2021 IMMAF World Championships

  • 24 – 29 JANUARY 2022

See list of athletes by national team

See list of athletes by weight division



Tournament Brackets


Watch the 2021 IMMAF World Championships streamed live from Abu Dhabi at immaf.tv from 24 to 29 January 2022. Competition will begin at 11:000 hours (UTC +4) local time from Monday to Thursday. Finals days on both Friday and Saturday will begin from 17:00 hours local time (UTC +4).

Hosted by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu and MMA Federation, with backing from the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and in partnership with Palms Sports, IMMAF’s annual flagship tournament is to take place at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena in Zayed Sports City, near UFC Fight Island (Yas Island).

With gold, silver and bronze medals available across 16 male and female weight categories in Junior and Senior divisions, the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation’s nations tournament will play out across up to 4 cages over 6 days.

467 athletes have applied to compete so far from 39 countries ahead of the 23 December deadline for entry. Registered nations include Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Guyana, India, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Nepal, Poland, Polynesia, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine and USA. The full list of national teams and athletes will be published after registration closes with the viewing schedule to finalised.

Competition hours for each day will be as follows. Note that the Awarding Ceremony will take place the same day as the finals.

Monday, 11am (UTC +4): Bracket of 32 for Juniors & Seniors (4 cages)
Estimated run time, 8:15 hrs & 126 bouts

Tuesday, 11am (UTC +4): Bracket of 16 for Juniors & Seniors (4 cages)
Estimated run time, 8:00hrs & 120 bouts

Wednesday, 11am (UTC +4): Quarter Finals for Juniors & Seniors (4 cages)
Estimated run time, 5:45hrs & 80 bouts

Thursday, 11am (UTC +4): Semi Finals for Juniors & Seniors (4 cages)
Estimated run time, 3:00hrs & 60 bouts

Friday, 5pm (UTC +4): Junior Finals and Awarding Ceremony (1 cage)
Estimated run time, 6:00hrs & 16 bouts

Saturday, 5pm (UTC +4): Senior Finals and Awarding Ceremony (1 cage)
Estimated run time, 6:00hrs & 16 bouts

The 2021 IMMAF Amateur MMA Awards is to take place on the evening of Thursday 27 January 2022 at the Millenium Al Rawdah hotel in Abu Dhabi. The invitation-only, black-tie event commences at 19:00hrs local time. 

The event will mark IMMAF’s first World Championships in two years, after COVID-19 put a stop to competition in 2020. However, returning medallists and new Rising Stars made their mark in 2021 at the European Championships and World Cup Prague, establishing compelling rivalries expected to play out at a highly competitive and not-to-be-missed tournament in Abu Dhabi.


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