Live at The Sun Online & L’Equipe: 2019 IMMAF World Champs Finals

WHERE TO WATCH LIVE ONLINE:
2019 MMA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FINALS

· THE SUN ONLINE (FREE-TO-VIEW) – UK, IRELAND, USA, AUSTRALIA & CANADA
· L’EQUIPE (FREE-TO VIEW) – FRANCE
· ALL 5 DAYS AVAILABLE ONLY AT IMMAF.TV (PPV) – WORLDWIDE

WATCH the Senior Championships Finals of the 2019 IMMAF | WMMAA World Championships of Amateur MMA live online at The Sun Online in the UK, Ireland, USA, Australia and Canada or at L’Equipe in France on Saturday 16 November from 11am UTC +3 [est. 6 hours runtime].

The Championship Finals sees the culmination of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation’s flagship, 5-day, nation vs nation tournament with 440 competitors from 50 countries across 16 weight divisions (male and female) in Senior and Junior categories. Programming includes medals ceremonies for Gold, Silver and two Bronze awardees in each division.

The competition is underway this week at the Khalifa Sports City Arena, in Manama, Bahrain from 11 – 14, and 16 November.

 All days of competition are available to watch via pay-per-view and subscription offer at IMMAF.TV.

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is the only legitimate, global governing body for amateur MMA, seeking official sport recognition with the vision of seeing MMA into the Olympic Games. All matches take place under Unified Amateur MMA Rules

IMMAF President Kerrith Brown said:

“We are excited to announce the streaming of our Senior Championships Finals at The Sun Online and L’Equipe These platforms will give a wider audience the opportunity to enjoy the high octane, entertainment value of elite, international level, amateur MMA.

“Our tournament format demands athletes to compete up to five days in a week against opponents selected by draw and our competitors may compete more than twenty-times a year. Many return to IMMAF over a number of years, some to medal or Champion multiple times. Because of their incomparable experience, IMMAF Champions are becoming increasingly headhunted by the big, international pro shows. Here’s where MMA fans can expect to catch some of tomorrow’s stars first.

“I would like to thank our IMMAF TV platform partner, Sportradar, for facilitating additional live streaming to these brand-name media platforms.”

Senior Female Athlete of The Year Nominee: Alexandra Kovács (2019 Amateur MMA Awards)

The culmination of a dominant amateur career came together for Hungary’s Alexandra Kovács in 2018.

Team Hungary’s greatest amateur MMA product has cast a commanding figure over the IMMAF platform ever since her 2016 European Open debut where she bested a trio of the flyweight division’s leading faces, including that of former world champion Gabriella Ringblom, who found herself dissected by the Kempo specialist.

Kovács went on to win the European Open gold medal for a second time in 2017 and headed into the year’s World Championships as the heavy favorite for the women’s flyweight gold. However, Kovács’ momentum was halted upon going the distance with Brazil’s Michele Oliveira. Despite the final round ending with Kovács in control on the ground and raining down strikes, Brazil’s Oliveira had done enough to secure a scorecards victory and would go on to win the world title with Kovács awarded bronze.

The year of Kovács at the IMMAF World Championships came in 2018 where she took no prisoners. The 28-year-old enacted her most impressive form to date as she stormed through all comers, including reigning European gold medalist Janika Antinmaa, to force a trio of TKO stoppages.

Kovacs’ ground game remained devastatingly precise as she continued to collect TKO stoppages.

As the competition grew tougher each year, so did Kovács, expanding her European Open legacy to complete a take-over of the World Championships. Hungary’s greatest export performed a surgical dissection of her rivals on the international amateur platform, showcasing her her sniper-like kempo style of unsettling push kicks, precision strikes and hip tosses with the exclamation point of an unrelenting killer instinct on the ground.

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) and World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA) host the 2019 Amateur MMA Awards on Thursday 14 November during the 2019 IMMAF | WMMAA Unified World Championships in Manama.

Senior Female Athlete of The Year nominations include:

• Nina Back (Sweden)
2018 World Championships: silver
2019 European Open: silver

• Alish Smith (Australia)
2019 Oceania Open: gold
2019 Asian Open: gold

 Gase Sanita (New Zealand)
2018 World Championships: gold

• Alexandra Kovacs (Hungary)
2018 World Championships: gold

By IMMAF.org lead writer/photographer: Jorden Curran

Watch Live & On-Demand: 2019 MMA World Championships

AT IMMAF.TV

  • 5 DAYS OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS ACTION FROM BAHRAIN
  • 11 – 14 & 16 NOVEMBER 2019, FROM 11AM (UTC +3)
  • 1st DAY FREE: PPV FROM €4.99 (EARLY BIRD)

WATCH the 2019 MMA World Championships live at immaf.tv on 11 – 14, & 16 November from 11am UTC +3, as the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF | WMMAA) presents 5 days of nation vs nation, amateur combat sports action from Manama, Bahrain.

Taking place at the Khalifa Sports City Arena, the 2019 IMMAF | WMMAA World & Junior World Championships is set to showcase 452 athletes from 51 nations across the two tournaments, in 16 weight divisions (male and female). The matches will play out across up to 4 cages at a time to an estimated daily run time of about 7 hours.

All matches take place under Unified Amateur MMA Rules.

Go to immaf.org for information about competing National Teams and other competition information

STREAMING SCHEDULE

Monday 11          Round 32 for Seniors / Round 16 for Juniors

Tuesday 12         Round 16 for Seniors / Round 8 for Juniors

Wednesday 13    Round 8 for Seniors / Round 4 for Juniors (semi- finals)

Thursday 14        Round 4 for Seniors (Semi Finals) / Finals for Juniors and Medals Awards

Saturday 16        Finals for Seniors, Medals Awards and Closing Ceremony

VIEWING INFORMATION

The 2019 IMMAF | WMMAA World & Junior World Championships will be available for audiences around the world to watch LIVE and on demand 11 – 14, & 16 November from 11am (UTC + 3) daily from just €4.99 (Early Bird).

ALL matches will be uploaded to the platform this month and will be available as part of the pay-per-view package.

Matches schedule information for each ring will be published daily throughout the Championships at immaf.org full tournament information available at mynextmatch.com

PRICING

  • Day 1 (11 November) is FREE to view
  • Take advantage of the Early Bird offer before 12 November

“Early Bird” offer (until the 11 November) After 11 November
Championship Pass – € 4.99 Season Pass – € 12.99   Championship Pass – € 9.99 Season Pass – € 34.99  


IMMAF.TV PACKAGES

Championship PASS:

  • Watch the live stream in HD quality from ALL DAYS of a specific tournament.
  • Access to watch all videos on demand from that tournament

Special Offer: 
                    € 9.99
 (or € 4.99 Early Bird before 20 June)

2019 Season Subscription:

  • Watch every live stream and video on-demand in HD quality brought to you by IMMAF in 2019 Season.

Special Offer:
                  € 34.99
 (or € 12.99 Early Bird before 20 June)

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Senior Female Athlete of The Year Nominee: Gase Sanita (2019 Amateur MMA Awards)

Gase Sanita cemented her legacy last year on the international IMMAF platform. As the most formidable product of the New Zealand national team, she set herself apart as the most successful woman in World Championships history, equally the two-time gold medalist record.

At the 2018 World Championships, Sanita became the first woman to earn a second gold medal at the IMMAF World Championships to continue her reign from 2017. She joins the iconic list of two-time world champions and pioneers of amateur MMA’s premier level, alongside Jose Torres (USA), Will Starks (USA), Irman Smajic (Sweden) and Delyan Georgiev (Bulgaria.) Sanita reigned for two years as the powerhouse of the women’s lightweight division.

Sanita’s 2017 showing displayed impressive boxing savvy, working hard as the shorter athlete bullying her way to the inside with great effect. While her 2018 campaign saw less striking exchanges, her evident physical strength was ever prominent and truly menacing as she forced back-to-back first round submission stoppages in the semi-finals and final.

Taking on Chinese striker Yudan Bao, the Kiwi world champion remained busy as the pair exchanged fists. Sanita controlled the distance with level changes and speed before clinching. Sanita’s strength was unanswered as she utilized the body lock to methodically walk Bao across the cage to the fence before hoisting Bao into the air for a high-crotch takedown. From there, double hooks set up the rear-naked-choke submission with forceful hip pressure leaving Bao no choice but to tap with her feet.

Sanita faced towering Russian
Polina Kobzeva in the 2018 World Championships final

The strength of Sanita’s clinch-game and submission application was showcased once more, in the World Championships final against towering Russian Polina Kobzeva. Sanita ducked under the early barrage of strikes to secure double under-hooks followed by an outside trip takedown.

While Kobzeva maintained a half-guard, it was no match for Sanita’s pressure. Despite the Russian’s defense, Sanita adjusted her posture to secure an arm-triangle choke with incredible effectiveness, enough to render Kobzeva unconscious.

2018 World Championships: Women’s Lightweight medalists

At age 29 Sanita turned professional earlier this year having continued to blaze the trail for Team Zealand, who since 2016 have maintained their place within the World Championships finals producing gold medalists successively since 2016.

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) and World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA) host the 2019 Amateur MMA Awards on Thursday 14 November during the 2019 IMMAF | WMMAA Unified World Championships in Manama.

Senior Female Athlete of The Year nominations include:

• Nina Back (Sweden)
2018 World Championships: silver
2019 European Open: silver

• Alish Smith (Australia)
2019 Oceania Open: gold
2019 Asian Open: gold

 Gase Sanita (New Zealand)
2018 World Championships: gold

• Alexandra Kovacs (Hungary)
2018 World Championships: gold

By IMMAF.org lead writer/photographer: Jorden Curran

Senior Female Athlete of The Year Nominee: Alish Smith (2019 Amateur MMA Awards)

It has not been an easy journey for Australia’s Alish Smith, yet her undeterred dedication in the face of frustrating results has seen the young contender remain a prominent fixture at the international level and in 2019 the 23-year-old picked up her first international accolades on the IMMAF platform.

Representing the Aussie national team, Smith has been a consistent supporter of IMMAF championships since 2017 and remains committed to seeking out competition at the elite amateur level. Having been stopped only once, way back in 2017 by Swedish world silver medalist Anja Saxmark, subsequent mixed results do not tell her full story with the striking specialist consistently going the distance against standout medal winners, time and again battling with heart and talent yet coming up short on the scorecards.

On Day 2 of the 2018 World Championships, a knockout win over Ukraine’s Olga Volkova showed the potential of Smith’s striking and power of a well timed counter shot.

Despite facing elimination in the World Championships quarter-finals, Smith would go on to bounce back and turn heads as she hit the ground running in 2019, picking up gold at both the Oceania Open and Asia Open championships, besting Australia’s Jacinta Austin and China’s Huihua Ni in respective finals, taking her progression even further with exciting displays of counter grappling and control on the ground which contributed greatly the breakthrough performances that saw her take to the podium and climb the world rankings.

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) and World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA) host the 2019 Amateur MMA Awards on Thursday 14 November during the 2019 IMMAF | WMMAA Unified World Championships in Manama.

Senior Female Athlete of The Year nominations include:

Nina Back (Sweden)
2018 World Championships: silver
2019 European Open: silver

• Alish Smith (Australia)
2019 Oceania Open: gold
2019 Asian Open: gold

 Gase Sanita (New Zealand)
2018 World Championships: gold

• Alexandra Kovacs (Hungary)
2018 World Championships: gold

By IMMAF.org lead writer: Jorden Curran