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Will MMA become an Olympic Sport? UMMAF’s Justin Brown talks hurdles

Will MMA become an Olympic Sport? UMMAF’s Justin Brown talks hurdles

Will MMA become an Olympic Sport?

We chat with Justin Brown, the Southeast Regional Director of the UMMAF about their National Championship tournament May 26th-28th in Tennessee, and also where they are at with the IOC in making this a reality?

What kind of hurdles do they have to jump over?

Find out on this episode of the show.

LISTEN BELOW:

The tournament will be held in the beautiful historic city of Elizabethton, Tennessee at the Evolution Sports Gym, hosted by TN based promotion Valor Fights.

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Weigh-ins the evening of Thursday May 25th and competition running from May 26th through May 28th.

This is an 8 athlete bracketed, random draw tournament. 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. .

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 are as follows:

Female:

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)

Male:

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)

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Founder of MyMMANews.com - After writing for Ultimate MMA magazine and serving as the editor for U.S. Combat Sports, both of which went on hiatus, I decided to venture out on my own and enlist a staff of writers and photographers that could help me achieve my goal of telling stories that would otherwise go untold. We pride ourselves in taking a deeper look into the fighter, and understanding what makes them click. - #1 Dad, Marine Corps Veteran, 80's and 90's Pro Wrestling Fan, MMA Commentator, Beer Lover, and avid movie watcher. Seriously..... I watch a lot of movies.

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