Results for Italian MMA Team Trials: Stage 1

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 09:37


FIGMMA National MMA Team Trials (IMMAF RULES) - Stage 1.

On 18th October in Rome, the Italian MMA Federation, FIGMMA, held the 1st stage of its NATIONAL MMA TEAM TRIALS, organized by National Team Coach, Fabio Ciolli. The event was held under IMMAF Amateur rules.

This was the first in a series of events scheduled across Italy to select the athletes that will compete in the Finals, in order to win a place on the Italian National Team that will participate in IMMAF international competitions in 2015.

10 Teams sent athletes to take part in the first of Italy’s qualifiers and all bouts showed a high skill level among competing amateurs that lead most of the matches to go to Decision.

See the following links to the event results as reported at and


See below for the Official Card Results:

155lbs (male) – Alessandro FINESSO (Hung Mun Martial Society) vs Simone VALLE (Allblacks Taekwondo)
Winner:  Alessandro FINESSO
Referee: Fabio Tafaro

115lbs (female) – Maria Vittoria COLONNA  (Hung Mun Martial Society) VS Giorgia PALMAS  (Palmieri Fighters)
Winner: Maria Vittoria COLONNA
Referee:  Pietro Stazi

135lbs (male) – Simone CRISTINI  (Hung Mun Martial Society) vs Marco ZANNETTI  (Fulmen MMA)
Winner: Marco  ZANNETTI
via Submission (Guillotine) RD1 1:43
referee: Fabio Tafaro

185lbs (male) – Francesco RUTILI (Hung Mun Martial Society) VS Gabriele BARTONI  (Sestito Academy of Martial Arts)
Winner:Francesco RUTILI
referee: Pietro Stazi

145lbs (male) – Luca IMPECIATI  (Hung Mun Martial Society) VS  Davide SCAVONE (Arti Marziali Rimini)
Winner  Davide SCAVONE
Referee: Fabio Tafaro

135lbs (male) – Bogdan BOACH  (Ukraine) VS Giacomo SANTORO  (Otzuka Club)
Winner: Bogdan BOACH
referee: Pietro Stazi

155lbs (male) – Alessandro FINESSO (Hung Mun Martial Society) VS Gianluca  APOSTOLICO (Sestito Academy of Martial Arts)
Winner: Alessandro FINESSO
Referee: Fabio Tafaro

145lbs (male) – Andrea CHIAPPI (Hung Mun Martial Society) VS Davide SCAVONE (Arti Marziali Rimini)
Winner: Davide SCAVONE
Referee: Pietro Stazi

185lbs (male) – Gianluigi VENTORUZZO  (Hung Mun Martial Society) vs Gabriele BARTONI (Sestito Academy of Martial Arts)
Winner:  Gianluigi VENTORUZZO
Referee: Fabio Tafaro

135lbs (male) – Simone CRISTINI (Hung Mun Martial Society) vs Daniele MAUTI (WARLIKE)
Winner: Simone CRISTINI
via TKO RD1 00:35
referee: Pietro Stazi

FIGMMA formally elected as IMMAF member

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 08:13



Following a period of FIGMMA representatives shouldering the majority of operations in the Italian Federation ITMMAF, the IMMAF has decided to formally move the representation of Italy to FIGMMA. Founded in 2013 by 18 different groups within the Italian MMA Community, ITMMAF served an important purpose as a catalyst for joining MMA organizations together, and has now handed over to FIGMMA for the continued governance of MMA in Italy.

Federazione Italiana Grappling Mixed Martial Arts (FIGMMA) is a non-profit association founded in 2009 with the purpose of representing the sports of Grappling and MMA in Italy. Since 2010 FIGMMA has enjoyed formal approval of the Italian Olympic Committee. FIGMMA contributed to the birth and development of ITMMAF, the Italian MMA federation originally recognized by IMMAF consisting of representatives from various MMA organizations and associations all over the country.

With the practical and financial backing of FIGMMA, former ITMMAF President Emiliano Lanci and ITMMAF board members Fabio Ciolli and Patrizio Maggiori formed the driving force of sport regulation in Italy. Among other things they took on the task of financing and organizing the national team for the first IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA earlier this year. Over time the operations and activities of ITMMAF have centralized around FIGMMA and their representatives, with it now becoming natural for the membership to move from ITMMAF to FIGMMA.

Moving forward FIGMMA has created an organizational structure that will ensure an equal voice is given to both its sports – Grappling and MMA. MMA will be managed by the Amateur MMA/IMMAF Commission headed by FIGMMA Vice President, Vito Paolillo and commission members Emiliano Lanci, Fabio Ciolli and Patrizio Maggiori. The group will work to sustain and increase the support and collaboration of other Italian organizations that operate in the field of MMA.

The IMMAF acknowledges the hard work and commitment of Emiliano Lanci, Fabio Ciolli and Patrizio Maggiori who, with the support of FIGMMA, never waned in their belief in the IMMAF vision. We are proud of the ITMMAF initiative, that it got us this far, and now we look forward to working with FIGMMA and support their development of sport regulation and amateur competition within Italy. This is the first time we have established a permanent solution with a member federation that governs another sport besides. This is something we in general are very hesitant to do as MMA needs focused representation from within the MMA community. FIGMMA has however beyond doubt shown that they are the premier proponent of MMA in Italy and I am confident that they will manage their dual responsibilities with great professionalism as well as true passion,” said IMMAF Secretary General, Erika Mattsson.



President: Francesco Saverio Longo
Vice President: Vito Paolillo

MMA Commission

Vito Paolillo (Vice President)
Fabio Ciolli
Alessandro Federico

Grappling/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Commission

Bernardo Serrini (Vice President)
Gianfranco Delli Paoli
Giulio Candiloro

General Secretary: Vito Paolillo

Auditor: Marco Befera



In order to select the athletes to represent the Italian National Team for IMMAF international competition FIGMMA is organizing annual qualifiers culminating in a final tournament, the FIGMMA National MMA Team Trials.


  • 1 November: 3° Praedator Young e Veterans (Mercurago di Arona – Novara)
  • 9 November: 4^ Coppa Italia di MMA (Roma)
  • 20-23 November: Campionato Mondiale di Grappling UWW (Mosca – Russia)
  • 6 December: Colosseum MMA (Sassari)
  • 14 December: 2^ Coppa Italia di Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/Grappling Gi (Roma)
  • 27 December: Praedator Fc MMA (Milano)

UKMMAF to Shadow Sanction BAMMA 17

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 11:31


The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) is pleased to announce that it will be shadow sanctioning the internationally broadcast BAMMA 17 at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester (UK) on 6th December 2014.

There is no legal requirement for MMA promotions to be regulated in the UK and the UKMMAF is evolving voluntary regulation processes, with which the British promotion has agreed to work. This follows the UKMMAF’s shadow sanctioning of Amateur promotion, Fight UK, earlier this year.

BAMMA has for several years been at the forefront of UK MMA, ensuring they provide and deliver a professional set-up for all involved. They were a founding party of Safe MMA, which is referred to by the UKMMAF as its independent medical advisory. They also pride themselves on using officials who they consider to be the most qualified from backstage commissioners to referees, from judges to medics. It is this attention to detail that makes a possible future working relationship between UKMMAF and BAMMA a very positive prospect.

Shadow sanctioning by the UKMMAF is the first step for a promotion wishing to work with the organisation towards full independent sanctioning. It involves working in partnership to evolve best practice both for the promoter and governing body. Shadow sanctioning allows any promotion interested in being involved in a working relationship with the UKMMAF the opportunity to be shadowed and their event processes reviewed at no expense to them. This is followed by professional and meaningful follow-up report and ongoing support towards sanctioning. The UKMMAF role is to simply legitimise many of the excellent processes already followed by the leading promotions and to assist others to raise their standards, to improve safety, lower risk and enable the sport to become recognised and supported in the manner so many other sports are.

The UKMMAF is working in conjunction with other recognised combat sports governing bodies towards recognition under Sport England and governing body status, so that it may provide all those involved in MMA the opportunity for official regulatory backing.

UKMMAF Board representative, Leon Roberts said:

“The number of shows now in contact with UKMMAF is an illustration that promotions are now seeing and understanding the importance of moving away from self-governance to be governed by a legitimate and recognised body that simply strives to give MMA the professional status it deserves.

“Having independent regulation from a recognised body is key to providing essential validity to a genuine sport, ensuring competitors are treated, recognised and respected as athletes, and making sure all the necessary measures are in place. This certainly isn’t to say that without the UKMMAF none of this can happen on mindful shows, but the UKMMAF is a dedicated group of professional, knowledgeable, impartial and like-minded individuals who can guarantee everything is done to ensure MMA is viewed and accepted in the professional manner it warrants, and in doing so helps to silence the detractors who unfortunately still display a lack of understanding into the true essence of MMA.”

BAMMA referee and UKMMAF Regulatory Committee representative, Mark Woodard, said:

“I think it’s awesome that we are now in a position to be able to start pressure testing the protocols that we have worked so hard to create. Shadow sanctioning on a show like BAMMA will give us the feedback that is necessary to make sure that everything is in place to support and help promotions run a smooth, safe, professional promotion.

“In my opinion it’s the little things that can make or break a show and hopefully we have got these covered. Over the last few months things like finalising the Amateur rule set and gloves that are fit for purpose within that rule set have all been debated. Personally I am honoured and proud to have been in some small way a part of this body and feel its a massive step towards legitimising Mixed Martial Arts in the UK.

“It’s great to know that Promotions such as BAMMA see the value in what we have been working towards. We now have athletes who are making a living from competing in MMA and this is the time to get a regulating body in place. The UKMMAF are here to provide a solid framework to help the growth of the sport and its fantastic to see a promotion the size of BAMMA getting behind us.”


IMMAF Welcomes Bulgaria

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 04:37


The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) is excited to welcome its latest member, the Bulgarian Federation of Mixed Martial Arts (BFMMA). The BFMMA was recently elected as the national federation to represent Bulgaria in the IMMAF and meets the criteria of being a non-profit, democratic organization.

Established in November 2013 by 10 MMA clubs, the BFMMA aims at developing, promoting and encouraging high achievement within Mixed Martial Arts in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. The BFMMA has a managing board consisting of 15 respected national sport specialists, led by president Mr. Stanislav Nedkov, the biggest name to compete in MMA out of Bulgaria.  The federation is actively working to assist other clubs within the region to establish themselves as non-profit organizations for sports development, so that they can become eligible for BFMMA membership.

The BFMMA has already applied for formal recognition by the Ministry of Sport in Bulgaria and is in the process of becoming recognized.

President, Mr. Nedkov, said:

“We’re extremely happy to be accepted as an IMMAF member and we’re sure that through our mutual efforts and through that of all IMMAF members, we will lead the sport of MMA to becoming the number one combat sport in Bulgaria, Europe and the world.”

IMMAF’s Secretary General, Erika Mattsson, said:

“We are very pleased to welcome Bulgaria into the IMMAF fold. The movement towards voluntary regulation is making waves world over, and in each of these countries we see the MMA communities coming together at grass roots level; dedicating their own time, passion and hard work to making the sport they love safer and to protect its participants. The BFMMA have made impressive achievements already and the IMMAF looks forward to lending its support and working in partnership with the Bulgarian federation as they move towards official government recognition.”


IMMAF Calendar & Schedule

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 05:33

The IMMAF has launched a public calendar on its website for communicating IMMAF events and meetings, and also to give national federations an opportunity to publish their events.

All around the world our members are working hard to further MMA in their respective countries. They are inviting the public to seminars, they are meeting with politicians, overseeing competitions, hosting courses, training their national teams and much more. The calendar will give members a platform to notify each other of their activities and to broadcast them to the general public.

Keep an eye out for the 2015 IMMAF Championships schedule due to be posted shortly. After a recent decision by the board, the IMMAF will be hosting annual and not bi-annual World Championships, with the next World Championships set for the summer of 2015. Negotiations for various options are currently under way and depending on location, the World Championships will take place no earlier than the end of June and no later than the end of August 2015. The IMMAF is also currently processing bids from a number of federations and their partners for the opportunity to host Continental Championships during 2015. These Championships will take place no earlier than March and no later than May. More information will be posted as soon as it’s available.

The calendar can be found under its own heading on the home page,

IMMAF to launch statistics task force

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 04:57


The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is to launch a task force responsible for the collection of statistics on the spread, growth and character of Mixed Martial Arts across the world.

It is IMMAF’s aim to create a hub for Mixed Martial Arts statistics, available to the public with many potential applications from evolving sports safety to education to commercial, academic and informing journalism. A statistics library is a support service that the organization will provide equally to all non-profit and for-profit stakeholders across MMA. This forms part of IMMAF’s work to secure for Mixed Martial Arts the same rights and opportunities as all other recognized sports, and not only to develop the genre from a technical point of view but also to support a healthy business environment for all vested parties.

Over the coming months, IMMAF will contact promoters, insurance companies and other industry players inviting them to collaborate in the pooling of data for mutual industry benefit.

IMMAF’s General Secretary, Erika Mattsson said:

“The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation receives many data based questions such as, ‘How many professional athletes are there in the world?’ or ‘How many promotions are there in Europe?’.  It is a priority agenda that we are able to answer these questions in order to support and protect the growth of MMA. It is important to us also not only to evolve the athletic side of the sport through governance, but that we can support and provide value to professional promotions and commercial entities that are major driving forces in the industry. The team is looking forward to an exciting year ahead, evolving wider industry relationships through fruitful communications with others who share common goals for Mixed Martial Arts.”


Fight Network to broadcast first MMA World Championships

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 03:14

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) has secured a deal with Fight Network in Canada, Europe, North and sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and Turkey to broadcast highlights of its first-ever Mixed Martial Arts World Championships, which took place during the summer in Las Vegas, USA. The deal was brokered by sport marketing agency Broadreach Media, which signed a 3-year deal as IMMAF’s exclusive media partner earlier this year.

IMMAF is the international governing body for the sport of mixed martial arts. During the inaugural IMMAF World Championships over 100 amateur athletes from 22 countries competed in a five day tournament at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The finals were held inside the UFC International Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in front of MMA fans from around the world.

Owned by Anthem Media Group, Fight Network is a Canada-based English-language channel devoted to airing programming related to mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and other combatant styles. Along with live combat events, Fight Network airs fight-themed movies, documentaries, television series, news and fitness-related shows.

“We are delighted to secure this deal to increase even further the IMMAF World Championships’ exposure throughout the world” says IMMAF Secretary General Erika Mattsson. “Fight Network has viewers who already love combat sports and we are happy for the opportunity to introduce them to top level amateur MMA.”

“The massive international popularity of mixed martial arts has spawned world-class professional organizations all over the world, but this landmark event from the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation has brought together the world’s top amateur prospects,” said Ariel Shnerer, Director of Programming & Communications at Anthem Media Group Inc., the parent company of Fight Network. “Fittingly staged in Las Vegas, the fight capital of the world, the 2014 IMMAF World Championships showcases the new breed of athletes in a constantly evolving sport, and we’re excited to give these future stars a platform on Fight Network.”

For further information please contact Steven Morris at Broadreach Media,

Photos from the IMMAF Amateur MMA World Championships

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 10:44

Check out our photo gallery featuring the medallists at the finals of the first IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA. These took place at the UFC Fan Expo® at the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre in Las Vegas on 5th July this year.

Photos by Julien Brondani and Zahi Ephrem/Arabs MMA




Kombat Sport to Broadcast Highlights of First IMMAF World Championships

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 03:03

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) has secured a deal with Kombat Sport in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa to broadcast highlights of its first-ever Mixed Martial Arts World Championships, which conclude on Saturday, July 5 at the UFC Fan Expo inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Kombat channel will broadcast two shows, both two hours in duration, produced by Giant TV, producers of the British MMA event, BAMMA.

The inaugural IMMAF WorldThe IMMAF is pleased to secure this deal with Kombat Sport channel so that its athletes, who have the honor of representing their country in competition this week, can be supported by their families and friends watching at home Championships began in Las Vegas this week, with 115 amateur athletes representing from 22 countries.  IMMAF was founded in Sweden in 2012 to further the development and recognition of the sport of mixed martial arts, enabling international competition through the organization of national MMA federations around the world. Earlier this year, IMMAF appointed sports marketing agency Broadreach Media in a three-year, exclusive deal to market IMMAF’s media rights internationally.

Launched in October 2012 in Luxembourg, where it is based, Kombat Sport is Europe’s premier 24/7 combat sports channel. Kombat Sports broadcasts over 24 combat sport disciplines including MMA, kickboxing, boxing, muaythaï, taekwondo, karate, Jiu-Jitsu and is available via CanalSat, Numericable and other platforms in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Israel and sub-Saharan Africa.

IMMAF Secretary General Erika Mattsson said, “The IMMAF is pleased to secure this deal with Kombat Sport channel so that its athletes, who have the honor of representing their country in competition this week, can share their acheivements with their families and friends watching at home.”

Bruno Oppenheim, Editorial Director of Kombat Sport, said, “Kombat Sport is delighted to bring highlights of all the athletes competing in Las Vegas for the IMMAF World Championships. As a premier combat sports channel, we are proud to showcase these mixed martial artists who have gathered from all over the world to engage in this championship event.”

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 and follow on Twitter at  @IMMAFed.


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Three exciting days at Cox Pavilion

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 02:56

The first IMMAF Amateur World Championships of MMA have delivered an exciting three days, with athletes representing 22 different countries from across the globe. Competing National Federation teams include; Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States. The tournament continues tomorrow with the semi finals which promise to deliver some explosive matches.

After months of preparation the IMMAF is proud to finally see this historic event come to fruition in Nevada, the heart of the MMA world, sanctioned by UMMAF. The first 4 days take place in Cox Pavilion at the University of Nevada, the venue of very the first TUF finals; while the tournament final takes place inside the UFC Fan Expo at Mandalay Bay this coming Saturday. The Championships are presented in collaboration with leading U.S. Amateur promoter, Tuff-N-Uff, with the UFC and Century Martial Arts as sponsors. The film crew on site comes from the UK production company Giant TV.

There’s a phenomenal atmosphere out here, the competition standard is impressive and the passion of the athletes and staff highly contagious. The heat is something else!

Stay tuned for match results and further competition updates.


IMMAF – International Mixed Martial Arts Federation