Birmingham, UK – In a milestone achievement for Bahrain, Khalid Bin Hamad MMA Team has earned their first bronze overseas after earning third place at the IMMAF European Open Championships taking place from November 19-22 at the University of Wolverhampton’s Walsall Campus Sports Centre.
During the post-championship festivities, Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad has crowned KHK MMA team member Hussein Ayad who fought at the 57Kg division. Unfortunately enough, Ayad was not able to make it through to the semi-finals after getting submitted by British opponent Jake Bond only one minute before the end of the third round.
This event marks Bahrain’s second competition under IMMAF, and the first since the ground breaking launch of KHK MMA, backed by team founder Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, First Deputy president of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports.
While KHK is well known for drafting in the likes of former UFC champion Frankie Edgar, Russian standout Khabib Nurmagomedov and SBG Ireland coach John Kavanagh, the future of MMA in Bahrain will be seen in the development of its national standouts.
This begins with the implementation of strong amateur foundations and IMMAF tournaments are seen as the ultimate proving ground for this.