IMMAF President: ‘McGregor understands the importance of Amateur MMA’

Picture (from left to right): IMMAF President Kerrith Brown, UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor, and IMMAF CEO Densign White In early January IMMAF President Kerrith Brown and CEO Densign White were invited to lead a Judo class at Dublin’s world renowned SBG Ireland gym, home to UFC featherweight champion Conor…

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French Anti-doping Agency makes surprise call in on Amateur MMA team trials

The national team tryouts in France for the 2016 IMMAF World Championships took a surprising turn when the French Anti-doping Agency arrived unannounced to test the athletes. Hosted by the Commission Française de Mixed Martial Arts (CFMMA), the team trials took place last weekend on Sunday 31 January at Paris Fight Team…

Heikki Kaijalainen Replaces Jukka Paananen as Chairman of the Finnish MMA Federation

Picture: Featherweight gold medallist Jari Illikainen is lifted by his coach following victory at the 2014 IMMAF World Amateur Championships in Las Vegas. Earlier this month Jukka Paananen informed the IMMAF that he would be stepping down as Chairman of the Finnish Mixed Martial Arts Federation (FMMAF). Paananen provided a statement regarding the decision and…

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Jose Torres pro debut to air on UFC Fight Pass

Jose Torres‘ long awaited professional MMA debut has finally been announced by the fighter as ‘Shorty’ revealed details of the upcoming bout via social media. The bantamweight contender will make his professional debut with standout U.S. promotion Titan Fighting Championships on March 4 and the event will be available to view on…

DMMAF develops national ranking system

The Danish Mixed Martial Arts Federation have implemented a new points system starting from January 2016 that will streamline the nation’s best performing amateurs towards national titles and the IMMAF World Amateur Championships. The DMMAF announced this month that all fighters will begin 2016 with a score of 0, regardless…

IAPA completes youth & beginners MMA competition

Picture: Beginner athletes are briefed ahead of the day’s competition Earlier this month the Irish Amateur Pankration Association (IAPA) held an Amateur MMA tournament for beginner competitors from the ages of 13 upwards. The event was organized in collaboration with Team Ryano head coach Andy Ryan who hosted the competition…

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April bout confirmed for European Open silver medallist Warren Mason

Picture: Team UK coach John Maguire (far left), European Open silver medallist Warren Mason (centre, left), European Open champion Jake Bond (centre, right), and Team UK coach Nigel Burgess (far right). Doncaster’s Warren Mason is lined up for his next amateur contest on April 2 at the Leeds Town Hall where…

Johny Hendricks commits to better weight management

Having accepted the criticisms following his withdrawal from UFC 192 last October, former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks has committed to a change in lifestyle that will greatly reduce the amount of weight that he sheds in the build up to a fight, under the guidance of nutritionist Lou Giordano of LouTrition.…

Doctor’s perspective: Eye injuries in MMA

Picture: UFC icon Dan Henderson at the post-fight press conference following a TKO loss to Gegard Mousasi in 2015. A legal blow caused a cut inside the veteran’s eyelid and a swift stoppage from referee Leon Roberts arguably saved the fighter from permanent damage. Following last week’s coverage of the controversy surrounding…