INTENSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TEST AWAITS RUSSIA’S AMATEUR MMA WORLD CHAMPIONS

By IMMAF.org lead writer: Jorden Curran Russia’s gold medal winning standouts of the 2018 IMMAF-WMMAA World Championships will face their first major test as reigning world champions, in the Russian MMA Union National Championships. For Russia’s world champion athletes, a new pressure awaits with automatic qualification granted to the national finals,…

AMATEUR MMA WORLD CHAMPION SHARAPUDIN MAGOMEDOV WINS PRO DEBUT

By IMMAF.org lead writer: Jorden Curran Russian athlete Sharapudin Magomedov completed a successful professional MMA debut in February, three months removed from his gold medal triumph at the 2018 IMMAF-WMMAA Amateur World Championships. Bantamweight competitor Magomedov secured a first round rear-naked-choke submission as the 24-year-old wrestling specialist featured on the…

REGISTRATION OPENS: 2019 EUROPEAN & JUNIOR EUROPEAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

[London. 29 March 2019] Athlete registration opens today for the 2019 IMMAF – WMMAA European & Junior European Open Championships which take place in Rome from 18 to 23 June. President Saverio Longo of Host Federation, FIGMMA (Federazione Italiana Grappling Mixed Martial Arts), commented: ” I am very proud to be organising the IMMAF – WMMAA European Championships in…

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

By IMMAF.org lead writer: Jorden Curran British MMA veteran Mike Grundy made his long awaited and highly anticipated UFC debut on March 16 in the promotion’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…

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…