Bahrain is hosting the first edition of the World Mixed Martial Arts Teams Championship. The Bahrain MMA Federation confirmed that it is organizing the event from December 1-5, 2020 in cooperation with the International MMA Federation and BRAVE Combat Federation.
This was announced in a press conference held at Bahrain National Stadium in Isa Town, Bahrain on February 29, 2020 in the presence of Bahrain Combat Sports Council Member and Bahrain Jiujitsu Federation president Redha Ibrahim Monfaridi. Representatives of local and international media and the participating teams and MMA training centers in Bahrain were present.
IMMAF-World Mixed Martial Arts Association president Kerrith Brown, BMMAF president Mohammed Qamber and BRAVE CF president Mohammed Shahid spoke at the conference, which was moderated by Mohammed Janahi. Qamber and Brown signed the agreement of organizing the Championship by the end of the conference.
“Firstly, I would like to express my pleasure to be in my second country, the Kingdom of Bahrain, this beautiful country that I always enjoy being in,” Brown said. “Bahrain has demonstrated to all its great ability to host various international sporting events, especially the World Amateur MMA Championship, which it was hosted for three consecutive years. The Championship was distinguished by its organizing which exceeded expectations, thus making Bahrain a major and preferred destination for the IMMAF to host its activities and championships.”
“This year, IMMAF is introducing a new championship for the teams, with the aim of continuing efforts to support the development and progress of this sport,” the IMMAF-WMMAA president continued. “We announce in this conference that the Kingdom of Bahrain is hosting and organizing the first edition of this championship as we reiterate our confidence in Bahrain to achieve renewed success at the level of organizing the IMMAF championships.”
According to Qamber, the announcement of organizing this first-of-its-kind championship in Bahrain confirms the prestigious position the Kingdom occupies in the sport of MMA. He said, “This is owed to the support offered by the Wise Leadership of Bahrain and the efforts dedicated by HM the King’s Representative for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, National Security Advisor and Supreme Council for Youth and Sports President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and Supreme Council for Youth and Sports First Deputy President and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa to further improve the Bahraini youth and sports movement.”
Qamber also noted to the efforts paid by Bahrain Combat Sports Council President HH Shaikh Salman bin Mohammed Al Khalifa to apply the necessary mechanisms set by the council to implement the directives of Khalid. The aim is to continue the development of MMA sport, which has positively reflected on the sport, especially with Bahrain topping the international MMA ranking in 2019.
Explaining further about the upcoming championship, Qamber announced that 16 teams for men from different countries will compete for the title while eight women teams are participating. He confirmed that a total of US$360,000 has been allocated for the prizes of winners.
The first, second, third and fourth place winners of the men’s category will receive US$100,000, US$70,000, US$50,000 and US$30,000, respectively. Qamber said the first four teams in the women’s category will receive cash prizes of US$50,000, US$30,000, US$20,000 and US$10,000.
Commenting on the announcement of the Championship, Shahid acknowledged the wise vision of Khalid to improve the sport of MMA, which enabled Bahrain to assure the world of the success of its experience in MMA in a record time. The BRAVE CF president said, “Today, we’re reaping the fruits of His Highness’s wise vision and goals to promote Bahraini MMA sports on the international level.”
“The IMMAF renewed its confidence in Bahrain for the fourth time but this time with a new championship to assure the world that Bahrain is its main hub to host its main championships,” Shahid continued. “This came as a result of the efforts dedicated by the Kingdom to organising the World Championship in the past three years in a distinguish manner. This gave Bahrain absolute confidence from the IMMAF to host the first edition of the World MMA Teams Championship on its soil.”