• LAS VEGAS, USA – 30th JUNE – 5th JULY

Photos by D.Lowry/ Odin Photography 


(4.6.14) The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) is proud to reveal the UK team selected to compete in the first IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA, in Las Vegas from 30th June to 5th July.

Hosted by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation, the Championships are to be held at Cox Pavilion at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with the finals taking place in the UFC FanExpo® at the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre. Competitors for the tournament will be flying in from member nations across the world. The competition marks the final step in the IMMAF’s journey to achieve official recognition for Mixed Martial Arts under Sport Accord, with the ultimate goal of MMA becoming an Olympic Sport. For more information about the Championships visit:

The UK team was selected from eligible UK applicants through an open application process, with a selective training day forming the final stage.

Please note that due to the current unregulated status of the sport in the UK, no centralised or official fight records system exists in the country. The stated Amateur records below include only the fights that the UKMMAF has been able to verify. However, the fighters may have had more fights that have not been recorded publicly and that it has not been possible to verify at this stage. All fight information is being submitted to Sherdog. The UKMMAF will continue to update the competitors’ records as further fights can be verified. 


Name: Jamie Powell    Flyweight: -56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Hometown: Boston, Lincolnshire
Gym: Avaddon MMA
Verified Amateur MMA record: 8.1.0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts: K1 3.0.0, Amateur boxing 1.0
Fighting style: Stand-up striker/grappler
“Words can’t explain how happy I am to be going to the world championships. It’s a lifetime opportunity that I know will be a great experience for me no matter the outcome. I’m training hard as ever and feeling great in the build up to the championships and I am certain I will deliver a great performance in Las Vegas!”

 Name: Carl Burton Bantamweight: -61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Fight name: The Honeybadger
Age: 27
Hometown: Macclesfield
Gym: 12gauge MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 4-1-0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts: Rage in the Cage Bantamweight Champion
Fighting Style: MMA
Twitter: @carl86burt

“To be selected as a member of the first GB team is an amazing feeling and the thought of representing GB on the world stage is exciting. I know it’s a huge responsibility but I cant wait to get out there and show what we have to offer.”

Name: Jordan Chester Featherweight: -65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Hometown: Preston
Gym: Reps MMA
Verified Amateur MMA record: TBC
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts: ACB British Amateur Champion
Fighting style: Wrestling and striking
Facebook: Jordan Chester
Twitter: @JChesterMMA

Name: Charlie Day Lightweight: -70.3 kg (155 lbs)
Age: 23
Hometown: Wisbech
Gym: Avaddon MMA
Verified Amateur record: 2-1

Amateur boxing: 1-0
Fighting style: MMA
Twitter: @charlieday101

“I’m overwhelmed with happiness for this opportunity to represent the UK in the world championships and it literally is a dream come true for me. I can’t wait to get to Vegas and compete at a high level against world class athletes. It’s a huge test for everyone but my heart is firmly fixed on bringing a gold back to the UK in the 70kg division.”

Name: Josh Stacey McManus Welterweight: -77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Age: 19 years old
Hometown: Leicester
Gym: 1st Legion Fighters Gym , Leicester
Verified Amateur MMA record: 7-6-0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts: Muay Thai , assistant coach at 1st Legion ; Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt under Victor Estima – BJJ Titles : Hereford Open Champion X3 ; UMA Gi and NoGi Junior Champion ; Gracie Open Champion ; British Open NoGi Silver Medalist – MMA Titles and experience : MMA League Junior Champion ( 15yrs old ) ; Fight UK Last Man Standing Welterweights
Runner up ( 3 fights in one night) ; Punch Up Promotions Welterweight Champion; ICO English Welterweight Champion
Fighting style: I do like a tear up, so stand and bang!
Facebook: Josh Stacey McManus
Twitter: @Jstacey_mcmanus

“I am absolutely buzzing. It’s unbelievable. I had a bit of bad luck last year but this year has been awesome. I have kept very busy fighting, was runner up in Fight UK Last Man Standing Tournament and picked up the Punch Up Promotions Welterweight Title and also the ICO English Welterweight Title. I have had 7 fights this year including a boxing match so I am fight ready for the Championships!!!
It is a great honour to represent my gym and my country doing what I love; and doing it in the first ever World Amateur MMA Championships is unbelievable . Thank you to the UKMMAF for the opportunity!!”

Name: Daniel Cassell Middleweight: -83.9 kg (185 lbs)

Fight name (if any): “Pork Chop”
Age: 23
Hometown: Wolverhampton
Gym: Wolfpack MMA
Verified Amateur MMA record: 4 – 2 –0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts: None
Fighting style: MMA

“The opportunity of being in this selection is amazing, knowing that I have the chance to compete alongside some of the best amateurs in the world. It will be a real test. I am looking to go as far as I can to help put both my club and country on the map!”



The UKMMAF are raising sponsorship to help cover the competition and costs of the UK Team. If you would like to contribute please visit:


For more information about the IMMAF World Championships visit:

For more information about the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation visit:

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