12 – 14 MAY, BIRMINGHAM DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: 28 APRIL Amateur MMA competitors are invited to take part in the BAMMA – UKMMAF National Amateur MMA Championships at BodyPower Expo UK 2017 in Birmingham NEC, 12 – 14 May. The Championships serve as try-outs for the UK Amateur MMA squad, with opportunities to compete in International Mixed Martial Arts Federation events including the 2016 IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain in November, the 2016 Africa Open Championships in South Africa in August and next year’s IMMAF European Open. IMMAF events are broadcast on BT Sport and Extreme Sports Channel in Europe. The tournament equally puts aspiring talent in front of BAMMA decision makers and UKMMAF athlete sponsors. There are gold, silver and bronze medals available in each weight category, and the competition provides the opportunity to compete in multiple bouts enabling Amateurs to gain valuable experience. All matches are held under IMMAF Amateur MMA Rules (3 x 3 minutes), with shin guards. IMMAF President Kerrith Brown said: “National Championships are the proving ground for Amateurs wanting to compete at IMMAF World and Continental Championship events worldwide. When they turn pro, IMMAF champions are quickly getting snapped up by leading professional promotions worldwide including renowned UFC feeder shows. I strongly recommend that ambitious MMA competitors sign up to the UKMMAF nationals, as a tried and tested pathway to accelerating their MMA career and gaining unrivalled competition experience.” BAMMA VP of Talent Relations, Jude Samuel, said: “As a matchmaker, I most rate competitors who are willing to test their skills in UKMMAF and IMMAF tournaments. These are fighters who are willing to test themselves against anybody and who will have the best experience behind them when they turn Pro. I keep a close watch on new Amateur talent coming up through ranks when I’m scouting for future BAMMA stars. Any Amateurs hoping to fight on BAMMA in the future, don’t miss out on this opportunity to get spotted.” Sign Up Contact: Entry Criteria and Information Please go to: Cost of Entry 1. Competitor entry fee: £40, includes; – 2 x Complimentary tickets into Bodypower Exhibition (one day pass for fighter and coach) – 2 x Complimentary BAMMA 29 tickets for the Friday 12th May event at the Genting Arena – Safe MMA membership (for event only) 2. Medical examination + bloodwork Rewind to 2016: Dan Hardy interviews boxer David Haye at last year’s BAMMA – UKMMAF National Championships at BodyPower Expo:   ABOUT THE UKMMAF The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) is a Non-Profit Organisation registered as a Limited company by guarantee. The purpose of UKMMAF is to further the development and recognition of the sport of mixed martial arts in the UNITED KINGDOM, enabling Amateur National Competitions, education of coaches and officials, supporting affiliated member clubs and regulation of sanctioned events, ensuring the highest safety standards for all those involved in MMA. The UKMMAF is a recognised member of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation. ABOUT BAMMA BAMMA is the premier provider of Mixed Martial Arts entertainment in the United Kingdom promoting the cream of upcoming British talent alongside international stars.  Debuting on 27 June 2009, BAMMA has since attained unprecedented TV viewing figures for its arena events. BAMMA 4: Reid vs Watson reached a live domestic audience of 865,000 on Bravo TV in 2010 and BAMMA’s broadcasts on 5✪ , Channel 5 and Spike have also attracted unrivalled viewing figures domestically, while BAMMA can boast an extensive broadcast footprint globally.

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