London: The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation has announced the provisional list of athletes and national teams for its 2021 IMMAF World Championships heading to Abu Dhabi for 24 to 29 January 2022.
Hosted by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu and MMA Federation, with the support of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and in partnership with Palms Sports, the senior and junior nations tournaments are to take place at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena in Zayed Sports City, near UFC Fight Island (Yas Island). The event will be broadcast live globally on immaf.tv.
529 athletes from 60 nations have registered to compete in IMMAF’s first World Championships in two years, after COVID-19 put a stop to competition in 2020. Returning medallists and new upcoming talent has made its mark this year at the IMMAF European Championships and World Cup Prague, establishing compelling rivalries expected to play out at the Worlds.
Registered athletes now need to pass medical preclearance, IMMAF’s eligibility process and pre-event weigh-ins to be entered into the tournament draw on 23 January, when the finalised list of competitors and first day matches will be announced.
IMMAF Rising Stars identified for fans as talent to watch at the World Championships are Michelle Montague (NZL), Sabrina Laurentina de Sousa (BAH), Ramazan Gitinov (BAH), Bagdat Zhubanysh (KAZ), Magadalena Czaban (POL), Hazem Kayyali (JOR) and Kiya O’Sullivan (IRE)
IMMAF President Kerrith Brown said: “We are excited to be back in the Middle East, which is a fast-growing hub for MMA with sports authorities serious about developing the grassroots and amateur levels of the sport. It is a privilege to be working with the UAEMMAF and Palm Sports to deliver what will no doubt be stellar event. Based on the competitiveness and hunger shown by IMMAF athletes through 2021 and the notable maturation of talent, the 2021 IMMAF World Championships promises elite level sportsmanship in compelling match-ups not to be missed by fans.”
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