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