The IMMAF World Championships last year turned out to be a landmark event for more than one reason. From an Indian standpoint, the tournament might go a long way in promoting the sport of mixed martial arts in the country. Not only did the Indian contingent make it to the quarterfinals for the first time in history, but in doing so, the Indian athletes set a few records – milestones that we can only hope to better later this year.
The All India Mixed Martial Arts Association (AIMMAA) kicks off the new year with the Indian Open MMA Championships, as a part of BodyPower Expo 2018. The tournament will witness athletes from over 20 Indian states compete in various events, ranging from amateur MMA, to Sport MMA and submission wrestling.
However, the biggest incentive is a spot in the Indian team for the IMMAF Oceania Open 2018, which is set to take place in March in Australia. IMMAF will make the journey Down Under, with the tournament being a part of the prestigious Arnold Classic from the 16th to 18th of March. With the chance to compete against the very best in the offing, the Indian Open MMA Championships would serve as an incredible opportunity for the amateur athletes.
Scouting talent – AIMMAA to keep a close eye on the participants
The Indian Open MMA Championships will also serve as the perfect platform for aspiring MMA fighters to prove their mettle, with the AIMMAA representatives set to monitor the event closely. The All India Mixed Martial Arts Association – the Indian representative of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) can recommend talent to local organisations, thus giving the fighters a chance to break into the sport.
“Many more exciting things to come out from this”, Alan Fernandes, the National Coach of AIMMAA remarked. “With many potential sponsors looking to support upcoming and talented stars, there’s more exciting news coming for the Indian MMA scene in 2018”.
“The Expo draws in a footfall of more then 40 thousand people. This year promises to be a cracking affair as this event provides the biggest and the best platform for amateur MMA (fighters) in India”, Alan enthused.
“This year, AIMMAA selectors will be on hand to pick the Indian team for the IMMAF Oceania Open to be held in Melbourne, Australia in the month of March. The team will represent the country and rub shoulders with best talent from the Oceania and other countries.”