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The United States Fight League is a IRS 501 c 3 non profit regulatory and sanctioning organization that fosters and supports Youth, Public Safety and Military Pankration.

The United States Fight League is a IRS 501 c 3 non profit regulatory and sanctioning organization that fosters and supports Youth and Military Pankration

Pankration is the oldest Martial art on record and was the most prestigious event of the Ancient Olympics. The rules were brutal and simple, all but eye gouging and biting was allowed while the referees enforced their rules with a large stick.

Donate to the USFL 
All funds donated are tax deductible and managed by the parental advisory committee, 100% of donated funds are for support of youth athletes & teams.  

Modern Pankration is a milder alternative for Mixed Martial Arts that encompasses Grappling and Limited Contact Striking. Rules emphasize technique and sportsmanship making this a safe sport, suitable for competitors of all ages from all styles of Martial Art.

The primary emphasis of the USFL is to develop strong youth character from rigorous competition.

Rules are progressive and consistent for each level of combat:

"C"

Class rules consist of Grappling and Submissions.

"B"

Class rules allow Limited Contact Strikes combined with Grappling.

"A"

Class rules allow Limited Contact Strikes combined with Grappling and Submissions.

Our athletes have an opportunity to compete at the Local, State, National and World Level.

Upcoming Events

April 25 - 26, 2020 - U.S. National Championships/ USA Team Selection

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Open to all schools, styles and affiliations

CLICK TO REGISTER ON SMOOTHCOMP

Ages 8-17
World Championship Qualifier for ages 12-17

COMPETION FEES:

Regular - $100 (Ends 3/31)
Late - $125 (after 3/31/20)
Spectators - $20
Registration Cutoff date: April 18,2020

  • All brackets limited to 8 entries per age and weight - 1st come first serve
  • Free T-Shirt if registered by 3/30/20
  • Optional set of Blue & Red "USA" Rash guards for $50. (Must be ordered by Feb. 25) See sizing chart 
  • Optional USA Warm Up Suit for $40 (Must be ordered by Feb.25) See sizing chart
  • Significant media coverage is expected. See competition gear and other licensing requirements at the USFL Licensing Site.
  • Tournament Entry Fee PROCEEDS will go to support youth athletes who will represent the United states in the world championships

COMPETITION FORMATS:

  • Preliminary Tournament - (Two MMA Cage Set Up) Single Round Matches (3 minutes for ages 8-13yrs / 4 minutes for ages 14-17yrs)
  • Finals - (Formal Single Cage Set Up)3 Round bouts of 2 minutes each round for all divisions. (Contingent that there are fewer than 45 finals bouts, otherwise 2 rd. finals)
  • April 25th - Main competition date 
  • April 26th - Spill over bouts for World Team Selection and Team USA meeting. 
  • Athletes may compete in a maximum of 5 rounds/ periods per day.
  • Be prepared to compete on both day!
  • Athletes may fight a maximum of 5 round/ periods of competition per day.

 

BRACKETING:

  • Double elimination w/ consolation bracket for 3rd place (4 or more entries)
  • Round Robin-1 athlete receives a bye & fights loser of 1st round for advancement to finals (3 entries)
  • Single Bout of 3 rounds – If both athletes go straight to finals.
  • Uncontested Champions (Single Athlete Divisions) will have the option to move up in weight or age to participate in a 2nd category. (Must be within USFL age and weight parameters)

WEIGH IN / CHECK IN/ GEAR INSPECTION/ PRE-BOUT MEDICAL SCREENINGS:

  • Optional Night Prior/Early: Friday April 24th 7 - 9 PM – Location TBA
  • Regular Check in: Saturday April 25th 8 - 9 AM – At Venue

Be prepared for additional Weigh in and Medical Screening prior to finals on April 26
NOTE: DO NOT SELECT A WEIGHT CATEGORY THAT REQUIRES ANY FORM OF WEIGHT CUTTING, ESPECIALLY IF YOU INTEND ON PARTICIPATING IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.                                   

CATEGORIES: Pounds are Rounded up or down to closest Kilo

Novice Age Group 10-11yrs on First day of National Championships Tournament

(Boys & Girls combined)
-70lbs
-75lbs
-85lbs
-95lbs
-105lbs
-115lbs
-125lbs
-135lbs

Rookie Age Group 8-9yrs on First day of National Championships Tournament

(Boys & Girls Combined)
-50lbs
-55lbs
-60lbs
-65lbs
-70lbs
-80lbs
-90lbs

Schoolboy/Girl 12 – 13 years old but under 14yrs on first day of World Championships

(Male & Female Divisions)
-31kg/ -68lbs
-34kg/ -75lbs
-37kg/ -82lbs
-40kg/ -88lbs
-44kg / -97lbs
-48kg/ -106lbs
-52kg/ -115lbs
-57kg/ -126lbs
+57kg/ to a maximum of 137lbs
Athletes above 137lbs should contact us to determine if other competitors available.

Cadet 14 – 15 years old but under 16yrs on first day of World Championships

(Male & Female Divisions)
-40 kg/ -88lbs
-44 kg/ -97lbs
-48 kg/ -106lbs
-52 kg/ -115lbs
-57 kg/ -125lbs
-62 kg/ -137lbs
-67 kg/ -148lbs
-72kg/ -159lbs
+72 kg/ to a maximum 170lbs
Athletes above 170lbs should contact us to determine if other competitors available.

Junior 16-17 years old but under 18yrs on first day of World Championships

(Male)
Straw weight: -52.2 kg /-115lbs
Flyweight: -56.7 kg /-125lbs
Bantamweight: -61.2 kg /-135lbs
Featherweight: -65.8 kg /-145lbs
Lightweight: -70.3 kg /-155lbs
Welterweight: -77.1 kg /-170lbs
Middleweight: -83.9 kg /-185lbs
Light Heavyweight: -93.0 kg /-205lbs
Heavyweight: -120.2 kg /265lbs

Junior 16-17 years old but under 18yrs on first day of World Championships

(Female)
Atom weight: - 47.7kg /-105lbs
Straw weight: -52.2 kg /-115lbs
Flyweight: -56.7 kg /-125lbs
Bantamweight: -61.2 kg /-135lbs
Featherweight: -65.8 kg /-145lbs
Lightweight: -70.3 kg /-155lbs
Welterweight: 77.1 kg /-170lbs

CHANGING DIVISIONS:

If you need to change divisions after registering and have trouble, please see: https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/89-how-to-change-weightclass-or-cancel

ONLINE TIMELINES FOR BRACKETS: 

Smoothcomp will estimate each athlete’s competition timeline. Please be ready at least 1/2 hr. prior. How to check your timeline: https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/90-find-out-your-dynamic-starting-time

 

AIRPORTS NEAR TEMECULA, CA

Some routes have optional tolls roads making the commute shorter.

  • San Diego International Airport – 62 miles / 1 hr. 7 min
  • Ontario International Airport – 51 miles / 1 hr. 5 min
  • Santa Ana/ John Wayne Airport – 66 miles / 1 hr. 43 min
  • Palm Springs International Airport – 70 miles / 1 hr. 24 min
  • Los Angeles International Airport – 91 miles/ 2 hr. 4 min

TEMECULA LODGING OPTIONS:

  • Pechanga Hotel and Casino – Includes free RV parking and low-cost RV Camping sites.
  • Group Hotel – (TBA)

 

2020 IMMAF World Youth MMA Championships
(Ages 12-17) 
Pala Pellicone
Via del Sandolini, 79, 00122
Lido di Ostia RM, Italy

Eligibility for Team USA, 2020 IMMAF Youth World MMA Championships: 

Tentatively Scheduled for Aug 6-8, Rome, Italy. 

  • Athletes who compete in the U.S. National Qualifiers in the 12-13, 14-15 and 16-17 yrs. age groups qualify for the U.S. World Team and IMMAF World Championships. Athletes ages under 12 yrs. may compete for a National Title but cannot attend the IMMAF World Championships.
  • IMMAF will accept TWO athletes per category per country for the World Championships.
  • The two highest placing athletes have first right of refusal for U.S. age and weight team positions.
  • All athletes and coaches must pay the $35 UMMAF membership fee to participate in the world championships.
  • Coaches must be actively licensed under the USFL and UMMAF and responsible for their own IMMAF competition fee of 100 euros.
  • USFL will help supplement athletes with their IMMAF registration fee of 200 euros. The actual amount of supplement will depend on fundraising efforts.  
  • Proof of United States Passport and airfare must be provided by TBA to secure spot on U.S. Team.
  • Athletes need to purchase emergency medical insurance for time in Italy.*
  • Athletes who are 17 years old on April 25th but turn 18 prior to Aug 6th may participate in the U.S. National Championships but not compete in the IMMAF Youth World Championships. ** Athletes who fall into this category may have the option to use the USFL Nationals to qualify for the 2020 IMMAF Junior MMA Championships this November in TBA (This is full contact tournament for elite 18-21 yrs) Contact RyanB@UMMAF.org for info on the Worlds for 18-21 yrs.  

2019 WORLDS TOURNAMENT HANDBOOK (2020 to be posted once released)

WORLD TEAM DEADLINES: (Top placing athletes have 1st right of refusal to represent Team USA)

  • TBA - USA World Team members must pay UMMAF Membership fee of $35. 
  • TBA - Create an account in www.mynextmatch.com and ask Ryan Brugemann to add you IMMAF tournament. 
  • TBA - Team USA commitment deadline - Proof of airfare purchase to receive USFL funds. 
  • TBA - Team registration/ payment to IMMAF. Absolute deadline for all individuals wanting to participate. 
  • TBA - Media accreditation applications to carnwath@immaf.org
  • TBA - IMMAF youth physicals sent to IMMAF (corrections by TBA) 
  • TBA - Drawing of brackets 
  • TBA - Day 1 Weigh in/ pre fight physical 
  • TBA - Day 2 Weigh in. pre fight physical
  • Team members must wear Team USA Tracksuit to all officials event functions to include awards ceremony. 
  • Only National Flags are permitted to be displayed by athletes. (No religious or political symbols) 
 

FUNDRAISING:

The USFL will aim to raise funds to help cover some travel expenses. 
The USFL is a IRS 501 c3 non profit. Donations can be earmarked to specific athletes or causes or to the U.S. Team in general. In addition, some USFL promoters and teams are expected to plan fundraising grappling tournaments and other activities to provide "blind" funds helping the U.S. Team pay travel expenses.  Contact jon@fightleague.org of you would like to donate or host a fundraiser.
 

DONATE TO HELP OUR TOURNAMENT QUALIFIERS GET TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

 
 
 

Feb. 22, 2020 - Sacramento, CA

EVOLUTION SPORTS EXPO

Click on poster to register for USFL Divisions 

Contact Matchmaker Anthony Bivins (916) 494-4175

March 14,2020 - Temecula, CA

Hendo Fight Night

27901 Jefferson Ave
Temecula, CA 92590

Click Poster to apply 

March 21, 2020- Victorville, CA

Limited Youth Bouts added to Adult MMA Card
Click Poster to Apply
Matchmaker Joe Stevenson 

April 4th, 2020 - Memphis, TN

Attitude MMA 
USFL Youth Bouts 

Event may be on April 4th or May 30th

More info coming soon 

Contact Christina Taylor 

May. 2, 2020 - Santa Clara, CA

EVOLUTION SPORTS EXPO 

Info coming Soon..

May 9, 2020 - Orlando, FL

Click Poster to submit name and age for match ups. No payment needed until match is agreed and confirmed. 

Contact Matchmaker Justin Percival
Contact Promoter Ruben Saldana

May 13, 2020 - Camp Pendleton CG Cup Individual Grappling (Camp Pendleton Military only)

Contact: Doug Hall
Sports Coordinator
Camp Pendleton Athletics
MCCS Semper Fit
 (760) 763-0453

May 23, 2020 - Bellflower, CA (Tentative)

More info coming soon.

May 30, 2020 - Memphis, TN

Attitude MMA 
USFL Youth Bouts 

More info coming soon Event may be on April 4th or May 30th

Contact Christina Taylor 

June 19, 2020 - San Diego, CA (Public Safety only)

United States Police and Fire Championships 
Submission Grappling Competition.
CLICK TO REGISTER

July 13, 2020 - Anaheim, CA (Firefighters Only)

Firefighter Olympics
No Gi Grappling Championships
Anaheim, CA
Details to follow

 

Aug 6-9, 2020 - IMMAF Youth MMA World Championships - Rome, Italy

2020 IMMAF World Youth MMA Championships
(Ages 12-17) 
Pala Pellicone
Via del Sandolini, 79, 00122
Lido di Ostia RM, Italy

Eligibility for Team USA, 2020 IMMAF Youth World MMA Championships: 

Tentatively Scheduled for Aug 6-8, Rome, Italy. 

  • Athletes who compete in the U.S. National Qualifiers in the 12-13, 14-15 and 16-17 yrs. age groups qualify for the U.S. World Team and IMMAF World Championships. Athletes ages under 12 yrs. may compete for a National Title but cannot attend the IMMAF World Championships.
  • IMMAF will accept TWO athletes per category per country for the World Championships.
  • The two highest placing athletes have first right of refusal for U.S. age and weight team positions.
  • All athletes and coaches must pay the $35 UMMAF membership fee to participate in the world championships.
  • Coaches must be actively licensed under the USFL and UMMAF and responsible for their own IMMAF competition fee of 100 euros.
  • USFL will help supplement athletes with their IMMAF registration fee of 200 euros. The actual amount of supplement will depend on fundraising efforts.  
  • Proof of United States Passport and airfare must be provided by TBA to secure spot on U.S. Team.
  • Athletes need to purchase emergency medical insurance for time in Italy.
  • Athletes who are 17 years old on April 25th but turn 18 prior to Aug 6th may participate in the U.S. National Championships but not compete in the IMMAF Youth World Championships. ** Athletes who fall into this category may have the option to use USFL Nationals to qualify for the 2020 IMMAF Junior MMA Championships this November in TBA (This is full contact tournament for elite 18-21 yrs) Contact RyanB@UMMAF.org for info on the Worlds for 18-21 yrs.  

2019 WORLDS TOURNAMENT HANDBOOK (2020 to be posted once released)

WORLD TEAM DEADLINES: (Top placing athletes have 1st right of refusal to represent Team USA)

  • TBA - USA World Team members must pay UMMAF Membership fee of $35. 
  • TBA - Create an account in www.mynextmatch.com and ask Ryan Brugemann to add you IMMAF tournament. 
  • TBA - Team USA commitment deadline - Proof of airfare purchase to receive USFL funds. 
  • TBA - Team registration/ payment to IMMAF. Absolute deadline for all individuals wanting to participate. 
  • TBA - Media accreditation applications to carnwath@immaf.org
  • TBA - IMMAF youth physicals sent to IMMAF (corrections by TBA) 
  • TBA - Drawing of brackets 
  • TBA - Day 1 Weigh in/ pre fight physical 
  • TBA - Day 2 Weigh in. pre fight physical
  • Team members must wear Team USA Tracksuit to all officials event functions to include awards ceremony. 
  • Only National Flags are permitted to be displayed by athletes. (No religious or political symbols) 
 

FUNDRAISING:

The USFL will aim to raise funds to help cover some travel expenses. 
The USFL is a IRS 501 c3 non profit. Donations can be earmarked to specific athletes or causes or to the U.S. Team in general. In addition, some USFL promoters and teams are expected to plan fundraising grappling tournaments and other activities to provide "blind" funds helping the U.S. Team pay travel expenses.  Contact jon@fightleague.org of you would like to donate or host a fundraiser.
 

DONATE TO HELP OUR TOURNAMENT QUALIFIERS GET TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

 

The U.S. Team Selection Tournament

CLICK TO REGISTER ON SMOOTHCOMP

Ages 8-17
World Championship Qualifier for ages 12-17

COMPETION FEES:

Regular - $100 (ends 3/31)
Late - $125 (after 3/31/20)
Spectators - $20
Registration Cutoff date: April 18,2020

  • All brackets limited to 8 entries per age and weight - 1st come first serve
  • Free T-Shirt if registered by 3/30/20
  • Optional set of Blue & Red "USA" Rash guards for $50 (Must be ordered by Feb 25) See sizing chart 
  • USA Warm Up Suit - Required for Athletes and Coaches attending Worlds (Must be ordered by Feb. 25th/ Additional orders after taken in May at higher price) See sizing chart
  •  Significant media coverage is expected. See competition gear and other licensing requirements at the USFL Licensing site.
  • All Tournament Entry Fee PROCEEDS will go to support youth athletes who will represent the United states in the world championships

COMPETITION FORMATS:

  • Preliminary Tournament - (Two MMA Cage Set Up) Single Round Matches (3 minutes for ages 8-13yrs / 4 minutes for ages 14-17yrs)
  • Finals - (Formal Single Cage Set Up)3 Round bouts of 2 minutes each round for all divisions. (Contingent that there are fewer than 45 finals bouts, otherwise 2 rd. finals)
  • Athletes have a maximum of 5 round/ periods of competition per day.

BRACKETING:

  • Double elimination w/ consolation bracket for 3rd place (4 or more entries)
  • Round Robin-1 athlete receives a bye & fights loser of 1st round for advancement to finals (3 entries)
  • Single Bout of 3 rounds – If both athletes go straight to finals.
  • Uncontested Champions (Single Athlete Divisions) will have the option to move up in weight or age to participate in a 2nd category. (Must be within USFL age and weight parameters)

WEIGH IN / CHECK IN/ GEAR INSPECTION/ PRE-BOUT MEDICAL SCREENINGS:

  • Optional Night Prior/Early: Friday April 24th 7 - 9 PM – Location TBA
  • Regular Check in: Saturday April 25th 8 - 9 AM – At Venue

Be prepared for additional Weigh in and Medical Screening prior to finals on April 26
NOTE: DO NOT SELECT A WEIGHT CATEGORY THAT REQUIRES ANY FORM OF WEIGHT CUTTING, ESPECIALLY IF YOU INTEND ON PARTICIPATING IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.                                   

CATEGORIES: Pounds are Rounded up or down to closest Kilo

Schoolboy/Girl 12 – 13 years old but under 14yrs on first day of World Championships
(Male & Female Divisions)
-31kg/ -68lbs
-34kg/ -75lbs
-37kg/ -82lbs
-40kg/ -88lbs
-44kg / -97lbs
-48kg/ -106lbs
-52kg/ -115lbs
-57kg/ -126lbs
+57kg/ to a maximum of 137lbs
Athletes at higher weight classes should contact us to determine if other competitors available.

Cadet 14 – 15 years old but under 16yrs on first day of World Championships
(Male & Female Divisions)
-40 kg/ -88lbs
-44 kg/ -97lbs
-48 kg/ -106lbs
-52 kg/ -115lbs
-57 kg/ -125lbs
-62 kg/ -137lbs
-67 kg/ -148lbs
-72kg/ -159lbs
+72 kg/ to a maximum 170lbs
Athletes at higher weight classes should contact us to determine if other competitors available.

Junior 16-17 years old but under 18yrs on first day of World Championships
(Male)
Straw weight: -52.2 kg /-115lbs
Flyweight: -56.7 kg /-125lbs
Bantamweight: -61.2 kg /-135lbs
Featherweight: -65.8 kg /-145lbs
Lightweight: -70.3 kg /-155lbs
Welterweight: -77.1 kg /-170lbs
Middleweight: -83.9 kg /-185lbs
Light Heavyweight: -93.0 kg /-205lbs
Heavyweight: -120.2 kg /265lbs

Junior 16-17 years old but under 18yrs on first day of World Championships
(Female)
Atom weight: - 47.7kg /-105lbs
Straw weight: -52.2 kg /-115lbs
Flyweight: -56.7 kg /-125lbs
Bantamweight: -61.2 kg /-135lbs
Featherweight: -65.8 kg /-145lbs
Lightweight: -70.3 kg /-155lbs
Welterweight: 77.1 kg /-170lbs

NON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER DIVISIONS: SUBJECT TO BE COMBINED OR POOLED BASED ON PARTICIPANTS

Novice Age Group 10-11yrs on First day of National Championships Tournament
(Boys & Girls combined)
-70lbs
-75lbs
-85lbs
-95lbs
-105lbs
-115lbs
-125lbs
-135lbs

Rookie Age Group 8-9yrs on First day of National Championships Tournament
(Boys & Girls Combined)
-50lbs
-55lbs
-60lbs
-65lbs
-70lbs
-80lbs
-90lbs

CHANGING DIVISIONS:

If you need to change divisions after registering and have trouble, please see: https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/89-how-to-change-weightclass-or-cancel

ONLINE TIMELINES FOR BRACKETS: 

Smoothcomp will estimate each athlete’s competition timeline. Please be ready at least 1/2 hr. prior. How to check your timeline: https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/90-find-out-your-dynamic-starting-time

 

AIRPORTS NEAR TEMECULA, CA

Some routes have optional tolls roads making the commute shorter.

  • San Diego International Airport – 62 miles / 1 hr. 7 min
  • Ontario International Airport – 51 miles / 1 hr. 5 min
  • Santa Ana/ John Wayne Airport – 66 miles / 1 hr. 43 min
  • Palm Springs International Airport – 70 miles / 1 hr. 24 min
  • Los Angeles International Airport – 91 miles/ 2 hr. 4 min

TEMECULA LODGING OPTIONS:

Pechanga Hotel and Casino – Includes free RV parking and low-cost RV Camping sites.
Group Hotel – (TBA)

 
 
 

Oct 28, 2020 - Camp Pendleton CG Cup Team Grappling (Camp Pendleton Military only)

Contact:

Doug Hall
Sports Coordinator
Camp Pendleton Athletics
MCCS Semper Fit
 (760) 763-0453

Nov 7-8, 2020 - Laurel, MD

All American Games
Laurel Armory
422 Montgomery St
Laurel, MD 20707

Point MMA Divisions
For USFL Division contact James Swensen

USFL YOUTH TEAM RANKINGS

2020 USFL SOUTH & EAST

Cooperative Spirit (FL)
Mana Martial Arts (FL)
Elite Preparatory Academy (FL)
Rodriguez MMA (GA)
PFS Academy of Martial Arts (FL)

2020 USFL CENTRAL

Bloomington Team One BJJ (IL)

2020 USFL WEST

NOCMA (CA)

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