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IMMAF | Athletes announced for 2022 Africa Championships

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IMMAF (International Mixed Martial Arts Federation) have revealed the provisional lists of National teams and Athletes that will participate in it’s upcoming Africa Championships in Johannesburg.

Returning to South Africa for the first time since 2019, the IMMAF African Championships will be broadcasted live from EFC’s Studio following a partnership between Mixed Martial Arts South Africa (MMASA) and the EFC performance institute.

The event will take place over three days between 28 and 30 April and will be broadcast on IMMAF at the following times.

Thursday 28 April, from 11:00 hrs (UTC+2/ local time)
Friday 29 April, from 11:00 hrs (UTC+2/ local time)
Saturday 30 April, 11:00 hrs (UTC+2/ local time)

You can see the full list of IMMAF Nations and Athletes below.

ANGOLA

Andreza Antonio – Women’s F: Strawweight 52.2 kg (115 lbs)
Moneza Neves – Women’s F: Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Adalberto Ntyamba – Men’s M: Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Maurio Silva – Men’s M: Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Divaldo Vicente – Men’s M: Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)
Elizandro Sousa – Men’s M: Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)
Luan Tomas Shaka – Men’s M: Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)
Osvaldo Benedito – Men’s M: Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)
Ivandro Francisco – Men’s M: Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)
Elisio Zua – Men’s M: Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)
Garcia Kinkela – Men’s M: Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)
Enoque Emilio Kakesa – Men’s M: Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)
Stanislau Kakesse Wezy – Men’s M: Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)
Juliao Pimenta – Men’s M: Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Moise Saidi – Men’s M: Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Gorges Ngoma – Men’s M: Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Tresor Musampa – Men’s M: Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)
mantshiumba ruffus – Men’s M: Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)
Billy Nyembo – Men’s M: Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)
Kasese Muntamba – Men’s M: Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)
Jean jacques Lubaya – Men’s M: Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

MAURITIUS

Emmanuel Venethitan – Men’s M: Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)
Djadoo Lionel ashley cedric – Men’s M: Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Geraldo Moïse – Men’s M: Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)
Stephane Samuel Margoton – Men’s M: Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)
Vedaman Canee – Men’s M: Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)
Jason Maurice – Men’s M: Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

NAMIBIA

Jason Beukes – Men’s M: Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)
Paulino Alan Vumpa – Men’s M: Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)
Veja Hinda – Men’s M: Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)
Eduardo Platt – Men’s M: Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)
Geraldo Bok – Men’s M: Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)
Uys Landsberg – Men’s M: Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)

NIGERIA

Chinonye Bernadette Attoh – Women’s F: Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)
Gertrude Terlumum – Women’s F: Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

SOUTH AFRICA

Bianca Stander – Women’s F: Strawweight 52.2 kg (115 lbs)
Cassandra Le Roux – Women’s F: Strawweight 52.2 kg (115 lbs)
Nadia Terblanche – Women’s F: Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)
Nicole Van Wyk – Women’s F: Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)
Mathys du Randt – Men’s M: Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)
Philani SHABALALA – Men’s M: Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)
Mischka Laubscher – Women’s F: Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Nathanial Komana – Men’s M: Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Carissa Botha – Women’s F: Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Sipho Mlaba – Men’s M: Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Nicolaas Vermaak – Men’s M: Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)
londiwe hadebe – Women’s F: Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)
Kiara Fegen – Women’s F: Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)
Allistar Kunene – Men’s M: Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)
Cameron Coulson – Men’s M: Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)
Esteban Van Der Berg – Men’s M: Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)
Adei Volker – Men’s M: Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)
Muhammad Mall – Men’s M: Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)
Zhane Tannous – Men’s M: Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)
Andile Madlala – Men’s M: Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)

TUNISIA

Aymen Nefzi – Men’s M: Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)
Skander Ben Ghali – Men’s M: Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)

ZAMBIA

Mwelwa Nkhata – Men’s M: Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Jarcel Chimbwe – Men’s M: Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)
Ken Nyaondo – Men’s M: Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)
Joseph Mwanza – Men’s M: Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)
Kelvin Chishimba – Men’s M: Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

ZIMBABWE

Lewis Mataya – Men’s M: Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

ATHLETES BY WEIGHT DIVISION

WOMEN’S F: STRAWWEIGHT 52.2 KG (115 LBS)

Andreza Antonio – Angola
Bianca Stander – South Africa
Cassandra Le Roux – South Africa

WOMEN’S F: FLYWEIGHT 56.7 KG (125 LBS)

Chinonye Bernadette Attoh – Nigeria
Nadia Terblanche – South Africa
Nicole Van Wyk – South Africa

MEN’S M: FLYWEIGHT 56.7 KG (125 LBS)

Emmanuel Venethitan – Mauritius
Jason Beukes – Namibia
Mathys du Randt – South Africa
Paulino Alan Vumpa – Namibia
Philani SHABALALA – South Africa

MEN’S M: BANTAMWEIGHT 61.2 KG (135 LBS)

Adalberto Ntyamba – Angola
Djadoo Lionel ashley cedric – Mauritius
Gorges Ngoma – Democratic Republic Of The Congo
Maurio Silva – Angola
Moise Saidi – Democratic Republic Of The Congo
Mwelwa Nkhata – Zambia
Nathanial Komana – South Africa
Sipho Mlaba – South Africa

WOMEN’S F: BANTAMWEIGHT 61.2 KG (135 LBS)

Carissa Botha – South Africa
Gertrude Terlumum – Nigeria
Mischka Laubscher – South Africa
Moneza Neves – Angola

MEN’S M: FEATHERWEIGHT 65.8 KG (145 LBS)

Divaldo Vicente – Angola
Elizandro Sousa – Angola
Geraldo Moïse – Mauritius
Jarcel Chimbwe – Zambia
Nicolaas Vermaak – South Africa
Stephane Samuel Margoton – Mauritius
Tresor Musampa – Democratic Republic Of The Congo
Veja Hinda – Namibia

WOMEN’S F: FEATHERWEIGHT 65.8 KG (145 LBS)

londiwe hadebe – South Africa

MEN’S M: LIGHTWEIGHT 70.3 KG (155 LBS)

Allistar Kunene – South Africa
Eduardo Platt – Namibia
Geraldo Bok – Namibia
Joseph Mwanza – Zambia
Ken Nyaondo – Zambia
Lewis Mataya – Zimbabwe
Luan Tomas Shaka – Angola
Vedaman Canee – Mauritius

WOMEN’S F: LIGHTWEIGHT 70.3 KG (155 LBS)

Kiara Fegen – South Africa

MEN’S M: WELTERWEIGHT 77.1 KG (170 LBS)

Cameron Coulson – South Africa
Esteban Van Der Berg – South Africa
Ivandro Francisco – Angola
Jason Maurice – Mauritius
Kelvin Chishimba – Zambia
Osvaldo Benedito – Angola
mantshiumba ruffus – Democratic Republic Of The Congo

MEN’S M: MIDDLEWEIGHT 83.9 KG (185 LBS)

Adei Volker – South Africa
Billy Nyembo – Democratic Republic Of The Congo
Elisio Zua – Angola
Garcia Kinkela – Angola

MEN’S M: LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT 93 KG (205 LBS)

Aymen Nefzi – Tunisia
Enoque Emilio Kakesa – Angola
Jean jacques Lubaya – Democratic Republic Of The Congo
Kasese Muntamba – Democratic Republic Of The Congo
Muhammad Mall – South Africa
Stanislau Kakesse Wezy – Angola
Zhane Tannous – South Africa

MEN’S M: HEAVYWEIGHT 120.2 KG (265 LBS)

Andile Madlala – South Africa
Juliao Pimenta – Angola
Skander Ben Ghali – Tunisia
Uys Landsberg – Namibia

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Fight To Watch | Muhammad Mokaev vs Charles Johnson

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Fights are being booked fast and furiously for July 23rd as the UFC’s anticipated return to London approaches. With fireworks expected throughout the whole event, MMAPlay365 and VMTV have scoured through the card and selected Muhammad Mokaev vs Charles Johnson as our ‘Fight To Watch’ on the night.

Muhammad Mokaev returns to the octagon following a successful debut back at UFC London in March against Cody Durden. ‘The Punisher’ made light work of his American counter-part, submitting him in the first round via guillotine choke with very little problems. His upcoming opponent, Charles Johnson, signs with the UFC after an impressive four-fight winning streak on LFA, which saw him capture and defend flyweight gold.

His ability to mix it up on the feet and in grappling scenarios make this a much more dangerous bout for Mokaev stylistically, but it’s still nothing the 21 year old won’t be able to handle in the eyes of MMAPlay365 Founder, Adam Newsome:

“At this stage of Muhammad Mokaev’s UFC career every fight is going to be a test. And just because you haven’t heard of Charles Johnson doesn’t mean he isn’t a good fighter. Johnson was the Flyweight Champion in LFA. If you aren’t familiar with LFA it’s basically the American equivalent of Cage Warriors. You are battle tested in LFA and if you become a Champion the chances are the UFC are going to sign you.

So this is a very interesting match-up but still right now I don’t think that Mokaev gets tested enough to the point he loses. This is going to be another fight I see him doing extremely well in and I don’t see Mokaev losing a fight until he hits the top 20 of the division. But even when that time comes, he is going to have improved and developed so much that he could run through that pool of fighters at that time. If a fighter is going to beat Mokaev outside the best fighters in the division then now is the time to do it whilst he’s still developing. But even though he’s still developing he’s still a problem. I’m not sure Mokaev finds another finish here so I am predicting a dominant three round decision victory for Muhammad Mokaev.”

Cauley Quilty, Editor for VMTV, had this to say on the fight: “Muhammad Mokaev is always a treat to watch in action and his UFC debut back in March was nothing short of spectacular! He came to fight and did exactly that getting the first round finish and I see him doing the same thing when he steps back out there against Charles Johnson. His extensive amateur career and impressive run of professional performances make it almost impossible to not side with Mokaev in this bout, especially with the way he defeated Durden on his debut.

However, Charles Johnson isn’t an opponent anyone should underestimate as his resume and recent performances speak for themselves! His fight vs Carlos ‘Mota’ Tizil was a barnburner and with 8 of his 11 wins coming by way of finish you know he can get the job done when needed. Both fighters are highly touted and respected so expect the winner of this to receive a bump up in competition on their next outing.”

Who do you think leaves the ‘Fight To Watch’ with their hand raised? Be sure to let us know your predictions below!

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Sumo | Summer Tournament wide open after 10 days

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The Sumo Summer Tournament has a surprise joint-leader after 10 days, but many Rikishi are in with a shout of glory with only 5 days to go.

So far, only two have managed to achieve a guaranteed winning record, with M15 ranked Ichiyamamoto and M4 Takanosho posting 8-2 records 10 days in to the basho. It remains to be seen if he can keep up his championship challenge, but Ichiyamamoto is bringing back memories of the January 2020 basho when the M17 ranked Tokushoryu took home the title in a huge surprise. Whatever happens, Ichiyamamoto should see himself catapulted up the rankings for the next tournament if he can keep up this form. It is a welcome return to form for Takanosho who has previously been a Sekiwake.

Sumo: Summer Tournament – M15 ranked Ichiyamamoto finds himself in the joint-lead after 10 days of action.

Despite his patchy form, Terunofuji has scrapped himself to a 7-3 record, which puts him 1 behind the leaders in a large chasing pack. On day 10 he managed to get by a spirited Hoshoryu who is improving all the time. The Mongolian giant will be hopeful of taking home his first championship of the year. Others in the pack on 7-3 are Kiribayama, Ura, Sadanoumi and Aoiyama. With NINE more wrestlers on 6-4, only two behind the leaders and with an outside shot, there will be an amazing 16 Rikishi who may be dreaming of lifting the Emperor’s Cup come Sunday 22nd May. The chances of there being a playoff for the win for the second tournament running are looking pretty high.

Down at the other end of the table, it has been another tournament to forget for March’s playoff runner-up, Takayasu, who has posted a losing record of 2-8 so far. After doing so well to get himself back to M1 rank, he will find himself going down the rankings ahead of the July tournament. Ozeki Shodai has continued his poor form and one more defeat will once again see him staring down the possibility of losing his rank come July. March winner Wakatakakage, alongside fellow Sanyaku ranked competitors Abi, Takakeisho and Mitakeumi, are all fighting for winning records having gone 5-5 so far.

Keep an eye out for the next update after Saturday’s day 14 when I will be recapping the standings and looking ahead to what promises to be a very exciting final-day’s action.

Remember to check out the VMTV Sumo introduction and guide here if you need a refresher of the rules and some of the words used in these articles.

You can find the full rankings and results of the tournament so far at the Japan Sumo Association’s page here.

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UFC London | Aspinall vs Blaydes Staff Predictions

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The UFC will take centre stage once again in London as they return to UK shores for a second time this year on July 23rd. Following the immense success of the previous show in March, the O2 Arena will again play host to another stacked night of fights.

Headlining the card is surging heavyweight contender Tom Aspinall who will be looking to cement his name amongst the top ranked in the division with a win over #4 ranked Curtis Blaydes. It’s do or die for Darren Till when he faces Jack Hermansson in the co-main event as he aims to get his first win since 2019.

Leading up to the event, VMTV have teamed up with MMAPlay365 and our writing staff will be giving their predictions for each fight on the card as there announced. You can view details on the partnership between VMTV and MMAPlay365 here.

Tom Aspinall vs Curtis Blaydes

  • Cauley – Curtis Blaydes via KO/TKO, R4
  • Matt – Tom Aspinall via decision
  • Jamie -Tom Aspinall via KO/TKO, R3
  • Jake – Tom Aspinall via KO/TKO, R3
  • Darragh – Curtis Blaydes via KO/TKO, R3
  • Harry – Tom Aspinall via KO/TKO, R3
  • Colin – Tom Aspinall via KO/TKO, R2

Darren Till vs Jack Hermansson

  • Cauley – Jack Hermansson via decision
  • Matt – Darren Till via KO/TKO, R2
  • Jamie – Darren Till via decision
  • Jake – Darren Till via decision
  • Darragh – Jack Hermansson via submission, R3
  • Harry – Jack Hermansson via decision
  • Colin – Darren Till via decision

Nikita Krylov vs Alexander Gustafsson

  • Cauley – Nikita Krylov via decision
  • Matt – Nikita Krylov via KO/TKO, R1
  • Jamie – Alexander Gustafsson via decision
  • Jake – Nikita Krylov via submission, R1
  • Darragh – Nikita Krylov via decision
  • Harry – Alexander Gustafsson via decision
  • Colin – Nikita Krylov via decision

Paul Craig vs Volkan Oezdemir

  • Cauley – Paul Craig via submission, R1
  • Matt – Paul Craig via submission, R2
  • Jamie – Paul Craig via submission, R2
  • Jake – Paul Craig via submission, R2
  • Darragh – Paul Craig via submission, R1
  • Harry – Paul Craig via submission, R2
  • Colin – Paul Craig via submission, R2

Muhammed Mokaev vs Charles Johnson

  • Cauley – Muhammed Mokaev via KO/TKO, R2
  • Matt – Muhammed Mokaev via submission, R1
  • Jamie – Muhammed Mokaev via submission, R2
  • Jake – Muhammed Mokaev via decision
  • Darragh – Muhammed Mokaev via KO/TKO, R1
  • Harry – Muhammed Mokaev via decision
  • Colin – Muhammed Mokaev via submission, R1

Molly McCann vs Hannah Goldy

  • Cauley – Molly McCann via KO/TKO, R3
  • Matt – Molly McCann via decision
  • Jamie – Molly McCann via KO/TKO, R2
  • Jake – Molly McCann via decision
  • Darragh – Molly McCann via decision
  • Harry – Molly McCann via decision
  • Colin – Molly McCann via decision

Mandy Bohm vs Victoria Leonardo

  • Cauley – Victoria Leonardo via KO/TKO, R2
  • Matt – Mandy Bohm via decision
  • Jamie – Mandy Bohm via decision
  • Jake – Mandy Bohm via decision
  • Darragh – Mandy Bohm via decision
  • Harry – Mandy Bohm via decision
  • Colin – Mandy Bohm via decision
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