KICK-OFF PRESS CONFERENCE SET TO BE HELD IN BELGRADE, SERBIA ON SUNDAY JANUARY 15TH
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) is set to cap off its 2022 Amateur MMA season with IMMAF World Championships Week from February 10-18, 2023 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Throughout the eight-day spectacle, IMMAF will host several exciting events, with the 2022 IMMAF World Championships Junior and Senior Finals confirmed to take place on Thursday, Feb. 16th and Friday, Feb. 17th streaming live on IMMAF.TV.
IMMAF World Championships Week will climax with professional MMA event BRAVE CF 69 on Saturday, Feb. 18th.
The full schedule of events and activities for IMMAF World Championships Week will be confirmed by IMMAF President Kerrith Brown at the official pre-Championships press conference, Sunday, January 15th at 10:30 a.m. at the Hotel Crown Plaza (Vladimira Popovića 10, Beograd 11070).
Alongside Mr. Brown, Serbian MMA Federation President Luka Nikolić, BRAVE CF President Mohammed Shahid, Serbian professional UFC star Aleksandar Rakić and Minister of Sport for Serbia Zoran Gajić will all attend the press conference.
Media wishing to attend should contact [email protected]. Details on how to watch the 2022 IMMAF World Championships Week press conference will be released on the @IMMAFed social media channels.
The best of the best in Amateur MMA will compete at the 2022 IMMAF World Championships for Seniors and Juniors. The two tournaments will take place at Štark Arena, in Novi Beograd, from February 11-17. The tournament draws will take place on Friday, Feb. 10th following registration.
Over 550 athletes from 63 countries are expected to compete in Serbia, making the 2022 IMMAF World Championships the biggest event in the international governing body’s history. A number of champions from the 2022 season are set to return including: Sabrina de Sousa (BRN), Ramazan Gitinov (BRN), Magdalena Czaban (POL), Fergus Jenkins (NZL), Otabek Rajabov (TJK) and Veja Hinda (NAM).
The Senior competition will feature six weight divisions for female athletes, from Atomweight to Lightweight, and ten for male athletes, from Strawweight to Super Heavyweight. The World Championships will be conducted per the latest IMMAF Amateur rules. All six days of action will be available to stream on IMMAF’s OTT platform, IMMAF.TV, for fans all over the World.
The Coach Education and Certification course and Cutman Training, both led by IMMAF Director of Sport Development Andrew Moshanov, will take place before the start of the 2022 World Championships. The two-day program will take place from February 10-11 and will provide an insight into the practice and procedure of cutmen & cutwomen and the competency of youth MMA coaches.
Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate and can benefit from the opportunity of gaining experience by joining the World Championships organizing team through the IMMAF Volunteers program.
The best athletes, national federations, coaches, officials and more will be formally recognised at the 2022 IMMAF Amateur MMA Awards for their achievements and commitment to mixed martial artsduring the past year. The exclusive black-tie ceremony, which takes place on Feb. 15th, will gather representatives from over 63 national federations in addition to the IMMAF Board of Directors, staff members and media.
IMMAF’s Board of Directors invites IMMAF National Federations to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to discuss and vote on matters related to the future of Amateur MMA around the world.
IMMAF World Championships Week will culminate with BRAVE CF 69 on February 18, at Štark Arena in Novi Beograd. This is BRAVE Combat Federation’s first event of the year and a confirmation of its commitment to helping grow the booming Balkan MMA scene.
IMMAF is proud to foster a strong working relationship with BRAVE Combat Federation as both organisations work together to foster the development of the mixed martial arts worldwide. Since its inception in 2016, BRAVE CF, under the leadership of Mohammed Shahid and the vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa have become one of the most prominent and consistent professional organisations in world MMA.
IMMAF President Kerrith Brown said: “BRAVE Combat Federation is a long-time partner of IMMAF. We’ve established a prominent relationship between the two entities throughout the years and BRAVE has become a good platform for IMMAF athletes to continue their careers in MMA.”
IMMAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WEEK SCHEDULE
Friday, February 10
IMMAF Coach Education and Certification Course (Day 1) – Location TBC
IMMAF Cutmen Training and Certification Course (Day 1) – Location TBC
Saturday, February 11
IMMAF Coach Education and Certification Course (Day 2) – Location TBC
IMMAF Cutmen Training and Certification Course (Day 2) – Location TBC
2022 IMMAF World Championships Registration, Tournament Draw & Media Day – Location TBC
Sunday, February 12
2022 IMMAF World Championships – Bracket of 32 for Juniors & Seniors (11 am, local time) – Štark Arena
Monday, February 13
2022 IMMAF World Championships – Bracket of 16 for Juniors & Seniors (11 am, local time)
Tuesday, February 14
2022 IMMAF World Championships – Quarter Finals for Juniors & Seniors (11 am, local time) – Štark Arena
Wednesday, February 15
2022 IMMAF World Championships – Semi-Finals for Juniors & Seniors (11 am, local time) – Štark Arena
IMMAF Amateur MMA Awards – Location TBC
Thursday, February 16
2022 IMMAF World Championships – Finals for Juniors (5 pm, local time) & Medal Ceremonies – Štark Arena
Friday, February 17
2022 IMMAF World Championships – Finals for Seniors (5 pm, local time) & Medal Ceremonies – Štark Arena
IMMAF Annual General Meeting (9 am, local time) – Location TBC
Saturday, 18 February
BRAVE CF 69 – Štark Arena