IMMAF.org: 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.
For more information visit UMMAF.org.