FIGMMA has published the details of the Italian MMA Team applying to participate in the 2015 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA at UFC® International Fight Week. IMMAF is set to publish approved team lists shortly, prior to the competition. See below for Italian MMA team biographies and images: Strawweight: -52.2 kg (115 lbs.) – Maria Vittoria Colonna Maria Vittoria Colonna start practicing MMA one year ago after long career as an amatuer kickboxer, winning 2 national championships and spending 4 years on the national kickboxing team to fight in the 2010 World Combat Games. Maria Vittoria is a mother of a 2 year old child named Tommaso Leon, and works as a sport journalist. Flyweight: -56.7 kg (125 lbs.) – Micol Di Segni Micol di Segni works as a piercer in a tattoo shop and as a freelance tattoo model, while studying at the University of Sport and Movement. Micol started training few years ago, staring with BJJ and then moving onto MMA with her current Team, Hung Mun MMA. Micol earned a bronze medal at the 2014 IMMAF World Championships. Bantamweight: -61.2 kg (135 lbs) – Lucrezia Ria Lucrezia Ria is 22 years old, born in Udine and now living in Modena. She started judo at the age of 8, and at 17 she decided she wanted to become a more rounded martial artist, taking up kick boxing before MMA. Lucrezia studies Mechanical Engineering and her dream is to become motorcycle engineer. Lucrezia is a 2014 IMMAF bronze medalist. Bantamweight: -61.2 kg (135 lbs) – Marco Zannetti Born in l’Aquila, Marco Zannetti is studying Civil Engineering at the University of L’Aquila. Marco started training in karate at the age of 5, which he practised for 11 years before moving to kickboxing and then MMA. He trains every day in judo, BJJ and MMA. Featherweight: -65.8 kg (145 lbs.) – Andrea Chiappi Born in Rome, Andrea Chiappi is currently a student at the Law Faculty. He has previously practised Amateur boxing, judo and Muay Thai and is now training in MMA with the Hung Mun Studio Team. Lightweight: -70.3 kg (155 lbs.) – Davide Gregorio La Torre Davide Gregorio La Torre was born in Busto Arsizio and lives near Milan. He works for his father who owns a construction company. Davide started out boxing and then moved into MMA in 2012, training at Stabile Fight Team. He has competed at amateur level both in Italy and abroad, winning an Amateur title at World Extreme Champion in Florida. Welterweight: -77.1 kg (170 lbs.) – Ehsan Ghandchiler Born in Rome, Ehsan Ghandchiler is a weight lifter and works as an MMA instructor. Since childhood he has been big fan of Manga. His interest in Japanese Anime led him to martial arts and he started training in Muay Thai at the age of 16, and then Grappling. He then decided to also start competing in MMA as an amateur. A few years ago Ehsan became Vegan, a decision that completely changed his life and way of fighting. His idols are MMA fighters Masakazu Imanari and Manga character, Crili from Dragon Ball. Middleweight: -83.9 kg (185 lbs) – Asterio Lucchesini Born in Rome, Asterio Lucchesini is a Biomedical Engineer. He started martial arts with jeet kune do and kali but after being challenged by friends on the effectiveness of his martial arts, started to compete in K1 and Muay Thai. Asterio then progressed to competitive grappling and MMA. As an under 18, Asterio a was successful competitor in skiing and ice hockey. Outside of sports, he owna a shop in the city where he lives, Monterotondo. Light Heavyweight: -93.0 kg (205 lbs) – Paolo Anastasi Paolo Anastasi lives in Ancarano, and is studying Science and Technology at the University of Camerino. He started training in MMA in 2011 with Michele Maloni’s Allblacks Team, while he was also playing football. Feeling that the world of football was lacking the true sports values, he decided to dedicate himself to MMA, and began competing in both MMA and Grappling.