2017 IMMAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
KHALIFA SPORTS CITY ARENA – MANAMA, BAHRAIN
12 – 19 NOVEMBER 2017, BRAVE INTERNATIONAL COMBAT WEEK
Athletes from around the world have been invited to compete in the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation’s 2017 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA.
IMMAF’s prestigious nation vs nation tournament will be hosted by the Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation (BMMAF) in Manama at Khalifa Sports City Arena from 12 to 19 November, as part of Brave International Combat Week. The tournament is expected to be IMMAF’s biggest yet, drawing around 300 competitors.
Endorsed by the Bahrain Olympic Committee, four preliminary days of IMMAF amateur action will culminate in professional MMA event, BRAVE, on Friday 17, followed by the IMMAF World Championship finals and medals ceremony on Saturday 18. During competition week, Bahrain will additionally play host to IMMAF’s 2017 Congress.
The hosting of the 2017 IMMAF World Championships by Bahrain has been facilitated by HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who has been a driving force for the development of MMA in the Middle East and of Bahraini MMA globally. He stands as the First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Honorary President of Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Association and founder of KHK MMA (Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa Mixed Martial Arts Organization).
The event takes place under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee.
Athlete Registration Information and Deadlines:
Registration is currently open solely to the top 32 ranked national teams in the IMMAF Amateur MMA Rankings. Each is permitted to enter 1 athlete per weight category up until September 7.
On September 8, the remaining places in the tournament brackets will be opened up to application from all IMMAF member federations on a first come first served basis, with a maximum of 2 entries per weight category permitted per nation. The final deadline for all entries is September 28.
Tournament registration can be followed live by registering for free to MyNextMatch.com, and visiting the 2017 IMMAF World Championships in the Event Finder.
Amateur MMA athletes interested in competing in IMMAF competitions should contact their National Federation.
IMMAF President Kerrith Brown said:
“We wholeheartedly thank His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa for his deep support of the sport of MMA and of IMMAF. We are also grateful to BMMAF President and IMMAF Board Member, Mr. Khalid Abdulaziz Al Khayat, for his backing and commitment.
“We invite Amateur competitors world over to participate in this flagship world championship tournament, one that will surely cement the nation of Bahrain’s position as a powerhouse in the development of MMA, both in the Middle East and globally.”
HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa said: “It is our vision to make MMA in the region very popular, maybe more popular than soccer.”
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