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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.

Everything goes down July 5th-7th and fans can follow the results live at or on Twitter at @IMMAFed.

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.

Julia Dorny
Julia Dorny in action. Courtesy IMMAF.

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).

Brittany Allan
Alberta’s Brittany Allan. Courtesy Canadian Combat Alliance/Facebook.

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:

  1. Team Sweden
  2. Team USA
  3. Team Canada
  4. Team Italy
  5. Team Finland
  6. Team Bulgaria
  7. Team Great Britain
  8. Team France
  9. Team Kazakhstan
  10. Team Poland

Best of luck to all competitors.

And to those sweating it out in they fields, cutting weight…

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!


Manjut.MMAIndia – @ManjitMMAIndia

Ann Osman – @Ann_Osman

Cassandra Durant – @CassandraDurant

See you next week!

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