On March 12 the Italian Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts Federation (FIGMMA) oversaw a preliminary qualification stage ahead of the 2016 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA. Taking place in Porto Azzurro under the banner of Storm FC, victorious athletes who successfully progressed to the next qualifying stage featured several IMMAF and 2015 Team Italy veterans, including bantamweight Marco Zannetti (European Open silver medalist & World Championships bronze medalist), middleweight Asterio Lucchesini (European Open bronze medalist), light-heavyweight Paolo Anastasi (World Championships & European Open bronze medalist) and featherweight European Open veteran Michele Martignoni. Scroll down for full results. Also in attendance at the Italian qualifiers was 2015 IMMAF World Champion Micol DiSegni (pictured below, left) who won gold for Italy at 125lbs in Las Vegas before turning professional with a successful debut in October under the banner of notable South African promotion EFC. The next stop for Italian athletes on their road to the IMMAF World Amateur Championships will be the the Italian Championship of MMA in Rome on April 17. Team Italy’s final eliminators to decide who will make their way to the 2016 World Championships are expected to take place in early May. FIGMMA Trial results – (3x3min Rounds – Amateur IMMAF) 145lbs – Michele MARTIGNONI (Hung Mun) vs Marco BIANCHI (Hung Mun) Michele MARTIGNONI wins by Unanimous Decision Referee Stefano Ghidoni 155lbs – Teodoro SCOLIERI (ARGEA Martial Arts) vs Emanuele SABATINO (Stabile Fight Team) Teodoro SCOLIERI wins by Unanimous Decision Referee Daniele PROIETTI 185lbs – Francesco RUTILI (Hung Mun) vs Asterio LUCCHESINI (Persevera) Asterio LUCCHESINI wins by Unanimous Decision Referee Stefano GHIDONI 170lbs – Gianluigi VENTORUZZO (Hung Mun) vs Ehsan GHANDCHILER (Ishi Ryoku) Gianluigi VENTORUZZO wins by Unanimous Decision Referee Stefano GHIDONI 155lbs – Francesco SPINOLA (Hung Mun) vs Teodoro SCOLIERI (ARGEA Martial Arts) Teodoro SCOLIERI wins by Triangle Choke RD1 01:40 Referee Daniele PROIETTI 205lbs – Roberto PESCHI (Bear’s Club) vs Paolo ANASTASI (Allblacks) Paolo ANASTASI wins by TKO RD1 01:49 Referee Daniele PROIETTI 135 lbs – Marco ZANNETI (Fulmen MMA) vs Giovanni PAVESE (ARGEA Martial Arts) Marco ZANNETTI wins by Unanimous Decision Referee Stefano GHIDONI 185lbs- Francesco RUTILI (Hung Mun) vs Lorenzo AURELI (War Horse Fight Clan) Francesco RUTILI wins by Unanimous Decision Referee Stefano GHIDONI 185lbs – Simone ROMAGNOLI (Hung Mun) vs Asterio LUCCHESINI (Persevera) Asterio LUCCHESINI wins by Unanimous Decision Referee Daniele PROIETTI 155lbs – Francesco SPINOLA (Hung Mun) vs Emanuele SABATINO (Stabile Fight Team) Emanuele SABATINO wins by Guillotine Choke RD3 01:10 Referee Daniele PROIETTI You can follow FIGMMA on Twitter @FIGMMA and for more information visit figmma.it.