Fighter Galla 5 took place in Drammen Norway this past Saturday… what´s the big deal you might ask yourself? In Norway full contact sports, like professional MMA and boxing, are illegal in Norway, but the Norwegian MMA Federation (NMMAF) are working on changing that. The Fighter Galla events are part of this work and the fifth galla was a humongous success for MMA in Norway.
600 people had met up to see 11 fights and they saw an impressive show. We will see some of this fighters fighting full contact in the future and some, like Nils Henrik from Tromsø have already made his debut in Denmark.
The president of NMMAF informed me that they have made the MMA Galla legal by altering the rules. The fighter are only allowed to punch 30% of their strength to the head, 80% to the body, kicks and elbows are forbidden, too. The fighters have to use leg protection and fighter gloves with more padding compared to regular MMA gloves.
So why have the galla you might ask? There are two reasons for this. Firstly it gives Norwegian fighters a chance to fight in the cage without having to take the trip abroad. Secondly it´s part of the work to make MMA legal in Norway and it works. Two of the parliaments politicians took the trip to Stockholm to be educated about the sport and to watch UFC in Stocholm. They where positive to the sport and where impressed about what this sport actually was about.
The work is paying off and Frontline academy who made the galla for NMMAF took a big step to make it a great MMA event. I´m really looking forward to see more of this in the fall!
1. Nicholas Mathiassen Hagen (Frontline Academy Drammen )vs Robin Alexander Larsen (TSI Basketak)
Winner: Robin Alexander Larsen (TSI Basketak)
2. Andreas Jørandsen (Hitra MMA) vs Johan Strømsnes (Frontline Academy)
Winner: Johan Strømsnes (Frontline Academy)
3. Dimitrios Kourtzakis (TSI Basketak) vs John Vegard Søndenaa (Frontline Academy Oslo)
Winner: John Vegard Søndenaa (Frontline Academy Oslo)
4. Johan Parthaugen (Hønefoss Fight Gym) vs Safak Derbent (Kamphuset MMA Sandvika)
Winner: Johan Parthaugen (Hønefoss Fight Gym)
5. Ronny Hansen (Spartacus MMA) vs Christoffer Sørensen (Mudo Prinsdal)
Winner: Ronny Hansen (Spartacus MMA)
6. Bjørn Erik Gjøvland (Dojo Drammen) vs Abdi Farah (MMA Tromsø)
Winner: Abdi Farah (MMA Tromsø)
7. Even Espenes (Partner Gym) vs Tim Halvorsen (Valhall Gym)
Winner: Tim Halvorsen (Valhall Gym)
8. Magnus Heggdal (Frontline Academy Oslo) vs Håkon Olsen (Kamphuset MMA Sandvika)
Winner: Håkon Olsen (Kamphuset MMA Sandvika)
9. Kjell-Marius Jøntvedt (Hønefoss fight Gym) vs Joachim Sveinson (Frontline Academy Drammen)
Winner: Joachim Sveinson (Frontline Academy Drammen)
10. Karol Marek (Skien fighter Klubb) vs Kristian Lapsley (Sarpsborg Chi Kickboksing/ Free Fight MMA)
Winner: Kristian Lapsley (Sarpsborg Chi Kickboksing/ Free Fight MMA)
11. Ameer Harris Khan (Frontline Academy Oslo) vs Ole jørgen Mandt Johnsen (Frontline Academy Drammen)
Winner: Ole jørgen Mandt Johnsen (Frontline Academy Drammen)