Ringblom returns, top Swedes in contention to be P4P no.1

Reigning IMMAF World and Africa Open champion Gabriella Ringblom (above) makes her long awaited return to competition next month at the 2017 IMMAF Asian Open Championships in Singapore. The 30-year-old Swedish amateur standout and former pound-for-pound no.1 has been out of action with injury setbacks since last competing at the 2016 European Open final last November in Prague.

In her absence the world champion Swede has slipped to the no.3 position in IMMAF’s pound-for-pound world rankings however, Ringblom remains the world’s top ranked competitor at 125lbs, just ahead of top rival and European Open champion Alexandra Kovacs.

A gold medal triumph in Singapore would be more than enough for Ringblom to again clinch the pound-for-pound crown currently held by Sweden’s Cornelia Holm. Holm, the 2016  IMMAF bantamweight World champion, revealed her decision to pursue a professional career after securing a second consecutive European Open gold medal at the 2017 Championships in Sofia earlier this year.

However, Ringblom will not be without competition bidding for amateur MMA’s highest rank. Also in close contention is heavyweight World champion Irman Smajic who returns to the -265lb bracket after also entering the 2017 European Open where he secured gold as a +265lb super-heavyweight.

With Ringblom set to enter the Asian Open tournament as the top flyweight seed, the number 2 seed position goes to fellow Swede and number 4 ranked flyweight Anja Saxmark, herself a 2015 World and European Open silver medalist and 2017 European Open bronze medalist.

The 2017 IMMAF Asian Open Championships in Singapore will be held in partnership with the UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation. The Championships form part of UFC Fight Night Singapore’s week long fan activities leading up to its highly anticipated live event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday June 17 2017.

The IMMAF Asian Open Championships will take place from June 12 -16 at Marina Bay Sands hotel as IMMAF’s first championship in Asia supported by the UFC’s on-going commitment to developing MMA in the region.

For live team developments and results visit MyNextMatch.com.

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

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Ringblom returns, top Swedes in contention to be P4P no.1

Reigning IMMAF World and Africa Open champion Gabriella Ringblom (above) makes her long awaited return to competition next month at the 2017 IMMAF Asian Open Championships in Singapore. The 30-year-old Swedish amateur standout and former pound-for-pound no.1 has been out of action with injury setbacks since last competing at the 2016 European Open final last November in Prague.

In her absence the world champion Swede has slipped to the no.3 position in IMMAF’s pound-for-pound world rankings however, Ringblom remains the world’s top ranked competitor at 125lbs, just ahead of top rival and European Open champion Alexandra Kovacs.

A gold medal triumph in Singapore would be more than enough for Ringblom to again clinch the pound-for-pound crown currently held by Sweden’s Cornelia Holm. Holm, the 2016  IMMAF bantamweight World champion, revealed her decision to pursue a professional career after securing a second consecutive European Open gold medal at the 2017 Championships in Sofia earlier this year.

However, Ringblom will not be without competition bidding for amateur MMA’s highest rank. Also in close contention is heavyweight World champion Irman Smajic who returns to the -265lb bracket after also entering the 2017 European Open where he secured gold as a +265lb super-heavyweight.

With Ringblom set to enter the Asian Open tournament as the top flyweight seed, the number 2 seed position goes to fellow Swede and number 4 ranked flyweight Anja Saxmark, herself a 2015 World and European Open silver medalist and 2017 European Open bronze medalist.

The 2017 IMMAF Asian Open Championships in Singapore will be held in partnership with the UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation. The Championships form part of UFC Fight Night Singapore’s week long fan activities leading up to its highly anticipated live event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday June 17 2017.

The IMMAF Asian Open Championships will take place from June 12 -16 at Marina Bay Sands hotel as IMMAF’s first championship in Asia supported by the UFC’s on-going commitment to developing MMA in the region.

For live team developments and results visit MyNextMatch.com.

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

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Undefeated duo lead home nation Singapore into IMMAF Asian Open

Undefeated featherweight contender Charles Lew will lead home nation Singapore into next month’s 2017 IMMAF Asian Open Championships alongside 20-year-old bantamweight up and comer Lim Zhen Teng (pictured above), both products of Evolve MMA.

Last April IMMAF announced that the Mixed Martial Arts Federation of Singapore (MMAFS) as the latest national governing body to secure membership under the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation umbrella. Established in 2013, MMAFS is now the leading governing body for the sport of MMA in Singapore.

25-year-old Lew represents team Singapore in the nation’s debut appearance at an IMMAF championships competition. He brings the momentum of being a 5-0 undefeated challenger with three submission victories alongside two TKO stoppages. The young Lim Zhen Teng has also made an undefeated start to his amateur career, currently 4-0-1 with a pair of TKO victories and one majority draw when competing overseas in the UK. You can get to know ‘ZT’ in the video below.

Each Singapore representative with enter his bracket as an unseeded contender.

The 2017 IMMAF Asian Open Championships in Singapore will be held in partnership with the UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation. The Championships form part of UFC Fight Night Singapore’s week long fan activities leading up to its highly anticipated live event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday June 17 2017.

The 2017 IMMAF Asian Open Championships will take place from June 12 -16 at Marina Bay Sands hotel as IMMAF’s first championship in Asia supported by the UFC’s on-going commitment to developing MMA in the region.

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

 

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Undefeated duo lead home nation Singapore into IMMAF Asian Open

Undefeated featherweight contender Charles Lew will lead home nation Singapore into next month’s 2017 IMMAF Asian Open Championships alongside 20-year-old bantamweight up and comer Lim Zhen Teng (pictured above), both products of Evolve MMA.

Last April IMMAF announced that the Mixed Martial Arts Federation of Singapore (MMAFS) as the latest national governing body to secure membership under the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation umbrella. Established in 2013, MMAFS is now the leading governing body for the sport of MMA in Singapore.

25-year-old Lew represents team Singapore in the nation’s debut appearance at an IMMAF championships competition. He brings the momentum of being a 5-0 undefeated challenger with three submission victories alongside two TKO stoppages. The young Lim Zhen Teng has also made an undefeated start to his amateur career, currently 4-0-1 with a pair of TKO victories and one majority draw when competing overseas in the UK. You can get to know ‘ZT’ in the video below.

Each Singapore representative with enter his bracket as an unseeded contender.

The 2017 IMMAF Asian Open Championships in Singapore will be held in partnership with the UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation. The Championships form part of UFC Fight Night Singapore’s week long fan activities leading up to its highly anticipated live event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday June 17 2017.

The 2017 IMMAF Asian Open Championships will take place from June 12 -16 at Marina Bay Sands hotel as IMMAF’s first championship in Asia supported by the UFC’s on-going commitment to developing MMA in the region.

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

 

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Bahrain standout Hussain Abdulla in prime position for Singapore final

Bahraini amateur star Hussain Abdulla has been a regular feature of IMMAF international championships and will be in prime position to reach a Men’s flyweight bracket final for the first time at next month’s IMMAF Asian Open Championships in Singapore. This year the 23-year-old standout became a two-time bronze medalist of the European Open Championships and his position now in the IMMAF rankings will see him enter the -125lb Asian Open bracket as the number 2 seed.

The KHK MMA product showcased his best performance to date at the 2017 European Open, besting Ireland’s 2016 world silver medalist David Fogarty via a unanimous decision with impressive boxing skills, evasive movement and takedown defence.

Abdulla’s seeding will place him at the opposite end of the bracket to number 1 seed Josh Neale who secured bronze for the UK at the 2016 World Championships in Las Vegas, USA. The Men’s flyweight bracket is completed by Roland Yacoubian (Lebanon), Ernaz Mussabek (Kazakhstan), Siddiq Bin Mahmood (India), Nik Abdul Aziz (Malaysia) and Pakistan’s representative who is to be confirmed.

Alongside Abdulla representing Bahrain will also be Men’s Lightweight contender Nayef Fikey. With a pair of victories achieved on home soil Fikey made his international IMMAF debut at this year’s European Open in Sofia where he lost out on the scorecards by way of unanimous decision to Russian standout Ziiad Sadaily. In addition, 2016 European Open veteran Abbas Khan will represent the nation having now been granted citizenship. The promising KHK trained fighter and boxing specialist fought for Pakistan in Prague 2016 and went the distance with eventual silver medalist Lee Hammond.

Team Bahrain will travel with national coaches Eldar Eldarov and Mohammed Saad.

The 2017 IMMAF Asian Open Championships take place from June 12 -16 at the Marina Bay Sands hotel as IMMAF’s first championship in Asia supported by the UFC’s on-going commitment to developing MMA in the region.

For live team developments and results visit MyNextMatch.com.

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

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