USA Team of 12 Set Sights on First IMMAF-WMMAA Pan-American Championships

By IMMAF.org lead writer/photographer: Jorden Curran Team USA will dispatch its biggest squad of athletes to date outside of the Amateur MMA World Championships, as the nation targets the first IMMAF-WMMAA Pan-American Open Championships in May. The USA MMA Federation (UMMAF) has completed the registration of 12 standout amateur MMA contenders…

“I think it can go a long way”: UFC Contender Mike Grundy Discusses Potential of Regulation and Further Development of MMA

By IMMAF.org lead writer/photographer: Jorden Curran British MMA veteran Mike Grundy made his long awaited and highly anticipated UFC debut on March 16 in the promotion’s featherweight division. The 32-year-old Team Kaobon product from Wigan secured his 12th professional victory with a TKO stoppage over fellow British standout, Nad Narimani, on…

European Champion & World Silver Medalist, France’s Axel Sola Enters 2019 Oceania Open

By IMMAF.org lead writer, photographer: Jorden Curran France’s number-one amateur MMA contender, Axel Sola, is set to enter the 2019 IMMAF-WMMAA Oceania Open Championships, taking place in Auckland, New Zealand, from 13-14 April. Regarded among the world’s top amateur mixed martial artists, Sola stands as the world’s number-one ranked welterweight and holds…

Reign MMA

Promoter Karl Keller Talks Reign MMA & the Amateur Sport: What’s Next?

Promoter Karl Keller is buzzing following the recent debut of Reign MMA Championship in Dubai; his enthusiasm down the phone is tangible. The event was “his greatest experience in years” and “a lot of fun”, which he believes is essential. Untypically for a private, international promoter, Reign showcased amateur MMA. Launching with…

IMMAF-WMMAA Reaches 100 Licensed Coaches Milestone

Pictured: IMMAF director of development Andrew Moshanov (center) alongside Austrian national team coaches, Michael Ettl (left) & Gerhard Ettl (right) Last week IMMAF-WMMAA reached the milestone of confirming the world’s first 100 certified MMA coaches, recognised under the sport’s global governing body. “Coaches are the backbone of a sport,” IMMAF development…

UKMMAF Announces Biggest Women’s Team to Date for 2019 IMMAF-WMMAA Championships

Pictured above: IMMAF-WMMAA Junior World Championships gold medalist, Megan Morris By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran Last week the UK MMA Federation (UKMMAF) confirmed the names of 10 women (6 seniors, 4 juniors) selected to represent the national team at IMMAF-WMMAA international amateur championships in 2019. The UKMMAF is confident of…

Czech Republic Introduces World’s First University Amateur MMA Championships

In 2019 the MMA Association of the Czech Republic (MMAA) expands the sport’s integration with youth culture and participation development at the regional level, launching what is understood to be the world’s first university championships. In January, the first Czech students participated in the Academic Championships of the Czech Republic.…