LONDON – The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation has announced its 2022 IMMAF European Championships for Lignano Sabbiadoro (near Venice) in Italy, to take place between September 26 and October 1 , with matches commencing on September 27.
Athlete Registration opens in the week commencing July 25: To enter, contact your IMMAF affiliated National Federation
The Championships will include two tournaments, for Seniors and Juniors, each featuring 16 weight divisions, spanning atomweight to lightweight for women and strawweight to super heavyweight for men. The event will be hosted by the Italian Mixed Martial Arts Federation (FIGMMA), who hosted both the European Championships and inaugural Youth World Championships in 2019, and FEDERKOMBAT, the Italian Federation of Combat Sports part of the National Olympic Committee. Both tournaments will be aired live at IMMAF.tv.
IMMAF has its strongest footprint in Europe with 43 member nations. Of its European members, six sit in the top 10 senior teams of the World Amateur MMA Rankings, including Sweden, Ukraine, Ireland, Spain and Italy; while Ukraine, Poland, England and Ireland sit among the top 10 junior teams. The continent has also produced some of IMMAF's best known exports including Muhammad Mokaev (England), Leah McCourt (Northern Ireland), Jack Shore (Wales), Manon Fiorot (France) and Italian Alessio di Chirico – IMMAF's first gold medallist to compete in the UFC .
Commenting on FIGMMA'S hosting of the 2022 IMMAF European Championships, FIGMMA president Saverio Longo said: "I am proud and very happy to be able to host the IMMAF European Senior and Junior MMA Championships for the second time. The Italian Federation will do its utmost to offer all European teams an efficient service and excellent hospitality in the happy oasis of Bella Italia in Lignano, a beautiful venue surrounded by nature and on the seaside."
IMMAF president Kerrith Brown said: "We are grateful to FIGMMA President Saverio Longo, vice-president Vito Paolillo, the FIGMMA board and FEDERKOMBAT for agreeing to host IMMAF's 2022 European Championships. FIGMMA provided excellent hospitality, experience and service at the Europeans and Youth Worlds in 2019 and we are confident in the same level of professionalism in delivery for this year's event. We look forward to the first European Championships since the lifting of pandemic travel restrictions in which emerging rising stars will get to meet for the first time, set a new order in the rankings and put new faces on the map ahead of the 2022 World Championships."