(MENAFN- International Mixed Martial Arts Federation)
- at BRAVE International Fight Week 2022
- March 7 to 12, 2022, Bahrain
- Boasts the biggest cash prize for an amateur MMA tournament
- Comments from the IMMAF President
BRAVE International Combat Week will once again be a milestone for the sport of mixed martial arts. During a press conference held this Monday (10) in the Kingdom of Bahrain, it was announced that the BRAVE ICW 2022 will host the first ever edition of the MMA Super Cup.
MMA Super Cup is a new tournament promoted in association with KHK Sports, BRAVE CF, International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) and Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation (BMMAF), with 8 teams competing for the the title of best nation in the world and the biggest cash prize ever paid for an amateur MMA tournament.
The press conference announcing the launch of BICW 2022 took place at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, Manama, and was hosted by KHK Sports CEO and BRAVE CF President Mohammed Shahid, IMMAF President Kerrith Brown and Federation Bahraini MMA Mohammed Qamber.
Participating teams were selected through the IMMAF Senior World Ranking, with places allocated to the six highest ranked countries: Russia, Ukraine, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Ireland and Tajikistan. They will be joined by two wildcards, the Balkan Champions and the Arab Champions, in the knockout tournament bracket.
Each team will consist of 9 fighters (7 men and 2 women), one per weight category. Three alternates, or substitutes, two male athletes and one female, will also be permitted per team.
After the initial draw determining the quarter-finals, each round will consist of 9 fights between two teams. Each fight will consist of 3 rounds of 3 minutes. No draws will be allowed, with additional rounds being added until a fighter is the winner if the match ends in a tie. The team with the most wins after all bouts will be declared the winner.
The four winners of the first round will meet in the semi-finals and, finally, the two winners of the semi-finals will face off in the grand final, for the MMA Super Cup trophy and a check for $100,000. The runners-up team will take home $75,000 and the winner of the third-place match will take home $50,000. The prize money will be directed towards the investment of the respective national federations.
IMMAF President Kerrith Brown thanked His Highness Shaikh Khaled bin Hamad, BRAVE CF President Mohammed Shahid and the Bahrain MMA Federation for their significant investment and commitment to amateur MMA and talent development. He highlighted the huge potential of the new platform to further inspire and galvanize IMMAF National Federations and Teams, and the role of wild card spots in helping elite talent from regions where the sport is less developed or where the teams do not place in the best rankings. He described the launch event as a groundbreaking pilot for a new MMA format he was looking forward to developing in partnership with BRAVE.
The MMA Super Cup is the next step towards His Highness Shaikh Khaled bin Hamad al Khalifa’s vision to reform the MMA industry, changing its landscape from an event business to a sports business under a new model and regulation and governance. world.
BRAVE International Combat Week and the first MMA Super Cup will take place in the Kingdom of Bahrain from March 7 (arrivals) to March 12 (finals). The week-long festivities will include the inaugural MMA Super Cup and BRAVE CF 57, the first card of the year for the truly global MMA promotion.
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