Russian MMA Union Announces Plans for Women’s MMA Development

By IMMAF.org lead writer: Jorden Curran The Russian MMA Union recently announced that new steps have been taken to actively develop home grown amateur talent among women. Until now, the sole focus of the government regulatory body has been in men’s MMA, and with world leading success as tens-of-thousands of athletes compete across…

After World Championships Upset Team Sweden Coach Discusses Adapting For 2019

Pictured above: Steam Sweden’s Robin Roos, Andreas Gustafsson Berg and coach Jörgen Hamberg – via SMMAF|Photography Viking. By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran The world’s number-one ranked nation in Amateur MMA will arguably host its most significant national championships in years as the Swedish MMA Federation begins preparations for its national team and…

2018 Recap: Gase Sanita Makes History as First Female to Win a Second Amateur MMA World Title

Pictured above: Gase Sanita competes at #MMAWorlds2018 wearing the official Green Hill gold kit for reigning champions   By IMMAF.org lead writer/photographer Jorden Curran New Zealand’s Gase Sanita made history in 2018 as the first woman to win a second Amateur MMA world title, as she successfully retained the women’s lightweight gold medal…

Four Years in the Making, Raluca Dinescu Reflects on 2018 World Championships Triumph

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran December 16 marked the 18-year anniversary of Raluca Dinescu stepping into a martial arts gym for the first time. This year, she celebrated that memory as an Amateur MMA world champion. Dinescu, 32, clinched the senior women’s atomweight title in 2018 at the historic IMMAF-WMMAA Unified…

Delyan Georgiev, Bulgaria’s World Champion Takes Over Pound-For-Pound Rankings

Senior men’s featherweight world champion Delyan Georgiev took over as leader of the IMMAF pound-for-pound rankings after successfully retaining his crown at the 2018 Amateur MMA World Championships. The historic IMMAF-WMMAA Unified World Championships took place from 11-18 November in Manama, Bahrain, with finals taking place on November 17. Having also…

IMMAF Junior National Team Rankings: 2018 Review

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran With ranking points acquired from the 2018 European Open and World Junior Championships, the inaugural year of unified junior competition (athletes age 18-20) under IMMAF and WMMAA concludes. *Due to ongoing technical updates, individual division lists are pending while team rankings and pound-for-pound rankings are available for…

Conor McGregor congratulates Lee Hammond on Amateur MMA World Championships Triumph

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran Former two-weight UFC world champion Conor McGregor took to Instagram to congratulate SBG Ireland team mate Lee Hammond on winning his 2018 Senior Amateur MMA world title. Hammond, age 21, returned to the international amateur platform a year after withdrawing suddenly from the 2017 IMMAF World…