United States amateurs qualify for UMMAF national team 2018

Pictured: Chase Boutwell picks up his first international victory at last year’s IMMAF World Championships – photo by Jorden Curran

By Dane McGuire, IMMAF U.S. Correspondent

Following a three-day national championship tournament held between February 1-3 in Boonville, MO, USA, the country now has its representatives put forward for IMMAF’s 2018 events circuit, including November’s 2018 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA.

2018 U.S. National Team as of February 11, per UMMAF:


125lbs: Romeo Orosco Alternate: Trevor Barnes

135lbs: Sam Paneitz Alternate: Michael Williams

145lbs: Chase Boutwell

Alternate: Alvin Miller

155lbs: Roy Sarabia Alternate: Kyle Cason

170lbs: Laree Hutchison Alternate: Darian Weeks

185lbs: Angelo Rivera Jr

205lbs: Joshua Cumbee Alternate: Toma Walton

265lbs: Darion Abbey Alternate: Joshua Bush

+265lbs: Joshua Woodrum


115lbs: Hannah Scoggins

125lbs: Laneisha Vinson

135lbs: Kia Lola Alternate: Fotini Kandris

145lbs: Taryn Conklin

155lbs: Dorothy Godwin

Names that stand out include defending national champion Chase Boutwell (Georgia) and Taryn Conklin (Wisconsin), both qualify as primary competitors. Fellow previous national champions: Darian Weeks (Missouri,) Toma Walton (Missouri,) and Fotini Kandris will serve as alternates. All five athletes return to the national squad as veterans of the IMMAF World Championships.

Hannah Scoggins (South Carolina) was unable to compete for a spot on the national team last year, but did represent the U.S at the 2017 IMMAF Asian Open in Singapore, winning the Women’s Flyweight gold medal. Her presence coincided with husband Justin Scoggins’ bout at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correira, which also went down in Singapore.

IMMAF 2018 events schedule:

2018 IMMAF Oceania Open Championships 16 – 18 March, Melbourne – Australia

2018 IMMAF European Championships PLUS IMMAF Junior European Open Championships (age 18 -21) 17 – 23 June, Bucharest – Romania

2018 IMMAF Africa Open Championships 24 – 26 May, Johannesburg – South Africa

2018 IMMAF Asian Open Championships PLUS IMMAF Junior MMA World Championships (age 18 -21)

3 – 8 September, Shanghai – China

2018 IMMAF World Championships November, Manama – Bahrain

In addition, UMMAF announced their first national youth champions since partnering with the United States Fight League (USFL,) which serves as the UMMAF development arm.

Inaugural USFL/UMMAF Youth National Champions (age 8-17) per USFL:


ROOKIES (8-9 years, 65lbs): Brock Taylor NOVICE (10-11 years, 95lbs): Benjamin Taylor and Brandon Pollock SCHOOLBOY (12-13 years, 80/85lbs): Xeric Karoutsos CADET (14-15 years, 185 lbs): Noah White

*ROOKIE and NOVICE are mixed-gender divisions.


SCHOOLGIRL (12-13 years, 135lbs): Zoey Hahn CADET GIRLS (14-15 years, 120lbs): Shaniyah Carlson

The IMMAF World Championships will return to last year’s host country of Bahrain where the U.S. finished in third place, taking home two bronze and two gold medals last year. America is currently sixth in IMMAF’s team rankings with 3,994 points.

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