Swedish team leader reviews 2017: Another golden year for the world’s top ranked nation

Pictured above: SMMAF Swedish National Amateur Team 2017.

2017 was another golden year for Sweden, operating under the Swedish MMA Federation (SMMAF) as the world’s leader in international amateur MMA. Despite increased threat from the surging Bulgarian and Kazakhstan national teams; Sweden, the world’s no.1 ranked nation, further extended its lead atop the international IMMAF rankings.

Sweden topped the medal table at both the 2017 IMMAF World Championships and Asian Open, in addition to having the highest total medal count at the European Open.

The nation’s 2017 success was summarized in the post below, written by Christer Ringblom, team leader of the Swedish national squad:

pictured above is the Swedish MMA National Team for 2017. If we look back, I have to stress that it has been an excellent success.

From 29 March-2 April we competed at the IMMAF European Open Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, with 16 athletes. 13 took a medals.

Gold Medal:
Fannie Redman – Women’s Flyweight
Cornelia Holm – Women’s Bantamweight
Anton Turkalj – Light-Heavyweight
Irman Smajic – Super-Heavyweight

Silver Medal:
Anna Astvik – Women’s Flyweight
Tobias Harila – Men’s Lightweight
Oskar Karlström Biller – Welterweight
Khaled Laallam – Light-Heavyweight

Bronze Medal:
Anja Saxmark – Women’s Flyweight
Eva-my persson – Women’s Bantamweight
Higher Salih – Men’s Featherweight
Axel Karlsson – Welterwegith
Heytham Rabhi – Middleweight

11 athletes competed from 12-16 June in Singapore at the IMMAF Asian Open Championships. 9 athletes took medals.

Gold Medal:
Gabriella Ringblom – Women’s Flyweight
Tobias Harila – Men’s Lightweight
Heytham Rabhi – Middleweight
Irman Smajic – Heavyweight

Silver Medal:
Anja Saxmark – Women’s Flyweight
Renato Vidivic – Men’s Bantamweight
Anton Turkalj – Light-Heavyweight

Bronze Medal:
Daniel Schälander – Men’s Featherweight
Axel Karlsson – Welterweight

At the IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain, 12-19 November, we were 15 athletes strong. 5 took a medal in competition that was of the highest class of all time. The world cup contained 248 athletes from 51 nations.

Gold Medal:
Anna Astvik – Women’s Flyweight
Serdar Altas – Men’s Flyweight
Khaled Laallam – Light-Heavyweight
Irman Smajic – Heavyweight

Bronze Medal:
Anton Turkalj – Light-Heavyweight

In addition, Khaled laallam was awarded as the tournament’s best Male athlete.

The National Team is currently ahead of all other MMA teams worldwide (IMMAF national team rankings):

top 10 teams

See full nations ranking list HERE.

In the current individual athlete world rankings, we have the no.1 rated athlete in 7 of the 14 weight divisions, and 6 of the world’s top 10 athletes in the pound-for-pound rankings:

top 10 p4p

See full pound-for-pound rankings list HERE.

Now, the official team is dissolved following the IMMAF World Championships (ahead of selections for 2018 competition).

Thank you to all the athletes who have been in the championships, training and sharpening your ability in hope of competing at IMMAF competitions.

I would like to emphasize that without the competition we have at home, we would not be able to perform as we do in away events, all of which are needed for us to be the best in the world. Coaches, trainers and club leaders nationwide – you are part of the amazing development that makes team Sweden the world’s best national team,
we are all part of our achievement.

Right now we’re loading up everyone for SM (SMMAF National League Championships & national team qualifiers). I’m excited to see the outcome there – how will the National Team 2018 look? I’m waiting with anticipation. What I know is we’re going to be as strong as we were 2017, it is because we have such good structure and competition at home.

To you, the athletes and the coaches who stand in the SM, I say, good luck. To those that go another way: thank you for the time I had to experience with each and every one of you and good luck.

Finally, I would like to thank all the supporters who followed the MMA team @MMAlandslaget.
Keep following us, ’cause there’s more!

Christer Ringblom,
Manager

For more information on the Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) visit smmaf.se.

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