It was time for the Nordic countries to shine and show their upcoming talent.  The vikings brought home a total of 21 medals including 7 gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze medals.  The IMMAF European Open Championships of Amateur MMA was a first of its kind, following two prior world championships in Las Vegas.

19 countries in all participated, and of the 13 gold medals awarded in total at the three-day event ending last Sunday.  Finland topped the list with Varpu Rinne and Sanna Merta earning the heavier weight classes for women, and Featherweight Abdul Hussein capturing the 135 lbs title. In Iceland’s first event with their competitive team, it was Sunna Rannveig and Bjarki Palsson that were impressive all the way to their final victories.

Sweden’s Joel Moya Schondorff, who is not stranger to the IMMAF podium, and Rostem Akman, earned gold for Sweden.  Denmark did not send a team this year, and while Norway started the event strong, took home two silvers and two bronze medals.  See the full medal count below.


Varpu Rinne, Bantamweight 135 lbs. – Female
Sanna Merta, Featherweight 145 lbs. – Female
Abdul Hussein, Bantamweight 135 lbs.

Mia Isola, Lightweight 155 lbs. – Female

Inka Auvinen, Flyweight 125 lbs. – Female
Sini Koivunen, Lightweight 155 lbs. – Female


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Sunna Rannveig, Bantamweight 135lbs. – Female
Bjarki Palsson, Welterweight 170 lbs.

Petur Oskarsson, Heavyweight 265lbs.


Joel Moya Schondorff, Featherweight 145lbs.
Rostem Akman, Middleweight 185lbs.

Anja Saxmark, Flyweight 125lbs. – Female
Gabrielle Ringblom, Bantamweight 135lbs. – Female
Cornelia Holm, Featherweight 145lbs. – Female
Irman Smajic, Heavyweight 265lbs.

Renato Vidovic, Bantamweight 135lbs.
Ante Agneby, Featherweight 145lbs.


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Geir Kare Cemsoylu, Lightweight 155lbs.
Marius Hakonsev, Middleweight 185lbs.

Camilla Mannes, Bantamweight 135lbs.- Female
Jorden Indsetviken, Welterweight 170lbs.