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England to send biggest-ever team to IMMAF European Championships 

Ross Patterson
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England is sending its biggest-ever team of amateur mixed martial artists to the IMMAF European Championships. The team of 18 athletes will be vying for gold against Europe’s best talent. 

The event will take place on Monday the 26th of September – lasting 5 days – with the finals on Saturday the 1st of October, in Lignano Sabiadoro (near Venice), Italy.

The Championships will include two tournaments, for Seniors and Juniors, both made up of 16 weight divisions, spanning Atomweight to Lightweight for women and Strawweight to Superheavyweight for men. 

IMMAF competitions use a knockout format; athletes compete over a number of days, through multiple rounds, aiming for a gold, silver or bronze medal. 

Team England will be looking to build on their success at the Four Nations tournament earlier this year, where they won 6 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals. 

Head Coach Paul Kelly will be leading the team, alongside five EMMAA coaches. Coach Kelly  commented:

“I am proud to be leading the England Team out to Italy for the IMMAF European 2022 Championships in Italy. The England coaching team has been strengthened in the last 12 months and the work and dedication by the coaching team and the athletes will be evident in this tournament.

I believe the IMMAF style competition with same-day weigh-ins and knockout rules offers valuable experience and exposure at the International level for our athletes to develop their future and the future of MMA in England, Europe and indeed the World.” 

Paul Reed, EMMAA Vice President, coach and Head of Performace, said:

“Exciting times for the Squad leading on from the great success of the Four Nations to represent at the IMMAF Europeans. Super pleased with the team spirit at the squad days and the application by all in the technical training days. 

I am constantly in touch to monitor weight and Nutrition strategies and there will be no weight cutting taking place with our team, I am proud of them all in their approach to this.

All that is left is for them to soak up the experience, perform at their best and bring some medals home.

Onwards and upwards for Team EMMAA. See you Italy!” 

Athlete list: 

Further athlete details can be found at the EMMAA Instagram page or by contacting us directly at ross@englishmma.org

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