The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) has announced that it will broadcast this year’s Youth MMA World Championships live immaf.tv.
The Bulgarian capital Sofia will host a three-day competition at EFE Marinela between July 30th and August 1st.
Twenty-three countries have signed up to compete with 370 athletes between the ages of 12 and 17 who are expected.
The IMMAF said it would immaf.tv on stage in time for the championship.
This is part of a larger project that integrates live and on-demand content into a new tournament and athlete data interface.
This is slated to be ready by the end of the year, with the initiative aimed at making IMMAF competitions and talent more accessible to fans.
“The inaugural Youth World Championships in 2019 showed an unexpected level of talent and skill among youth from around the world and demonstrated that the next generation of MMA is growing rapidly,” said IMMAF President Kerrith Brown.
📈 IMMAF Youth World Championships have record registrations, with 3️⃣7️⃣0️⃣ U18 participating in the 2021 edition. https://t.co/cLSVv6I4OH
– IMMAF (@IMMAFed) July 1, 2021
“As MMA is a new sport, its original stars traditionally come from other martial arts, but we now have a generation that has been training in MMA since that day and raising the bar for the future.
“The uniform developments of the IMMAF in the training and further education of trainers and the new mandatory classification requirement for youth competitors all contribute to this growth.
“As we are back at the 2021 Youth MMA World Championships, I am proud to announce that in response to demand, we are streaming action live for the first time under the age of 18.”
IMMAF bans head blows to anyone under the age of 18, while all participants in Sofia will enter a competition bubble as a COVID-19 caution.
No fans will be admitted to the event.