IMMAF President End of Year Message

As 2018 draws to a close, IMMAF president Kerrith Brown reflects on the achievements of the past 12 months and looks ahead to the coming year: Dear Members, Participants and Supporters, We can celebrate a monumental year for the global MMA community in 2018 as the International MMA Federation (IMMAF) and…

2018 Recap: Gase Sanita Makes History as First Female to Win a Second Amateur MMA World Title

Pictured above: Gase Sanita competes at #MMAWorlds2018 wearing the official Green Hill gold kit for reigning champions   By IMMAF.org lead writer/photographer Jorden Curran New Zealand’s Gase Sanita made history in 2018 as the first woman to win a second Amateur MMA world title, as she successfully retained the women’s lightweight gold medal…

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Aidar Makhmetov Comments on 3 MMA Federations Merger in Kazakhstan

Yesterday (25 December), the three mixed martial arts federations of Kazakhstan announced a merger, as reported by national news site Kazinform. The new, united organisation is the JSC Martial Arts Federation of Kazakhstan, comprising the former Mixed Combat Martial Arts Federation, the National Federation of Mixed Martial Arts, Pankration and Grappling…

UFC’s Zabit Magomedsharipov Tells How Extensive Amateur Tenure Paved The Way For His Pro Career

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran Photo via Instagram One of the most significant exports of the modern amateur pathway; UFC standout Zabit Magomedsharipov had the biggest challenge of his pro career announced earlier this week, the Russian featherweight contender will face off against number-six ranked Jeremy Stephens at UFC 235 on March 2…

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Russian MMA Union Announces 2019 Competition Calendar

The Russian MMA Union has announced a break-neck, competition calendar for amateur MMA in 2019. Team Russia topped the medals tally at the recent IMMAF – WMMAA World Championships in Bahrain; and the federation’s cross-regional reach is indicative of its depth of talent pool and the proving ground competitors must test themselves…

Four Years in the Making, Raluca Dinescu Reflects on 2018 World Championships Triumph

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran December 16 marked the 18-year anniversary of Raluca Dinescu stepping into a martial arts gym for the first time. This year, she celebrated that memory as an Amateur MMA world champion. Dinescu, 32, clinched the senior women’s atomweight title in 2018 at the historic IMMAF-WMMAA Unified…