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UMMAF is pleased to announce the dates and location for the USA National Amateur MMA Championship Tournament for 2017!

EVENT DATES:  May 26th – 28th
WEIGH IN: Evening, Thursday, May 25th
LOCATION:  Elizabethton High School – Elizabethton, TN
HOST:  Valor Fights, TN

This is an 8 athlete bracketed, random draw tournament open to all current UMMAF Members. Winners of this tournament will be eligible to compete at the IMMAF Amateur MMA World Championships and will face competition from around the globe. Last year’s World Championship Tournament saw over 40 international teams compete.

For safety during amateur competition, fighters will wear shin and instep guards and will follow the Unified Amateur rules of MMA as established by IMMAF. These are the same rules and restrictions the winners will compete under during the World Championships. There will be certified medical personnel on-site in case of injury and transport to the nearest medical treatment facility available if needed. The tournament will be an 8 athlete bracketed, single elimination tournament over 14 weight classes with athletes competing with a max of once per day.

Weight Classes:

Strawweight: -52.2 kg (115 lbs)
Flyweight: -56.7 kg (125 lbs)
Bantamweight: -61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Featherweight: -65.8 kg (145 lbs)
Lightweight: -70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Flyweight: -56.7 kg (125 lbs)
Bantamweight: -61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Featherweight: -65.8 kg (145 lbs)
Lightweight: -70.3 kg (155 lbs)
Welterweight: -77.1 kg (170 lbs)
Middleweight: -83.9 kg (185 lbs)
Light Heavyweight: -93.0 kg (205 lbs)
Heavyweight: -120.2 kg (265 lbs)
Super Heavyweight: +120.2 kg (+265 lbs)

Due to safety requirements established by UMMAF and a concerted effort towards ensuring athletes remain in the proper weight classes, athletes will need to make proper scratch weight every morning of the tournament. UMMAF shall provide inspectors to ensure compliance of hand wrapping procedures, equipment checks, and corner protocols. The tournament will take place in two fully staffed cages running simultaneously as needed. In addition to MMA and to make the tournament more value added to competitors, a Kickboxing/Thai tournament will be held in one cage beginning May 26th for eliminated MMA athletes (and others) who are deemed medically fit to compete.

Two Methods For Entry:

  1. Compete and win at a UMMAF sanctioned regional qualifier where you will be guaranteed a spot in the tournament.
  2. Complete the online tournament application below.  Your application will not be accepted until your non-refundable $35 for your 2017 Membership Dues are received.  You may use the buttons below to renew your annual membership or establish your recurring annual membership payment. All Applicants will be notified if/when approval of the application is given and directed to return to this page to pay the Tournament Entrance Fee.

Tournament Entrance Fees:  

Each approved National Championship Athlete application will be subject to a $100 tournament fee which must be paid by April 30th or your spot will be given to an athlete on the waiting list. If, for some reason, we are not able to accommodate your entry in the competition, refunds will be considered.  Entry fees for all confirmed participants will be non-refundable. All athletes competing must have a current UMMAF annual membership which is the standard non-refundable $35 annual fee.

Travel Information:

The nearest airport is Tri Cities Regional Airport located at 2525 Highway 75 Blountsville, TN 37617. The airport is approx. a 30 min drive to the venue in Elizabethton, however ample lodging is available within several of the surrounding towns: Bristol, Johnson City & Elizabethton. The address for Evolution Sports Gym is 103 Smokey Mountain Pl Elizabethton, TN 27643.

Athletes will be responsible for their own accommodations however we are currently working to put lodging packages together with local support. Here are a few of the closest lodging options: Bee Cliff Cabins, Meredith Valley Cabins, AmeriCourt, Traveller’s Inn, Iron Mountain Inn (Butler), The Carnegie (Johnson City), Double Tree (Johnson City), South Holston River Lodge (Bristol), Mountain Harbour Bed & Breakfast (Roan Mountain), Lakeshore Marina and Resort (Hampton), Black Bear Resort (Hampton) and also several airbnbs in town.

The area has several local rental car facilities as well, if needed, including: Avis, Budget and Enterprise. Additionally, there are also options with Uber.

We wish all the competitors the best of luck and hope to see you all advance your amateur careers on the biggest platform available!

Please direct all questions to UMMAF Director of Operations, Ryan Brueggeman.

Ryan C. Brueggeman
UMMAF Director of Operations / Compliance
Email:  RyanB@UMMAF.org

Registration Process:

1) Complete the Tournament Application





2) Confirm Membership Status:

If you are already a current member of UMMAF, please send an email to Ryan Brueggeman at RyanB@UMMAF.org noting the date of the receipt of your membership purchase so that we can validate against our records and proceed in processing your application.

If you are not a current UMMAF member, please use the link provided to register.

3)  Pay your $100 Tournament Registration Fee before April 30th

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