Heavyweight World Champion Irman Smajic Targets Super-Heavyweight Challenge

Above: IMMAF World Heavyweight Champion Irman Smajic, photo by Jorden Curran Reigning IMMAF World Heavyweight Amateur Champion Irman Smajic has revealed to IMMAF.org that he plans to take on new challenges in 2017 by joining the +265lb Super-Heavyweight division. The Swedish Heavyweight conquered IMMAF’s 2016 World Championships in Las Vegas with an…

SMMAF president: ‘Structure fuels the success of Swedish MMA’

Pictured above: Sweden’s 2016 IMMAF World Champions, from left to right – Gabriella Ringblom (Flyweight), Cornelia Holm (Bantamweight) and Irman Smajic (Heavyweight). Following completion of the 2016 IMMAF All Africa Open Championships in early September, Sweden’s national amateur MMA team has excelled at the summit of IMMAF’s international amateur rankings,…

Rostem Akman: ‘Winning IMMAF medal felt like the Olympics’

Swedish amateur middleweight Rostem Akman may be the perfect example of what the IMMAF’s amateur platform is all about; a competetive grass roots developmental scene where you are not defined by your losses, perhaps not even by victories, but in your display of patience, progression and dedication to being an…

World & European silver medallist Anja Saxmark is hungry for gold in 2016!

Through 2015, Swedish flyweight contender Anja Saxmark was one of the most consistently successful athletes to compete across the IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA in July, and the IMMAF European Open Championships in November. Having reached the final on both occasions to eventually claim a pair of silver medals, Saxmark…

Saxmark’s comeback victory on road to European Open Silver medal

Picture: Anja Saxmark takes victory over Inka Auvinen Anja Saxmark, representing team Sweden, entered the 2015 IMMAF European Championships of Amateur MMA as one of the favourites to claim the 125lb Gold medal. At the 2015 IMMAF World Championships in July, during UFC International Fight Week in Las Vegas, Saxmark picked up a…

Akman claims European Gold after first round exit in Vegas

Picture, left to right: Marius Hakonsen (Silver), Rostem Akman (Gold), Asterio Lucchesini (Bronze), James Duckett (Bronze). The life of an amateur Mixed Martial Artist is far removed from that of a professional striving for their route to the sport’s pinnacle. As an Amateur MMA contender, athletes are gifted the opportunity to…