First-ever MMA Super Cup to take place during the 2022 BRAVE International Combat Week in Bahrain

BRAVE International Combat week will be, once again, the stage for a milestone for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. During a press conference held this Monday (10) in the Kingdom of Bahrain, it was announced that the 2022 BRAVE ICW will host the very first edition of the MMA Super Cup.

The MMA Super Cup is a new tournament promoted in association with KHK Sports, BRAVE CF, the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF), and the Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation (BMMAF), with 8 teams competing for the title of best nation in the world and the largest prize money ever paid for an amateur MMA tournament.

The press conference announcing the launch of BICW 2022 took place at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, in Manama, and was held by KHK Sports CEO and BRAVE CF President Mohammed Shahid, IMMAF president Kerrith Brown, and the Bahrain MMA Federation Mohammed Qamber.

The participating teams were selected through the IMMAF Senior Global Rankings, with the spots being awarded to the six best ranked countries: Russia, Ukraine, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Ireland, and Tajikistan. They will be joined by two wildcards, the Balkan Champions and the Arab Champions, in the knockout tournament bracket.

Each team will be composed of 9 fighters (7 males and 2 females), one per weight class. Three alternates, or substitutes, two male athletes and one female, will also be allowed per team.

After the initial draw determining the quarter-finals, each round will consist of 9 bouts between two teams. Each fight will consist of 3, 3-minute rounds. No draws will be allowed, with extra rounds being added until one fighter is the winner if the match ends in a tie. The team with more wins after all fights will be declared the winner.

The four winners of the first round will meet in the semifinals and, finally, the two semifinal winners will compete in the grand final, for the MMA Super Cup trophy and a US$ 100,000 check. The runner-up team will take US$ 75,000 home and the winner of the third place match will take US$ 50,000. The prize money will be directed to the investment of the respective national federations.

The MMA Super Cup is the next step towards the vision of His Highness Shaikh Khaled bin Hamad al Khalifa of reforming the MMA industry, changing its landscape from an event-business to a sports-business under a new model and global regulation and governance.

BRAVE International Combat Week, and the inaugural MMA Super Cup, will take place in the Kingdom of Bahrain from March 7th (arrivals) to 12th (finals). The week-long festivities will include the first edition of the MMA Super Cup and BRAVE CF 57, the first card of the year for the truly global MMA promotion. 

About MMA Super Cup:

The first-ever historic edition of the  MMA Super Cup is the BIGGEST AMATEUR MMA event in the world, where the best nations in Amateur MMA will face off with a chance to earn a legendary prize for their own federations. It will be held from March 7-12 during BRAVE International Combat Week in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The tournament will award the LARGEST PRIZE MONEY by any MMA event, awarded to national federations in the history of MMA. 

Participating Countries 

To qualify for the MMA Super Cup, teams must be ranked in the Top  6 of the IMMAF senior world rankings after the conclusion of the  IMMAF World Championships.  Two wild cards will be selected taking the total number of teams to 8. 

Wild cards will be selected based on criteria which include but are not limited to; developing countries, sport development of the country or countries that are financially burdened and cannot achieve enough ranking points to be in the top 6 teams, however, have proven to have highly skilled athletes that require support to compete. 

2022 MMA Super Cup Teams include the top 6 Countries in 2021 IMMAF Rankings 

  • Russia 
  • Ukraine 
  • Bahrain 
  • Kazakhstan 
  • Ireland 
  • Tajikistan 

In addition to 2 Wild Card Teams

  • Balkans Team 
  • Arab Team 

Team Composition 

Each team will consist of  

  • 9 fighters (7 males + 2 female) –  one per weight division 
  • 3 substitutes (2 males + 1 female) 
  • 2 coaches 

MALE DIVISIONS

Bantamweight (over 125 to 135 pounds) 

Featherweight (over 135 to 145 pounds) 

Lightweight (over 145 to 155 pounds)

Welterweight (over 155 to 170 pounds)

Middleweight (over 170 to 185 pounds)

Light Heavyweight (over 185 to 205 pounds)

Heavyweight (over 205 to 265 pounds)

FEMALE DIVISIONS

Flyweight (over 115 to 125 pounds)

Bantamweight (over 125 to 135 pounds)

Match Ups 

MMA Super Cup will be an 8-nation, single-elimination tournament to definitively determine the greatest nation in amateur MMA. 

Each matchup between nations will consist of nine (9) bouts,  between fighters of each of the male and female weight divisions that form each team. The team that sums up most wins, will be declared the winner of the match. 

Each bout will consist of 3×3 minute-rounds, under IMMAF rules. If a bout ends in a draw: An extra round will be added to define the winner. In case of another draw, subsequent rounds will be added until defining the winner 

Prizes 

The prize for the first-place MMA federation will be US $100,000, while the second-place federation will earn US $75,000. The third-place MMA federation will receive US $50,000. The first-place winner will also receive the MMA Super Cup trophy. 

Advantages 

  • Competitors get to become NATIONAL HEROES in their own respective countries when they are crowned MMA Super Cup Champions 
  • It SPREADS AWARENESS of mixed martial arts in the  respective countries 
  • It provides REVENUE OPPORTUNITIES with zero cost to national  federations to support the development of national  sports programmes & initiatives 
  • It is an opportunity to present THE BEST ATHLETES in the  respective nations 

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