U.S. Coverage of IMMAF World Championships on InsideSTL

Just like every other sport has a World Cup or “World Juniors” equivalent, before the excitement of Olympic combat comes to InsideSTL in August, you can get your fix early as the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation returns to UFC Fight Pass.

The organization will be hosting the 2016 IMMAF World Championships of Amatuer MMA, a five day tournament (July 5-7, 8 and 10) during the UFC’s “International Fight Week.”

“We are delighted to announce the 2016 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA, as our annual celebration of Amateur achievement returns to Las Vegas next year,” IMMAF CEO Densign White said in a statement in last year.

"The increasing level in talent participating in IMMAF tournaments demonstrates both the development of Amateur MMA under IMMAF’s membership and the growing value of the IMMAF brand.

“Credit is due to IMMAF’s volunteer led membership working tirelessly at a grassroots level worldwide to improve the sport of MMA and opportunities for its participants. Year by year, MMA audiences across the world can witness and track the great strides made in our sport through IMMAF Championship events…”

Credit: Jose Youngs/TheMMACorner.com

Weight divisions for competition remain similar to those of the UFC.

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)

*Division in the UFC

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)

The IMMAF also allows the no longer common Super Heavyweight division comprised of athletes over 265 pounds.

-via IMMAF

Rules will remain the same as the Unified Rules of MMA with exception to rounds (five in championship bouts, three otherwise) be three minutes in duration unlike the usual five minutes.

In addition to the standard fouls of the Unified Rules, the following techniques are banned under the IMMAF: Elbow and forearm strikes of any kind, Heel Hook, Twisters/Sit through crucifix and/or any submission deemed as applying pressure to the spine, knees to the head at any point.

As of yesterday’s deadline, the 2016 tournament will feature 250* amateurs from 31 countries. Of 22 competing nations listed from previous events, Team USA leads the pack in the overall medal standings with six gold, one silver, and seven bronze medals since the first tournament in 2014.

The U.S.’ governing body, the USA Mixed Martial Arts/ Kick International Federation (UMMAF) of St. Louis is a featured partner of the event.

*Update via IMMAF 21 hours ago