UK amateur team revealed for IMMAF World Championships

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The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) is proud to reveal the UK team selected to compete in the 2015 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA at UFC® International Fight Week, in Las Vegas from 6th – 11th July.

Hosted by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation, the Championships are to be held on the renowned Las Vegas Strip as part of the world’s largest one week combat sports festival. The event finals are to take place at the UFC Fan Expo® at the Sands Expo and Convention Center and the tournament will be broadcast on UFC FIGHT PASS. Amateur competitors for the tournament will be flying in from member nations around the world. For more information about the IMMAF World Championships, visit: http://www.immaf.org/championship-2015/

The UK team was selected from eligible applicants through an open application process, that included regional tryouts and a final selective squad training weekend.

Please note that due to the current unregulated status of the sport in the UK, no centralised or official fight records system exists in the country. The stated Amateur records below include only the fights that the UKMMAF has been able to verify. However, the fighters may have had more fights that have not been recorded publicly and that it has not been possible to verify at this stage. The UKMMAF will be submitting all verified athlete records data to record keeping sites, Sherdog and MMA.tv.

The 2015 UK TEAM

Name: Amy Omara – Women’s Strawweight: -52.2 kg (115 lbs)
Age: 26
Hometown: Stockport, Cheshire
Gym: 12 Gauge MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 3-0-0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts: kick-boxing, No-Gi grappling
Fighting Style: MMA

Name: Connor Hitchens – Men’s Flyweight: -56.7 kg (125 lbs)
Fight name: Chopsticks
Age: 18
Hometown: Preston
Gym: Reps MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 9-0-0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts: wrestling, No-Gi grappling, Amateur boxing
Fighting Style: striker/ grappler
Twitter: @ConnorHitchens1

Name: Carl Burton – Bantamweight: -61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Fight name: Honeybadger
Age: 28
Hometown: Macclesfield
Gym: 12 Gauge MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 7-2-0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts: Contestant in the 2014 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA
Fighting Style: grappler
Twitter: @carl86burt

Name: Aidan James – Men’s Featherweight: -65.8 kg (145 lbs)
Age: 20
Hometown: Swansea, Wales.
Gym: Chris Rees Academy
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 6-1-0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts: Made 4 the Cage Amateur Title (135lbs)
Fighting Style: mixed/ orthodox
Twitter: @AidanJamesMMA

Name: Ross Gallagher Lightweight: -70.3 kg (155 lbs)
Fight Name: The Boss
Age: 28
Hometown: Corby
Gym: Siam MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 14-5

Name: Jake Constantinou Welterweight: -77.1 kg (170 lbs)
Age: 24
Hometown: Leicester
Gym: Leicester MMA Academy
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 7-2-0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts:
MMA C-Class 12-3, Submission Wrestling, Amateur K1 – 2-0, RINGS UK Team Member (J-MMA)
ISKA and Battle Arena English National Lightweight Champion (A Class)
ISKA Northern Area Lightweight Champion (A Class)
ISKA England Squad member (C Class)
2x ISKA English National Gold Medalist (C Class)
Clash UK Gold Medalist (C Class)
Submission Wrestling
IBJJF International Open Silver Medalist (Blue Belt)
Grapple Nation Gold Medalist
Ground Control Gold Medalist
GoToTheGround Gold Medalist
Fighting Style: submission wrestling and boxing
Twitter: @JakeTinou

Name: James Duckett Middleweight: -83.9 kg (185 lbs)
Age: 24
Hometown: Manchester
Gym: Predators MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 9-­3
Fighting Style: boxing

Name: Steve Steward Light Heavyweight: -93.0 kg (205 lbs)
Age: 33
Hometown: Peterborough
Gym: Fightstar MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 4-2
Twitter: @Steve_Fightstar

For more information about the IMMAF World Championships visit: http://www.immaf.org/championship-2015/
For more information about the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation visit: http://www.immaf.org/

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Photos courtesy of D.Lowry/ Odin Photography