UK AMATEUR TEAM NAMED FOR THE 2015 IMMAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS


 
The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) is proud to announce the UK team selected to compete in the 2015 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA at UFC® International Fight Week, in Las Vegas from 6th – 11th July.
UKMMAF Team Picture
Hosted by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation, the Championships are to be held on the renowned Las Vegas Strip as part of the world’s largest one week combat sports festival.
The event finals are to take place at the UFC Fan Expo® at the Sands Expo and Convention Center and the tournament will be broadcast on UFC FIGHT PASS.
The UK team was selected from eligible applicants through an open application process, that included regional tryouts and a final selective squad training weekend.
 
MEET THE 2015 TEAM
Name: Amy Omara  –  Women’s Strawweight: -52.2 kg (115 lbs)
Age: 26
Hometown: Stockport, Cheshire
Gym: 12 Gauge MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 3-0-0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts: kick-boxing, No-Gi grappling
Fighting Style: MMA
 
AMY UKMMAF 2015 UK Team
Name:  Connor Hitchens –  Men’s Flyweight: -56.7 kg (125 lbs)
Fight name: Chopsticks
Age: 18
Hometown: Preston
Gym: Reps MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 9-0-0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts: wrestling, No-Gi grappling, Amateur boxing
Fighting Style: striker/ grappler
Twitter: @ConnorHitchens1
CONNOR UKMMAF 2015 UK Team
Name: Carl Burton –  Bantamweight: -61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Fight name: Honeybadger
Age: 28
Hometown: Macclesfield
Gym: 12 Gauge MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 7-2-0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts: Contestant in the 2014 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA
Fighting Style: grappler
Twitter:  @carl86burt
 Carl  UKMMAF 2015 UK Team
Name: Aidan James –  Men’s Featherweight: -65.8 kg (145 lbs)
Age: 20
Hometown: Swansea, Wales.
Gym: Chris Rees Academy
Verified Amateur MMA Record:  6-1-0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts: Made 4 the Cage Amateur Title (135lbs)
Fighting Style: mixed/ orthodox
Twitter: @AidanJamesMMA
AIDAN UKMMAF 2015 UK Team
Name:  Ross Gallagher   Lightweight: -70.3 kg (155 lbs)
Fight Name: The Boss
Age: 28
Hometown: Corby
Gym: Siam MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 14-5
 ROSS UKMMAF 2015 UK Team
Name: Jake Constantinou  Welterweight: -77.1 kg (170 lbs)
Age: 24
Hometown: Leicester
Gym:  Leicester MMA Academy
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 7-2-0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts:
  • MMA C-Class 12-3, Submission Wrestling, Amateur K1 – 2-0, RINGS UK Team Member (J-MMA)
  • ISKA and Battle Arena English National Lightweight Champion (A Class)
  • ISKA Northern Area Lightweight Champion (A Class)
  • ISKA England Squad member (C Class)
  • 2x ISKA English National Gold Medalist (C Class)
  • Clash UK Gold Medalist (C Class)
  • Submission Wrestling
  • IBJJF International Open Silver Medalist (Blue Belt)
  • Grapple Nation Gold Medalist
  • Ground Control Gold Medalist
  • GoToTheGround Gold Medalist
Fighting Style: submission wrestling and boxing
Twitter:  @JakeTinou
JAKE UKMAAF 2015 UK Team
Name: James Duckett  Middleweight: -83.9 kg (185 lbs)
Age: 24
Hometown: Manchester
Gym: Predators MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 9-­3
Fighting Style: boxing
James UKMMAF 2015 UK Team

Name:  Steve Steward  Light Heavyweight: -93.0 kg (205 lbs)

Age: 33
Hometown: Peterborough
Gym: Fightstar MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 4-2
Twitter:  @Steve_Fightstar
STEVE-S UKMMAF 2015 UK Team
For more information about the IMMAF World Championships visit: http://www.immaf.org/championship-2015/
For more information about the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation visit: http://www.immaf.org/
Follow @UKMMAF on Twitter or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ukmmaf
Main Photo Credits Official Photographer: D.Lowry/ Odin Photography
Photo Credit of James Duckett from his Facebook
 
UKMMAF Team Picture
 
ABOUT THE UKMMAF
 
The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) is a Non-Profit Organisation registered as a Limited company by guarantee. The purpose of UKMMAF is to further the development and recognition of the sport of mixed martial arts in the UNITED KINGDOM, enabling Amateur National Competitions, education of coaches and officials, supporting affiliated member clubs and regulation of sanctioned events, ensuring the highest safety standards for all those involved in MMA. The current board of directors is an interim board put in place to govern the UKMMAF until the first general assembly  and the UKMMAF will operate as a democratic organisation where its affiliated members will get an equal say through their elected representatives.
 
The UKMMAF has been accepted by the IMMAF as the National Federation for the UK (Observational membership) and under the guidance and support of The National Federation Establishment Committee we are working towards full membership. 
 
The UKMMAF works with Safe MMA as its independent medical subcommittee. For further information see  http://www.ukmmaf.org/Home.html
 
 
ABOUT THE IMMAF
 
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is the international democratic governing body for the sport of MMA, representing MMA worldwide towards all stakeholders – athletes, coaches, referees, governments, athletic commissions, sports confederations, international organizations, professional promoters and more. Founded from within the MMAcommunity for the MMA community, the purpose of the IMMAF is to protect and further the development and recognition of the sport of MMA on all levels, enabling international competition through the organization of non-profit, democratic national federations.
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Last Chance to Apply for IMMAF Pan American Championships of Amateur MMA


Don’t miss out on the last opportunity to apply for the IMMAF Pan American Championships of Amateur MMA. Apply here: http://bit.ly/1CIwnUR

Due to challenges posed by local authorities, the event was recently moved back to 24th to 26th April in Toronto. The Canadian Combat Alliance has carried out incredible work to enable the event to go ahead.

The “Pan American AMMA Championships” will follow a tournament format and the event includes open contests for Amateur Mixed Martial Arts, youth and adult submission grappling, adult Brazilian jiu jitsu and karate. In addition, fans can enjoy traditional Muay Thai and kickboxing matches featured at the event.

IMMAF Pan American Championships of Amateur MMA
IMMAF Pan American Championships of Amateur MMA

The Amateur MMA competition spans a three day period and is open to attendance from Pan American Nations. Amateur MMA competitors eliminated in the preliminaries on 24th April may participate in the BJJ or Muay Thai Championships on Saturday 25th April; and Amateur MMA Competitors eliminated on 24th April or 25th April may participate in the ISSGF Submission Grappling or Kickboxing Championships on 26th April.  Finals for the IMMAF Pan American Championships of Amateur MMA will take place on Sunday evening (26th April) in the form of a carded show.

The contests are open invitationals, so that non-member countries from the American continents are welcomed to discover IMMAF and its worldwide Amateur MMA movement. Individual athletes from the American continent are also warmly invited to apply.

  • Now taking place on 24th to 26th April in Toronto
  • Open Invitational Tournament. Apply here: http://bit.ly/1CIwnUR

The event launches IMMAF’s wider global program of Amateur MMA competitions. The Americas have been pivotal in the evolution of the sport of MMA. The region is also renowned for producing high calibre talent, which will make this first annual tournament particularly compelling ahead of the 2015 IMMAF World Championships in July.

The IMMAF Pan Americans will also see the piloting of the www.splitdraw.com tournament management system that will be used for the 2015 IMMAF World Championships at UFC® International Fight Week in Las Vegas in July.

IMMAF CEO Densign White said:

“The Canadian Combat Alliance has managed to keep faith and worked incredibly hard to make this inaugural event happen in spite of great obstacles. We hope that this event will be the first of many more to come over the years, as the IMMAF family expands its footprint in the Americas. We encourage all MMA athletes that are able to, to make the journey to support this historical event by taking part.”

IMMAF Pan American Championships of Amateur MMA
IMMAF Pan American Championships of Amateur MMA

To register for the IMMAF Pan American AMMA Championships, please visit: http://www.panamma.com/index.php/registration2
For information about the Canadian Combat Alliance visit:http://www.canadiancombat.com/
For information about the United States Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UMMAF) visit: http://usammakif.org/