2018 IMMAF Asian Open Championships & IMMAF Junior MMA World Championships
- 10 – 15 September
- Beijing – China
The China International Mixed Martial Arts Federation has gifted half a million dollars in prize money for medallists and awardees at the 2018 IMMAF Asian Open Championships and IMMAF’s first Junior World Championships, taking place in Beijing from 10 to 15 September.
The Junior MMA Championships is open to 18s- 21s only and provides better opportunity for rising stars to shine against competitors within a similar range of experience. It also creates a safer competition environment for younger adults who have not yet reached their physical peak.
Meanwhile, the senior event will remain open to competitors from 18 years old upwards.
The prize money will be divided between Gold, Silver and Bronze medallists of the two tournaments, and awardees for Best Male and Female Athletes, Best Coach and Best Team.
Further details and criteria for individual prizes will be confirmed once the tournament brackets have closed and number of divisions and potential medallists have been consolidated. Brackets are currently open to applications from Atomweight to Lightweight for women and Strawweight to Super Heavyweight for men.
Athletes wishing to participate should contact their national federation for local tryouts information and updates. The extended deadline for entry is Wednesday, 15th August 2018.
CIMMAF issued the following statement:
“We are very excited to be granted the rights from the IMMAF. We must not only organize the Asian Open Championships and Junior MMA Championships in China, but are committed to holding the events to IMMAF’s high standard. Through our efforts, we will make both the IMMAF and the world know of CIMMAF and China.
“China is an extensive and abundant country with the world’s biggest market and consumer groups, and the world’s largest audience. Also, Martial Arts have a long history in China. For these reasons, we want showcase these world-class games to Chinese audiences and combat enthusiasts.
“Moreover, the CIMMAF can provide highly professional operational teams for the accomplishment of these events, including medical professionals and referees, as well as the best amateur fighters. We will do our best to guarantee the safety of every player of MMA, to build up a safe and independent system for each player and team and to reward every player who works hard. We hope to see great participation in the event through our efforts, in order to make the best contribution possible to the field of MMA.
“We thank IMMAF again for the opportunity and for its confidence in the CIMMAF and faith in China. We truly believe that this will stimulate greater support for the sport in the region.”
IMMAF President Kerrith Brown said:
“I would like to thank CIMMAF President Mr. Wei for the generous financial donation, intended to support the development of our top athletes. As a former competitor, I fully understand the sacrifices that athletes have to make in order to hone their craft and the financial hardship that can go with it. While MMA is unrecognized by many countries, are athletes often work hard to self-fund their way to IMMAF competitions. And there are many pressures in MMA for athletes to go pro too early, for small cash, and we at IMMAF would like to encourage participants to remain at amateur sharpening their game for as log as possible for their own development and longevity, as well as that of the sport. I am thrilled, that the generosity of Mr. Wei and of CIMMAF has given IMMAF the opportunity to bestow financial rewards on the stand-out athletes of the forthcoming IMMAF Asian Open and Junior Worlds.