The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) for amateur MMA saw the closing rounds of the first Asian Open Championship supported by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on June 16th, 2017. Of the 16 countries that competed in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, across the four day fighting week, five countries earned gold. Two of which earned the majority of gold and it is definitely a sign of more to come from their spectacular amateur talent.
Lebanon, Russia, U.S, Sweden and Kazakhstan were the winners of the fight week in the East. In this Asian open IMMAF championship Sweden and Kazakhstan were the nations of dominance. With a total of nine medals (four gold, three silver, two bronze) the only Nordic country to enter the championship took first place overall. A total of eight medals (three gold, two silver, and three bronze) went to Kazakhstan. In total Sweden had seven finalist, Kazakhstan five finalists, taking 12 of the 20 spots of 2017 IMMAF Asian open final ten bouts.
In this event fighters go through numerous matches of high level amateur MMA in a short time period before landing in the finals. Anyone who has competed will tell you it is mentally and physically draining, and requires a lot of mental determination. To have that many athletes representing their country in the world championship and come out on top says a lot about the seriousness of the training and mindset.
Both countries of incredible strength in the sport, maybe it comes down to the genetics of their ancestry; Vikings and the land of nomads and Genghis Khan. Whatever the case, its domination among the world of amateur MMA. Sweden, who also had eight finalist and four gold medals in the 2017 European Open, and Kazakhstan set an example of high caliber fighters that will invade the pro MMA world no doubt.
Gabriella Ringblom Gold – Flyweight division
Tibias HarilaGold -Lightweight
HeythamRabhi Gold- Middleweight
Irman Smajic Gold – Heavyweight
Renato VidovicSilver- Bantamweight
Anton TurkaliSilver – Light Heavyweight
YernazMussabek Gold – Flyweight
OlzhasMoldagaliyev Gold – Bantamweight
Zhan Kenzhebayev Gold – Welterweight
AyanTursyn Silver – Strawweight,
BekzatZhassiya Silver – Featherweight
Coming in third, Lebanon brought home only one gold medal in the Light Heavyweight division by Imad Hoayek and one silver in the Heavyweight division by Alexander Chaddad in the finals.
A gold medal also went to Abdulmanap Magomedov from Russia in the Featherweight division.
The United States managed to bag one gold medal as well by to Hannah Scoggins in the Women Strawweight division.
The U.K took two silver (Josh Neale – Flyweight, Charles Robson – Lightweight), Australia one silver (Joseph Luciano – Middleweight) and Belarus one silver (Alex Sadovski- Welterweight).