The IMMAF Amateur MMA European Open is fast approaching and over the past weekend members of the UKMMAF fight team rounded up a final set of victories ahead of the November 19 start date. Competing at the IBJJF London Open, Hardeep Rai achieved a gold medal in the blue belt middleweight division. In addition, Rai’s UK welterweight teammate Tom Mowle was in Amateur MMA action on the debut card of UFC veteran Brad Pickett’s Rise of Champions at The City Pavilion, also in London. In a 73kg catch-weight bout, Mowle defeated counterpart Philip Weaire-Gil by way of split decision on the judge’s scorecards. Completing the trio of victories, Welshman Aidan James snatched a first round stoppage under the banner of Pain Pit at the Newport Centre in Gwent, Wales. The featherweight contender took on Gavin Theo at 145lbs and secured a rear naked choke submission at 1:20 of the opening stanza.