265lb World Champion joins 19-year-old prodigy in European Open Super-Heavyweight bracket

Pictured above: IMMAF World Heavyweight Champion Irman Smajc  Amateur Super-Heavyweight Atanas Krastanov (pictured below, right) emerged at last year’s IMMAF European Open Championships and took home the gold medal at just 19 years of age. The 280lb Bulgarian returns this year to defend his title on home soil at the 2017…

What is the IMMAF Talent Pathway & Development System?

Pictured above: Head official Marc Goddard briefs over 200 competing athletes at the 2016 IMMAF World Championships in Las Vegas, USA. IMMAF’s pioneering Talent Pathway and Development System (or “progression scheme”) introduces an essential framework for MMA, in line with the required certification pathways of all regulated sports. As of February 2017, the MMA Talent Pathway…

151 International MMA Amateurs Registered for 2017 European Open

SOFIA, BULGARIA 29 MARCH – 2 APRIL 151 amateur athletes from 28 countries have registered to compete in the 2017 IMMAF European Open Championships in Sofia in just under three weeks’ time, pending clearance by IMMAF. The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation’s 5 day, nation vs nation, Amateur MMA tournament is…

2017 European Open: Team Albania in focus

Federation: Albanian Free Fighting Federation Number of competitors: 2 Hailing from South-Eastern Europe, Albania is one of several Balkan states in the hunt for success at the 2017 IMMAF European Open Championships. Representing the nation in Sofia, Bulgaria, will be returning amateur veteran Ermal Hadribeaj (pictured above, right) alongside newcomer Florian Doskja…

ABC Approves Instant Replay in MMA

Image: IMMAF Board Representatives review match footage with coach following a complaint at the 2015 IMMAF European Championships Article by Dane McGuire, U.S. Correspondent In early February the Association of Boxing Commissions & Combative Sports (ABC) passed the use of instant replay. Replay passed by a 7-0 vote with one abstention. It is…