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[Video] Shoaib Yousaf vs Nathan Kelly – IMMAF WC 2016 Featherweight Final

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Shoaib Yousaf and Nathan Kelly battled it out in the IMMAF WC 2016 featherweight final. Both guys put in terrific performances and have very bright futures in the sport.

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2017 IMMAF World Championships: Finals fixtures

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After 4 days of non stop action from Monday to Thursday we have our final 14 bouts to determine the 2017 IMMAF World Champions. Most of these fighters have fought four times for their slot  in the final and tomorrow will be their chance to finish off what has been a fantastic week of fights.

Kicking off the action tomorrow will be Michele Oliveira vs. Danni Neilan. Both women have looked extremely impressive in their bouts so far, Oliveira has spent less time in the cage than her opponent after finishing two of her fights. Neilan is the Irish teams last chance of a gold in this competition and comes into this after a war of a last fight. She is constantly pressuring and has solid striking with incredible ground and pound from any position on top.

Joel Aronlainen came down to featherweight after testing the water at lightweight in the European Championships. His lanky build and impressive overall skill set has seen him pick up 3 finishes in the competition so far. His opponent Delyan Georgiev is undefeated and will be a tough challenge for him. Georgiev has dominated the featherweight division at amateur, his gold medal at the European Championships could now lead to him becoming a world champion if he continues to perform like we’re used to seeing him do.

At 155lbs, Vitali Andruhovich will take on top American prospect Quintin Thomas for the gold. Andruhovich has been on the right side of two very close split decisions in this tournament so far. His controversial win over Irishman Ciaran Clarke had many people scratching their heads at the decision. He now has the chance to prove himself with a win against Quintin Thomas. Thomas is the UMMAF National Champion and a very experienced amateur fighter. Racking up 13 wins he has been a dominant fighter in most of his fights, his sole losses coming from sustaining an injury and a split decision loss.

For the Middleweight medal we have a battle of the Nordic fighters. Iceland’s Bjorn Lukas Haraldsson has looked phenomenal in his fights so far, finishing each and everyone inside a round. The Mjolnir fighter has been to many the highlight of the tournament, but has a tough task a head of him in Laallam who’s had half the number of fights in this tournament and looked impressive in both.

Bahrain’s last hope for a medal lies in the hand of Light Heavyweight finisher Murtaza Talha Ali. Ali has finished all four of his bouts so far, 3 via TKO/KO and his last being by way of submission. Standing in his way of gold will be Pavel Pahomenko from Belarus who’s proven to be lethal with submissions once an opportunity arises scoring two submission wins inside the first round.

Here is the full fixture list for the finals tomorrow:

  • Michele Oliveira  vs.  Danni Neilan 125 lbs
  • Anna Astvik  vs.  Hannah Dawson 115 lbs
  • Chamia Chabbi  vs.  Manon Fiorot 135 lbs
  • C. McCrudden  vs.  Fabiana Giampà 145 lbs
  • Gase Sanita  vs.  Kaycee Blake 155 lbs
  • Yernaz Mussabek  vs.  Serdar Atlas 125 lbs
  • Gamzat Magomedov  vs.  O. Moldagaliyev 135 lbs
  • Joel Arolainen  vs.  Delyan Georgiev 145 lbs
  • V. Andruhovich  vs.  Quitin Thomas 155 lbs
  • Sola Axel  vs.  Benjamin Bennett 170 lbs
  • B. Haraldsson  vs.  Khaled Laallam 185 lbs
  • Pavel Pahomenko  vs.  Murtaza Talha Ali 205 lbs
  • Irman Smajic  vs.  Lev Vins 265 lbs
  • Atanas Krastanov  vs.  Marcin Kalata 300 lbs
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The UK and Ireland teams for the 2017 IMMAF World Championships

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The 2017 IMMAF World Championships kick off tomorrow with the first round of fights with the competition set to go on for 5 days. On the final day Brave CF will be holding a card to top off the week of fights featuring IMMAF veterans Frans Mlambo and Hadeep Rai.

The 13 members of the IMMAA team for the event are as follows.

Aelish O’Hanlon – Women’s Strawweight
Emily Badmaev – Women’s Strawweight
Danni Neilan – Women’s Flyweight
Dee Begley – Women’s Flyweight
Dylan Kennedy – Men’s Flyweight
Austin Lynch – Men’s Bantamweight
Ronan Butler – Men’s Bantamweight
Ciaran Clarke – Men’s Lightweight
Jack Maguire – Men’s Lightweight
Sam Slater – Men’s Welterweight
Colin Meagher – Men’s Middleweight
Fionn Healy-Magwa – Men’s Middleweight
Ryan Spillane – Men’s Heavyweight

The 4 members of the Ulster Team for the event are as follows.

Courtney McCrudden – Women’s Featherweight
Jack Corr – Men’s Bantamweight
Gerard Corr – Men’s Featherweight
Paddy Henderson – Men’s Middleweight

The 11 members of the UKMMAF Team for the event are as follows.

Joanne Doyle – Women’s Bantamweight
Kaycee Blake – Women’s Lightweight
Ben Miles – Men’s Bantamweight
Kierandip Sahota – Men’s Bantamweight
Ashley Williams – Men’s Featherweight
PK Zadeh – Men’s Lightweight
Scott Pederson – Men’s Lightweight
Elliot Thomas – Men’s Welterweight
Alex Elsey – Men’s Welterweight
Christian Leroy Duncan – Men’s Middleweight
Shane Price – Men’s Light Heavyweight

Best of luck to all competitors competing. To see the brackets draw for each competitor click here.

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2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app

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This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.

The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bh.iaa.bahraintv&hl=en

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/bahrain-tv/id992105518?mt=8

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