151 MMA AMATEURS REGISTERED FOR THE 2017 IMMAF EUROPEAN OPEN

151 MMA AMATEURS REGISTERED FOR THE 2017 IMMAF EUROPEAN OPEN

SOFIA, BULGARIA

29 MARCH – 2 APRIL

(London. 7 March 2017) 151 amateur athletes from 28 countries have registered to compete in the 2017 IMMAF European Open Championships in Sofia in just under three weeks’ time, pending clearance by IMMAF.

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation’s 5 day, nation vs nation, Amateur MMA tournament is its third to take place on the European continent. Hosted by the Bulgarian MMA Federation, with UFC veteran Stanislav Nedkov at its helm, the championships take place at the EFE Marinela Hotel from 29 March to 2 April.

National teams competing for the first time under the IMMAF banner include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, Luxembourg and Cyprus. Top ranking teams, Sweden and Bulgaria, are showing out in force to battle for the number one spot, with 20 and 17 athletes respectively.

Top 20, pound-for-pound world amateur athletes returning to the IMMAF stage are:

(1) Gabriella Ringblom, Sweden (2016 European silver, 2016 Africa gold, 2016 World gold, 2015 European silver, 2014 World silver)
(2) Cornelia Holm, Sweden (2016 European gold, 2016 World gold, 2015 European silver)

(4) Irman Smajic, Sweden (2016 European silver, 2016 World gold, 2015 European silver)

(6) Serdar Altas, Sweden (2016 European gold, 2016 Africa gold, 2015 World silver)

(7) Ferdun Osmanov, Bulgaria (2016 European gold, 2016 World silver)

(13) Daniel Galabarov, Bulgaria (2016 European gold, 2016 World bronze, 2015 European gold)

(15) David Fogarty, Ireland (2016 European silver, 2016 World silver)

(16) Camilla Mannes, Norway (2016 European silver, 2016 World silver)

See below for the full list of competitors currently registered for the 2017 IMMAF European Open Championships, listed by National Team with past medallists marked:

ALBANIA

Florian Doskja Male Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Ermal Hadribeaj Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

AUSTRIA

Wolf Gerhartinger Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Shamil Muradov Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Florian Aberger Male Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)* 2016 European Open Bronze

Mario Kainz Male Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)

Lukasz Sniadecki Male Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)

Doupona Dominic Male Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

Damian Visenjak Male Super Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs) +

AZERBAIJAN

Sanan Safarli Male Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)* 2016 European Open Bronze

Mahammad Aliyev Male Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

BAHRAIN
Hussain Abdulla Male Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Hamza Zrira Male Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Nayef Fikey Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Hamad Mattar Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Abdulla Alfayez Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

BELGIUM

Isakov Issa Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

BULGARIA

Antoniya Kalacheva Female Strawweight 52.2 kg (115 lbs)

Ofelia Nikolaeva Female Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Nikolay Ivaylov Male Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)* 2016 European Open Gold

Denislav Hadzhiev Male Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Rostislav Raichev Male Bantamweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)* 2016 European Open Bronze

Delyan Georgiev Male Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Borislav Angelov Male Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Ferdun Osmanov Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)* 2016 European Open Gold

Iordan Marinov Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Nikolay Nikolov Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Ventsislav Ivanov Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Rusi Minev Male Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)

Valeri Atanasov Male Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)* 2016 European Open Silver

Hristo Bonchev Male Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

Daniel Galabarov Male Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)* 2016 World Silver, 2016/2015 European Open Gold

Daniel Yankov Male Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)

Atanas Krastanov Male Super Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)+ * 2016 European Open Gold

CYPRUS

Stefanos Kyriakides Male Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

CZECH REPUBLIC

4 athletes (details pending)

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Maurice Munday Kabamba Male Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

FINLAND

Anette Österberg Female Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)* 2016 World Silver, 2016 European Open Bronze

Janika Antinmaa Antinma Female Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Chamia Chabbi Female Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)* 2016 European Open Bronze

Markus Jeskanen Male Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Eemil Kurhela Male Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Sanna Hyytiäinen Female Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Ville Mankinen Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Niko Skonbäck Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Jesse Liljeberg Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Jaakko Honkasalo Male Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

Matias Anttila Male Super Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)+ * 2016 European Open Silver

FRANCE

Manon Fiorot Female Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Campanella Mahio Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Tokoudagba Jonathan Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Henri Dimitri Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs) * 2016 European Open Bronze

GERMANY

Vitalij Boev Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Wladislaw Keilbach Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

HUNGARY

Alexandra Kovacs Female Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)* 2016 European Open Gold

Nora Nagy Female Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Lajos Horvath Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Akos Tarnok Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Balázs Kárászi Male Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)

IRELAND

David Fogarty Male Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)* 2016 World Silver, 2016 European Open Silver, 2015 European Open Bronze

Dylan Kennedy Male Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Darren O’Brien Male Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Daryl Clarke Male Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Austin Lynch Male Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Jack Maguire Male Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Ciaran Clarke Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Scott Harvey Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

John Mitchell Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

ITALY

Ilaria Norcia Female Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)* 2016 European Open Bronze

Arziko Bregu Female Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)* 2016 European Open Bronze, 2016 World Bronze

Marco Zannetti Male Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)* 2015/2016 European Open Silver, 2016 World Bronze

Davide Baggieri Martini Male Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Francesco Spinola Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Gabriele Varesano Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Gianluigi Ventoruzzo Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)* 2016 European Open Silver

Dario Bellandi Male Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)

Gabriele Bartoni Male Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

Daniele Matiddi Male Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)

KAZAKHSTAN

Berik Shinaliyev Male Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)* 2016 European Open Bronze

Jokhar Taimuskhanov Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Kudaibergen Toleubayev Male Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

LEBANON

7 athletes (details pending)

LUXEMBOURG

José Teixeira Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

MEXICO

Sara Cova Female Strawweight 52.2 kg (115 lbs)

Jorge Adrian Ramirez Alpizar Male Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Jonathan Ortega Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Mario Alberto Hernandez Perez Male Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

NORTHERN IRELAND

Jack Corr Male Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Gerard Corr Male Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Pearce McFall Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Scott Trelford Male Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)* 2016 World Bronze

NORWAY

Camilla Mannes Female Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)* 2016 World Silver, 2016 European Open Silver, 2015 European Open Bronze

Dilan Muhammad Male Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Ole Johnny Eriksen Male Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Andreas Lødøen Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Jørgen Indsetviken Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)* 2015 European Open Bronze

Andreas Endrerud Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Berat Berisha Male Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)* 2016 European Open Silver

PAKISTAN

Abbas Khan Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

POLAND

Pawel Zakrzewski Male Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

Marcin Kalata Male Super Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs) +

PORTUGAL

Mario Moreno Male Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Anton Pugach Male Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Gonçalo Formiga Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Milton Mateus Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

ROMANIA

Ion Grigore Male Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)

RUSSIA

5 athletes (details pending)

SWEDEN

Anna Astvik Female Strawweight 52.2 kg (115 lbs)

Fannie Redman Female Strawweight 52.2 kg (115 lbs)

Anja Saxmark Female Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)* 2015 World Silver, 2015 European Open Silver

Gabriella Ringblom Female Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)* 2016 World Gold, 2016 Africa Open Gold, 2016 European Open Silver, 2015 European Open Silver

Cornelia Holm Female Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)* 2016 World Gold, 2016 European Open Gold, 2015 European Open Silver

EvaMy Persson Female Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Dennis Ryden Male Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Serdar Altas Male Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)* 2016 European Open Gold, 2016 Africa Open Gold, 2015 World Silver

Temurmalik Khudojberdi Male Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Hoger Salih Male Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)* 2016 Africa Open Gold, 2016 European Open Gold

Tobias Bolin Male Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Tobias Harila Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)* 2016 Africa Open Gold

Axel Karlsson Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)* 2016 Africa Open Bronze

Oskar Biller Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Heytham Rabhi Male Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)* 2016 Africa Open Silver

Khaled Laallam Male Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)

Anton Turkalj Male Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

Christoffer Hillsjo Male Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)* 2016 Africa Open Silver

Jonnie Andersson Male Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)

Irman Smajic Male Super Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs) +* 2016 World Gold, 2016/2015 European Open Silver

UNITED KINGDOM

Beckie Ainscough Female Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Kierandip Sahota Male Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)* 2016 European Open Bronze

Jack Antony Flanagan Male Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Adam Amarasinghe Male Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Brandon Elwell Male Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Benjamin Charles Robson Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Cameron Clarke Male Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Alex Elsey Male Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Tom Crosby Male Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)* 2016 European Open Bronze

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