IMMAF 2015 Tournament Preview – The Strawweights

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.

To read our preview of the featherweights, go here.

To read out preview of the bantamweights go here.

To read our preview of the flyweights, go here.

In what is the most competitive female divisions, seven of the world’s amateur strawweight prospects will vie for a world championship.

Amy-OmaraAmy Omara 

Country: England

Record: 3-0

What You Need to know: Coached by Cage Warriors vet Matt Thorpe, Omara has two first round finishes in her career so far. She originally originally started in kickboxing, but fell in love with MMA. She considers herself very well rounded.

Codie WarehamCodie Wareham 

Country: USA

Record: 1-0

What You Need to know: Wareham did wrestling since middle school in Alaska. She was able to make the boy’s squad her senior year. Wanting to compete more after high school, she took up MMA at Team Frostbite. Coached by BJJ black belt Jeff Nielsen, her ground game is something to look out for.

Magdalena ZuchowskaMagdalena Zuchowska

Country: Poland

Record: 4-1

What You Need to know: Only having started training a little over a year ago, Zuchowska stayed busy with five fights during that time period. Coched by Polish MMA legend Antoni Chmielewski, she was originally a dancer before taking up MMA.

Maria ColonnaMaria Colonna

Country: Italy

Record: 2-0

What You Need to know: Having won national titles in amateur kickboxing, Colonna decided to make the transition to MMA a year ago and has found success with back to back wins. She is a sports journalist outside of training.

Minna GrusanderMinna Grusander 

Country: Finland

Record: 2-0

What You Need to know: Training at one of the top gyms in Finland, Grusander has back to back submission wins. She is also a basketball referee in her spare time.

Raluca DinescuRaluca Dinescu

Country: Romania

Record: 1-0

What You Need to know: Raluca and her sister Roxana are both fighters, with Ralunca looking to follow her sister’s footsteps as a pro. Coming from striking backgrounds, they are working on their wrestling.

Sarah ArcherSarah Archer 

Country: New Zealand

Record: 1-2

What You Need to know: A vet of the all female Princesses of Pain Promotion in New Zealand, she is the first ever female competitor from her country. Having started in karate, she has been training for the past 2 1/2 year with Team Hammerhead.

4 thoughts on “IMMAF 2015 Tournament Preview – The Strawweights”

  1. Hello, my daughter Ireland is a amature, strawweight MMA fighter out of Montana. She holds a record of 2-1 and is interested in how she may get involved with this promotion. You can contact us at the email address listed, or at 406-855-5769. Thank you for your time!

    1. We aren’t a promotion – we just cover the sport itself. However, we do know promoters always looking for fighters. Will keep you in the loop as we see Ireland as a star in the making.

    2. Justin I’ve seen Ireland’s fight against Jade Buckskin on video and all I can say is that she’s a really hot prospect! Be very proud of her and keep on supporting her!
      Vassilis Velmachos
      Athens Greece

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