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By Mike Johnson on 6/14/2019 6:00 AM



[London. 14 June 2019] At a press conference held in Manama on Wednesday, BRAVE Combat Federation, the Bahrain MMA Federation and IMMAF | WMMAA announced the schedule for 2019 BRAVE International Combat Week, in which this year's IMMAF | WMMAA World Championships of Amateur MMA is to take place for a third year running.  The week is to culminate in an explosive professional MMA card presented by BRAVE.

BRAVE International Combat Week will take place in Isa Town, Bahrain, between November 9 and 16, with the 2019 IMMAF | WMMAA World Championships tournament spanning 5 days.

BRAVE president Mohammed Shahid and Bahrain MMA Federation president Col. Khalid A. Aziz Al Khayyat were joined in the press conference by IMMAF President Kerrith Brown and CEO Densign White, as they announced the full details of what they promised to be the biggest International Combat Week yet.

Brown said he expected up to 60 nations and 550 athletes to participate in the amateur World Championships, and praised Bahrain’s track record of delivering the tournament to the highest standard.

“Our job is to empower national federations and athletes around the world. And our mission needs to have the right partners. BRAVE CF and the Kingdom of Bahrain are just that. They have gone above and beyond to help us achieve what we set out to do, and I can’t wait to deliver our biggest World Championships yet”.

Col. Al Khayat said:  "Bahrain has played a prominent role in supporting the sport of mixed martial arts through the steps taken by His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, in promoting the culture of this sport not only at a local level, but..(at).. continental and international.... through his establishment of the Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation, as well as his launching of the Bahraini brand, BRAVE, which extends beyond local borders to reach cities and capitals around the world, and which has contributed to Bahrain's position on the global sports map."

He went on to credit Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad as the driving force behind BRAVE International Combat Week and the partnership with IMMAF | WMMAA, in the interests of developing the sport of MMA. 

The Bahrain MMA Federation is recognised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee of which Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad is President. 


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Attached image: pictured from left to right -  Mohamed Qambar (BMMAF), Mohammed Shahid (BRAVE president), Col. Al Khayyat (BMMAF president & NOC Director), Kerrith Brown (IMMAF President), Densign White (IMMAF - WMMAA CEO), DJ Mojay Janahi (presenter) and Redha Haji (BMMAF)

Notes for Editors:

  • IMMAF- WMMAA is the global governing body for MMA working for the development, recognition and regulation of the sport.
  • IMMAF - WMMAA has a seven-year track record of organising international amateur MMA Championships and developing the sport globally.
  • It takes at least three years of organisational compliance to meet the sport recognition criteria required by the Global Association of International Sports Federations.
  • According to GAISF’s own website, IMMAF - WMMAA meets all known criteria.
  • IMMAF- WMMAA has 110 member federations with National Olympic Committee recognition in around 50 countries.
  • With Olympian leaders coming from judo, IMMAF- WMMAA fully respects Olympic values.
  • IMMAF-WMMAA has a democratically elected board, audited accounts, General Assemblies, a robust anti-doping programme and a qualifying number of recognised members.
  • IMMAF-WMMAA governance is subject to independent audit by the Sport Integrity Global Alliance.