The United Arab Emirates is set to make yet another milestone for the thriving sport of Mixed Martial Arts as the IMMAF (The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation) has announced the provisional list of athletes and national teams for its 2022 IMMAF Youth World Championships heading to Abu Dhabi from 17 to 20 August 2022. The event will be live streamed at immaf.tv from the Jiu Jitsu Arena, Abu Dhabi.
Hosted by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu and MMA Federation, 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 for the developmental stage and safety of each age group as advised by IMMAF’s medical, coaching, and regulatory affairs committees. IMMAF does not permit head strikes for competitors under the age of 18.
498 athletes from 41 nations have registered to compete, a significant increase from the 2021 Youth Worlds that attracted 331 athletes from 23 countries to Bulgaria.
The standard will also increase as this year’s minimum technical level required of 14 to 17-year-olds will be “Orange” grade, while “Yellow” grade will remain the requirement for 12-13-year-olds.
Registered athletes now need to meet grading requirements, pass medical preclearance, IMMAF’s eligibility process, and pre-event weigh-ins to be entered into the tournament draw on 16 August, when the finalized list of competitors and first-day matches will be announced.
Hari Bhagirath is the former Chief Creative Officer at BRAVE Combat Federation. Currently, he heads Strategic Relations and Financial Communication for a major Fortune 100 organization. He is also the co-founder of Totem Capital, a private wealth management initiative.