The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) has announced the schedule for the UK Team Tryouts for the 2015 IMMAF European Open Championships of Amateur MMA.
The tournament takes place in Birmingham(UK) from 19-22 November 2015 at the Walsall Sports Centre at the University of Wolverhampton. For full information about the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation event, to be broadcast later on UFC FIGHT PASS, visit: http://www.immaf.org/2015-immaf-european-open-championships/For two years running, the UK Team has medaled at the IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA in Las Vegas (USA). The recent 2015 World Championships saw the UK earn its first gold medal as Josh Ellis titled in the Men’s Lightweight division. Middleweight James Duckett earned silver, while Jake Constantinou scored bronze at Welterweight. Other UK contenders at this years’ World Championships were Amy Omara (Women’s Strawweight), Carl Burton (Men’s Bantamweight), Aidan James (Men’s Featherweight) and Steve Steward (Men’s Light Heavyweight).
The IMMAF European Open permits two entrants per weight category for each national team, with a total cap of 32 entrants per division. This opens up additional places on the UK squad, besides the already vacant spots in the Men’s Heavy and Super Heavyweight and women’s categories. Competition categories run from Strawweight to Featherweight for women, and Flyweight to Super Heavyweight for men.
The Midlands based competition, which is sanctioned by the UKMMAF, will be the first IMMAF Championship to take place following the launch of the IMMAF Amateur MMA Rankings. The system will enable competitors to be seeded across the tournament according to ranking.
The UKMMAF will be holding regional tryouts as outlined below, depending on demand in each area. Please note that some events may be amalgamated should there be insufficient demand in some areas.
SCHEDULE FOR UK TEAM TRYOUTS
30th August 2015: Outlaw MMA, Northway Trading Estate, Northway Lane, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 8JH
6th September 2015: Chris Rees Academy, Abertawe House, Ystrad Road, Forestfach Industrial Estate, Swansea SA5 4JB
13th September 2015: Fightstar Gym, 17 Saville Road, Peterborough PE3 7RP
20th September 2015: London (location TBA)
27th September 2015: Scotland (location TBA)
4th October 2015: Fight Science Leeds, Unit 10, Howley Park Road, Morley, West Yorkshire, LS27 0BP
The UKMMAF online registration system goes live this week and will be advertised on the UKMMAF website, Facebook and Twitter.
Please note that team representatives must be prepared to self-fund. The competition entry fee is £150, and competitors will need to cover their own accommodation, equipment and expenses costs.
For eligibility criteria visit: http://www.immaf.org/2015-immaf-european-competitor-eligibility/
For more information about the United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) visit: http://www.ukmmaf.org.uk/
For more information about the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) visit: http://www.immaf.org/
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