Team USA Announced For Historic Youth MMA World Championships

An unprecedented two- hundred-and-sixty-nine U18s competitors from across the globe, aged 12 – 17,  have registered to compete in the historic first Youth MMA World Championships, taking place from 3 – 4 August at the PalaPellicone in Rome under the auspices of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF).

34 of those young pioneers will be representing team USA, who travel to Rome with the competition’s largest national squad of 34 athletes.

The event’s standout national teams include the likes of the U.S. (34), Ireland (28), Ukraine (27), England (26), Russia (25), Kazakhstan (24) and Italy (20) with age based divisions featuring: Youth A 16-17s (U18), Youth B 14-15s (U16) and Youth C 12-13s (U14).

The USFL recently announced which athletes would be representing the United States, showcasing a momentous and diverse coming together of young athletes from across the nation’s cities and prominent gyms. The USFL serves as the youth development affiliate for the USA Mixed Martial Arts Kick International Federation (UMMAF) of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF.)

Via the USFL:

Lake Forest, CA- The United States Fight League is pleased to announce the national team roster for the first IMMAF [Youth] World Championships taking place in Rome, Italy this August. This follows the youth national championship which took place in June. UFC veteran Joe Stevenson will serve as head coach.

USFL President Jon Frank said, “The national championships and world team selection tournament was historic in the sense whereas it was first time the top kids from parts of the United States convened in a single venue and competed with the purpose of representing the U.S. in an internationally recognized World Championships for youth. This was no easy task as compared to countries with national sports ministries who fully support their youth development, and whom we are about to meet in Rome.” The U.S. team is comprised of youth athletes from California, Florida, Hawaii, Arizona, Maryland, Illinois and Iowa. The roster is as follows:

NAMECITYTEAM NAME
Joseph BowersPheonix, ArizonaPower MMA
Delton KaufmannPheonix, ArizonaPower MMA
Xeric KaroutsosOrlando, FloridaRu Camp 
Brandon ApodocaOrlando, FloridaRuCamp
Alana DelvaOrlando, FloridaRu Camp 
Victoria LeeMililani, Hawaii Team United MMA
Adrian LeeMililani, Hawaii Team United MMA
Angelina CalpitoMililani, Hawaii Team United MMA
Ethan BadayosMililani, Hawaii Team United MMA
Logan HackbarthMililani, Hawaii Team United MMA
Kai SekigawaMililani, Hawaii Team United MMA
Nate DriskellSanta Rosa, California Nor Cal Fight Alliance 
Raul Rosas Santa Rosa, California Nor Cal Fight Alliance 
Jesse Rosas Santa Rosa, California Nor Cal Fight Alliance 
Kevin Rosas Santa Rosa, California Nor Cal Fight Alliance 
Lea Bivins Sacramento, California Carnage MMA
Alexis ErwinSacramento, California Carnage MMA
Justin BarclaySacramento, California Marinoble MMA
Travis BoylesKelseyville, California Evolution MMA
Alexander RamirezBeaumont, California Pinnacle MMA
Alexander TrujilloCherry Valley California 10th Planet Riverside 
Andrea FrisqueDesert Hot Springs, California Kihon MMA
Calen GreerCorona, California UFC Gym Corona 
Jaylene MartinezVictorville, California Pinnacle MMA
Jeremy DrayRiverside, California Riverside Submission
Jesse JimenezWest Covina, California UFC Gym Rosmede
Nadhia Barrientos San Diego, California Gamebred MMA
Rashad SatterwhiteVictorville, California Cobra Kai 
Regina Awana Riverside, California Riverside Submission
Sergio PorrasSan Diego, California One Legacy MMA
Shaniyah CarlsonDesert Hot Springs California Kihon MMA
Rhonin SwensonOxon Hill, MarylandTeam Lloyd Irvin 
Billie MerreighnWeldon, IllinoisBloomington Team One BJJ
Brayden Broderick Dallas Center, IowaTeam Broderick

According to Mr. Frank, the USFL has created an ongoing grassroots fundraising campaign to pay the almost $8,000 in athlete participation fees and equipment costs so they can represent the U.S. on the world stage. Any support within the MMA community directly benefits these kids who work so hard to represent the country. More information on the event can be found at IMMAF.org.

For more event information including national teams, visit MyNextMatch.com.

Main picture: USA youth athlete Jeremy Day. For USFL updates includes information on how you can support the nation’s athletes, visit the USFL on Facebook.

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