The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation has announced the location and dates for the 2022 IMMAF world championships.
The IMMAF announced on Friday that the tournaments would be taking place from the 11th-17th of February in Belgrade, Serbia.
The IMMAF world championships are a series of amateur mixed martial arts tournaments which were first held in 2014. This year sees a total of 62 countries sending 520 athletes over 16 weight classes to compete against each other under the IMMAF amateur rule set.
The tournaments are split into categories by gender and age, then divided up by weight class. There is a junior division for fighters younger than 21 years old, and a senior division for fighters 21 years or older.
There are six women’s weight classes starting at atomweight (47.6kgs, 105lbs) through to lightweight (70.3kgs, 155lbs), and ten men’s weight classes starting at strawweight (52.2kgs, 115lbs) through to super heavyweight (+120.2kgs, +265lbs).
Of the 62 countries competing, Australia is confirmed to be sending 14 athletes to compete in both junior and senior tournaments, including 2022 IMMAF Oceania gold medalists Daniel Mitchell and Samir Ali, south pacific IMMAF featherweight champion Jake Piper and HEX welterweight champion Kaan Husmek.
On competing for Australia and traveling to Serbia, Kaan Husmek said via an Instagram post;
‘I’m immensely appreciative and grateful for anyone who supports me in this journey that I am on.’
‘I hope to return with a wealth of knowledge and experienced gained, but most of all, as a world champion.’
The IMMAF world championships will be streamed live via IMMAF.tv, with the first bout scheduled for 9pm Sunday the 12th of February (AEDT).