The Kingdom of Bahrain has reached the top of the mixed martial arts world as the country is now the leader of the IMMAF-WMMAA world rankings, surpassing Kazakhstan, Sweden, Russia, and New Zealand. The positive results in the Asian and African Open tournaments were instrumental in the rise from Team Bahrain.
HH Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, President of Bahrain Olympics Committee and Honourary President of Bahrain MMA Federation expressed his utmost delight after seeing Bahrain topping the latest MMA ranking issued by IMMAF – WMMAA.
“We are very happy to see Bahrain on top of IMMAF-WMMAA’s ranking. This confirms we are on the right path in the MMA sport as per the vision engineered to develop it, enabling the Kingdom’s champions to make honorable results,” HH Shaikh Khalid said.
Bahrain led the African Open, ahead of hosts South Africa, with four gold medals, two bronzes, and one silver; while Team Bahrain also had a significantly positive result at the Asian Open, with 13 medals in total, including five golds, one silver, and seven bronze medals.
After four years of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s attention turning to the development of mixed martial arts in the Kingdom and abroad, Team Bahrain has fulfilled one of its main objectives, ahead of what promises to be a historical International Combat Week.
Around 550 athletes from 60 nations will gather in Bahrain for the IMMAF-WMMAA World Championships, from November 9th to the 16th, and His Highness’ vision for the sport will once again be exposed to the entire world, as his contributions continue to transform the mixed martial arts world and the sports industry as a whole.