Pictured above: Bulgaria’s 2017 European Open welterweight champion, Nikolay Nikolov.
By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran
The 2017 IMMAF Worlds Championships has received an aesthetic development to athlete’s competition gear for this week’s event.
While competing at Khalifa Sports City Arena in Manama, Bahrain, all returning champions from the 2016 World Championships and 2017 continental Opens (European, Asian and African) have been presented with gold colored competition gear in acknowledge of their position as reigning champions of IMMAF’s international circuit.
For the 2016 World Championships in Las Vegas, USA, all athletes were kitted out with red and blue rashguards, shinguards, gloves and shorts – a first for amateur MMA that brings the sport in line with recognizable aesthetics of amateur and Olympic combat sport, thus triggering a visual impact that makes IMMAF competition the most recognizable form of amateur MMA in the world.
IMMAF’s red and blue athlete’s equipment – provided by Green Hill – also adds to competitor safety through the fine-tuned development of shin guards and 6oz amateur style gloves.
Taking place at Khalifa Sports City Arena from 12 to 19 November, as part of Brave International Combat Week, the 2017 IMMAF World Championships is the biggest event in the history of amateur MMA under IMMAF with more participants than ever before (over 250) representing nations from all continents. 2017 marks the first year of the IMMAF Worlds taking place outside of Las Vegas, USA, and will be broadcast live via the Bahrain TV app – click HERE for more information.
The 17 reigning champions who received the prestigious gold fight gear include:
Sanan Safarli – 2017 European Open champion
Abdulmanap Magomedov – 2017 African and Asian Open champion
Hamza Zrira – 2017 African Open champion
Delyan Georgiev – 2017 European Open champion
Nikolay Nikolov – 2017 European Open champion
Eliezer Kubanza – 2017 African Open champion
Dario Bellandi – 2017 European Open champion
Alexandra Kovacs – 2017 European Open champion
Yernaz Mussabek – 2017 Asian Open champion
Zhan Kenzhebayev – 2017 Asian Open champion
Olzhas Moldagaliyev – 2017 Asian Open champion
Frikkie Bendeman – 2017 African Open champion
Nkosi Ndebele – 017 African Open champion
Anton Turkalj – 2017 European Open champion
Heytham Rabhi – 2017 Asian Open champion
Tobia Harila – 2017 Asian Open champion
Irman Smajic – 2016 IMMAF World champion, 2017 European Open champion, 2017 Asian Open champion