Italy’s Olympic Legacy Welcomes Youth MMA World Championships, Host Nation’s Vito Paolillo Discusses New Pathways Under a Perfect Setting

This week Italy is set to welcome over 260 young athletes from 27 competing nations as Rome hosts the inaugural IMMAF – WMMAA Youth MMA World Championships, from 3-4 August. Unified world governing body, IMMAF – WMMAA, once again teams with the Italian Grappling & MMA Federation (FIGMMA) to bring…

FIGMMA completes 9th Italian amateur MMA championships, 10 athletes tested by NADO-Italia

Hosted by the Italian Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts Federation (FIGMMA), the ninth edition of the Italian Amateur MMA Championships took place at the PalaOlgiata in Rome on March 25 with a record 338 competing athletes. The FIGMMA Italian Champions of 2018 are, in the Women’s categories: Giulia De Dominicis…

Italy’s Francesco Spinola bows out of amateur MMA with final national tournament win

Pictured: Spinola meets MMA legend Wanderlei Silva while in Bahrain for the 2017 IMMAF World Championships. By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran Italian national team veteran Francesco Spinola called time on his amateur MMA career last month as he sets his sights on turning professional. On January 27 the 22-year-old secured one…

FIGMMA & NADO Italia: ‘The biggest anti-doping programme for pro MMA outside of UFC/USADA’

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran Saverio Longo, President of the Italian Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts Federation (FIGMMA), believes that his country’s national governing body for MMA is showcasing the best anti-doping programme for professional MMA outside of the groundbreaking UFC-USADA partnership. In recent months FIGMMA has informed IMMAF of three…

FIGMMA announces single doping suspension following Venator Kingdom 2 event

The Italian Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts Federation (FIGMMA) has informed IMMAF of a single doping violation following tests carried out by Italy’s National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO Italy) at the Venator Kingdom 2 event in Milan on 12 December, 2017. Suspended Pro fighter: Raffaele D’Eligio  8 athletes were tested at…

Angelo Tarantini pioneers ‘new generation of cutman’ in Italy.

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran International cutman Angelo Tarantini (pictured above) was featured in Italy’s S&H Magazine on January 10, in an interview highlighting the importance of using certified and professional seconds for martial arts events. Tarantini served as a cutman at IMMAF championships throughout 2017, including the European Open,…

Italian MMA Federation (FIGMMA) issues doping suspensions for Venator Kingdom 1

The Italian Grappling MMA Federation (FIGMMA) has informed IMMAF of two doping suspensions issued to professional athletes following its sanctioning of the Venator Kingdom 1 event held on 14 October in Milan. FIGMMA serves as Italy’s official national governing body and is a representative of the International Mixed Martial Arts…

FIGMMA Italian Team Trials: Stage 2

On July 15 the second qualifying stage of FIGMMA’s Italian national team trials takes place in Rome. The second stage will be hosted by the Hung Mun Martial Society and welcomes representing athletes from registered FIGMMA clubs as they work their way to the national finals. As one of the busiest national…