The Saudi Mixed Martial Arts Federation (SMMAFKSA) launched its first national Youth MMA Championship last month at the Prince Faissal Bin Fahed Stadium in the capital city of Riyadh.
90 athletes (pictured above) from across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia gathered on July 18-19 to compete in their nation’s first domestic national championships for youths.
Saudi federation President, Aziz Julaidan (pictured), a former professional contender and Arabic MMA champion, stated : “I am very happy to focus on the grassroots of MMA and work with the youth who are the future. I promise to build this for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its future future world champs.”
Wissam Abi Nader, who sits on the IMMAF-WMMAA board of directors for Lebanon and Asia, commented:
“I am really happy that MMA is developing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia among the youth and grass roots of the sport. I have great confidence in the head of the federation, Aziz Julaidan, and look forward to seeing the nation’s talent evolve as Saudi MMA elevates to a higher level.”
IMMAF – WMMAA completed the inaugural Youth MMA World Championships in Rome from August 3-4, welcoming 26 competing national teams and over 250 athletes age 12 to 17.