(London. July 31st 2015) Registration has opened for the 2015 IMMAF European Open Championships of Amateur MMA. The tournament is to be hosted by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) in association with the United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) from 19th to 22nd November in Birmingham, in the United Kingdom. The foundational European event will be held at the Walsall Sports Centre at the University of Wolverhampton. It will be broadcast post-event on UFC FIGHT PASS and international television.
The 2015 IMMAF European Open Championships is open to amateur MMA competitors from all member countries via their national IMMAF affiliated federation. Each federation can enter a maximum of 2 entries per weight category, with an imposed limit of 32 participants for each category. Weight classes run from Flyweight (125lbs/ 56.7kgs) to Super Heavyweight (+265 lbs /+120.2kgs) for men; and Strawweight (115lbs /52.1kgs) to Featherweight (145 lbs /65.8 kg) for women. The deadline for competitor applications is Friday 18th October 2015.
The competition will be conducted in accordance with the IMMAF Amateur MMA Rules (3×3 mins) and the competition draw will be managed by tournament software system, http://www.splitdraw.com/. The draw system for each weight class will be stipulated according to the number of participants as follows:
- 6 and more competitors: Single Elimination, no repechage. Gold, silver and 2 bronze medals attainable.
- 3,4,5 competitors: Round robin. Gold, silver and 1-2 bronze medals attainable.
- 2 competitors: Gold medal match, no silver.
In order for an athlete to obtain points for the forthcoming IMMAF Amateur MMA World Ranking List, her/his weight category must include participants from at least 2 different countries. The top 8 competitors in each weight category will be seeded according to the world ranking list which currently reflects the results of the recent IMMAF World Championships and is to be released shortly.
The competition draw will take place on Wednesday 18th November at 18.30hrs at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham. Official weigh-ins and pre-fight medical examinations will be held on the morning of each competition day and Anti-doping tests will be executed according to the IMMAF Anti-doping Policy. Policy information can be found on the IMMAF website: http://www.immaf.org/about/anti-doping/
Each national federation is also entitled to recommend event officials through the IMMAF National Technical Officials application process.