2019 Asian Open Medal Table

The 2019 IMMAF – WMMAA Asian Open Championships took place from 1-4 May in Bangkok, Thailand.

The second installment of the continental championship, following it’s 2017 inception in Singapore, saw the nation of Kazakhstan excelled to solidify an overwhelming lead at the summit of the medal table, via the likes of retaining champion Olzhas Moldagaliyev and 2018 world championships gold medalist, Bagdat Zhubanysh

Not far behind was the Kingdom of Brahrain in second place, pairing with Kazakhstan as the event’s clear breakaway nations, while China and Malaysia each scored historic first gold medals, shining in the women’s divisions with impressive newcomers to the IMMAF – WMMAA platform.

In Addition, Australia’s Alish Smith secured her second continental open gold of 2019, continuing her finest run of form to date on the international platform, now an Asian Open and Oceania Open gold medal winner.

From the nations who competed in Bangkok, representatives of 6 countries battled their way to the podium. See below for medal table:

1.
KAZAKHSTAN
Gold: 7

Ayan Tursyn – Women’s Atomweight
Talshyn Zhumatayeva – Women’s Lightweight
Bagdat Zhubanysh – Men’s Strawweight
Olzhas Moldagaliyev – Men’s Bantamweight 
Anatoliy Zolotykh – Men’s Featherweight 
Aidyn Tolepbayev – Men’s Welterweight
Madi Dosmukhametov – Men’s Middleweight
Silver: 9
Ukilay Akhmetualikyzy – Women’s Atomweight
Nurzhamal Sadykova – Women’s Strawweight
Antonina Kotlyarevskaya – Women’s Lightweight
Yerulan Kabdulov – Men’s Strawweight
Adilkhan Ayazbayev Men’s Flyweight
Dastan Amangeldy – Men’s Bantamweight 
Elaman Shalkimbekov – Men’s Featherweight 
Neimat Assado – Men’s Lightweight 
Serik Abirov – Men’s Light-Heavyweight
Bronze: 6
Darkhan Umirbekov – Men’s Flyweight
Mazhit Sardarov – Men’s Lightweight
Abdulrahman Alhasan – Men’s Middleweight
Alexander Val – Men’s Middleweight
Alexandr Dya – Men’s Heavyweight 
Eldar Kudarov – Men’s Heavyweight 

2.
BAHRAIN
Gold: 5

Mansur Magomedov – Men’s Flyweight
Shamil Gimbatov – Men’s Lightweight
Magomed Gadzhiiasulov – Men’s Light-Heavyweight
Shamil Gaziev – Men’s Heavyweight 
Pasha Kharkhachaev – Men’s Super-Heavyweight
Silver: 1
Ramazan Gitinov – Men’s Middleweight
Bronze: 6
Isa Aldoy – Men’s Strawweight
Mohamed Almuamari – Men’s Flyweight 
Magomed Idrisov – Men’s Bantamweight
Ali Yaqoob – Men’s Bantamweight
Yousif Sayyar – Men’s Lightweight
Abbas Khan – Men’s Welterweight 

3.
CHINA
Gold:
1
Guangmei Han – Women’s Bantamweight
Silver: 1
Huihua Ni – Women’s Flyweight
Bronze: 1
Yungfeng Li – Men’s Featherweight

4.
MALAYSIA
Gold: 1

Colleen Augustin – Women’s Strawweight 
Bronze: 1
Brandon Tang – Men’s Strawweight

4.
AUSTRALIA
Gold:
1
Alish Smith – Women’s Flyweight
Bronze: 1
Cody Barnwell – Men’s Welterweight

5.
NEW ZEALAND
Silver: 1

Talor Wetere – Men’s Welterweight

5.
LEBANON
Silver: 1

Bachir Ricardo – Men’s Heavyweight6.
THAILAND
Bronze: 1

Sarul Rosruen – Men’s Featherweight

2019 Asian Open Medal Table

The 2019 IMMAF – WMMAA Asian Open Championships took place from 1-4 May in Bangkok, Thailand.

The second installment of the continental championship, following it’s 2017 inception in Singapore, saw the nation of Kazakhstan excelled to solidify an overwhelming lead at the summit of the medal table, via the likes of retaining champion Olzhas Moldagaliyev and 2018 world championships gold medalist, Bagdat Zhubanysh

Not far behind was the Kingdom of Brahrain in second place, pairing with Kazakhstan as the event’s clear breakaway nations, while China and Malaysia each scored historic first gold medals, shining in the women’s divisions with impressive newcomers to the IMMAF – WMMAA platform.

In Addition, Australia’s Alish Smith secured her second continental open gold of 2019, continuing her finest run of form to date on the international platform, now an Asian Open and Oceania Open gold medal winner.

From the nations who competed in Bangkok, representatives of 6 countries battled their way to the podium. See below for medal table:

1.
KAZAKHSTAN
Gold: 7

Ayan Tursyn – Women’s Atomweight
Talshyn Zhumatayeva – Women’s Lightweight
Bagdat Zhubanysh – Men’s Strawweight
Olzhas Moldagaliyev – Men’s Bantamweight 
Anatoliy Zolotykh – Men’s Featherweight 
Aidyn Tolepbayev – Men’s Welterweight
Madi Dosmukhametov – Men’s Middleweight
Silver: 9
Ukilay Akhmetualikyzy – Women’s Atomweight
Nurzhamal Sadykova – Women’s Strawweight
Antonina Kotlyarevskaya – Women’s Lightweight
Yerulan Kabdulov – Men’s Strawweight
Adilkhan Ayazbayev Men’s Flyweight
Dastan Amangeldy – Men’s Bantamweight 
Elaman Shalkimbekov – Men’s Featherweight 
Neimat Assado – Men’s Lightweight 
Serik Abirov – Men’s Light-Heavyweight
Bronze: 6
Darkhan Umirbekov – Men’s Flyweight
Mazhit Sardarov – Men’s Lightweight
Abdulrahman Alhasan – Men’s Middleweight
Alexander Val – Men’s Middleweight
Alexandr Dya – Men’s Heavyweight 
Eldar Kudarov – Men’s Heavyweight 

2.
BAHRAIN
Gold: 5

Mansur Magomedov – Men’s Flyweight
Shamil Gimbatov – Men’s Lightweight
Magomed Gadzhiiasulov – Men’s Light-Heavyweight
Shamil Gaziev – Men’s Heavyweight 
Pasha Kharkhachaev – Men’s Super-Heavyweight
Silver: 1
Ramazan Gitinov – Men’s Middleweight
Bronze: 6
Isa Aldoy – Men’s Strawweight
Mohamed Almuamari – Men’s Flyweight 
Magomed Idrisov – Men’s Bantamweight
Ali Yaqoob – Men’s Bantamweight
Yousif Sayyar – Men’s Lightweight
Abbas Khan – Men’s Welterweight 

3.
CHINA
Gold:
1
Guangmei Han – Women’s Bantamweight
Silver: 1
Huihua Ni – Women’s Flyweight
Bronze: 1
Yungfeng Li – Men’s Featherweight

4.
MALAYSIA
Gold: 1

Colleen Augustin – Women’s Strawweight 
Bronze: 1
Brandon Tang – Men’s Strawweight

4.
AUSTRALIA
Gold:
1
Alish Smith – Women’s Flyweight
Bronze: 1
Cody Barnwell – Men’s Welterweight

5.
NEW ZEALAND
Silver: 1

Talor Wetere – Men’s Welterweight

5.
LEBANON
Silver: 1

Bachir Ricardo – Men’s Heavyweight6.
THAILAND
Bronze: 1

Sarul Rosruen – Men’s Featherweight

Day 2 Recap: 2019 IMMAF-WMMAA Asian Open

Kazakhstan’s momentum at the 2019 Asian Open sees the nation edge closer to officially topping the event’s medal table. Advancing via their semi-final triumphs, an incredible 12 Kazakh athletes progressed to Saturday’s gold medal showdowns. Recap the surprises of Day 1 HERE.

As the dominant team in Bangkok, Team Kazakhstan went 12-8 in the semi-finals round, followed by Team Bahrain who celebrate five semi-final winners. Malaysia, China, New Zealand and Lebanon also secured big wins, each seeing one representative pick up an impressive victory on the championship’s penultimate day.

21-year-old Malaysian Colleen Augustin stood out as one to watch and set the tone for another unpredictable day of action , snatching a second round TKO win over Kazakhstan’s Shynar Zhussipova in the women’s strawweight bracket.

The Kazakh team evened the score as former World Championships bronze medalist and Asian Open silver medalist, Ayan Tursyn, forced a first round TKO stoppage of her own in the women’s atomweight semi-final, besting Malaysia’s Amirah Makhtar.

However, uncertainty remained for Kazakhstan as intense Chinese flyweight contender Huihua Ni continued the day’s run of TKO finishes, booking China’s place in the finals with a first round stoppage of Tolkyn Daurenbekova.

The opening 6 bouts of the 21 bout card saw consecutive finishes, 4 TKOs, 2 submissions. By the end of the day 12 bouts ended via stoppage with 9 judge’s decisions. In the men’s strawweight division, reigning world champion Bagdat Zhubanysh maintained his flawless form, dispatching of Malaysian Brandon Tang with a first round triangle choke submission.
An all Kazakh final was booked with Yerulan Kabdulov completing a first round head-and-arm choke against Bahrain’s Isa Aldoy.

An all-Kazakh final is also set for the male bantamweights with reigning Asian Open champion and former world silver medalist Olzhas Moldagaliyev and Dastan Amangeldy each earning unanimous decisions over their Bahrain rivals.

One of Bahrain most impressive hopefuls, Shamil Gimbatov, took a step closer to the continental title after earning bronze at the World Championships, the men’s lightweight challenger closed out a unanimous decision win over Kazakhstan’s Mazhit Sardarov.

Australia faced disappointment as 2019 Oceania Open champion and World Championships bronze medalist Cody Barnwell was dealt his exit in the welterweight division, losing out via a unanimous decision to Kazakhstan’s
Aidyn Tolepbayev. Immediately after, New Zealand’s Talor Wetere produced one of the most impressive performances day, finishing a second round rear-naked-choke to he submit former Africa Open champion Abbas Khan, one of Team Bahrain’s most exciting performers at the international level.

In the heavyweight bracket it will be a Lebanon vs. Bahrain final with both athletes coming off knockout victories, Lebanon’s Bachir Ricardo having stopped Kazakhstan’s Alexandr Dya in just 69 seconds, mirrored in the day’s climax with Bahrain’s Shamil Gaziev stopping the second of Kazakhstan’s heavyweights, Eldar Kudarov, at 1:16 of the opening round.

For full results and upcoming finals schedule click HERE.

By IMMAF.org lead writer: Jorden Curran

Statement on Mokaev Suspension from Asian Open

At 6:41 a.m. (Bangkok time) on Thursday 2nd May, 2019, Director of International Events, Alistair Pettitt received a message from Russia, from IMMAF -WMMAA Head of Regulatory Affairs, Marc Goddard, about a series of social media posts on Facebook and Twitter posted by UK athlete, Muhammad Mokaev.

In the posts Mokaev revealed that he would be cutting 13 kilograms of weight, accompanied by pictures of him in his bedroom wrapped up in towels with the description of him being mummified. Mr. Mokaev was travelling without any delegates from the UK MMA Federation and it was not clear as to whether he was cutting weight on his own or with an independent coach.

Advice was sought from IMMAF’s Regulatory Affairs Committee and Medical team and the matter was referred to IMMAF President Kerrith Brown who, after some consideration and discussion, made the executive decision to suspend Mokaev from the competition at 10:00 am.

Pre-Fght Medical Examinations had already taken place between 6am and 8am. It was agreed therefore that IMMAF-WMMAA officials would meet with Mr. Mokaev before his hands were wrapped to inform him of the decision. Unfortunately, by the time Mokaev arrived this left short time in which to him before competition start.

IMMAF – WMMAA President Kerrith Brown has issued the following statement:

“Muhammad unfortunately testified to a dramatic weight cut, also using an image of him going to extremes in a 39 degrees climate that raised concerns.

“It is well promoted in IMMAF’s literature and through our education that we discourage dramatic weight cuts, especially given the tournament setting in which competitors need to maintain weight for multiple days, and we recommend athletes compete at a viable walk around weight. There have been well publicised deaths from weight-cutting in MMA, which also increases other medical risks in competition including that of brain injury, and it is not a matter that we take lightly. We also have to consider the influence of our athletes and the examples they set to one another.

“It is the duty of the IMMAF Board and Administration, as governing body representatives, to make tough judgement calls at times in the interests of safeguarding athletes, and regulations cannot cover all possible eventualities as new situations may sometimes arise. Balancing fairness and correct process against timely decision-making can be especially challenging close to competition start, especially when communicating across various time zones. Competitor safety will always take priority.

“We have spoken with Muhammad at length today and will be reimbursing his competition costs, since we appreciate that he was not well-informed on this matter and has otherwise shown himself to be a committed athlete and compliant to IMMAF rules. We are keen to welcome him back in future into his appropriate weight category.

“Following this incident, we will also be updating our literature with a caution about how self-disclosure of any medical risk may be treated. This might include self-disclosure about drug use, mental health issues (such as psychotic episodes or suicidal tendencies), fits and seizures etc, not all of which may be detected in a brief pre-fight physical examination, and which IMMAF – WMMAA will err on the side of caution by treating as factually correct if disclosed by an athlete. An athlete is considered responsible for their own statements and their veracity.

“We will also be re-communicating our existing advice about safe weight-management for multiple-day tournaments to our National Federations and increasing our education on this matter.”

Day 1 Recap: Shock Results at 2019 IMMAF-WMMAA Asian Open

Day 1 of the 2019 IMMAF-WMMAA Asian Open Championships played out on May 2 in Bangkok, Thailand, and witnessed major upsets in the men’s featherweight and middleweight divisions where both top seeds and gold medal favorites were eliminated.

With 25 bouts taking place on Day 1 of the championships, Kazakhstan emerged as the dominant nation with an 11-1 run of results. Among the team’s triumphs, men’s featherweight Elaman Shalkimbekov secured a unanimous decision win (pictured above) over top Bahrain standout and World Championships bronze medalist, Abdulmanap Magomedov, who entered as the top seed of the 145lb bracket and the reigning Asian Open champion.

While Magomedov secured and maintained a takedown for the majority of the second round, his efforts were sandwiched between dominant striking displays at the hands of Shalkimbekov complimented by takedown defense in the first and third stanzas.

Ramazan Gitinov scored a major win for Bahrain over pound-for-pound no.1 ranked athlete Axel Sola.

After his middleweight gold medal triumph last month at the Oceania Open, France’s Axel Sola, the two-time world silver medalist and 2018 European Open Champion at welterweight, was on the wrong end of the second major surprise of Day 1. Having been out-wrestled by Team Bahrain’s Ramazan Gitinov across rounds 1 and 2, Sola’s Hail Mary reversal from guard and subsequent barrage of strikes was not enough to make up the scorecard deficit as the final round closed out with Gitinov taking the unanimous judges’s decision.

Reigning junior bantamweight world champion, the UK’s Muhammad Mokaev, was unfortunately pulled from competing in the men’s flyweight division due to concerns within IMMAF-WMMAA management relating to potential effects of extreme weight cutting. Kazakh heavyweight Alexandr Dya was also withdrawn due to a failed medical examination.

For full Day 1 results click HERE

By IMMAF.org lead writer: Jorden Curran