2017 IMMAF European Championships set for March in Bulgaria
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) announced in a Dec. 17 press release that the 2017 IMMAF European Championships are scheduled for the capital city of Sophia, Bulgaria from March 29 to April 2.
Hosted by the Bulgarian MMA Federation (BULMMAF), over 150 athletes from 30 countries are expected to attend, if the 2016 European Open attendance is any indication.
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The EFE Hotel Marinela will be the scene for five days of MMA competition.
“Each IMMAF tournament betters the last both in its organisation and what IMMAF has on offer to its members, and in its fast developing talent pool,” IMMAF president Kerrith Brown said in a press release. “The skill of IMMAF’s elite Amateur athletes can be attributed not only to growth, but also the development of grassroots MMA at a national level by IMMAF’s members. Throughout the year, IMMAF’s volunteer led members work tirelessly to develop training programmes and competitive opportunities for MMA competitors, to improve the structures around the sport in their countries, to secure funding and in hosting national tryouts and tournaments in order to present the best of the best at IMMAF competitions.
” We look forward to reuniting in March with our unstoppable MMA family for another stellar tournament – our first of 2017,” Brown added. “We are also excited to be working in partnership with the Bulgarian MMA Federation to deliver our best event yet.”
The event is expected to be broadcast on live streaming services such as UFC Fight Pass, Extreme Sports Channel, BT Sport, UFC FIGHT PASS, Combate Channel, Bahrain TV, Sky Sports (New Zealand) and ITW, among others.
In addition to the tournament, MMA seminars have been organized for weight-cutting, “cutman education” and business.