The Stark Arena in Belgrade will play host to the 2022 IMMAF World Championships as the best amateur fighters on the planet converge on Serbia in a quest for gold.

The location and venue were confirmed to Fighters Only by IMMAF officials, who also announced that the championships will be held in the week commencing February 12, 2023.

Teams and delegates will travel to Belgrade and check in at the host venue on February 11, with the championships getting underway the following day.

“On behalf of the board, I’m pleased to announce that we now have a date and location for the 2022 IMMAF World Championships which will cap off our 2022 competition year, in which we were able to host a full calendar of Championships for the first time in our build back from the pandemic,” said IMMAF president Kerrith Brown.

“The event promises to kick off another full year for IMMAF, as hosting rights agreements are being finalized for IMMAF’s continental events.

“I would like to congratulate President Luka Nikolic and the host federation on the success of their bid. We look forward to working with a well-experienced and resourced federation and partners for the organizing of another stellar amateur MMA world championships.”

The 2021 championships were held in Abu Dhabi in January 2022 as IMMAF looked to bounce back from a COVID-hit schedule the previous two years.

Now, after a packed schedule of events this year, they will crown the sport’s 2022 amateur world champions in Serbia in the world’s biggest event for amateur fighters.

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