Heikki Kaijalainen Replaces Jukka Paananen as Chairman of the Finnish MMA Federation

Picture: Featherweight gold medallist Jari Illikainen is lifted by his coach following victory at the 2014 IMMAF World Amateur Championships in Las Vegas. Earlier this month Jukka Paananen informed the IMMAF that he would be stepping down as Chairman of the Finnish Mixed Martial Arts Federation (FMMAF). Paananen provided a statement regarding the decision and…

IMMAF champion Sanna Merta discusses MMA and family life balance

Picture: IMMAF European Open featherweight champion Sanna Merta Following her featherweight gold medal triumph at the 2015 IMMAF European Open Championships, Finland’s Sanna Merta spoke with IMMAF.org to recap her trio of victories and discussed how she manages to balance training with family commitments. Merta also responded to the proposal of Northern Ireland’s lightweight…

Finland dominates gold count at IMMAF European Open

Picture: Varpu Rinne takes a unanimous decision win over Candian Eloise Picard. The IMMAF European Open Championships of Amateur MMA concluded yesterday, November 22, with a total of 13 gold medal championships being awarded to victorious athletes at the pinnacle of their journey in Birmingham. There is no question that the Scandinavian…

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Finland’s strength in numbers at the IMMAF European Open

For the IMMAF European Open Championships, Finland’s national amateur MMA team will make their way to the UK as the largest competing body with a squad of 18 fighters, including the most diverse Women’s lineup spanning five athletes across four weight divisions. With Finland currently ranked 7th as a nation in the…

Injury postpones Tuukka Repo’s pro debut

Finland’s Tuukka Repo was sadly forced to withdraw from competing last week at “Cage 32” in Helsinki, Finland. The October 23 card was set to mark the professional debut of Repo, an amateur veteran who claimed silver at July’s IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA in Las Vegas, USA. Repo achieved three impressive victories at…

Grusander wins thrilling battle in pro debut

IMMAF gold medallist Minna Grusander successfully completed her professional debut over the weekend in thrilling fashion at FNF 10 in Turku, Finland. MMAViking.com covered the FNF 10 event and recapped Grusander’s impressive and memorable battle with Swedish opponent Iman Darabi. “IMMAF world champion Minna Grusander stepped into the cage for the first…

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Tryouts round up ahead of IMMAF European Open

As the IMMAF European Open Championships approaches, from November 19-22, so does the October 16 deadline for competitor entries. Over the past weekend several IMMAF member nations held their national tryouts in order to determine their squad of athletes who will compete across the various weight classes at the IMMAF European Open in Birmingham, England.…

IMMAF on the Move: Finnish MMA – Interview

The Finnish MMA Federation (FMMAF) or “Suomen Vapaaotteluliitto ry” stands true to its motto, “Be humble and work hard”. Despite achieving two gold medals and a bronze through their first participation at the World Championships in 2014, Finland wants to achieve yet more in 2015. Their credentials are good, so watch this…

MMA Finnish Open 2014

 The Finnish Mixed Martial Arts Federation, Suomen Vapaaotteluliitto ry, recently held the MMA Finnish Open on 29th- 30th November. The Amateur championship event was open to competitors from Europe and took place at RNC Sport Club in Martinhalli, Hyvinkää.   Adults competed under IMMAF Amateur rules, which are now replacing former Finnish B-class rules…