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…

INTENSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TEST AWAITS RUSSIA’S AMATEUR MMA WORLD CHAMPIONS

By IMMAF.org lead writer: Jorden Curran Russia’s gold medal winning standouts of the 2018 IMMAF-WMMAA World Championships will face their first major test as reigning world champions, in the Russian MMA Union National Championships. For Russia’s world champion athletes, a new pressure awaits with automatic qualification granted to the national finals,…

Amateur MMA World Champion Sharapudin Magomedov Wins Pro Debut

By IMMAF.org lead writer: Jorden Curran Russian athlete Sharapudin Magomedov completed a successful professional MMA debut in February, three months removed from his gold medal triumph at the 2018 IMMAF-WMMAA Amateur World Championships. Bantamweight competitor Magomedov secured a first round rear-naked-choke submission as the 24-year-old wrestling specialist featured on the…

MMA champions who have carried the Olympic flame

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran This week former UFC strawweight world champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk (pictured above, right) represented both her home nation and the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) as she carried the Olympic flame ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics, taking place Feb. 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Olympic flame, first introduced…

Eliezer Kubanza claims first IMMAF gold for Congo

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) saw the crowning of its first IMMAF gold medalist at the 2017 Africa Open Championships as welterweight competitor Eliezer Kubanza topped the 170lb bracket. In February IMMAF officially welcomed the Democratic Republic of Congo MMA Federation (DRCMMAF) as its national…