The Black Panther Gym in Madrid was the place to be last week as the top Spanish mixed martial arts athletes from across the country came together for an international selection day ahead of the upcoming GAMMA European Championships and the U18 International Championships.
The selection day, which included a series of training and sparring sessions, was directed by national coach David Muñoz who then had the difficult task of selecting the final senior team that will represent Spain in Georgia for the European Championships later this month and the junior athletes who will travel to the USA in November.
Speaking about the success of the Spanish Team last year, President of GAMMA Spain Chinto Mordillo said, “Last year was challenging and yet a very fulfilling year for the Spanish team as our athletes secured many medals in international competitions. The gold medal at the GAMMA World Championships in Amsterdam for Miriam Santana and the two gold medals won at the GAMMA European Championships in Kyiv by Borja García and Luvi Gutierrez were highlights. These results have been incredibly inspiring for our movement and have helped to unite and strengthen our Federation. With the upcoming international competitions and these strong teams, I firmly believe that Spain will once again achieve great results. I really want to hear the Spanish anthem played again in celebration.”
The team for Tbilisi, which is led by World Champion Miriam Santana and defending European Champions Borja Garcia and Luvi Gutierrez, is now primed and ready and will be looking to surpass the eight medals they won at the 2021 GAMMA European Championships.
GAMMA European Championships 2022 – Spanish Team Selection
Zejna Krantic -52.2 kg MMA
Carmen Lopez -61.2 kg Striking MMA
Luvi Gutierrez -61.2 kg Striking MMA
Miriam Santana -72.6 kg MMA
Ruben Dieguez -56.7 kg MMA
Borja Garcia -61.2 kg MMA
Gonzalo Garcia -65.8 kg MMA
Marcos Mota -65.8 kg Striking MMA
Alberto Rodriguez -70.3 kg MMA
Jose Barranco -70.3 kg MMA
Alex Mirabet -70.3 kg Striking MMA
Jesus Ela -77.1 kg MMA
Klim Gusiev -77.1 kg MMA
Jose Suarez -77.1 kg Striking MMA
Nicolas Menendez -83.9 kg MMA
Esteban Riquelme -83.9kg Striking MMA
Joslin Chamorro -93kg MMA