The Wiseman Report – WMMA well represented at 2016 IMMAF world championships
UFC International Fight Week is almost here, and it’s good to see that women’s MMA will play a healthy role at the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) 2016 world championships.
The IMMAF world championships is a 5-day tournament which will be streamed on UFC Fight Pass.
At the tourney, women will compete in five (5) weight classes – from 115 to 155 pounds – with 53 national teams booked to compete overall. Fighters are selected by draw in each round, with the winner advancing to the next round.
One of the favourites is German featherweight Julia Dorny, who won a bronze medal at last year’s world championships and the 2016 European Open Championships. She said earlier this year in an IMMAF interview, that with a gold medal this year, she’d like to go pro.
Meanwhile, eyes will be on Team Canada to see if they can replicate last year’s performance. Canadian Jamie Herrington won the 145-pound gold medal in 2015 and turned pro afterwards.
Canada will be represented this year by Alberta’s Brittany Allan (125 pounds) and Kelowna’s Sierra Dinwoodie (135 pounds).
Team USA will have four proposed competitors: Codie Wareham Fairbanks (115 pounds), Paige Best (125 pounds), Kimberly DeFiori Houston (135 pounds) and Lindsey Lawerence Mitchell (145 pounds). This could be subject to change, however.
According to the IMMAF team rankings, the top-10 countries are:
- Team Sweden
- Team USA
- Team Canada
- Team Italy
- Team Finland
- Team Bulgaria
- Team Great Britain
- Team France
- Team Kazakhstan
- Team Poland
Best of luck to all competitors.
And to those sweating it out in they fields, cutting weight…
— Serena DeJesus (@SerenaSouthpaw) June 24, 2016
It’s a light report this week Crossfire Nation as the big cards start this week.
Let’s take it all in show the fighters our support, starting with the IMMAF world championships!
See you next week!