“The UMMAF National Team is chosen each year at the UMMAF National Championship Tournament. Champions and the runner ups are eligible to compete in several international events, gaining invaluable experience.
UMMAF National Director Ryan Brueggeman states, “I couldn’t be more proud of these athletes. The dedication it takes in and out of the gym to attend these tournaments is herculean. Not only must they train but they also put significant efforts into fund raising. It’s worth it if you take it seriously. There is no other event in the world that will test your readiness for a professional career. These fighters compete against the best in the world. If you walk out of that tournament as a medalist and even better, a champion, then you have used the ultimate measuring stick available to determine your readiness. While many athletes turn professional for $300 paychecks per fight, many of our champions, by virtue of competing with the best athletes in the amateur ranks, have leveraged that experience into much more lucrative contracts with larger promotions. ”