Over the next week, we will be previewing the competitors in the IMMAF world amateur tournament. The second annual event will take place July 6th-11th. The opening rounds will take place at the Flamingo hotel and the finals will take place at the Sands Convention Center as a part of the UFC Expo July 11th.
The expansion of the women’s divisions worldwide has given the opportunity for fighters to test their skills in amateur ranks.
Last year, competitors from across the planet entered the IMMAF’s first ever world championships and gained international exposure. Three of the gold medal winners in 2014 went on to pro careers, and all have yet to be beaten in the pro ranks.
This years field has 21 fighters from 14 different countries in four divisions.
We will start with the featherweights first and work our way down.
What you need to know: Holm trains out of the GBG Gym with a name familiar to Muay Thai and WMMA fans Linn Wennergren. Holm’s only loss was to 2014 finalist Jill Holmström.
What you need to know: Herrington comes from a solid wrestling background, having won national titles in the sport. Her transition to MMA has been flawless with four start wins since her MMA debut last year.
What you need to know: Training with 2014 IMMAF Daniela Kortmann, she has a solid judo background coming in. Besides her physical abilities, she has a Masters Degree in Media and speaks six languages.
What you need to know: Defiori is a vet of the Army combatives tournaments. Originally from Alaska, she is training at the Beta Academy in Washington, DC.
What you need to know: A teammate of UFC fighters Connor MacGregor and Aisling Daly, Kavanagh has won two straight. Her only loss was a razor thin majority decision to Anna Elmose at Cage Warriors.