2017 IMMAF WORLDS COMMENCE: ATHLETES LIST BY DIVISION

FOR 2017 IMMAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AT BRAVE INTERNATIONAL COMBAT WEEK

• 12 – 18 NOVEMBER
• MANAMA, BAHRAIN
• BAHRAIN ENTERS ITS FIRST FEMALE MMA COMPETITORS
• WATCH LIVE VIA BAHRAIN TV APP

The Opening Ceremony for the 2017 IMMAF World Championships at Brave International Combat Week took place this evening at the Khalifa Sports City Arena, in Manama Bahrain, attended by HH. Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

The ceremony featured Bahraini music and dance performances,  an athletes’ procession with national flags and sporting oaths were taken by representative competitors, Fatema Bureshaid of Team Bahrain and Fotimi Kandris of Team USA, alongside renowned referee, Marc Goddard.

fatema bureshaidThe Tournament Draw followed in order to determine the matches that will play out over the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation’s 5 days of amateur MMA competition, presented by Andreas Georgiou of mynextmatch.com.

A total of 248 competitors were approved to compete making this IMMAF’s largest event to date. The Championships notably marks the participation of Team Bahrain’s first female MMA competitors – Hend Rezk and Fatema Bureshaid.

Commencing on Monday 13 November, the 2017 World Championships can be watched live interna-tionally via the Bahraini TV app – on channels Bahrain International, Sports 1 and Sports 2. The app is downloadable from iTunes and Google Play. Matches commence at 3pm on 13, 14 and 18, and 2pm on 15 -16 November.

See below the full list athletes competing for medals in the 2017 IMMAF World Championships:

MEN’S FLYWEIGHT
1. Ali Yaqoob Bahrain
2. Dastan Zhakypbekov Kazakhstan
3. David Pajunen Finland
4. Dennis Ryden Sweden
5. Dylan kennedy Ireland
6. Fabricio Barbosa Brazil
7. Giacomo Santoro Italy
8. Hiroyuki Sugiura Japan
9. Hussain Abdulla Bahrain
10. Irfan Ahmed Pakistan
11. Mohammed Almuamari Bahrain
12. Nikolay Ivaylov Bulgaria
13. Pathian Malsawmdawngliana AIMMAA
14. Roland Yacoubian Lebanon
15. Rungrot Posi Thailand
16. Sanan Safarli Azerbaijan
17. Sean Stebbins United States of America
18. Serdar Altas Sweden
19. Shiva Raj India
20. Tohir Saidov Tajikistan
21. Yernaz Mussabek Kazakhstan

MEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT
1. Aakash Gautam India
2. Abzzy Mahdawi Australia
3. Alessandro Celadin Italy
4. Alvaro Ucendo Spain
5. Artsem Areshka Belarus
6. Austin Lynch Ireland
7. Ben Miles United Kingdom
8. Carlos Veras Brazil
9. Chase Boutwell United States of America
10. David Rivera Panama
11. Dinislam Jetpissov Kazakhstan
12. Diyan Shkodrov Bulgaria
13. Florian Doskja Albania
14. Gamzat Magomedov Bahrain
15. Hamza Zrira Bahrain
16. Jack Corr Northern Ireland
17. Katiso Matime South Africa
18. Kierandip Sahota United Kingdom
19. Mahammad Aliyev Azerbaijan
20. Manuchekhr Davlyatbekov Tajikistan
21. Moreau Florian France
22. Nurtilek Yerkuatuly Kazakhstan
23. Olzhas Moldagaliyev Kazakhstan
24. Renato Vidovic Sweden
25. Ronan Butler Ireland
26. Sami Mousar France
27. Shaun Joubert South Africa
28. Stefanos Kyriakides Cyprus
29. Temurmalik Khudojberdi Sweden
30. Valeriy Palatov Russia

MEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT
1. Abdullah Mucahit Uyar Turkey
2. Abdulmanap Magomedov Bahrain
3. Ali Wasuk Canada
4. Anurag Sharma India
5. Ashley Williams United Kingdom
6. Bekzat Zhassiya Kazakhstan
7. Betach Amine France
8. Boma Terence France
9. Carlos Ibañez Aguayo Spain
10. Clarke Jarrett New Zealand
11. Daniel Matuszek Poland
12. Daniel Schalander Sweden
13. David Evans United States of America
14. Delyan Georgiev Bulgaria
15. Dylan Lielke Canada
16. Eemil Kurhela Finland
17. Eli Zgheib Lebanon
18. Eryk Walecki Poland
19. Francesco Spinola Italy
20. Georges Sahyouni Lebanon
21. Gerard Corr Northern Ireland
22. Hamad Mattar Bahrain
23. Hoger Salih Sweden
24. Joel Arolainen Finland
25. Jonathan Ortega Mexico
26. Khazar Rustamov Azerbaijan
27. Kohei Maeda Japan
28. Krishna Kumar Yadav India
29. Leonid Asparuhov Bulgaria
30. Merey Zhubanov Kazakhstan
31. Orlando Jimenez United States of America
32. Tomas Kacirek Czech Republic

MEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT
1. Alessandro Franquillo Italy
2. Bogdan Grad Austria
3. Ciaran Clarke Ireland
4. Darkhan Zhumabay Kazakhstan
5. Diego Noboa Mexico
6. Enrique Hecher Sosa Spain
7. Ermal Hadribeaj Albania
8. Ethan Thomas Australia
9. Jakub Tichota Czech Republic
10. Jhon Antonio Carrillo Gullin Mexico
11. Jack Maguire Ireland
12. Joakim Jankovic Denmark
13. John Nguyen Canada
14. José Teixeira Luxembourg
15. Jouni Holappa Finland
16. Kevin Nieminen Finland
17. Mutaz Atmeza Jordan
18. Nayef Fikey Bahrain
19. Neimat Assadov Kazakhstan
20. Nkosi Ndebele South Africa
21. Piotr Hugues Poland
22. PK Zadeh United Kingdom
23. Quitin Thomas United States of America
24. Ramazan Gitinov Bahrain
25. Scott Pedersen United Kingdom
26. Tobias Harila Sweden
27. Vitali Andruhovich Belarus
28. Vitor Estevam De Mello Souza Brazil
29. Xabidi Fabien France
30. Ziiad Sadaily Russia

MEN’S WELTERWEIGHT
1. Abbas Khan Bahrain
2. Alex Elsey United Kingdom
3. Axel Karlsson Sweden
4. Benjamin Bennett United States of America
5. Cody Barnwell Australia
6. Elliot Thomas United Kingdom
7. Faig Farhadov Azerbaijan
8. Gianluigi Ventoruzzo Italy
9. Henri Dimitri France
10. Isakov Issa Belgium
11. Jan Fajk Czech Republic
12. Kamil Czyżewski Poland
13. Makhir Aliyev Kazakhstan
14. Mehmet Koktas Turkey
15. Mika Kallio Finland
16. Milton Mateus Portugal
17. Niko Skonbäck Finland
18. Nikolay Nikolov Bulgaria
19. Oscar Mauricio Alvarez Diaz Colombia
20. Oskar Biller Sweden
21. Pat Hamer New Zealand
22. Radzhab Ataev Bahrain
23. Riyaad Pandy South Africa
24. Sam Slater Ireland
25. Shamil Gimbatov Bahrain
26. Sheldon James Victor South Africa
27. Sola Axel France
28. Suraj Kumar India
29. Taylor Garrett New Zealand
30. Wladislaw Keilbach Germany
31. Yann Liasse Luxembourg
32. Zhan Kenzhebayev Kazakhstan

MEN’S MIDDLEWEIGHT
1. Abdulrahman Alhasan Bahrain
2. Alan Garcia Mexico
3. Andrew Stanway Australia
4. Bjorn Lukas Haraldsson Iceland
5. Caseneuil John France
6. Christian Leroy Duncan United Kingdom
7. Colin Meagher Ireland
8. Darian Weeks United States of America
9. Dario Bellandi Italy
10. Eliezer Kubanza DR Congo
11. Ezekiel Wetere New Zealand
12. Fionn Healy-Magwa Ireland
13. Florian Aberger Austria
14. Heytham Rabhi Sweden
15. Ian Kuchler Spain
16. Joseph Luciano Australia
17. JT Botha South Africa
18. Jussi Pirttikangas Finland
19. Khaled Laallam Sweden
20. Luis Ramirez Mexico
21. Madi Dosmukhametov Kazakhstan
22. Meirambek Demeubayev Kazakhstan
23. Paddy Henderson Northern Ireland
24. Ricardo Caceres Delgado Spain
25. Rusi Minev Bulgaria
26. Stacy Waikato New Zealand
27. Theebaan Govindasamy Malaysia
28. Waleed Gamal Egypt
29. Yildirim Cakar Turkey

MEN’S LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
1. Ajit Negi India
2. Anton Turkalj Sweden
3. Bachir Ricardo Lebanon
4. Christoffer Hillsjo Sweden
5. Daniele Matiddi Italy
6. Dimitri Fogg South Africa
7. Frikkie Bendeman South Africa
8. Gabriele Bartoni Italy
9. Jaakko Honkasalo Finland
10. Kudaibergen Toleubayev Kazakhstan
11. Murtaza Talha Ali Bahrain
12. Pavel Pahomenko Belarus
13. Pawel Zakrzewski Poland
14. Sam Lawson Australia
15. Shane Price United Kingdom
16. Silapa Halangahu New Zealand
17. Thomas Knudsen Denmark
18. Toma Walton Tzilla United States of America
19. Zdenek Holub Czech Republic

MEN’S HEAVYWEIGHT
1. Besart Berisha Austria
2. Cameron Dempsey Australia
3. Chaddad Alexandre Lebanon
4. Delano Human South Africa
5. Irman Smajic Sweden
6. Jindrich Krajca Czech Republic
7. Lev Vins Kazakhstan
8. Matias Anttila Finland
9. Patrik Dufek Czech Republic
10. Ryan Spillane Ireland

MEN’S SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT
1. Atanas Krastanov Bulgaria
2. Damian Visenjak Austria
3. Marcin Kalata Poland
4. Samuel Rodriguez Gutierrez Spain
5. Tolga Polat Turkey

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT
1. Anna Astvik Sweden
2. Sara Cova Mexico
3. Hannah Dawson New Zealand
4. Raluca Dinescu Romania
5. Aeilish O Hanlon Ireland
6. Naipunya Sunil India
7. Emily Badmaev Ireland
8. Ayan Tursyn Kazakhstan
9. Hend Rezk Bahrain

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT
1. Anette Österberg Finland
2. Alexandra Kovacs Hungary
3. Alish Smith Australia
4. Saloni Avhad India
5. Danni Neilan Ireland
6. Nishigandha Rao India
7. Daria Sloviashchenkova Russia
8. Ghita Iulia Luiza Romania
9. Ilaria Norcia Italy
10. Dee Begley Ireland
11. Michele Oliveira Brazil
12. Gulmira Nugmanova Kazakhstan
13. Abidi Mariem Tunisia

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT
1. Arziko Bregu Italy
2. Karolina Hulkko Finland
3. Chamia Chabbi Finland
4. Kyla De Vries South Africa
5. Manon Fiorot France
6. Fotini Kandris United States of America
7. Joanne Doyle United Kingdom

WOMEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT
1. Nora Nagy Hungary
2. Nicole Schnalzer Austria
3. Fabiana Giampa Italy
4. Courtney McCrudden Northern Ireland
5. Lama Nassar Lebanon

WOMEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT
1. Divya Nagaraj India
2. Gase Sanita New Zealand
3. Izabel Hristova Bulgaria
4. Kaycee Blake United Kingdom
5. Julia Dorny Germany
6. Fatema Bureshaid Bahrain

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Jose Torres, former IMMAF World Champion had to decline UFC call-up

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

In 2016 Jose Torres transitioned to professional mixed martial arts as the most decorated amateur veteran in history. His claim to being the world’s top amateur competitor was backed up by an unprecedented 25-1 record having only ever lost his debut bout. The 25-year-old known as ‘Shorty’ accumulated countless regional titles in addition to winning the UMMAF national championships in 2014 and 2015.

His more high profile transition to pro MMA, under the banner of Titan FC, came following his international IMMAF triumphs as a member of team USA. Torres secured back-to-back gold medals in the Men’s bantamweight bracket of the IMMAF World Championships in both 2014 and 2015. He was the first athlete to achieve the feat of becoming a two-time IMMAF world champion.

Torres continued to make history and was the first competitor to be invited to join Titan FC’s ranks as a debut professional. Today he remains undefeated at 5-0, in addition to being the promotion’s very own ‘Champ-Champ’ having claimed both the Titan FC Flyweight and Bantamweight world championships.

On November 17 Torres will fight to defend the 135lb bantamweight crown against Gleidson DeJesus (7-2), taking place at Pembroke Pines City Center in Florida, USA.

When facing Farkhad Sharipov for the Titan FC bantamweight title on May 19, ‘Shorty’ sustained a broken hand in the opening round, plus an MCL tear. Incredibly, he went the distance to defeat Sharipov via a unanimous judge’s decision after all five rounds of action.

Ahead of the anticipated title bout, the former amateur sensation spoke to the MMA Circus and revealed how he was forced to turn down multiple call-ups to the UFC, due to injuries.

“I won the bantamweight championship and I thought it was an amazing fight, because it showed the UFC that I came back from adversity – I got exactly what I wanted, the UFC called me. The problem was a broke my hand and tore my MCL in the first round of the fight and I had to prevail and come back for four more rounds.

“Sadly, I had a four-month layoff, so even though the UFC called me four times, I couldn’t take the opportunity that I believe I deserve. Now I really want to prove to myself, not just the UFC, that I’m back 100% and a much more improved ‘Shorty’. I’m excited to show why I’m the ‘champ-champ’ and why I deserve to be in the UFC.” – Listen to the full interview HERE.

For his return from injury Torres been in at the deep end for his camp with the best that MMA has to offer in California, training alongside the likes of UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw.

While one IMMAF great continues his successful career at the pro level, over 250 intentional amateur standouts from 49 competing nations will look to follow in his footsteps at the 2017 IMMAF World Championships.

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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WHERE TO WATCH: 2017 IMMAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • IMMAF STREAMS LIVE INTERNATIONALLY ON BAHRAIN TV APP

  • IMMAF SIGNS NEW POST-EVENT HIGHLIGHTS TV DEAL WITH UK FREESPORTS

The 2017 IMMAF World Championships will be available to watch across a variety of platforms worldwide, including live internationally via the Bahrain TV app.

Hosted by the Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation (BMMAF) and endorsed by the Bahrain Olympic Committee, IMMAF’s prestigious nation vs nation, Amateur MMA tournament takes place from 12 to 19 November in Manama, Bahrain as part of Brave International Combat Week.

The competition comprises 4 days of preliminaries from 13 to 16 November (from 3pm on 13 – 14; 2pm on 15- 16) and culminates in IMMAF’s Finals and Medals Ceremony on 18 November (at 3pm).

LIVE TELEVISION BROADCAST IN THE MIDDLE EAST
The 2017 IMMAF World Championships will be broadcast live on television via Bahrain TV and Abu Dhabi TV in the Middle East. The live package follows the tournament through the full 5 days of competition.

LIVE ONLINE INTERNATIONALLY
Download the Bahrain TV app onto your mobile device to view the full 5 days of the 2017 IMMAF World Championships live.
The Bahrain TV (Ministry of Information and Affairs) app is downloadable from iTunes and Google Play.

IMMAF CHAMPIONSHIPS HIGHLIGHTS SERIES
– A ten-hour, serialized highlights programme will be available to view after the event on Extreme Sports Channel in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
– It will also be available for the first time on new channel FreeSports TV in the UK.
– FreeSports is available on Freeview, TalkTalk and BT on channel 95, on Sky on 424 and FreeSat on 252.
– Each highlights programme tells the back story and follows the journey of the tournament’s eventual medallists through 2017 IMMAF World Championships.

Check the broadcast channel scheduling information for dates and times.

TEAM SOUTH AFRICA HIGHLIGHTS
In South Africa, Team South Africa matches can be watched post-event on Vodacom.

TICKETS INFORMATION
If you want to enjoy the experience first-hand, tickets to the 2017 IMMAF World Championships can be purchased online here: http://www.tathaker.net/index.php?cPath=237_240

Alternatively, tickets can be purchased from the nearby Seef Mall in Manama (on Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Highway), or on the door at Khalifa Sports City arena on the days of competition.

Both one-day and package tickets are available, as well as VIP options.

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‘The best team ever’: French MMA unites for IMMAF World Championships

Pictured above: IMMAF European silver medalist Manon Fiorot (left), French team coach Lionel Brezephin (right).

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

France’s national amateur MMA team is confident of having assembled the greatest squad possible ahead of the 2017 IMMAF World Championships. If this proves to be the case, the international landscape will experience a dramatic shift with this year’s IMMAF Worlds set to place from 12-19 November in Manama, Bahrain.

At the IMMAF World Championships in 2014 and 2015, success was widely diversified among nations, but with the USA establishing itself as leader of the World Championships platform.

Assembled by the Commission Française de Mixed Martial Arts (CFMMA), France’s amateur team achieved its first World Championship medals in Las Vegas, 2014, as Women’s featherweight Florence Bethert and Men’s lightweight Guillaume Bletio each claimed bronze.

France’s most successful campaign to date was back in Las Vegas for the 2015 Worlds where Men’s flyweight Iurie Bejenari stormed his way to a gold medal while Women’s bantamweight finalist Lucie Bertaud earned silver and heavyweight competitor Allan Guichard picked up bronze.

In 2016 Guichard was France’s only World Championship medalist, advancing to earn silver. By this time Sweden had excelled as leaders of the world stage and continue to stand strong as the top ranked nation in the IMMAF World Rankings.

While French MMA has continued to fight political hurdles at home in the struggle for acceptance and regulation, the country has dropped to 19th place in the IMMAF national team rankings – a major underachievement considering the nation’s martial arts pedigree and export of pro level standouts. On the international amateur platform, a modest degree of success has been subsidized by the likes of team regular Dimitri Henri securing bronze in the welterweight bracket at the 2016 European Open.

However, heads were turned most recently when former national karate champion Manon Fiorot excelled at the 2017 European Open in Sofia, Bulgaria, and marked herself as the most promising French prospect by taking herself to the Women’s bantamweight finals, only losing out on the scorecards to Swedish great Cornelia Holm.

CFMMA communications director Julien Brondani tells us that Fiorot continues to develop at a compelling rate with her World Championships return now imminent after inexperience resulted in an early exit from the tournament in 2016, submitted by Norway’s world silver medalist, Camilla Mannes.

“Coach Brezephin (CFMMA national team coach) receives updates from Manon’s coaches. She lives and trains in the south of France and sometimes visits in Paris for training. We can see her progression. Manon is a true warrior who likes fighting; she was a great karate champ under a true legend of this sport, Mr Jean-Francois Gomis.

“Her striking skills are very good for MMA, she has got perfect timing. She improved a lot since her first fight, you can see the progression between Vegas and Sofia. She’s working on wrestling every day and she’s still on the mat every morning and evening with great coaches like Muay Thai great Xavier Lafaye or Aldric Casatta, founder of Boxing Squad Nice and a pro mixed martial artist.”

The CFMMA spokesperson added: “Manon has solid mental strength, she’s a beast.”

French fortunes could be about to change. There is excitement within the camp and high optimism is warranted with team coach Lionel Brezephin having called up the top gyms in France to nominate their best amateur hopefuls.

“Coach Brezephin and David Pierre-Louis asked coaches from the greatest teams in France to send their best amateur athletes. We have probably the best team ever.

“Our athletes are coming from every part of France and are training with the best coaches like UFC veteran Cyrille Diabate and the Snake Team, coach Fernand Lopez – founder of MMA Factory and home of Francis N’Gannou (#4 ranked UFC heavyweight), plus others like Werdum Combat Club in Bordeaux and Parabellum with MMA pioneer Julien Sévéon.”

In addition to the returning duo of Fiorot and Henri, the new-look team features a total 10 athletes making their way to Bahrain.

“Some of the newcomers are Amine Betach and Fabien Xabidi from Snake team, John Caseneuil of MMA Factory and Alex Sola from Boxing Squad. You probably know France is one of the best places in Europe for Muay Thai and Kickboxing so we have solid strikers and a very ambitious team cause our team that is young, is very talented and we are hungry!”

As influential figures within French Judo lobbied against the sport, nationwide unity became critically essential for CFMMA. The triumph of Les Bleus in 1998 sparked major sport and social development when France lifted the FIFA World Cup. Similarly, a momentous showcase of the nation’s brightest MMA talent could spur on development of grass roots MMA in France to all new heights.

“The first reason that we asked the greatest coaches to send athletes is because we want to show the unity of MMA in France. CFMMA is fighting for MMA everyday with the help of IMMAF. We are proud of that. This is like the Gracie Barra Slogan: ‘Organized like a team, fighting like a family.’

“Our first victory is to bring together the best teams, the best athletes of all ages and backgrounds. After that? Yes, the medals could help us of course like Lucie Bertaud and Iurie Bejenari in 2015.”

Team France are well aware of the challenge that faces them on IMMAF’s competition platform, the premier competition for amateur mixed martial artists.

“This is a tournament and everything can happen in a few seconds. Dimitri Henri had to withdraw in Sofia after a foot injury, but that’s the rules of a the game. You have to be on the top every day for a potential 5 days of competition, the level is just excellent.

“We know we are meeting great nations like Sweden, Bulgaria, UK, Italy and so many others now coming in like Mexico or Kazakhstan with huge talents. Bahrain will be on top with a great team, no doubt. Everybody is dangerous, that’s why we love MMA and we love IMMAF. IMMAF is the future of MMA and the level is growing every year.

“We have worked a lot for this event and we would like to thank the IMMAF staff for this amazing job and the Bahrain Federation as well. We can’t wait.”

The 2017 IMMAF World Championships take place at Khalifa Sports City Arena from 12 to 19 November, as part of Brave International Combat Week, the 2017 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.

For live IMMAF World Championships results and more information on brackets and national amateur teams visit MyNextMatch.com

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Germany teams with Austria camp for IMMAF World Championships

Pictured above: Team Austria at the 2017 IMMAF European Open in Sofia, Bulgaria

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

In many nations around the world a lack of government recognition for the sport of mixed martial arts puts strain on universal development at the the grass roots level and sustaining international level participation for both athletes and coaches. At the opposite end of the spectrum is a surge in success for national federations who accomplish the target of government recognition, and with it, funding for athlete development and national team competition.

The exposure and acceptance of mainstream MMA in Germany has experienced peaks and troughs. Much of the sport’s significant progress is thanks to the UFC’s triumph in court which enabled top flight MMA to appear on free-to-air television. This was followed by encouraging signs from mainstream media platforms, such as Bild, who showed a keen interested in covering the promotion’s return to Germany last year in Hamburg.

However, the grass roots of German MMA remain neglected. Amateur MMA at the national level is quietly humming, sustaining itself, but this European superpower falls significantly behind nations such as the UK, Italy and Sweden, to name a few.

Fighting for the development of German MMA at its roots, in addition to maintaining a presence in international competition – the German Mixed Martial Arts Federation (GEMMAF).

Team Germany - 2016 IMMAF World Championships

Team Germany – 2016 IMMAF World Championships

Since the inaugural IMMAF World Championships in 2014 GEMMAF has never failed to contest with a small yet competitive and dedicated team of self funded athletes. The nation achieved its first and thus far only gold medal in 2014 as Daniela Kortmann earned the Women’s Strawweight world title. Since then, Women’s Featherweight veteran Julia Dorny has carried the nation to silver medal success at both the World and European Championships. Other standout representatives who have shown promise along the way include Pascal Hintzen and Wladislaw Keilbach.

“It has been very difficult to go out and sell you yourself and explain why you a worth the funding, it is not easy. But I am happy it somehow always worked out,” team veteran Julia Dorny explained, who touched on the high financial investment being worth the experience and athletic progression.

“Self funding is not easy. I am sure that if I make it to the finals this year, I will feel prepared to consider fighting professionally, even though it would not bring much money.”

Like many athletes, Dorny draws on support from a diverse list of contributors from friends and family to local businesses.

“I am so grateful to those who have support me all the way to European and world championships over the years.  We are all thankful to our coaches, family and friends who believe in us and support us through good times and bad.”

For the 2017 IMMAF World Championships, Germany links up with close neighbours, Austria, as GEMMAF and the Austrian MMA Federation (AUTMMAF) combine their available resources for Bahrain where Germany will be represented by Dorny now joining the Women’s Lightweight bracket and Men’s Welterweight, Wladislaw Keilbach, who was forced to withdraw from the 2017 European Open tournament after an impressive opening victory.

“This year we are accompanying Team Austria; German athletes will be part of the camp in Bahrain. They are great coaches: mentally, technically and physically. Austria and Germany have always had a great connection. At the 2017 European Open they cornered German athletes and I saw how great they were with their own. We visited Austria for a short camp and we will continue to collaborate. They support and encourage us – it’s just what I need.”

Austria also produced its first IMMAF world champion in 2014 when heavyweight Hans Lackner claimed gold in the 265lb bracket. At subsequent championships Austria has been represented by team regulars such as Bogdan Grad and achieved bronze at the 2016 Worlds through heavyweight Damian Visenjak and bronze at the European Open championships secured by Florian Aberger.

AUTMMAF president Fritz Treiber will accompany the coaching duo of brothers Gerhard and Michael Ettl. The Austrian Federation has registered a substantial team of nine standout national athletes for the World Championships taking place this month. For more team information, live IMMAF World Championships results and brackets visit MyNextMatch.com

The 2017 IMMAF World Championships take place at Khalifa Sports City Arena from 12 to 19 November, as part of Brave International Combat Week, the 2017 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.

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