The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation and Tuff-N-Uff present first-ever Amateur MMA World Championships starting Monday June 30th through to July 5th
The IMMAF World Championships Take Place During UFC International Fight Week in Las Vegas
June 27, 2014, Las Vegas, NV – The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) in partnership with Las Vegas’ own Tuff-N-Uff: “The Future Stars of Mixed Martial Arts,” is presenting the first-ever amateur Mixed Martial Arts World Championships during UFC International Fight Week™ on Monday, June 30to Saturday, July 5. The IMMAF selected Tuff-N-Uff to co-present this competition because of their excellent reputation and prominence in combat sports. The five-day IMMAF World Championshipskicks off at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) inside the Cox Pavilion on Monday, June 30.
Tickets are available now through UNLVTickets.com for $10 per adult and $7 for children (10 and older) per day Monday, June 30 –Thursday, July 3. A four-day pass package is available for $35 per adult and $25 per child (10 and older). Facility fees not included.
For the World Championship finals, which take place Saturday, July 5, the IMMAF takes center stage at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center as part of the UFC Fan Expo. Athletes in their respective weight classes will enter the world famous eight-sided MMA ring to win the first-ever IMMAF gold medal.
Access to the IMMAF World Championships Saturday, July 5, is available through the purchase of a UFC Fan Expo Pass for $45 online at www.ufcfanexpo.com or on site the day of the event for $50.
Bertrand Amoussou, President of the IMMAF, will attend the IMMAF World Championships and deliver welcoming remarks on opening day, Monday, June 30 at 12:45 p.m.
IMMAF Secretary General Erika Mattsson is on site in Las Vegas and looking forward to the tournament:
“This World Championship is an amazing project that has brought together people from across the world, working tirelessly pro-bono for over a year to make it happen, sharing in their love for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts,” said Erika Mattsson, Secretary General, IMMAF. “Hosting a five-day championships tournament in MMA that meets international sports standards is something that has never been done before. I am so proud of my team and we are very excited to be able to welcome athletes from 25 countries and hope that both the athletes and the general public will enjoy the tournament.”
Following is the official IMMAF World Championship schedule of events:
Monday, June 30 – Wednesday, July 2
Location: Cox Pavilion, UNLV
12:00 pm: Doors open to public
12:45 pm.: IMMAF President Bertrand Amoussou delivers opening remarks
1:00 pm: First matches, simultaneously taking place in two (2) MMA rings
*Approximately 34 matches taking place; estimated duration of day is four – five hours
Thursday, July 3
Location: Cox Pavilion, UNLV
11:00 am: Athletes begin reporting to Cox Pavilion to prepare for competition
12:00 pm: Doors open
1:00 pm: First matches – one MMA ring only
8:00 pm: Participants check-out of UNLV dormitories to check-in to Excalibur Casino
Note: Estimated 17 matches taking place; estimated duration is four – five hours
Saturday, July 5 *
Location: Mandalay Bay Events Center/Inside UFC Fan Expo
10:05 am: First couple of finals. Ends no later than 12:55pm
IMMAF Takes A Break in the Action For The Ultimate Fighter 19 Weigh-ins
1:00 – 1:45pm: TUF 19 Weigh-Ins,
2:00 pm: Remaining finals. Ends no later than 3:20pm
Following the last match, an IMMAF Medals and World Championships closing ceremony will commence.
*All matches are live and subject to change. Which weight classes will be having finals on the Saturday is decided by the official tournament draw on Sunday June 29th and will be publicized on www.immaf.org/worldchampionships
About the IMMAF
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) is the international democratic governing body for the sport of MMA, representing MMA worldwide towards all stakeholders – athletes, coaches, referees, governments, athletic commissions, sports confederations, international organizations, professional promoters and more. Founded from within the MMA community for the MMA community, the purpose of the IMMAF is to protect and further the development and recognition of the sport of MMA on all levels, enabling international competition through the organization of non-profit, democratic national federations. For more information, please visit www.IMMAF.org and follow on Twitter at @IMMAFed.
Tuff-N-Uff has promoted amateur fights in Las Vegas since 2003 and has recently seen the likes of UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and UFC and Strikeforce veteran Ryan Couture compete in its cage. Additionally, MMA notables such as Jessamyn Duke, Ashlee Evans-Smith, Tonya Evinger, Jon Fitch, Jesse Forbes, Chris Holdsworth, Brad Imes, Jimmy Jones, Jesse Taylor and Nick Thompson were among countless others who have also competed under the Tuff-N-Uff banner. For more information, visit TuffNUff.com and Follow on Twitter and Instagram @TuffNuff and LIKE us on Facebook.com/TuffNUff.
About UFC International Fight Week™
UFC International Fight Week™ returns to the Fight Capital of the World July 1-6, 2014. The weeklong celebration includes something for everyone from entertainment and arts to charitable events, shopping and, of course, all things UFC. The event will also feature for the first-time ever, two huge fight cards in one weekend in the UFC’s hometown – UFC® 175 and The Ultimate Fighter® Finale. Other fan favorite activities will return including UFC Fan Expo, Official Pool Party with Octagon Girls®, a free concert, UFC Downtown with fighter meet-and-greets, “The Art of Fighting” art exhibit, ULTI-MAN 5k run, training sessions with fighters, viewing parties, weigh-ins and more! Tickets and event details are available at http://www.ufcfightweek.com/. UFC Fan Expo tickets are on sale now at www.UFCFanExpo.com. Stay connected with UFC International Fight Week news on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/UFCFightWeek), Twitter and Instagram (@UFCFightWeek).
For media interviews and credentials for the IMMAF World Championships, please contact Jen Wenk, APR at firstname.lastname@example.org or 001 (702) 635 0995.