The inaugural under -18s tournament will take place at the PalaPellicone in Rome over the weekend of 3 to 4 August, with Check-In Day on 2 August. Those interested in competing should apply through their national affiliated federation.
Unified world MMA governing body, IMMAF – WMMAA, published its Youth MMA rule sets in February, following a unanimous board decision to disallow head strikes for under 18s.
The rules see a modification of the IMMAF – WMMAA Amateur MMA Rules with respect to the physiological development of the following three age categories, as advised by IMMAF – WMMAA’s expert medical, coaching and regulatory committees.
• IMMAF Youth A 16-17s (U18)
• IMMAF Youth B 14-15s (U16)
• IMMAF Youth C 12-13s (U14)
WATCH IMMAF – WMMAA YOUTH MMA RULES VIDEO (U18s)
Regulatory Affairs Director Marc Goddard walks through the IMMAF – WMMAA Youth MMA rulesets for U18s competition: