IMMAF President draws a line between 4oz MMA gloves and IMMAF 6oz standard

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

IMMAF President Kerrith Brown is determined to draw a clear line between the aspects of pro and approved amateur MMA gloves in the effort to quell uninformed opinions of the sport’s safety standards.

IMMAF’s first generation of 6-ounce amateur gloves were introduced at the 2015 European Open Championhips in Birmingham, UK.

“One of the things we want to put a lot of time into is the technical design, and that’s something we continuously work on,” the IMMAF President explained. “This is one of our main concerns – we want to draw a clear line between 4-ounce (professional standard) and 6-ounce (IMMAF amateur standard) gloves in terms of reducing the amount of cuts that we see, which in turn results in a more sterile and clean amateur sport.”

The latest and most advanced glove design (pictured above) is now in action at the 2017 IMMAF Worlds Championships.

“A lot of effort has gone into the design of the glove with Green Hill – our main equipment sponsor. We want to make sure the glove is of a specific standard – an approved amateur glove for MMA.”

The combination of glove size and technical detail, in addition to the official Green Hill shinguards, has resulted in limited injuries sustained under the IMMAF standard.

For example, of over 80 bouts (160+ athletes) taking place on Day 2 of the IMMAF Worlds in Bahrain, 128 athletes were attended by medical staff for post-fight checks. 59 were seen to at the on-site medical center and treated for minor injuries – all discharged with a clean bill of health. 9 athletes were sent to the Bahrain Defense Force Hospital for evaluations, mainly for mild head injuries, following strict protocol for athlete safety. All 9 were safely discharged.

“From results of previous IMMAF championships, the gloves have reduced a lot of injuries. We’re working with a 6-ounce glove and that has a serious impact on the outcomes of knockouts and superficial damage, such as cuts. This is one of the main things we want to work towards in establishing an Olympic standard for mixed martial arts.”

Taking place at Khalifa Sports City Arena from 12 to 19 November, as part of Brave International Combat Week, the 2017 IMMAF World Championships is the biggest event in the history of amateur MMA under IMMAF with more participants than ever before (over 250) representing nations from all continents. 2017 marks the first year of the IMMAF Worlds taking place outside of Las Vegas, USA, and will be broadcast live via the Bahrain TV app – click HERE for more information.

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Gold kit introduced for reigning champions at 2017 IMMAF World Championships

Pictured above: Bulgaria’s 2017 European Open welterweight champion, Nikolay Nikolov.

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

The 2017 IMMAF Worlds Championships has received an aesthetic development to athlete’s competition gear for this week’s event.

While competing at Khalifa Sports City Arena in Manama, Bahrain, all returning champions from the 2016 World Championships and 2017 continental Opens (European, Asian and African) have been presented with gold colored competition gear in acknowledge of their position as reigning champions of IMMAF’s international circuit.

For the 2016 World Championships in Las Vegas, USA, all athletes were kitted out with red and blue rashguards, shinguards, gloves and shorts – a first for amateur MMA that brings the sport in line with recognizable aesthetics of amateur and Olympic combat sport, thus triggering a visual impact that makes IMMAF competition the most recognizable form of amateur MMA in the world.

IMMAF’s red and blue athlete’s equipment – provided by Green Hill – also adds to competitor safety through the fine-tuned development of shin guards and 6oz amateur style gloves.

Taking place at Khalifa Sports City Arena from 12 to 19 November, as part of Brave International Combat Week, the 2017 IMMAF World Championships is the biggest event in the history of amateur MMA under IMMAF with more participants than ever before (over 250) representing nations from all continents. 2017 marks the first year of the IMMAF Worlds taking place outside of Las Vegas, USA, and will be broadcast live via the Bahrain TV app – click HERE for more information.

The 17 reigning champions who received the prestigious gold fight gear include:

Azerbaijan
Sanan Safarli – 2017 European Open champion

Bahrain
Abdulmanap Magomedov – 2017 African and Asian Open champion
Hamza Zrira – 2017 African Open champion

Bulgaria
Delyan Georgiev – 2017 European Open champion
Nikolay Nikolov – 2017 European Open champion

Congo
Eliezer Kubanza – 2017 African Open champion

Italy
Dario Bellandi – 2017 European Open champion

Hungry
Alexandra Kovacs – 2017 European Open champion

Kazakhstan
Yernaz Mussabek – 2017 Asian Open champion
Zhan Kenzhebayev – 2017 Asian Open champion
Olzhas Moldagaliyev – 2017 Asian Open champion

South Africa
Frikkie Bendeman – 2017 African Open champion
Nkosi Ndebele –  017 African Open champion

Sweden
Anton Turkalj – 2017 European Open champion
Heytham Rabhi – 2017 Asian Open champion
Tobia Harila – 2017 Asian Open champion
Irman Smajic – 2016 IMMAF World champion, 2017 European Open champion, 2017 Asian Open champion

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Loumage Hotels and GDHM Sponsor the IMMAF World Championships

Pictured: Mr. Babu Raj (General Manager GDHM), Mr. Shiraz (Associate Partner – Gulf Diwaniya Group), Gosha Malik (IMMAF Member Services Manager),  Dr. Mohammed Rafeeq (Founder & Chairman Gulf Diwaniya Group), Isobel Carnwath (IMMAF Brand, Marketing & Communications Director),  Mr. Amr Farouk (Group General Manager GDHM) Mr. Anil Kumar VK. (General Manager Loumage Hotel & Suites).

Loumage Hotels and Resorts and Gulf Diwaniya Hotel Management have generously sponsored the 2017 IMMAF World Championships at Brave International Combat Week, by providing accommodation for competition officials at Loumage Park Hotel & Suites in Manama, Bahrain.

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation’s nation vs nation tournament takes place in Khalifa Sports City Arena from 12 to 19 November, as part of Brave International Combat Week.

The Loumage Park Hotel & Suites are a 12 minutes walk from the beach. Located in Heart of Manama, this 4-star hotel is situated within access to Bahrain’s city attractions and with an outdoor pool, a gym and a restaurant. Each apartment offers a living room with a dining area and a flat-screen TV.  The hotel offers wide range of entertainment including Arabic, Indian and African nightclubs. Italian Restaurant Amici serves international cuisine and provides a 24-hour room service, and the lobby lounge is an ideal place to enjoy a cocktail or wine.

IMMAF President Kerrith Brown said:

“On behalf of IMMAF I would like to wholeheartedly thank Dr. Mohammed Rafeeq (Founder & Chairman Gulf Diwaniya Group), Mr. Shiraz (Associate Partner – Gulf Diwaniya Group), Mr. Amr Farouk (Group General Manager GDHM ) and  Mr. Mohamed Farouk (CEO Middle East- Loumage Hotels, Resorts & Facility Management New York, U.S.A) for their generous sponsorship and support of the IMMAF World Championships and the fantastic hospitality they have shown our competition officials. IMMAF is looking to return again for next year’s World Championships. We look forward welcoming GDHM and Loumage representatives to the tournament this week and discussing accommodation opportunities for 2018.”

For more about Loumage Hotels and Resorts visit loumage.com

Loumage

Mr. Shiraz (Associate Partner Gulf Diowaniya Group), Gosha Malik & Isobel Carnwath (IMMAF), & Mr. Mohammed Rafeeq (Founder & Chairman – Gulf Diwaniya Group)

 

Loumage

LOUMAGE: from left: Mr. Mohamed Farouk (CEO Middle East- Loumage Hotels, Resorts & Facility Management New York, U.S.A), Gosha Malik (IMMAF), Isobel Carnwath (IMMAF), Mr. Amr Farouk (Group Manager GDHM)

ABOUT LOUMAGE HOTEL & SUITES
The team of Loumage founders (Management) is boutique in size; however it represents a collection of diverse international expertise in hospitality and MICE /events industry. Loumage is an American Hotel Chain that was founded in 2014 & is incorporated in New York, United States of America , registered as L.L.C by Delaware USA Corporate Services Inc.

ABOUT GULF DIWANIYA HOTEL MANAGEMENT
Gulf Diwaniya Hotel Management is the market leader in Kingdom of Bahrain with 20 Hotels & Apartments + 3 Luxury restaurants and growing. A company based in Kingdom of Bahrain. GDHM is the largest Hospitality group in Kingdom of Bahrain by providing Unparalleled Customer Service

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World Championships Day 1 Press Conference: Best Athlete Awards Announced

IMMAF Best Athletes awards were announced at last night’s IMMAF World Championships press conference at the close of Day 1.

IMMAF CEO Densign White spoke of the launch of the two accolades which will be awarded to the best male and best female athletes as determined by IMMAF, based on performance throughout competition week and most stylish finishes. The awards are in addition to the SAFEJAWZ Golden Mouthguard Award for good sportsmanship.

Also speaking at the press conference were Mohammed Al Tattan of HHSK Media, Head Official Marc Goddard, team UK athlete Christian Duncan and Colombian Team Leader Jaime Barón Cuervo. Densign White cited Team Kazakhstan as the most outstanding team in terms of overall performance on Day 1. The athletes spoke of their positive experience of the IMMAF World Championships platform.

Marc Goddard detailed the training that IMMAF officials undergo, stating that all the officials working at the IMMAF World Championships are IMMAF licensed

The first day of competition saw 79 amateur MMA matches in total with no serious injuries. 58 athletes were treated for minor injuries at the onsite clinic at the Khalifa Sports City Arena. 14 were referred to hospital, with 8 treated and discharged at 2 hours following end of competition. A remaining were under treatment at the time of the press conference, and reported to be stable.

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CEO reveals IMMAF-WMMAA merger is ‘close’, pending approval from General Assembly

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

Densign White, chief executive of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF), has revealed plans for the anticipated merger with counterpart regulatory body, the World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA).

“We are very close to reaching a deal,” he explained, speaking at the November 11 press conference at the Golden Tulip hotel in Manama, Bahrain, where the 2017 IMMAF World Championships are hosted this week from November 12-19 at Khalifa Sports City Arena.

“The only way to succeed is to work together,” he added. The process of IMMAF’s application for recognition under the Global Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF – formerly known as SportAccord) is currently hindered by the presence of a rival bid from WMMAA.

The ultimatum given was seemingly convenient for GAISF due to the body’s alleged reluctance to accept MMA, but simply put, MMA will not be given recognition while there are multiple world governing bodies in existence, rather than simply judging those which apply based on merit and suitability. Regardless, a merger will no doubt strengthen IMMAF’s Olympic ambitions.

The annual IMMAF General Assembly of members takes place on Friday, November 17. The historic decision will then be made through IMMAF’s democratic process to either accept or reject the notion of a merger.

WMMAA representatives, including president Vadim Finkelchtein, will be in attendance this week for the 2017 IMMAF World Championships – the biggest amateur MMA event in history with close to 250 competing athletes and 51 national teams registered.

On the question of whether a potential merger could affect IMMAF’s established name and branding, Mr. White explained that the decision of a name change is still in negotiation.

However, he touched on hoping to retain the ‘IMMAF’ title – the IMMAF brand is strong and well known through its history of major championship events, of which include safety protocols that raise the bar for MMA safety. IMMAF is also credited for regulatory developments within the sport and groundbreaking implementation of progression pathways and educational licensing courses for referees, judges, seconds (cutmen/cutwomen) and coaches.

IMMAF aims to achieve GAISF recognition within the next two years before progressing to target membership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). On August 10 IMMAF.org revealed that president Kerrith Brown was now committed to taking the sport of mixed martial arts to the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles. As hosts, the USA – the world’s biggest MMA nation – will be granted the power to welcome five new Olympic sports.

Taking place at Khalifa Sports City Arena from 12 to 19 November, as part of Brave International Combat Week, the 2017 IMMAF World Championships are set to be the biggest event in the history of amateur MMA under IMMAF with more participants than ever before representing nations from all continents. 2017 marks the first year of the IMMAF Worlds taking place outside of Las Vegas, USA, and will be broadcast live via the Bahrain TV app – click HERE for more information.

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