The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation-World Mixed Martial Arts Association will hold the historic first Youth MMA World Championships at the PalaPellicone in Rome, Italy on August 3-4, 2019. The competition is open to fighters aged 12 to 17.
There will be three age categories. These are IMMAF Youth A (U18) for 16-17-year-olds, IMMAF Youth B (U16) for 14-15-year-old and IMMAF Youth C (U14) for 12-13-year-olds.
Set to compete in the two-day tournament are 269 competitors from 25 participating nations under the IMMAF Youth MMA Rules. With a high safety level that are fit for international competition, the rules regulate the technical side of MMA.
Italy is one of the participating nations at the inaugural Youth MMA World Championships. Also participating are Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, England, Finland, Germany, India, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, the United States and Wales.
The country with the most competitors is the U.S. with 34 fighters. It is followed by Ireland, Ukraine, England, Russia, Kazakhstan and Italy with 28, 27, 26, 25, 24 and 20, respectively.
To apply for 2019 Youth MMA World Championships media accreditation, complete the application form and send it to IMMAF director of brand, commerce and communications Isobel Carnwarth through email@example.com by July 30, 2019. Download the form HERE.
Founded on February 29, 2012, the IMMAF is the international governing body for amateur MMA. It was launched with the support of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The IMMAF is registered as a nonprofit organization under Swedish law. As a democratic hub for national MMA federations, the organization supports the growth of regulation and sport safety around the world by helping countries in the formation of federations where none exist.
Currently serving as the IMMAF president is Kerrith Brown. Here is a clip featuring a speech he delivered in a URCC Global event in the Philippines in 2018: