UFC® RENEWS PARTNERSHIP WITH INTERNATIONAL MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FEDERATION

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Las Vegas – UFC® today announced the renewal of its partnership with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF). The extension stands as a continuation of the global brand’s commitment to supporting the safe practices and promotion of amateur mixed martial arts.

“We are thrilled to renew our partnership and provide continued global support of IMMAF,” UFC Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ike Lawrence Epstein said. “IMMAF has done a remarkable job of promoting the sport of amateur mixed martial arts from a grassroots level and serving as a conduit for higher safety and regulatory standards. UFC is proud to further its alignment with IMMAF as they consistently produce top tier amateur events around the world.”

Since its launch in 2012, IMMAF has partnered with 70 national federations. It has hosted four nation vs. nation, amateur MMA World Championships, with three taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, as part of UFC International Fight Week™. IMMAF has also expanded its continental series of tournaments to cover Asia, Oceania, Europe and Africa. In 2018, IMMAF will host its 5th annual IMMF World Championships of Amateur MMA in Bahrain.

“On behalf of IMMAF, I would like to thank both UFC and owners, Endeavor, for their continued support and commitment to the development of the sport of mixed martial arts at all levels,” IMMAF President Kerrith Brown said. “UFC is renowned as the pioneer of modern-day MMA, and we are honored by this partnership which pays great tribute to IMMAF’s successes to date.”

UFC and IMMAF have collaborated and shared information and expertise in areas of sport development that are of mutual interest, including anti-doping and event sanctioning.

IMMAF is working to obtain international recognition for the sport of MMA from the Global Association of International Sports Federations, the global umbrella body for all established sports, as part of its pledge to see its ‘Olympic’ style, amateur MMA tournaments into the Games. Currently, half of IMMAF’s member federations are recognized by their National Olympic Committees.

 

About UFC®

UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2018, UFC boasts more than 284 million fans worldwide and has produced over 400 events in 21 countries since its inception in 1993. Acquired in 2016 by global sports, entertainment and fashion leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG), together with strategic partners Silver Lake Partners and KKR, UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas with a network of employees around the world. UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe, while programming is broadcast in over 165 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 40 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.

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Nkosi Ndebele, the top South African amateur targets IMMAF Africa title

23-year-old Nkosi Ndebele (pictured) is South Africa’s pound-for-pound top amateur MMA competitor.

In 2017, Ndebele claimed the IMMAF Africa Open Men’s Lightweight title, stopping Bahrain’s Nayef Fikey in the event finals via TKO. After facing a tough loss to Canadian John Nguyen at the 2017 World Championships, he has been on form this year with three successive victories taking him to 10-2, competing frequently on a monthly basis under the banner of standout domestic platform, Fightstar FC.

Ndebele has reached his competitive peak heading into the 2018 Africa Open this month. Having remained active through February, March and April, he find himself in prime form to continue the momentum in May, ready for the continent’s flagship intentional amateur contest.

With increased participation among African nations, in addition to international competitors from Australia, Bahrain and the USA, this year’s IMMAF Africa Open is the event’s biggest edition to date, taking place from 24-26 May at the Brakpan Sports Centre in Johannesburg.

After clinching gold at -155lb in 2017, this year, Ndebele targets the continental championship’s Featherweight crown. He will face competition in the form of enigmatic newcomers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, plus fellow South African representatives; Ryan Roets, Nathanial Komana and Clarry Skinner.

Furthermore, Bahrain’s Abdulmanap Magomedov returns to the -145lb bracket as defending champion and 2017 gold medalist. Magomedov is the man to beat as he aims to become the world’s number-one ranked Featherweight, currently occupying the number-2 position after earning bronze at the 2017 World Championships in addition to winning gold at the Africa and Asian Open championships, respectively. The potential implications of this year’s Featherweight Africa Open bracket make the division a must-see contest.

As South Africa serve as hosts for a third year, the nation targets dominance of the continental event with a team of 23 athletes across 8 divisions. The figurative statement of intent by regulatory body MMA South Africa (MMASA) places the county in a strong position to hold its place as a top-5 power in the IMMAF national world rankings.

For more event and team information visit MyNextMatch.com.

2018 IMMAF Africa Open

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Nkosi Ndebele, the top South African amateur targets IMMAF Africa title

23-year-old Nkosi Ndebele (pictured) is South Africa’s pound-for-pound top amateur MMA competitor.

In 2017, Ndebele claimed the IMMAF Africa Open Men’s Lightweight title, stopping Bahrain’s Nayef Fikey in the event finals via TKO. After facing a tough loss to Canadian John Nguyen at the 2017 World Championships, he has been on form this year with three successive victories taking him to 10-2, competing frequently on a monthly basis under the banner of standout domestic platform, Fightstar FC.

Ndebele has reached his competitive peak heading into the 2018 Africa Open this month. Having remained active through February, March and April, he find himself in prime form to continue the momentum in May, ready for the continent’s flagship intentional amateur contest.

With increased participation among African nations, in addition to international competitors from Australia, Bahrain and the USA, this year’s IMMAF Africa Open is the event’s biggest edition to date, taking place from 24-26 May at the Brakpan Sports Centre in Johannesburg.

After clinching gold at -155lb in 2017, this year, Ndebele targets the continental championship’s Featherweight crown. He will face competition in the form of enigmatic newcomers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, plus fellow South African representatives; Ryan Roets, Nathanial Komana and Clarry Skinner.

Furthermore, Bahrain’s Abdulmanap Magomedov returns to the -145lb bracket as defending champion and 2017 gold medalist. Magomedov is the man to beat as he aims to become the world’s number-one ranked Featherweight, currently occupying the number-2 position after earning bronze at the 2017 World Championships in addition to winning gold at the Africa and Asian Open championships, respectively. The potential implications of this year’s Featherweight Africa Open bracket make the division a must-see contest.

As South Africa serve as hosts for a third year, the nation targets dominance of the continental event with a team of 23 athletes across 8 divisions. The figurative statement of intent by regulatory body MMA South Africa (MMASA) places the county in a strong position to hold its place as a top-5 power in the IMMAF national world rankings.

For more event and team information visit MyNextMatch.com.

2018 IMMAF Africa Open

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Nkosi Ndebele, the top South African amateur targets IMMAF Africa title

23-year-old Nkosi Ndebele (pictured) is South Africa’s pound-for-pound top amateur MMA competitor.

In 2017, Ndebele claimed the IMMAF Africa Open Men’s Lightweight title, stopping Bahrain’s Nayef Fikey in the event finals via TKO. After facing a tough loss to Canadian John Nguyen at the 2017 World Championships, he has been on form this year with three successive victories taking him to 10-2, competing frequently on a monthly basis under the banner of standout domestic platform, Fightstar FC.

Ndebele has reached his competitive peak heading into the 2018 Africa Open this month. Having remained active through February, March and April, he find himself in prime form to continue the momentum in May, ready for the continent’s flagship intentional amateur contest.

With increased participation among African nations, in addition to international competitors from Australia, Bahrain and the USA, this year’s IMMAF Africa Open is the event’s biggest edition to date, taking place from 24-26 May at the Brakpan Sports Centre in Johannesburg.

After clinching gold at -155lb in 2017, this year, Ndebele targets the continental championship’s Featherweight crown. He will face competition in the form of enigmatic newcomers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, plus fellow South African representatives; Ryan Roets, Nathanial Komana and Clarry Skinner.

Furthermore, Bahrain’s Abdulmanap Magomedov returns to the -145lb bracket as defending champion and 2017 gold medalist. Magomedov is the man to beat as he aims to become the world’s number-one ranked Featherweight, currently occupying the number-2 position after earning bronze at the 2017 World Championships in addition to winning gold at the Africa and Asian Open championships, respectively. The potential implications of this year’s Featherweight Africa Open bracket make the division a must-see contest.

As South Africa serve as hosts for a third year, the nation targets dominance of the continental event with a team of 23 athletes across 8 divisions. The figurative statement of intent by regulatory body MMA South Africa (MMASA) places the county in a strong position to hold its place as a top-5 power in the IMMAF national world rankings.

For more event and team information visit MyNextMatch.com.

2018 IMMAF Africa Open

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Nkosi Ndebele, the top South African amateur targets IMMAF Africa title

23-year-old Nkosi Ndebele (pictured) is South Africa’s pound-for-pound top amateur MMA competitor.

In 2017, Ndebele claimed the IMMAF Africa Open Men’s Lightweight title, stopping Bahrain’s Nayef Fikey in the event finals via TKO. After facing a tough loss to Canadian John Nguyen at the 2017 World Championships, he has been on form this year with three successive victories taking him to 10-2, competing frequently on a monthly basis under the banner of standout domestic platform, Fightstar FC.

Ndebele has reached his competitive peak heading into the 2018 Africa Open this month. Having remained active through February, March and April, he find himself in prime form to continue the momentum in May, ready for the continent’s flagship intentional amateur contest.

With increased participation among African nations, in addition to international competitors from Australia, Bahrain and the USA, this year’s IMMAF Africa Open is the event’s biggest edition to date, taking place from 24-26 May at the Brakpan Sports Centre in Johannesburg.

After clinching gold at -155lb in 2017, this year, Ndebele targets the continental championship’s Featherweight crown. He will face competition in the form of enigmatic newcomers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, plus fellow South African representatives; Ryan Roets, Nathanial Komana and Clarry Skinner.

Furthermore, Bahrain’s Abdulmanap Magomedov returns to the -145lb bracket as defending champion and 2017 gold medalist. Magomedov is the man to beat as he aims to become the world’s number-one ranked Featherweight, currently occupying the number-2 position after earning bronze at the 2017 World Championships in addition to winning gold at the Africa and Asian Open championships, respectively. The potential implications of this year’s Featherweight Africa Open bracket make the division a must-see contest.

As South Africa serve as hosts for a third year, the nation targets dominance of the continental event with a team of 23 athletes across 8 divisions. The figurative statement of intent by regulatory body MMA South Africa (MMASA) places the county in a strong position to hold its place as a top-5 power in the IMMAF national world rankings.

For more event and team information visit MyNextMatch.com.

2018 IMMAF Africa Open

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