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IMMAF ANNOUNCES 2018 OCEANIA OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
AT THE ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA
• 16 – 18 MARCH
• MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
(6 October 2017. London) The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation Australia (IMMAFA) is to host the 2018 IMMAF Oceania Open Championships at the Arnold Sports Festival in Melbourne next year.
The event will take place from 16 to 18 March at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre and marks the first showcasing on the continent of IMMAF’s five-day, nation vs nation, Amateur MMA tournament. The inaugural championships will be the first IMMAF event to be streamed live.
For two years running, IMMAFA has partnered with the iconic Arnold Classic exhibition to host Australia’s National Championships for the selection of a national team to compete at IMMAF international events.
With the 2018 IMMAF Oceania Open Championships, IMMAFA welcomes IMMAF affiliated, continental teams from Australia and New Zealand, as well as a broader spectrum of athletes from around the globe. The competition is anticipated to attract national teams from neighboring Asia, in particular.
The IMMAFA competition programme at the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival Australia will additionally include two further, amateur MMA tournaments:
• IMMAFA Australian ASF Championship
• IMMAFA Modified MMA ASF Championship (mat sport)
Arnold Classic Australia promoter, Tony Doherty, commented:
“I’m pleased to welcome the IMMAF to the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival Australia. IMMAF’s first Oceania Open Championships will attract world ranked competitors to the festival in Melbourne.”
IMMAF President Kerrith Brown said:
"We are grateful to the Arnold Sports Festival for its support of Amateur MMA in Oceania. The partnership serves as an accolade to the work of our representative in Australia, the IMMAFA, under Joe Minehan and Stewart Brain. We hope to see the first IMMAF Oceania Open leave a legacy in the region and to ignite the development and growth of MMA across the continent, increasing regional support to IMMAF's bid for Olympic inclusion in 2028."
About Arnold Sports Festival Australia:
Australia’s biggest and best multi-sport festival returns to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. And Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back too!
The Arnold Sports Festival Australia has become a highlight of Arnold’s mission to bring his Fitness Crusade to the world, encouraging people of all ages and abilities to take part in sport and activities that promote fitness health and well-being.
Last year’s event broke attendance records with more than 60,000 people watching 10,000 professional and amateur athletes take part in more than 25 sports as diverse as bodybuilding, boxing, darts, fencing, futsal, martial arts and strongman competitions over three days at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is the international democratic body for the sport of MMA, representing MMA’s stakeholders across 68 nations worldwide. Founded from within the MMA community for the MMA community, the purpose of the IMMAF is to protect and further the development, recognition and regulation of the sport of MMA on all levels, enabling international competition through its family of non-profit, democratic national federations. immaf.org