The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) has announced that its 2020 IMMAF World and Junior World Championships and the 2020 IMMAF Asian and Junior Asian Open Championships will both take place in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan.
The 2020 IMMAF Asian & Junior Asian Open Championships is scheduled for 23 – 27 June 2020, and the 2020 IMMAF World and Junior World Championships will take place during the week commencing 25 October.
The Asian Open plays out at the Palace of Combat and Martial Arts – Zhekpe Zhek, with the venue for the Worlds to be confirmed.
The Kazakhstan National Public Union of Mixed Martial Arts Federation is recognised by the National Sport Committee of Kazakhstan.
The National Team picked up 18 medals including 4 golds at the 2019 IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain, and 22 medals at the 2019 Asian Open in Thailand.
Stand out athletes included strawweight Bagdat Zhubanysh, who places third and female atomweight Ayan Tursyn, who places 16th in the World Amateur Pound 4 Pound rankings.
IMMAF president Kerrith Brown said Kazakhstan emerged as the host city after an intense bidding process between Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Kazakhstan.
“We are certain that Kazakhstan will perform to a high level and will be able to deliver the event to a gold standard. From our side, we will give every support.”