Olympic gold medalist Farid Mansurov praises IMMAF champion Sanan Safarli

Following a breakthrough performance at the 2017 IMMAF European Open Championships, amateur Flyweight gold medalist Sanan Safarli (pictured above) was recently honored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 2004 Olympic wrestling gold medalist and head of the National Sports Department, Mr. Farid Mansurov, praised Safarli,…

Smajic becomes first Men’s competitor to win IMMAF gold in two weight divisions

Sweden’s Irman Smajic became the first Men’s competitor to win a championship gold medal in two separate weight divisions when he triumphed at the 2017 IMMAF European Open Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Smajic, who had previously earned European Open silver as a Heavyweight (-265lbs) in both 2015 and 2016, achieved his…

20-year-old champion Ferdun Osmanov will battle 22 rivals at the 2017 IMMAF European Open

Pictured above: 2016 European Open Men’s lightweight medalists, from left to right – Lee Hammond (Silver, Ireland), Ferdun Osmanov (Gold, Bulgaria), Milad Ahady (Bronze, UK), Alexander O’Sullivan (Bronze, Ireland) Last year 20-year-old Bulgarian Ferdun Osmanov triumphed over 22 rival competitors to be crowned the 2016 IMMAF European Open Men’s lightweight…

265lb World Champion joins 19-year-old prodigy in European Open Super-Heavyweight bracket

Pictured above: IMMAF World Heavyweight Champion Irman Smajc  Amateur Super-Heavyweight Atanas Krastanov (pictured below, right) emerged at last year’s IMMAF European Open Championships and took home the gold medal at just 19 years of age. The 280lb Bulgarian returns this year to defend his title on home soil at the 2017…

What is the IMMAF Talent Pathway & Development System?

Pictured above: Head official Marc Goddard briefs over 200 competing athletes at the 2016 IMMAF World Championships in Las Vegas, USA. IMMAF’s pioneering Talent Pathway and Development System (or “progression scheme”) introduces an essential framework for MMA, in line with the required certification pathways of all regulated sports. As of February 2017, the MMA Talent Pathway…