Watch the 2022 IMMAF Youth MMA World Championships for 12 to 17-year-olds live from Abu Dhabi from the 17 – 20 August at


The exclusive programming includes the live broadcast of all matches across 5 fields of play over 4 days, from 10 am (GST/ UTC +3) followed by medals ceremonies, to an average estimated daily runtime of 5 hours, all for $7.99 for non-subscribers. The content will be available to viewers worldwide. Buy Championships Pass or Subscribe here.


Hosted by the UAE MMA Federation at Abu Dhabi’s Jiu Jitsu Arena, the nations’ tournaments are set to feature 498 athletes from 41 nations, following the Competition Draw on 16 August.


Wednesday, August 17, from 10am (GST/ UTC+3)
Day 1 of competition (Youth C/ 12 – 13 yrs); with Opening and Medals Ceremonies

Thursday, August 18, from 10am  (GST/ UTC+3)
Day 2 of competition (Youth B/ 14 – 15 yrs) and Medals Ceremonies

Friday, August 19, from 10am (GST/ UTC+43)
Day 3 of competition (Youth A/ 16 -17 yrs) and Medals Ceremonies

  • Female – 3 divisions: atomweight, strawweight & flyweight.
  • Male – 4 divisions: strawweight, flyweight, bantamweight & featherweight

Saturday, August 20, from 10am  (GST/ UTC+3)
Day 4 of competition (Youth A/ 16 – 17 yrs) and Medals Ceremonies

    • Female – 3 divisions: bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight & welterweight.
    • Male – 4 divisions: lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight & heavyweight


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. IMMAF does not permit head strikes for competitors under the age of 18.


This year’s standard will be raised by a lift in technical level required for entry, with 14 to 17-year-olds needing to have attained an “Orange” grade in MMA, while a “Yellow” grade remains the requirement for 12-13-year-olds. IMMAF’s grading syllabus and tutorial videos can be accessed via the IMMAF App available at the App Store or Google Play store.

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