The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) has announced the date for the UK Team trials, to go on to compete in the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) World Championships of Amateur MMA in Las Vegas (USA). The trials will take place in Leicester on March 20, 2016.
Nigel Burgess of the UKMMAF commented:
“Taking part in the World Championships is a great opportunity for amateur fighters to compete at a very high level and test themselves as an individual. It’s also a great launch pad for those who want to go on to a professional career in mixed martial arts. We highly recommend that amateur MMA athletes who meet the criteria come along to try out – it could lead to representing your country in Vegas later in the year; an experience not to be missed.”
Whereas previously several try outs were held around the UK, this year one central location has been selected. Interested competitors are required to register their interest by competing the form HERE. They are also required to be UKMMAF members, but are able to complete their membership during registration on the day of the trials; membership will cost £35. The cost of participating in the trial is £5.
Previous UK Team competitor, Aiden James, commented:
“It was an unbelievable experience! It was great to see the skill set from other competitors from around the world. It was also very motivating to see a lot of UFC stars throughout the week too!”
Successful athletes will go on to represent the UK team at the IMMAF Word Championships of Amateur MMA, which will take place during the UFC’s International Fight Week. The event will be broadcast via FightPass as well as international television partners.
IMMAF Championship events follow a unique tournament format within the sport and competitors are selected by draw to determine who they face in each round of competition. With nine weight classes for men, ranging from flyweight to super heavyweight, and five for women, ranging from strawweight to lightweight, the international event follows the unified IMMAF Rules of Amateur MMA.
FAQs for athletes wishing to compete can be found HERE.
For IMMAF eligibility criteria click HERE