Major Additions to Oceania Open Women’s Divisions

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) is hugely excited for what will be the most compelling Oceania Open to date when the 2020 IMMAF Oceania Open Championships take place from 6- 8 March
at the Tallebudegra Leisure Center on Australia’s Gold Coast.

In conjunction with IMMAF and hosts, the Australian MMA Federation (IMMAFA), the event is set to welcome its greatest influx to date of elite level amateur standouts, particularly in the women’s divisions where several of the world’s leading contenders will battle for gold medals at atomweight, strawweight, flyweight, bantamweight and lightweight.

The diverse lineup of premier global talent bound for Australia will feature a total of 4 current world champions, 1 former world champion, 11 international medal winners and 10 top prospects ranked in the top-5 of their division. Following the big outcomes of 2019, this collision course between some of the biggest names in women’s amateur MMA will serve up a must-see of head-to-head bouts with big implications for the year to come.

Among those set to compete, top international standouts include:

Michelle Montague (New Zealand, lightweight):

– No.1 ranked lightweight
– 2019 World champion
– 2019 Oceania Open champion

Mel Webster (New Zealand, lightweight):

– No.2 ranked lightweight
– 2019 World silver medalist

Jenni Kivioja (Finland, lightweight):

– No.4 ranked featherweight
– 2019 World bronze medalist
– 2018 World silver medalist
– 2018 European Open silver medalist
– 2018 Performance of the Year winner

Bianca Antman (Sweden, flyweight):

– No.2 ranked flyweight
– 2019 World Champion

Anne Wilson (New Zealand, flyweight):

– No.5 ranked flyweight
– 2018 Oceania Open champion

Daria Samchik (Ukraine, strawweight):

– No.5 ranked strawweight
– 2018 World Champion
– 2017 European Open champion
– 2019 World bronze medalist

Nina Back (Sweden, strawweight):

– No.2 ranked strawweight
– 2018 World silver medalist
– 2019 European Open silver medalist
– 2018 European Open silver medalist

Olivia Ukmar (Australia, strawweight):

– No.6 ranked strawweight
– 2019 World silver medalist

Jenna Horto (Finland, strawweight):

– No.5 ranked atomweight
– 2018 European Open champion
– 2018 World bronze medalist

Bezhan Mahmudi (Sweden, atomweight):

– No.2 ranked atomweight
– 2019 World champion

Magdalena Czaban (Poland, atomweight):

– No.3 ranked atomweight (senior)
– No.1 ranked atomweight (junior)
– 2019 European Open champion (senior)
– 2019 World champion (junior)


By IMMAF.org lead writer: Jorden Curran

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