To Win Brand Name Sports Prizes, support #BEACTIVE with SIGA

In July, IMMAF became the 5th Early Adopter of the SIGA Universal Standards for Good Governance, Financial Integrity and Betting Integrity. The partnership permits third party, independent auditing by the Sport Integrity Global Alliance, headed by a coalition of world leading stakeholders in sport.

SIGA has partnered with the #BEACTIVE campaign during this week’s European Week of Sport #EWoS. See SIGA’s statement below.

In solidarity with the initiative, IMMAF will be joining in with SIGA’s campaign to promote the important role physical activity has to play in the lives of individuals and communities.

If you share this value, share and use the #BEACTIVE hashtag on social media.

#BEACTIVE & WIN PRIZES

Take the #BEACTIVE Challenge by being active and sharing your sports and training photos and videos on  for the opportunity to win one of the prizes below:

– 4 GoPros
– 1 TRX suspension trainer
– 2 signed football jerseys provided by FIFPro
– 2 #ItsGreatOutThere outdoor packages provided by the European Outdoor Group (including amazing items from BlackYak, Columbia, Deuter Sport, ISPO, Keen, Mammut, Marmot, McTREK, and ORTOVOX)
– 2 tickets for the European Championships 2018 provided by Eurovision
-2 tickets to the European Handball Federation Champions League Final 4

See details of How to Enter here: https://ec.europa.eu/sport/week/take-part_en

SIGA STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR EUROPEAN WEEK OF SPORT

“We acknowledge the important role that the European Commission plays in sport and actively support the 2017 European Week of Sport.

“We share the values of the #BEACTIVE campaign and are committed to promoting the importance of physical activity and healthy lifestyles for all, particularly for younger generations. We have no doubt that the activities will help raise awareness about the issues at hand and help foster the much-needed cultural change, from grassroots up.

“We share the objectives that underpin this inspiring initiative and render our support to the Commission. As a result, we have teamed up with our members and committed supporters and intend to use the power of social media to promote, with a series of initiatives, the positive role of sport for the benefit of all European citizens.

“We believe it is time to usher sport into a new era where good governance and integrity are the number one priorities. The 2017 European Week of Sport is a great opportunity to work towards achieving this.”

For more about the Sport Integrity Global Alliance http://siga-sport.net/
Follow SIGA on Twitter at @SIGAlliance

For How to Get Involved in the European Week of Sport visit: https://ec.europa.eu/sport/week_en

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David Evans returns: ‘2017 IMMAF World Championships are critical for me’

Pictured above – 2016 World Championships medalists: David Evans (USA), Abdul Hussein (Finland), Hughie Orourke (Ireland) 

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

In late 2016 David Evans was the odds on favorite to win the Men’s Featherweight tournament at the IMMAF European Open Championships in Prague, but his travels were ill-fated. In November he returns for the 2017 IMMAF World Championships where he competes for the first time since

The 23-year-old entered 2016’s European Open having showcased his best form to date at the international level, earning the silver medal at the 2016 IMMAF World Championships earlier that year in Las Vegas. Evans defeated Canada’s Sambath Khun via decision before finishing his quarter and semi-final opponents, both in the opening round: Spaniard Sergio Rodriguez by submission and experienced Italian champion/former European Open medalist Marco zannetti was dealt a TKO.

Evans vs. Hussein

Evans vs. Hussein – 2016 IMMAF World Championships, Men’s Featherweight Final

The Team USA standout then faced off against Finland’s Abdul Hussein, who was looking to add to his 2015 European Open title. The duo went the distance in what the most closely contested bout of the World Championships finals, but with Hussein being awarded the split-decision victory.

Evans was back later that year for the European Open, the final event of the 2016 calendar. The world silver medalist was drawn against Italian Michele Martignoni for the opening round of the Men’s 145lb bracket.

As he sought to close out a first victory on his European Open debut, Evans was handed an early exit as a suddenly dislocated shoulder in the final round resulted in a TKO loss. Martignoni went on to earn the silver medal, losing out in the tournament final via submission to Sweden’s Daniel Schalander.

“I have actually not competed since I last stepped foot in the cage in Prague,” Evans told IMMAF.org. “These last 10 months for me have strictly been designated to rehabilitation for my injuries and preparing myself mentally and physically to compete at my best again.”

In his absence, the once highly placed competitor has since dropped out of the IMMAF world rankings. New faces have taken over at the top of the pile: Russia’s no.1 ranked Abdulmanap Magomedov, Sweden’s Schalander in the no.2 slot and Bulgarian Delyan Georgiev at no.3. The top 15 remains deep with talent and exciting up-and-comers with several having made their way to IMMAF championship podiums over the past year. Martignoni is currently the world number 6.

For Evans, the 2017 World Championships provides the platform to secure instant validation as he aims to once again announce himself among the prime contenders of the world stage.

“This trip to Bahrain for me is critical, after not being able to close out a dominant performance due to injury, it’s important to me that I stake my claim on the biggest stage there is for amateurs in our sport and show the world that I can not only compete with the best IMMAF has to offer, but I can separate myself from the pack of talented fighters out there.

“I feel confident in my preparation with my team of supporters that have helped me get back to this point and plan to do my part in restoring the dominance that Team USA has been known for.”

Taking place at Khalifa Sports City Arena from 12 to 19 November, as part of Brave International Combat Week, the 2017 World Championships are anticipated to be the biggest event in the history of amateur MMA under IMMAF with more participants than ever before representing nations from all continents. 2017 marks the first year of the IMMAF Worlds taking place outside of Las Vegas, USA.

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Returning to the IMMAF World Championships is ‘critical’ for David Evans following injury layoff

Pictured above – 2016 World Championships medalists: David Evans (USA), Abdul Hussein (Finland), Hughie Orourke (Ireland) 

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

In late 2016 David Evans was the odds on favorite to win the Men’s Featherweight tournament at the IMMAF European Open Championships in Prague, but his travels were ill-fated. In November he returns for the 2017 IMMAF World Championships where he competes for the first time since

The 23-year-old entered 2016’s European Open having showcased his best form to date at the international level, earning the silver medal at the 2016 IMMAF World Championships earlier that year in Las Vegas. Evans defeated Canada’s Sambath Khun via decision before finishing his quarter and semi-final opponents, both in the opening round: Spaniard Sergio Rodriguez by submission and experienced Italian champion/former European Open medalist Marco zannetti was dealt a TKO.

Evans vs. Hussein

Evans vs. Hussein – 2016 IMMAF World Championships, Men’s Featherweight Final

The Team USA standout then faced off against Finland’s Abdul Hussein, who was looking to add to his 2015 European Open title. The duo went the distance in what the most closely contested bout of the World Championships finals, but with Hussein being awarded the split-decision victory.

Evans was back later that year for the European Open, the final event of the 2016 calendar. The world silver medalist was drawn against Italian Michele Martignoni for the opening round of the Men’s 145lb bracket.

As he sought to close out a first victory on his European Open debut, Evans was handed an early exit as a suddenly dislocated shoulder in the final round resulted in a TKO loss. Martignoni went on to earn the silver medal, losing out in the tournament final via submission to Sweden’s Daniel Schalander.

“I have actually not competed since I last stepped foot in the cage in Prague,” Evans told IMMAF.org. “These last 10 months for me have strictly been designated to rehabilitation for my injuries and preparing myself mentally and physically to compete at my best again.”

In his absence, the once highly placed competitor has since dropped out of the IMMAF world rankings. New faces have taken over at the top of the pile: Russia’s no.1 ranked Abdulmanap Magomedov, Sweden’s Schalander in the no.2 slot and Bulgarian Delyan Georgiev at no.3. The top 15 remains deep with talent and exciting up-and-comers with several having made their way to IMMAF championship podiums over the past year. Martignoni is currently the world number 6.

For Evans, the 2017 World Championships provides the platform to secure instant validation as he aims to once again announce himself among the prime contenders of the world stage.

“This trip to Bahrain for me is critical, after not being able to close out a dominant performance due to injury, it’s important to me that I stake my claim on the biggest stage there is for amateurs in our sport and show the world that I can not only compete with the best IMMAF has to offer, but I can separate myself from the pack of talented fighters out there.

“I feel confident in my preparation with my team of supporters that have helped me get back to this point and plan to do my part in restoring the dominance that Team USA has been known for.”

Taking place at Khalifa Sports City Arena from 12 to 19 November, as part of Brave International Combat Week, the 2017 World Championships are anticipated to be the biggest event in the history of amateur MMA under IMMAF with more participants than ever before representing nations from all continents. 2017 marks the first year of the IMMAF Worlds taking place outside of Las Vegas, USA.

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Welsh prospect Scott Pedersen joins Team UK for 2017 IMMAF World Championships

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By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

With a total of 15 athletes selected to represent the nation, the UK is intent on dispatching one of its most extensive squads to date for the 2017 IMMAF World Championships in Manama, Bahrain.

The UK team has regularly featured a prominent Welsh contingent with the likes of 2015 world champion Josh EllisJack Shore winning gold at the 2015 European Open Championships, and most recently, Ben Robson taking silver at this year’s inaugural Asian Open Championships in Singapore.

20-year-old Welshman Scott Pedersen is among the new faces to have been selected by the UKMMAF national team. Entering as an unseeded debutant, he will be among the most exciting new challengers heading into the Men’s Lightweight bracket with a significant domestic background in both amateur MMA and as an IKF amateur kickboxing champion.

Having relocated to Swansea in order to commit to full time training as an amateur, Pedersen is a product of the renowned Chris Rees Academy, also home to 14-0 UFC contender Brett Johns.

Per Tapology.com Pedersen holds a 10-3 amateur record and notably remained undefeated throughout 2016 with a 6-0 streak of victories. Pedersen most recently solidified his status as one of the UK’s top amateur mixed martial artists in capturing the Cage Warriors North West championship with a decision victory over Team UK alumni and 2016 World Championships veteran Beau Gavin.

Pedersen’s first taste of international competition fell through as earlier this month he was scheduled to face Sweden’s Tobias Harila – the world’s number 2 ranked lightweight, 2017 IMMAF Asian Open gold medalist and European Open silver medalist.

However, at the 2017 IMMAF World Championships, the pair could potentially be facing off in the opening round of the 155lb division, if not later in the tournament. In the absence of Bulgaria’ world no.1 Ferdun Osmanov, Harila will enter the highly competitive world championships lightweight division as the top seed.

Taking place at Khalifa Sports City Arena from 12 to 19 November, as part of Brave International Combat Week, the 2017 World Championships are anticipated to be the biggest event in the history of amateur MMA under IMMAF with more participants than ever before representing nations from all continents. 2017 marks the first year of the IMMAF Worlds taking place outside of Las Vegas, USA.

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Welsh prospect Scott Pedersen among Team UK newcomers for 2017 IMMAF World Championships

With a total of 15 athletes selected and registered to compete in Bahrain, the UK is looking to dispatch one of the nation’s most extensive squads to date for the 2017 IMMAF World Championships in Manama, Bahrain.

The UK team has regularly featured a prominent Welsh contingent with the likes of Jack Shore winning gold at the 2015 European Open Championships, and most recently, Ben Robson taking silver at this year’s inaugural Asian Open Championships in Singapore.

20-year-old Welshman Scott Pedersen is among the new faces to have been selected by the UKMMAF national team. Despite entering as an unseeded newcomer, he will likely be among the standout challengers heading into the Men’s Lightweight bracket with a significant domestic background in both amateur MMA and as an IKF amateur kickboxing champion.

Having relocated to Swansea in order to commit to full time training as an amateur, Pedersen is a product of the renowned Chris Rees Academy, also home to 14-0 UFC contender Brett Johns.

Per Tapology.com Pedersen holds a 10-3 amateur record and notably remained undefeated throughout 2016 with a 6-0 streak of victories. Pedersen most recently solidified his status as one of the UK’s top amateur mixed martial artists in capturing the Cage Warriors North West championship with a decision victory over Team UK alumni and 2016 World Championships veteran Beau Gavin.

Pedersen’s first taste of international competition fell through as earlier this month he was scheduled to face Sweden’s Tobias Harila – the world’s number 2 ranked lightweight, 2017 IMMAF Asian Open gold medalist and European Open silver medalist.

However, at the 2017 IMMAF World Championships, the pair could potentially be facing off in the opening round of the 155lb division, if not later in the tournament. In the absence of world no.1 Ferdun Osmanov, Harila will enter the World Championships as the top seed.

Taking place at Khalifa Sports City Arena from 12 to 19 November, as part of Brave International Combat Week, the 2017 World Championships are anticipated to be the biggest event in the history of amateur MMA under IMMAF with more participants than ever before representing nations from all continents. 2017 marks the first year of the IMMAF Worlds taking place outside of Las Vegas, USA.

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