$500k prize money announced for medalists at IMMAF Asian Open Championships

$500k prize money announced for medalists at IMMAF Asian Open Championships

The China International Mixed Martial Arts Federation has gifted half a million dollars in prize money for medallists and awardees at the 2018 IMMAF Asian Open Championships and Junior World Championships of Amateur MMA, taking place in Beijing from 10 to 15 September.

The prize money will be divided between Gold, Silver and Bronze medallists of the two tournaments, and awardees for Best Male and Female Athletes, Best Coach and Best Team.

Further details and criteria for individual prizes will be confirmed once the tournament brackets have closed and the number of divisions and potential medallists have been consolidated. Brackets are currently open to applications from Atomweight to Lightweight for women and Strawweight to Super Heavyweight for men.

International Mixed Martial Arts Federation’s nation vs nation tournaments play out over up to 5 days, with competitors competing up to 5 times under IMMAF Unified Amateur MMA Rules. Strict amateur eligibility criteria applies.

Both Beijing tournaments are open events, welcoming elite amateurs from all around the World. The Junior event will be IMMAF’s first Junior World Championships open to 18s- 21s only, providing a better opportunity for rising stars to shine against competitors with a similar range of experience. It also creates a safer competition environment for younger adults who have not yet reached their physical peak. The Senior Asian Open is open to over 18s with no age limits.

Athletes must apply through their IMMAF or WMMAA affiliated national federation. The deadline for entry is Wednesday, 15th August 2018.

IMMAF President Kerrith Brown said:

“I would like to thank CIMMAF President Mr Wei for the generous financial donation, intended to support the development of our top athletes. As a former competitor, I fully understand the sacrifices that athletes have to make in order to hone their craft and the financial hardship that can go with it. While MMA is unrecognized by many countries, our athletes often work hard to self-fund their way to IMMAF competitions. And there are many pressures in MMA for athletes to go pro too early, for small cash, and we at IMMAF would like to encourage participants to remain at amateur sharpening their game for as long as possible for their own development and longevity, as well as that of the sport. I am thrilled, that the generosity of Mr Wei and of CIMMAF has given IMMAF the opportunity to bestow financial rewards on the stand-out athletes of the forthcoming IMMAF Asian Open and Junior Worlds.

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