The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is pleased to announce its 2020 IMMAF Pan American Open Championships. Registration opened for athletes and national teams on February 24, 2020.
After the athlete check-in and the tournament draw will be on May 20, 2020, the three-day MMA tournament will take place at the BlueBay Grand Esmeralda hotel in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico from May 21-23, 2020. Those wishing to compete should contact their National Federation for information.
Playa Del Carmen is a coastal resort town along Mexico’s Caribbean shoreline, neighboring the more well-known holiday destination of Cancun. It is renowned for its palm-lined beaches and coral reefs. Hosted by the Mexican MMA federation called Federacion de Artes Marciales Mixtas (FAMMEJL), the nations’ continental championship provides opportunity for Pan American athletes to experience international level competition close to home soil.
“We are very happy to be the host of this great event and will work to make your visit a fantastic and comfortable experience on the beautiful beaches of Cancun,” FAMMEJL president Raul Salas said. “MMA unites speakers of different languages, nations and will. War in the ring, peace on earth.”
IMMAF’s Pan American member nations include Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, El Salvador, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States and Venezuela. The U.S. has produced notable world champions that include Jose Torres, Will Starks, Benjamin Bennett and LaNeisha Vinson.
Team Canada has also enjoyed top level success with athletes that include Alexander Martinez and more recently 2019 junior champion Jett Grande. Michele Oliveira, Carlos Veras and Amanda Ribas have triumphed with Gold for Brazil while Mexico has seen its women, in particular, scoop up world medals through Sara Cova, Nadia Vera and Daniela Hernandez.
As an Open Championships, elite amateurs from around the world are welcomed to enter. Participation in IMMAF Continental Championships accrues ranking points for athletes and teams in the World Amateur MMA Rankings with top performing athletes seeded for the end-of-year IMMAF World Championships.
“The Americas are the home to contemporary Unified Rules MMA and a hotbed of talent, from which we can expect to see new IMMAF stars emerge,” IMMAF president Kerrith Brown said. “The Pan Ams provide a fantastic opportunity for international athletes to test their skills, most particularly against college wrestlers and advanced BJJ practitioners.”
“We expect the Pan Ams to increasingly grow in stature year on year and fast develop into one of IMMAF’s Tier 1 events,” Brown continued. “This Championships therefore offers a great opportunity for sponsors to engage early for preferential partnership deals and to become a part of the development of elite amateur and grass roots MMA across Pan America.”