Abu Dhabi, UAE to host 2022 Youth MMA World Championships; Registration open


The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMF)’s 2022 Youth MMA World Championships for 12 to 17-year-olds will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from August 17-20, 2022. Hosted by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu and the IMMAF, the event will be live streamed on IMMAF.TV

“The UAE hosted a flagship IMMAF Senior and Junior World Championships in January and we look forward to returning for a no less stellar event for the youth” IMMAF President Kerrith Brown said. “I encourage all IMMAF member nations to take part. Again, I would like to thank His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council; His Excellency Abdulmunem Al Hashmi, President of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Federation; His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council; and His Excellency Mohamed Dalmouj Al Dhaheri, Chairman of the UAE MMA Committee for their committed investment into youth MMA.”

Mohammed Janahi, Kerrith Brown, Mohammed Qamber, Mohammed Shahid
Mohammed Janahi, Kerrith Brown, Mohammed Qamber, Mohammed Shahid

Athlete registration for the 2022 Youth MMA World Championships opened on July 1, 2022 and the deadline for entries is on July 25, 2022. Those interested in competing should contact their IMMAF-affiliated, national MMA federation for information.

Three categories of youth tournaments will be held under IMMAF Youth MMA Rules for 12 to 13-year-olds (Youth C), 14 to 15-year-olds (Youth B) and 16 to 17-year-olds (Youth A). The rule sets have been modified from the Unified Rules with respect to the developmental stage and safety of each age group as advised by IMMAF’s medical, coaching, and regulatory affairs committees. 

For competitors under the age of 18, the IMMAF does not permit head strikes. The minimum technical level required to participate is orange grade for 14 to 17-year-olds and yellow grade for 12-13-year-olds.


Bulgaria hosted the 2021 Youth World Championships. It attracted 331 athletes from 23 countries amidst continued lockdowns and restricted travel for many countries due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The top three ranking teams were Ukraine, Russia and the United States. With lockdowns now lifted, participation can be expected from a larger spread of nations following a series of national youth championships and selections across IMMAF member nations.

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