Athlete registration opens today for the 2019 IMMAF- WMMAA Pan American Open Championships of amateur MMA.
Hosted by national federation, Empire Mixed Martial Arts Bahamas, the tournament is scheduled to take place from 15 to 18 May 2019 in Nassau, at the Kendal G. L Isaacs National Gymnasium at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center.
Amateur MMA competitors from all IMMAF-WMMAA affiliated nations are welcomed to participate across 14 weight categories, from Atomweight to Lightweight for women, and Strawweight to Super Heavyweight for men. There is a limit of 8 participants for each weight category. Gold, silver and 2 bronze medals will be available to win in each division, and competitors will earn ranking points for the IMMAF World Amateur MMA Rankings.
IMMAF President, Kerrith Brown, said:
“We are looking to a Pan American Championships in the Caribbean to boost engagement and sport development across the region, by offering a local platform in this talent rich continent. Athletes from the United States, Canada and both Central and South America have a record of exceptional achievement under the IMMAF- WMMAA banner, and our Coaches and Talent Development Scheme has enjoyed a successful launch in Pan American countries.
“With the support of its national sport authorities, the Bahamas has the infrastructure to deliver a great event, as well as providing a central and beautiful location for those traveling across the continent. We equally encourage athletes from further afield to make the journey, as successes in all IMMAF – WMMAA tournaments will earn an athlete ranking points in the World Amateur MMA Rankings.”
Athletes in the USA must contact UMMAF at RyanB@UMMAF.org
See Amateur eligibility criteria here: http://www.immaf.org/competitor-eligibility/
See IMMAF Amateur MMA Rules here: http://www.immaf.org/about/competition-rules/