Team Russia celebrates its victory with (center) Fedor Emelianenko
(photo gallery of new champions below)
MONTE CARLO, Monaco (December 1, 2016)- Team Russia parlayed its recent European Championship domination into a repeat performance at this past weekend's World MMA Championship, by sweeping all seven weight classes in Studio City, Macau, China.
Close to 100 fighters competed, representing 23 countries including Russia, Kazakhstan, Spain, Australia, Belgian, China, Colombia, France, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Tajikistan, Germany, Hungary, Macao, Nepal, India, South Korea, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Chinese Taipei and Italy.
Russian middleweight Gamzat Hiramagomedov and light heavyweight Magomed Ankalayev are repeat world champions.
In team scoring, Asian team champion Kazakhstan won two Silver and four Bronze medals, Ukraine two Silver and two Bronze, Czech Republic one Silver and two Bronze, Chinas one Silver and two Bronze, Kyrgyzstan two Bronze, and one Bronze for France, India, Spain and Moldova.
"I would like to thank each athlete of our National MMA Team, our coaches, doctors and all the Russian MMA Union employees," said MMA living legend Fedor Emelianenko, WMMAA honorary president and president of the Russian MMA Union. "The fighters had a long way, put in a lot of effort, and made it to the top. Despite an ever-growing competition level, our athletes achieved 100-percent of the set goals thanks to a great training camp, fight strategy and their spirit.
"We are proud to have two-time world champions in Magomed Ankalayev and Gamzat Hiramagomedov. It's a pleasure to follow the fighters' personal evolution from fight to fight. The world champions will receive their accolades of Sports Master of International Level."
Here's a breakdown of results from each weight class:
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