2016 World Championships: Team Portugal in Focus

Picture: Team Portugal from left to right – Filipe Catanho, Milton Monteiro, Samuel Abobora, Milton Mateus, Paulo Covas Federation: Comissão Atlética Portuguesa de Mixed Martial Arts (CAPMMA) Number of competitors: 5 The Portuguese national team has been involved in major IMMAF tournaments since 2014, but despite being one of the most qualified IMMAF affiliates, the Comissão Atlética Portuguesa de Mixed Martial Arts (CAPMMA) has yet to claim a podium finish on amateur MMA’s top stage. paulo CovasTeam Portugal will be looking to change its fate during UFC International Fight Week™, with its experienced athletes bolstered by fresh talent in its quest for Gold. One of Portugal’s star athletes to represent CAPMMA in Las Vegas is 27-year- old Paulo Covas (3-0). With 13 years spent as a martial arts practitioner, including in Ninjitsu and Ruy San Ryu, and competing in MMA since 2008; Featherweight Covas is not only one of the most battle-tested fighters on the Portuguese roster, but also one of the most experienced martial artists in the entire championships. CAPMMA also has two returners among its European squad, with Filipe Catanho and Milton Mateus making the trip to compete at the 2016 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA. Catanho is a member of an elite group of IMMAF competitors that has competed in both the 2014 and 2015 IMMAF Worlds, and last year’s European Open. He will be making #HistoryAgain by becoming the first participant to compete in three straight World Championships. Attend the 2016 IMMAF World Championships at UFC International Fight Week™ in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA): July 5 – 7, Las Vegas Convention Center FREE ENTRY July 8 & 10, UFC Fan Expo® BUY TICKETS: ufc.com/event-ticket-info FOLLOW the results live at mynextmatch.com or on Twitter at @IMMAFed

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