The seniors competition started today with an Opening Ceremony and the Preliminaries at the 2024 GAMMA European Championships in Slovakia. Hosted by the Slovakian MMA Association (SOMMA) at the Bellevue Hotel in Vysoké Tatry, the continental nations MMA and Striking MMA tournament is organised by the Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts.

In a day of upsets, two return medallists made it through to the next round: 2023 Silver World medallist in MMA, Daniele Scagliusi (Italy), dominated with a first-round submission. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan’s Denis Malikov, a 2021 European Silver medallist in Striking MMA, secured a second-round submission in his MMA bout against Maksym Pihura of Ukraine.

Other return Striking MMA medallists proved less successful in their day’s matches, to lose in the first round: 2021 European Gold medallist Bedrii Nazari (Ukraine); 2022 European Gold medallist Nika Bregvadze (Georgia); 2021 European Silver medallist, Bilol Abdurasulov (Latvia); and 2022 European Bronze medallist, Ivan Kozhechenkov (Latvia).

Among other notable talent, GAMMA Ireland national champion Indra Davis scored a return win against Tereza Augustynkova (Czech Republic).

Athletes to watch out for tomorrow, as they enter the MMA tournament in its second day, are: Polish heavyweight Iwo Baraniewski, who is a two-times MMA gold medallist for GAMMA (2022 European and 2021 World Champion); 2022 European MMA bronze medallist, Pawel Grzeszczak, also from Poland; and Richard Dobrotka of Slovakia, who won gold at the 2022 Euros in Striking MMA.

Returning in Striking MMA are Slovakia’s Adam Neupauer, who will be looking to better his 2021 bronze earned at the Worlds and World MMA Bronze medallist David Velisek of Czech Republic.

See below for today’s results, tomorrow’s matches schedule and updated broadcast information.

OFFICIAL RESULTS – SENIOR PRELIMINARIES (DAY 1, 17 MAY):

View/ Download prelims results

MATCHES SCHEDULE – SENIOR SEMI-FINALS (DAY 2, 18 MAY):

View/ Download matches schedule

HOW TO WATCH

All days of senior matches will be live streamed for free on GAMMA Facebook and YouTube channels from 17 – 19 May.

Schedule, Start Times and Viewing Links:

Friday 17 May 2024:

Watch today’s preliminaries on demand:
YouTube
Facebook

Saturday 18 May 2024:

• 11:30 CEST: Senior Semi-finals
YouTube
Facebook

Sunday 19 May 2024:

• 12:00 CEST: Seniors Finals
YouTube
Facebook

FURTHER TOURNAMENT INFORMATION:

For draw, daily schedule and results information visit sportdata.org:
https://www.sportdata.org/mma/set-online/veranstaltung_info_main.php?active_menu=calendar&vernr=167 – a_eventhead