Romania completes first stage of National Team Trials

On February 29th the Romanian MMA Federation (RMMAF) held the first stage of its National Team Tryouts ahead of 2016 IMMAF championships.

The ‘Road to Las Vegas’ event in the capital city of Bucharest boasted historic developments with a ground breaking television deal in addition to notable figures from Romanian sport being in attendance.

RMMAF President George Stanciu informed IMMAF.org that at least two further tryout stages are anticipated with team selection criteria taking into account both performance and experience, plus the accumulation of ranking points.

The event marked the first time that either amateur combat sport or qualifiers for the IMMAF World Amateur Championships were televised and broadcast live on one of the Romania’s biggest sports channels, Sport.ro. In addition, representatives from the Romanian Ministry of Youth and Sport were in attendance as a part of the sport recognition process for MMA in Romania. Furthermore, the competition was held in cooperation with the Romanian Anti-doping Agency.

“This is a big step for amateur MMA in Romania,” stated the RMMAF President. “This is the first time that amateur combat sport was broadcast on bigger sport television with national coverage. The feedback is unexpectedly good and the matches will be on Youtube.”

The RMMAF anticipates a concluding response from the Ministry of Youth and Sport within the coming weeks.

“The first steps have been positive,” Stanciu added, as he explained there is good rapport with the Romanian sport authorities. An extended waiting period is expected due to current connections between the Romanian Sports Ministry and national karate federation who could potentially be merged with the RMMAF.

First stage tryout event results:

Main Event: Superfight amateur rules – non tryout
Weight Class: Heavyweight: -120.2 kg (265 lbs.)
Mihai Carstea (loss) vs. Nicolo Bonati(win) – Method: Submission (Americana);
Referee: Scott Manhardt
Round 1 time 01:11
Mihai Carstea (DAOS)
Nicolo Bonati (AGON)

Co-Main Event: Superfight amateur rules – non tryout
Weight Class: Light Heavyweight: -93.0 kg (205 lbs.)
Vlad “Dracul” Grigore (win) vs. Andrei Padina (loss) – Method: Submission (Guillotine Choke);
Referee: Leonard Gugulici
Round 1 time 02:18
Vlad Grigore (ABSOLUTO)
Mihai Simion (AGON)

Co-Main Event 2: Superfight amateur rules – non tryout
Weight Class: Lightweight: -70.3 kg (155 lbs.)
Bogdan Barbu (win) vs. Bot Dragan (loss) – Method: Decision (Unanimus);
Referee: Mihai Mihailovici
Round 3 time 03:00
Bogdan Barbu (FIGHT TEAM TITANS – TIMISOARA)
Bot Dragan (IGUANA FIGHT)

The Tryouts for ”Road to Las Vegas” World IMMAF Championship results:

Weight Class: Featherweight: -65.2 kg (145 lbs.)
1. Marius Spac (win) vs. Alex Budoiu (loss) – Method: KO (punches);
Referee: Mihai Mihailovici;
Round 1 time 00:15
Marius Spac (NIPPON BUDO SPORT)
Alex Badoiu (KOKORO MMA)

Weight Class: Lightweight: -70.3 kg (155 lbs.)
2. Adrian Mocanu (loss) vs. Cristian Iorga (win) – Method: Decision (Unanimus);
Referee: Leonard Gugulici
Round 3 time 03:00
Adrian Mocanu (FIGHT CLUB TITANS – BARLAD)
Cristian Iorga (AGON)

Weight Class: Welterweight: -77.1 kg (170 lbs.)
3. Mihai Constantin Ionescu (loss) vs. Paul Butacu (win) – Method: Submission (Armbar);
Referee: Mihai Mihailovici
Round 1 time 01:54
Mihai Constantin Ionescu (CRK)
Paul Butacu (TSU SHIN GEN)

Weight Class: Middleweight: -83.9 kg (185 lbs.)
4. Flaviu Nita (win) vs. Marius Cantoneru (loss) – Method: Submission (Arm Triangle);
Referee: Mihai Mihailovici
Round 2 time 01:26
Flaviu Nita (KORONA / ARES DOJO)
Marius Cantoneru (ABSOLUTO)

Weight Class: Middleweight: -83.9 kg (185 lbs.)
5. George Călin (loss) vs. Marinica Bejenaru (win) – Method: Submission (Rear Naked Choke);
Referee: Scott Manhardt
Round 3 time 01:23
George Calin (GORIGYM)
Marinica Bejenaru (KORONA / ARES DOJO)

Weight Class: Light Heavyweight: -93.0 kg (205 lbs.)
6. Marcov Sasha (win) vs. Andrei Padina (loss) – Method: TKO (GNP);
Referee: Leonard Gugulici
Round 1 time 00:40
Marcov Sasha (IGUANA FIGHT)
Andrei Padina (AGON)

Weight Class: Heavyweight: -120.2 kg (265 lbs.)
7. Ion Grigore (win) vs. Lucian Serghei (loss) – Method: Submission (Americana);
Referee: Scott Manhardt
Round 1 time 00:50
Ion Grigore (AGON)
Lucian Serghei (NIPPON BUDO SPORT)

Weight Class: Heavyweight: -120.2 kg (265 lbs.)
8. Cristi Negoita (loss) vs. Alexandru Radnev(win) – Method: Submission (Americana);
Referee: Scott Manhardt
Round 1 time 01:23
Cristi Negoita (ABSOLUTO)
Alex Radnev (AGON)
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