On February 19 the Italian Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts Federation (FIGMMA) oversaw finals of the National Amateur MMA Team Trials in Padova, organized by event director Gianpaolo Puggioni. The national finals identified the athletes now nominated to compete and represent Italy at the 2017 IMMAF European Open Championships, with full funding from FIGMMA.
A total of 4 athletes qualified for the finals in each weight category with a total 30 athletes from 15 clubs nationwide facing off for a spot on the national team.
The tournament was successfully run via the online tournament manager MyNextMatch.com and all fighters competed with official gear provided by FIGMMA sponsor ADIDAS. Participants also received a complimentary mouthguard from new FIGMMA sponsor OPRO.
Returning Italian champions and international IMMAF veterans included, Francesco Spinola, Gianluigi Ventoruzzo, Ilaria Norcia and Arziko Bregu. All 4 secured victory and confirmed their spot on the national team, while all other weight classes saw new athletes conquering the top spot.
Athletes selected for the Italian National Team throughout 2017 include:
Alessandro Celadin – Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Davide Baggieri Martini- Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)
Francesco Spinola – Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)
Gianluigi Ventoruzzo – Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)
Dario Bellandi – Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)
Gabriele Bartoni – Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)
Daniele Matiddi – Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)
Ilaria Norcia – Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)
Arziko Bregu – Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
The 2017 IMMAF European Open Championships take place from March 29 to April 2 in Sofia, Bulgaria.