Pictured above: Colombian competitors pose together at the recent World Championships qualifying event.
By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran
The Colombian Association of Mixed Martial Arts (OCAMM) is aiming for a major increase in its participation at this year’s 2017 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA.
The recent OCAMM national championships event on July 8, in the high-altitude capital city of Bogotá, saw a first wave of athletes qualify for the 2017 IMMAF Worlds set for Manama, Bahrain, from 12 – 19 November
OCAMM was formally announced as an IMMAF member in December of 2015. The nation’s debut appearance on IMMAF’s international amateur platform took place at the Las Vegas World Championships in 2016 with three athletes nominated to represent the nation including Women’s bantamweight Claudia Barragana and Men’s bantamweight duo Bryan Munoz and Mauricio Daza.
The 2017 OCAMM Championships present a fresh opportunity for young, grass roots competitors and thus far a total of 8 athletes have earned themselves a place in the 2017 World Championships team:
Women’s Strawweight – Laura Milena Contreras Peña
Women’s Bantamweight – Silvia Juliana Martinez Celis
Men’s Flyweight – Diego Orozco
Men’s Bantamweight – Jose Luis Prada Lozano
Men’s Featherweight – Shalom Adonais Villegas
Men’s Lightweight – Diego Gabriel Noboa Vanegas
Welterweight – Oscar Mauricio Alvarez Díaz
Middleweight – Luis Anderson Ramirez Rincon
National teams at IMMAF Championship events are permitted to enter up to 2 athletes per weight bracket. OCAMM will confirm further team nominations following a second series of National Championship tournaments on September 9.
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