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UMMAF National Championship Dates Announced

Date: February 3rd, 2016

UMMAF is pleased to announce the dates and location for the USA National Amateur MMA Championship Tournament! The tournament will be held at Ft. McDowell Resort and Casino in Phoenix, AZ and hosted by Phoenix based Aggression Session Promotions, with weigh-ins the evening of March 31st and competition running from April 1st through April 3rd. This is an 8 man bracketed, random draw tournament. Winners of this tournament will be eligible to compete at the World Championships in Las Vegas, NV in July and will face competition from around the globe. Last year’s World Championship Tournament saw over 35 international teams compete

For safety during amateur competition, fighters will wear shin and instep guards and will not be allowed to utilize elbow strikes, knee strikes to the head, twisting leg submissions or neck cranks (twisting of the neck beyond normal movement). These are the same rules and restrictions the winners will compete with during the World Championships in July. 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 man bracketed, single elimination tournament over 14 weight classes with athletes competing once per day. Weight classes are as follows:

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)

For safety, a growth allowance of 4% total will be granted on the 2nd and 3rd day will be granted to each athlete to discourage unsafe weight cutting practices and allow for proper and safe rehydration. UMMAF in conjunction with the Arizona State Boxing and MMA Commission, 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. In addition to MMA and to make the tournament more value added to competitors, a Kickboxing tournament will be held in the cage beginning April 2nd for eliminated MMA athletes who are deemed medically fit to compete.

There are two methods for entry into the tournament. The first method is to compete and win at a UMMAF sanctioned regional qualifier, or by filling out the online tournament application on the UMMAF website at . Applicants will be notified when approval of the application is given. The entry fee to the tournament is a $35 membership fee to UMMAF payable on the UMMAF website at http://usammakif.org/sign-up/ or at weigh-ins on March 31st. Athletes will receive hotel accommodations at no charge at the Ft. McDowell Resort. All Questions can be directed to UMMAF Director of Operations, Ryan Brueggeman. Contact information below.

Ryan Brueggeman
Director of Operations / Compliance


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