2016 IMMAF EUROPEAN OPEN: TEAM NORWAY READY TO TAKE OVER

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The Norwegian Mixed Martial Arts Federation (NMMAF) has registered Team Norway for the 2016 IMMAF European Open Championships, which takes place in less than three weeks’ time.

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation’s national team vs national team, Amateur MMA tournament will play out over 5 days from 22 to 26 November at the Arena of Sparta and marks IMMAF’s second European Open event. 180 athletes from 30 nations have signed up to compete.

Returning Norwegian athletes include standout women’s Bantamweight, Camilla Mannes, who earned silver at the 2016 IMMAF World Championships at UFC International Fight Week in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Welterweight Jorgen Indsetviken medalled at the 2015 IMMAF European Open at bronze and stands as the BCMMA Welterweight Interim Champion. 2015 IMMAF European silver medallist, Marius Håkonsen had registered but has now unfortunately been forced to withdraw.

The team will be headed by NMMAF coaches Henning Svendsen and John Einemo, alongside team veteran and 2015 IMMAF European Lightweight Silver medallist, Geir Kare Cemsoylu Nyland.

See below for the full list of Team Norway competitors for the 2016 IMMAF European Open Championships, complete with biographical information.

For further information about Team Norway please contact post@nmmaf.no 
See full list of registered national teams and athletes for the 2016 IMMAF European Open Championships

 

TEAM NORWAY

Camilla Mannes (pictured)

Weight category: Women’s Bantamweight
Age: 29
Hometown: Åkrehamn
Occupation: Electrician
Amateur MMA record: 3-3
Titles/ awards (combat sports): 2016 IMMAF World Championships Silver medallist, 2015 IMMAF European Championships Bronze medallist, BJJ Swedish Open Bronze and Gold medallist, NOGI European Championships Bronze medallist
Fight style: BJJ
Previous sports experience: football, handball

 

Markus Haegland

Weight category: Flyweight
Age: 19
Hometown: Stavanger
Occupation: Grocery store worker
Amateur MMA record: 2 – 2
Titles/ awards (combat sports): 2015 Norwegian junior kickboxing champion
Fight style: all rounder
Previous sports experience: handball, football
Comment:
“The reason I want to compete in the IMMAF European Championships is that I want to prove to myself that I can be one of the best Amateur MMA practitioners in Europe in my division.  The tournament will gain me a lot of fight experience, and feeds my motivation to continue chasing my dream to be the best in the world.
“MMA means the world to me as it has really changed my life for the positive. Now I only have true good friends… a girlfriend, a dog, a cat.. and a dream to chase.”

 

Dilan Falah Muhammad

Weight category: Bantamweight
Age: 19
Hometown: Hakadal
Titles/ awards (combat sports): Bronze medal in kickboxing
Fight style: orthodox
Previous sports experience: football, basketball
Comment:
“The reason I want to compete is to prove that this is something I have a talent for. As soon as I tried MMA, I instantly developed an obsession with it. I want to prove to myself and others that I have worked hard to get to where I am, and I plan to work harder still and achieve as highly as possible.”

 

Nashwan Aziz

Weight category: Bantamweight
Age: 28
Hometown: Steinkjer
Amateur MMA record: 0-2
Fight style: brawler, known for pressure and dominance
Previous sports experience: football from 12-17 years old
Comment: “My goal is to be the first person from Norway to score an IMMAF gold medal.”

 

Jorgen Indsetviken

Weight category: Welterweight
Age: 23
Hometown: Honefoss
Occupation: Healthcare worker
Amateur MMA record: 7-4
Titles/ awards (combat sports): 2015 IMMAF European Bronze Medalist, BCMMA Welterweight Interim Champion
Fight style: MMA
Comment:
“I want to show that I belong with the best amateurs in the world.”

 

Kim Andreas Zachariassen

Weight category: Middleweight Age: 21
Hometown: Trondheim, Norway Occupation: Security. Studying to join the Police.
Amateur boxing record: 3-1
Fight style: stand-up fighter, boxing/wrestling.
Previous sports experience: football (10 years), kickboxing (1 year), Boxing (2 years), MMA (3 years)
Comment:
“I want to show the world what Norway is good for, and to experience fighting with the best amateur MMA fighters in the world.”

 

Berat Berisha

Weight category: Heavyweight
Age:21
Hometown: Lillestrøm
Occupation: Security guard and student
Amateur MMA record: 1-0-0
Fight style: MMA
Comment: “I want to compete in MMA and this is the best opportunity to gain Amateur experience in the MMA world.I am the only guy to be representing Albania and Norway at the same time – which I am very proud off. Linda Kelmendi (from Kosovo) was the first to win a gold medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio and I am going to be the one who wins gold in the IMMAF European and World Championships! For Norway and Kosovo!”

 

4th November 2016

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