How volunteers help make IMMAF championships a success

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran Each year IMMAF is fortunate to welcome enthusiastic volunteers worldwide who contribute to the backbone of each international championship event. In June, the operations of this year’s IMMAF Asian Open Championships in Singapore excelled thanks to the commitment of those stepping forward to dedicate their time, effort…

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Leah McCourt: An inspiring story for Northern Irish MMA

She was one of the biggest Amateur stars of the 2015 IMMAF European Open. Leah McCourt continues her inspiring journey, balancing sport and motherhood to once again capture Gold. McCourt claimed Northern Ireland’s only Gold medal last November. A strong Judo background definitive of her domination. Regardless of her recent…

World Silver Medalists Approach Pro Debuts

Picture: England’s James Duckett on his way to the IMMAF World Championships final.  A pair of IMMAF World Championships silver medal winners will make their professional MMA debuts this month. British World Championships and European Open middleweight veteran James Duckett recently announced his professional debut after spending the past month…

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Jose Torres on being ‘the most decorated amateur fighter in the world’

Ahead of his professional MMA debut on Titan FC 37, two time IMMAF World Bantamweight Champion Jose “Shorty” Torres discusses being ‘the most decorated amateur fighter in the world’. The following interview excerpts are exclusively from Torres’s upcoming appearance on War of the Words podcast; which will be available this Thursday. “They…

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Julia Dorny aims for IMMAF Gold and wants to help German MMA grow

Picture: Germany’s Julia Dorny (far right) takes her place on the podium at the IMMAF European Open Championships IMMAF World and European Bronze medalist Julia Dorny recaps her IMMAF European Open experience and talks about potentially turning pro and changing the perception of mixed martial arts in Germany. In November,…

European Open champion Jack Shore aims for pro debut

Picture: Jack Shore’s hand is raised in the lightweight final of the IMMAF European Open alongside silver medal winner Geir Kare Nyland IMMAF lightweight European Open champion Jack Shore has revealed his decision to turn professional on March 5th in Ebbw Vale, Gwent, Wales. An opponent is yet to be…

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Jake Bond recaps facing teammate Warren Mason in European Open Final

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). IMMAF.org recently caught up with flyweight gold medal winner Jake Bond following his triumph for Team UK at the…

2015 Medallists Review Part 1

Picture: Kazakhstan’s Nurtilek Konashov (left) facing the USA’s 2 x IMMAF world champion Jose Torres (right). 2015 saw the success of two global events welcoming nations from across the globe to this year’s IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA in Las Vegas, USA, and the inaugural European Open Championships in Walsall, England.…

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#WhereNowWednesday: Leah McCourt looks ahead to big 2016 super fight

2015 IMMAF European Open Championships Lightweight Gold medallist Leah McCourt would ‘love to fight the 145lb European winner’ Sanna Merta in her quest for more MMA experience. For #WhereNowWednesday, Northern Ireland’s McCourt recaps what she has been up to since taking Gold in Walsall, England. “I’m back to my routine, training…

Haraldur Nelson expresses pride in Team Iceland success: “Some say it’s the Viking gene”

Iceland’s IMMAF European Open champions, Sunna Rannveig and Bjarki Thor Palsson. Haraldur Nelson, President of the Icelandic MMA Federation, has expressed his pride following Iceland’s competitive debut under the IMMAF banner at last month’s inaugural European Open Championships. IMMAF discussed prior to the European Open that Team Iceland were soon…