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…

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…

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…

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IMMAF – WMMAA Pro Transfers: Who’s Gone Where?

Last night, 2015 IMMAF World Champion Minna Grusander (Finland) headlined in the professional atomweight title bout at Invicta FC, to lose on split decision, following in the footsteps of 2015 European Champion Sunna  Davidsdottir (Iceland) who is currently on a win streak with the same promotion. Meanwhile, last weekend, Welshman and 2015 IMMAF…

Delyan Georgiev, Bulgaria’s World Champion Takes Over Pound-For-Pound Rankings

Senior men’s featherweight world champion Delyan Georgiev took over as leader of the IMMAF pound-for-pound rankings after successfully retaining his crown at the 2018 Amateur MMA World Championships. The historic IMMAF-WMMAA Unified World Championships took place from 11-18 November in Manama, Bahrain, with finals taking place on November 17. Having also…

IMMAF Junior National Team Rankings: 2018 Review

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran With ranking points acquired from the 2018 European Open and World Junior Championships, the inaugural year of unified junior competition (athletes age 18-20) under IMMAF and WMMAA concludes. *Due to ongoing technical updates, individual division lists are pending while team rankings and pound-for-pound rankings are available for…

Movers and Shakers: Senior Team Rankings End of Year Update

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran After the grandest world championships to date, IMMAF’s official rankings have welcomed the first wave of junior contenders, a new senior pound-for-pound king, and the imposing emergence of a major new player in the international team standings. In the aftermath of the 2018 IMMAF-WMMAA Unified World…

Conor McGregor congratulates Lee Hammond on Amateur MMA World Championships Triumph

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran Former two-weight UFC world champion Conor McGregor took to Instagram to congratulate SBG Ireland team mate Lee Hammond on winning his 2018 Senior Amateur MMA world title. Hammond, age 21, returned to the international amateur platform a year after withdrawing suddenly from the 2017 IMMAF World…