- 165 Athletes from 13 Nations
- Kasri Tennis Va Machmaai Varzishi Ob, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
- 27 October – 30 October 2022
The 2022 Asian Championships are locked in and ready to go following team check-in. Athletes from the participating nations made their way to the Hyatt Regency Dushanbe ahead of the tournament kicking off.
There are 165 entries across junior (18-20) and senior (21+), with each round taking place over the next four days. The host nation Tajikistan has brought a team of fifty-three in total, a record number of athletes for the nation. Bahrain boasts a strong squad full of talent, including 2021 World gold medalists Sabrina De Sousa, Aieza Ramos, Rasul Magomedov and Ramazan Gitinov.
The opening day will see fourteen bouts take place across two cages, with bouts ranging from the strawweight to middleweight division. Nine of the participating nations will have an athlete competing on Day 1.
Iran has three athletes taking part on Day 1 as the nation debuts on the IMMAF platform. Bahrain’s Magomd Isaev will be looking to get the nation winning ways when he takes on Kazakhstan’s Zhaxybek Aimakhanov. Both of them competed at the MMA SuperCup but didn’t cross paths. Isaev took home a gold medal after winning his sole bout in the final, while Aimakhanov won a bronze medal.
Tajikistan has five of its squad vying to progress to the next round. Iso Mukhtorov will make his first IMMAF appearance against Kazakhstan’s Danil Gubin, who has risen through the IMMAF ranks, having won a medal at the Youth World Championships in 2019 before winning Junior European gold in 2021.
India’s Ramston Rodriques is back for his second IMMAF competition after mixed results at the 2021 World Championships. He will face Lebanon’s Ghady Assaf in a middleweight contest.
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation will be live streaming its 2022 Asian Championships live and on-demand at immaf.tv, from 27 – 30 October, from 11:00 hrs (UTC+5). All matches from across 4 full days of elite amateur MMA action will be available worldwide from $9.99 for the Championships Pass.