IMMAF Crowns 2016 World Champions

Aleksandra Toncheva 01
Aleksandra Toncheva

Four fighters took home gold medals at the IMMAF World Championships Sunday in Las Vegas.

Coming off her 2015 IMMAF European strawweight title, Bulgarian Aleksandra Toncheva adds the IMMAF World title to her resume defeating Poland’s Aleksandra Rola by armbar in round 1. She also remains undefeated at 6-0, having only started fighting in November of last year.

Losing in the semi-finals at bantamweight at the IMMAF European tournament Sweden’s Gabriella Ringblom dropped to flyweight and defeated Finland’s Anette Österberg by unanimous decision to take the 125 title. Ringbloom was a finalist in the two previous IMMAF tournements she competed in.

After her 3rd IMMAF tournament, Sweden’s Cornelia Holm finally stood at the top of the podium taking the 135 title. Holm (4-3) rematched Norway’s Camilla Mannes in the  finals; Holm won their first outing at British MMA Challenge in May. Unolike the May TKO loss, Mannes did take the Swed the distance, but lost by unanimous decision.

Northern Ireland’s Leah McCourt, coming off her IMMAF European Lightweight title win, dropped to 145 and ran the table to take home the belt in the final female bout of the night. She submitted Germany’s Julia Dorny by armbar in the finals. McCourt has recorded finishes in all but one of her wins as an amateur.

The IMMAF’s next tournament will be the first ever African Open August 29 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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