The Russian MMA Union Men’s International MMA Cup will be broadcast live from Khanty–Mansiysk, Russia on IMMAF.TV from September 16 – 21, 2019. The competition will take place under the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation Amateur MMA Rules and Regulations.
Countries are starting to sign up for the tournament. This is in preparation for the IMMAF-World Mixed Martial Arts Association World Amateur MMA Championships 2019.
Taking place at the Khalifa Sport City Stadium in Isa Town, Bahrain, the IMMAF-WMMAA World Amateur MMA provides the opportunity to gain valuable competition experience in one of world’s greatest talent hotbeds for MMA. It is part of Brave International Combat Week from November 11-16, 2019.
A prize money of US$40,000 will be divided among the winners across 10 senior, male weight divisions spanning strawweight to super heavyweight. It presents the opportunity for all gold, silver and bronze medalists to win US$2000 for gold, US$1000 for silver and US$500 for bronze.
“As of 2019, over 60,000 athletes practice Mixed Martial Arts at an amateur level in Russia,” Russian MMA Union chairman Fedor Emelianenko, 42, stated. “Only a chosen few are able to make it to the National Team and represent Russia at IMMAF-WMMAA championships, which is why we decided to upgrade the status of our domestic event to an international one.”
“Any foreign amateur athlete is welcome to come,” Emelianenko continued. “Here he will be able to gain valuable experience without having to face the best of the best. We promise to show hospitality of the highest degree.”
Emelianenko is a heavyweight MMA fighter who competes for Rizin Fighting Federation and Bellator MMA. He is fighting out of Russia, which currently ranks number 2 in the World Amateur MMA Rankings.
“Khanty-Mansiysk is one of the sports capitals of Russia,” Emelianenko shared. “As part of sports development, over 300 various sports events are held there on an annual basis. Our upcoming event is undoubtedly one of the major events among them.”
“UgraMegaSport and Russian MMA Union are ready to hold the International MMA Cup to the highest level possible,” Emelianenko continued. “We will show the true spirit of Mixed Martial Arts not only from Moscow but from every corner of our country.”
For IMMAF director of development Andrew Moshanov, events like the Russian MMA Union Men’s International MMA Cup form an integral part of the competition system in Eastern European countries. He said these countries are known for their depth of talent in both youth and adult sports.
“In addition to the tough and multi-step process of selection of the country’s best athletes to the national team, events like this provide additional pathways for talent scouting and creation of a special national reserve team comprising talented athletes who missed out on selection to the first team for various reasons,” Moshanov said. “These events also provide great opportunity for athletes to upgrade their competitive experience on an international platform.”
The Russian MMA Union Men’s International MMA Cup tournament will be broadcast live internationally on IMMAF TV and other platforms. Amateurs interested in competing should contact their IMMAF–WMMAA affiliated National MMA federation for further information about how to apply.
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