2014 IMMAF champion Alessio Di Chirico joins UFC

Picture: Di Chirico takes a unanimous decision victory at the UFC Fan Expo. 2014 IMMAF world light-heavyweight champion, Alessio Di Chirico, was yesterday announced by the UFC as the newest addition to the promotion’s middleweight division. Di Chirico is coached by Fabio Ciolli, Head Coach of the Italian National MMA Team of FIGMMA (Italian…

IMMAF champion Sanna Merta discusses MMA and family life balance

Picture: IMMAF European Open featherweight champion Sanna Merta Following her featherweight gold medal triumph at the 2015 IMMAF European Open Championships, Finland’s Sanna Merta spoke with IMMAF.org to recap her trio of victories and discussed how she manages to balance training with family commitments. Merta also responded to the proposal of Northern Ireland’s lightweight…

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Jose Torres commits to weight management instead of weight cuts

Two-time IMMAF world bantamweight gold medallist Jose Torres has revealed encouraging plans for a complete overhaul of his fight preparations to include a healthy weight management and lifestyle adjustment: He has committed to never again undergo a pre-fight weight cut. Last week “Shorty” revealed that he had joined with nutritionist Lou Giordano of LouTrition. After the announcement,…

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Marc Goddard calls for more standing TKO’s & corner stoppages

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran Renowned UFC referee and IMMAF Regulatory Affairs consultant Marc Goddard recently spoke with IMMAF.org to discuss why more one-sided bouts should be stopped on the feet without the need for a significant “kill shot”, plus his desire to see corner teams stepping in more frequently to…

Questions around Travis Browne eye poke controversy

UFC heavyweight Travis Browne secured a third round TKO victory last night over Matt Mitrione, however the result has been met with considerable backlash. On January 17 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, 33-year-old Browne transitioned to full mount in the final round to finish Mitrione via strikes with the referee stepping…

World champion Saeid Mirzaei set for final amateur bout

IMMAF world light-heavyweight champion Saeid Mirzaei (11-3) is in preparations for a final amateur bout in his home of Canada before turning his attention to his professional aspirations. The 6’2″ ‘Prince of Persia’ has tested the waters at multiple weights from lightweight to light-heavyweight. He most recently competed at 205lbs, in which…

RMMAF in talks for televised amateur MMA

Picture: Strawweight medalists from left to right – Raluca Dinescu (silver, Romania), Aleksandra Toncheva (gold, Bulgaria) and Amy Omara (bronze, UK) According to an article featured on MyNextMatch.com Romanian MMA Federation (RMMAF) President George Stanciu is working to finalize a deal that could see amateur MMA make its way to Romanian…

AIMMAA sanctions 99 bouts at Bodypower India Open

The All India Mixed Martial Arts Association (AIMMAA) successfully completed its sanctioning of the third Bodypower India Open MMA Championships throughout January 9th and 10th. The weekend hosted an impressive 99 sanctioned amateur bouts featuring both male and female athletes in accordance with IMMAF rules. The championships were contested by a…

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IMMAF Member Federations Set for Financial Boost

One of the biggest challenges for many of IMMAF’s member federations is lack of funding. In countries where mixed martial arts is not yet recognised or supported by the government, the management of national federations relies on the goodwill and commitment of volunteers. This has a knock-on effect on the administrative structure of…