amateur featherweight champion as he built a 6-2 record.

He made his professional debut in May 2011, and went on to compete in international organizations including India's Super Fight League,[3] and Bahrain’s Brave Combat Federation in which he competed for the U.P Nawabs. At Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions, Mangat became the first MMA fighter of Indian origin to compete for a championship title.[4]

ONE Championship[edit]

After he amassed a 13-2 record, Mangat announced he signed a contract with ONE Championship in February 2019.[5] He scored a second-round TKO in his debut in March 2019 against former Cage Warriors bantamweight champion, Toni Tauru.[6]

Mangat earned his second win in ONE when he defeated Abro Fernandes via unanimous decision at ONE Championship: Masters of Destiny in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 12, 2019.[7]

Personal Life[edit]

Mangat was given his nickname at a Sikh youth camp in Kelowna before he began his career. Some martial artists remarked that he was a nice guy, but when he practiced martial arts, he "turned into a lion".[8]

Mangat is friends with comedian Russell Peters who let him stay at his house when he moved to train in Las Vegas, Nevada.[9]

Mangat is married.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–2 Abro Fernandes Decision (unanimous) ONE Championship: Masters of Destiny July 12, 2019 3 5:00 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Win 14-2 Toni Tauru TKO (punches) ONE Championship: Reign of Valor March 8, 2019 2 1:23 Yangon, Myanmar
Win 13–2 Dipesh Rasal TKO (punches) SFL 2018: Semifinals - Old Scores to Settle: Haryana Sultans vs. U.P. Nawabs March 11, 2018 3 5:00 Mumbai, India
Win 12–2 Imran Syed TKO (punches) SFL 2018: Nothing to Lose - Tamil Veerans vs. U.P. Nawabs March 4, 2018 1 3:15 Mumbai, India
Win 11–2 Kuldeep Singh Sekhon TKO (punches) SFL 2018: Knock 'Em Down - U.P. Nawabs vs. Gujarat Warriors February 24, 2018 1 3:17 Mumbai, India
Loss 10–2 Stephen Loman TKO (punches) Brave Combat Federation 9: The Kingdom of Champions November 17, 2017 1 N/A Isa Town, Bahrain
Win 10–1 Abdul Muneer Decision (unanimous) Brave Combat Federation 5: Go for Glory April 22, 2017 3 5:00 Mumbai, India
Win 9–1 Troy Bantiag TKO (punches) Brave Combat Federation 2: Dynasty December 2, 2016 2 0:23 Isa Town, Bahrain
Win 8–1 Damen Wood Decision (unanimous) Battlefield Fight League 37 - Gladiator July 25, 2015 3 5:00 Coquitlam, Brtish Columbia, Canada
Win 7–1 Hector Lopez Submission (rear-naked choke) SFL 40 - SFL America 4 April 25, 2015 1 3:00 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 6–1 Anthony Zender Submission (rear-naked choke) Combat Games MMA - Battle at the Bay 9 November 8, 2014 2 1:32 Anacortes, Washington, United States
Win 5–1 Blair Oster Submission (rear-naked choke) Battlefield Fight League 32 August 23, 2014 1 4:59 Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 4–1 Josh Gow TKO (punches) Battlefield Fight League 25 September 7, 2013 3 4:30 Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Win 4–0 Jordan Mackin TKO (retirement) Battlefield Fight League 24 June 8, 2013 1 5:00 Pentiction, British Columbia, Canada
Win 3–0 Si Cong Liu Submission (rear-naked choke) Super Fight League 3 May 6, 2012 2 2:37 Delhi, India
Win 2–0 Dan Lin Decision (unanimous) Battlefield Fight League 13 – Uprising February 11, 2012 3 5:00 Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Win 1–0 Mark Delgado Decision (unanimous) Battlefield Fight League 8 – Island Beatdown May 28, 2011 1 4:07 Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada


External links[edit]

Category:Living people Category:Indian martial artists Category:Indian male mixed martial artists Category:People from Williams Lake, British Columbia

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