US National Championships/ US Youth MMA World Team Qualifier – Ontario, CA

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Registration fees: $100 early registrations / $125 regular
$60 optional set of Blue & Red USA Rash Guards  available for pre purchase with registration.
$60 USA Warm ups suit is needed for World Championships in Abu Dhabi. Please pre order if intending on trying to qualify.


All Athletes must have a annual youth fighters license
All Coaches must have a youth coach license

Event Check in May 19 – Arrive at venue between 4PM and 7PM (We aim to get 3 doctors but nurses welcome to help!) Check in consists of Weigh in, Gear Inspection and Pre Bout medical screenings

Competition date May 20 (Time TBA, Check back…)
All hands meeting to ensure brackets are correct and start of competition

Tournament Information

  • Multiple MMA Cage Double Elimination tournament with consolation bracket to determine 3rd place.
  • National Championship belts awarded to all champions in all contested divisions.
  • Custom National Championship medals awarded to 2 and 3rd place.
  • This tournament will select the official U.S. Youth team for the 2023 IMMAF World Youth MMA Championships in Abu Dhabi (tentatively set for 1st week of Aug 2023). (World Championship divisions are only for ages 12-17)
  • Athletes 17 yrs at time of National Championships but 18 for world Championships may compete at nationals but not for the World Championships.
  • Non U.S. citizens or those unable to obtain a US passport may compete in national championships but not participate in the world championships as part of Team USA.
  • Close to LAX (Los Angeles) and VERY Close to Ontario International Airport


$20 at Door (Under 4yrs Free)
Coaches must have USFL digital ID to get in as a coach

Age & Weight Categories (READ!!!)

  • Age for divisions for 8-11yrs are actual age on day of tournament.
  • Age for divisions 12-17yrs are that of day 1 for the World Championships. Example: if you are 11 but turn 12 by day one of the World Championships you will register and compete in the 12/13 year old category. Once we get exact dates of World Championships we can move you if advised.  This is regardless of plans to participate in World Championships or not. 
  • World Team Qualifiers are at the same weight as the world championships. Keep in mind there are same day weigh ins and no weight allowances, so choose a weight class for nationals that you can also compete in August!
  • Only one competition category per participant. If there is a need to add an additional competitor in any division we will ask and move volunteers at no cost.


  • Bouts will occur in MMA Cages. Three cages will be set up.
  • Preliminary bouts with 4 or more in bracket: one round Matches (3 minutes for ages 8-13yrs / 4 minutes for ages 14-17yrs)
  • All Finals will be 3 rounds of 2 two minutes
  • Athletes with only 2 competitors will compete in a single finals bout of 3 rounds of 2 minutes
  • Brackets with 3 athletes: Round Robin- All contestants compete against each other (Format TBA)
  • The following criteria will be used to place entries if a 3 way tie. 1. Most submissions 2. Most Points Earned  (3 entries).
  • 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)
  • Uncontested divisions will not be awarded a national championship belt


Key Personnel

Tournament producer – Cagebound Fighting Championships
Tournament organizer – John Romero
U.S. Youth World Team Delegation Leader – Email to inquire if interested.
Tournament Sponsors or US National Team Sponsor inquires contact


IMMAF Rules differ slightly
California rules require headgear
Sample of required safety gear



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