Mixed Martial Arts

England’s 2022 IMMAF Youth World Championships athletes to compete in Abu Dhabi, UAE

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England is one of the 41 countries represented at the 2022 International Mixed Martial Arts Federation Youth World Championships. A total of 498 athletes have registered to compete, a significant increase from the 2021 edition in Bulgaria with 331 athletes from 23 countries.

At the 2022 IMMAF Youth World Championships, 19 athletes will represent England, which is home to UFC fighter Muhammad Mokaev. Here is the list:

  1. Finley Turley – Men’s M: Youth C 37 kg (82 lbs)
  2. Evan Anderson – Men’s M: Youth B 40 kg (88 lbs)
  3. Eli Jowitt – Men’s M: Youth C 40 kg (88 lbs)
  4. Ni Putu Aisha Maliha Barwick – Women’s F: Youth C 44 kg (97 lbs)
  5. Ryley McGrath O’Toole – Men’s M: Youth C 44 kg (97 lbs)
  6. Aaron Sutherland – Men’s M: Youth C 48 kg (106 lbs)
  7. Joel Richardson – Men’s M: Youth B 48 kg (106 lbs)
  8. Bradley McDonough – Men’s M: Youth B 48 kg (106 lbs)
  9. Shea Williams – Men’s M: Youth C 52 kg (115 lbs)
  10. Harley Brooks – Men’s M: Youth B 52 kg (115 lbs)
  11. Macie Gaffney – Women’s F: Youth B 52 kg (115 lbs)
  12. Scott Bedford – Men’s M: Youth B 52 kg (115 lbs)
  13. Tyler Derbyshire – Men’s M: Youth A Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)
  14. Mckenzie Fisher – Men’s M: Youth B 57 kg (126 lbs)
  15. Regan O’Brien Bellamy – Men’s M: Youth C 57 kg (126 lbs)
  16. Sophie Price – Women’s F: Youth A Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
  17. Jessica Hammond – Women’s F: Youth A Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)
  18. Jack Grundy – Men’s M: Youth A Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)
  19. Stan Baglee – Men’s M: Youth A Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)
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All the 2022 IMMAF Youth World Championships fights will be held at the Jiu Jitsu Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from August 17-20, 2022. The fights will be livestreamed at immaf.tv.

Hosted by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu and MMA Federation, three categories of youth tournaments will be held under IMMAF Youth MMA Rules for 12 to 13-year-olds (Youth C), 14 to 15-year-olds (Youth B) and 16 to 17-year-olds (Youth A). The rule sets have been modified from the Unified Rules with respect to the developmental stage and safety of each age group as advised by IMMAF’s medical, coaching and regulatory affairs committees. 

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The IMMAF does not permit head strikes for competitors under the age of 18. The standard will also increase as this year’s minimum technical level required of 14 to 17-year-olds will be Orange grade while Yellow grade will remain the requirement for 12-13-year-olds.

Registered athletes need to meet grading requirements and pass medical preclearance, the IMMAF’s eligibility process and pre-event weigh-ins to be entered into the tournament draw on August 16, 2022. That day, the finalized list of competitors and first day matches will be announced.

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