IMMAF Announcement

All of us at Ulster Amateur MMA would like to express our heartfelt sadness at the death of Joao Carvalho after competing at the TEF event in Dublin.

We extend our sympathies and condolences to Joao’s family and team-mates.

We have been liaising with IMMAF on our response to this and we would like to fully support IMMAF’s statement on the matter.  We have reproduced the IMMAf statement directly below…



London. 15 April 2016

IMMAF (International Mixed Martial Arts Federation) again offers its deepest condolences to the family and friends of deceased MMA competitor Joao Carvalho, who sadly passed away following a match at TEF 1 at The National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on 9 April. Joao was a popular and well-loved young man who is held in fond memory by those whose lives he touched, as well as a committed athlete pursuing his dream in a sport that he loved.


In the wake of this tragic and isolated event, IMMAF urges governments to support national MMA organisations, such as the Irish Amateur Pankration Association, and make a sincere commitment to putting structures in place that create a consistent and safe environment for all. IMMAF calls for MMA competitions to be regulated by law as they are in countries such as the United States and in Sweden, so that best practice can be enforced.

IMMAF also calls upon international sports agencies such as WADA and Sport Accord to formally recognise MMA. Lack of recognition creates obstacles to development and to increasing safety in the sport. This impacts right down to a national level, in areas that include hiring appropriately qualified medical professionals and securing insurance. Lack of recognition is likewise a barrier to funding, which would enable better medical care and safety measures, as well as investment in education and sport development.

We call for formal recognition, regulation and grassroots support at national and international levels, not only to harness the positive potential of the sport but to vitally mitigate risk for its participants. Joao’s tragic passing presents a call to action.

MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world, it is made up of singular combat sports such as judo, boxing, taekwondo, wrestling and muay thai and carries with it the ethics, skill and fitness associated with those much celebrated sports. The creation of mixed martial arts as a sport is the result of skilled and ambitious sportspeople seeking to not only be the best at one discipline but master multiple complex disciplines.


It is accepted, by MMA competitors,  organisations , fans and practitioners alike, that some people remain uneducated about the sport and carry outdated views and inaccurate preconceptions- however this should not impact the understanding of a need to regulate the sport.



We have finalised a date for the 2016 UAMMA junior and novice championships.

The event will take place on Saturday the 19th of March from 10am to 4pm.

Eligibility: This is a NOVICE tournament if you have competed more than 1 time in full Amateur MMA rules you are not eligible. If you have competed at National level in any combat sport (boxing, judo etc) you are not eligible. You must declare all combat sport experience on this form, depending on levels you may be deemed ineligible. 

Entries will only be accepted through UAMMA CLUBS and SENIOR UAMMA COACHES. NO INDIVIDUALS MAY ENTER. Competitors must ensure they have a Ulster Amateur MMA Membership Card. Your Club must be stated on Entry Form and License, ‘none stated’ will not be acceptable. 

Method of Elimination:

Categories will be fought through to finals; medals will be presented throughout the day, after each group has been completed.

Registration & Weigh In: Saturday 19th March 10am

Entry Fees: Competitors £10.00 per person

Full details of rules, weight categories and a coaches signup sheet can be found by downloading the entry form document: ulstermmaentry 2016

All entries must be submitted by email to austin (at) ulsteramateurmma (dot) org. Once entries are received, we will contact all coaches to organise payment, either as a club or from individuals.

Want to fight in the IMMAF European Championship?

For those wishing to compete in the IMMAF European championships, the entry for selection is now open.

For full details on the championships check out page above or click this link

This form can be completed below or to open it in a new window click here

All expressions of interest must be received by Friday the 18th of September. Before registering you must be registered with UAMMA by using the signup field on the right.

A Quick Update


Last week we had a great meeting over in London with the team from IMMAF, UKMMAF and Fight For Peace.  A lot of potential there for some very interesting things for Ulster MMA.

We are also finalising the details of the next UAMMA amateur tournament. At the moment its looking like this will be held on the second weekend in October, i.e. the 10th and 11th. We are going to finalise the venue in the next week or two and then we will get a signup / registration setup. In the meantime, if you’re considering entering ensure you sign up to the site using the signup box on the right. Only registered members will be able to compete.

UAMMA medalists!

Sorry for the delay posting this. I’m in Donegal with no internet access and currently hijacking the wifi in the bar!

Ulster Amateur MMA sent a hell of a squad to Vegas for the world championships. The boys came together as a team, supported one another and fought like the Warriors that they are. 

We are hugely proud to announce that they are bringing home medals! Carl McNally and Denis Perry are bringing home bronze medals. Please join me in congratulating them and the whole squad for their amazing performances on the global stage!


Day 3 Results

Today was a hard day for our fighters. 

First up Ross McCorriston faces Yurii Bosyi from Ukraine. The fight went the distance and Ross fought hard and well but sadly lost on a split decision. 

Then Mark McGlinchey stepped into the cage to face Serdar Atlas from Sweden. This was Marks debut and he performed well in a tough fight that went the distance. Unfortunately Mark also lost the decision. 

Both our fighters fought well and there is no shame in losing when you’re competing at this level. Well done to them both. 

Tomorrow the UAMMA journey continues as Denis Perry and Carl McNally step up and enter the semi finals of the tournament. 


IMMAF World Championships Day 2


Today was a huge day for the UAMMA squad with four of the NI fighters stepping into the cage today.

First to fight was Ciaran Breslin who fought Joshua Mortada from Lebanon. Ciaran’s fight went the distance and fought hard but lost the decision.

Next up was Steven Moore. Stephen faced Asger Dissing Pederson from Denmark. This fight went the distance and Pederson won by unanimous decision.

Next to fight from tea NI was Carl McNally who faced Logan Price from New Zealand. This was Price’s second time fighting at the IMMAF worlds. Carl performed incredibly and took the victory by guillotine choke just 1 minute and 29 seconds into the first round

Ross McCorriston then faced Filipe Catanho from Portugal and secured another strong win for UAMMA winning the fight by TKO (strikes) in the third round.

The fourth and final fight of the day for the UAMMA squad was Denis Perry fighting Fahed Dandach from Lebanon. This fight went the distance as well and Denis won a unanimous decision.

Mark McGlinchey will step into the cage for the first time tomorrow. 

So we go forward with 4 of our fighters still in the running and two of those are now in the semi finals (Denis and Carl).



First fight… First win!

The fights started today and the first to fight was Carl McNally. We haven’t done a “meet the squad” post about Carl but you can get to know Carl via his “Road to Vegas” vlogs that were shown on whoatv. You can view the entire series of these on the whoatv website 

Carl was up against Renato Vidovic and won in the first round by rear naked choke. Here are some photos. Congratulations Carl… Four more fights to gold!


Meet the Squad: Mark McGlinchey


Name: Mark McGlinchey.
Age: 20
Weight: Fight at flyweight.
Bio: I train out of IMMA next generation under coach Rodney Moore. I moved to his gym in late January with some understanding of the sport having previously trained at young spartans with Micky Young. I learned some good stuff there but couldn’t keep up the commitment with work and other sports.
After some time away from it I decided to clear my mind, stick to what I wanted to do succeed in and start fresh again so i moved to Ballymena.
I spent some time blowing out the cobwebs but things fell into place all of a sudden and I started to go at it. I’m training any chance i can now between our gym in Ballymena, out at Mark Shields strength and conditioning and what ever else I do on my own.
I’m making my debut in Vegas, and a few days later I will be world champion! This is a dream come true and id like to thank all those who have helped me get here, Rodney Moore for his first class training and advice. Derek Morrison for his boxing classes and helping me with footwork. Mark Shields for helping me improve on my strength endurance which will be a massive help. And finally, my boss, my old man, who has sponsered the funding for my trip and given me the time off work and without him this wouldnt be possible!

The squad are in Vegas!

The boys have all arrived safe and sound. Here are a few photos of them having a training session before tomorrow’s weigh in