Vladimir Petrenko was among 13 RMMAU winners on junior finals night ©IMMAF

The Russian Mixed Martial Arts Association (RMMAU) enjoyed an evening of pure dominance as they won 13 world titles on junior finals night here.

Russia's team, forced to compete as RMMAU due to the package of doping sanctions issued against the country by the World Anti-Doping Agency, had a fighter in 14 of the 16 finals contested today at the International Mixed Martial Arts Association (IMMAF) World Championships.

It was a precession of victories as one-by-one the hands of RMMAU athletes were raised in the cage at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena, with only one of their finalists losing.

Kazakhstan, which won two titles, and Tajikistan, which claimed one, were the only other nations to top the podium as athletes aged between 18 and 20 took centre stage.

With the Russian national anthem also banned, the team used Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 instead, as the Russian Olympic Committee did at Tokyo 2020.

It became a familiar sound as the first medals of the event here were awarded on the penultimate day.

Women's atomweight Valeriya Tepysheva got the RMMAU up and running in the first final of the night in blistering fashion, by stopping Aigerim Manakova of Kazakhstan with a thumping punch in the opening round.

Akhmad Amaev was another impressive RMMAU winner as he submitted Bahrain's Mohamed Alsameea with a first-round triangle choke in the men's flyweight.

In the men's featherweight, Dzhamalutdin Guseynov of the RMMAU defeated Andrii Stoian of Ukraine with a second-round anaconda choke, while in the middleweight the dominance continued thanks to Muhamed Afandi Asipov choking out Alibi Pernebek of Kazakhstan.

Khetag Sabeev was a powerful RMMAU winner in the men's heavyweight, as he earned a TKO by strikes in the second round after peppering Nuradil Kairbergenuly of Kazakhstan with punches.

Other RMMAU wins came via the judges' scorecards with Iuliia Utiaganova getting a unanimous verdict in the women's strawweight against Mexico's Valeria Gomez.

Asef Chopurov dominated Ukraine's Ivan Pasych in the men's bantamweight for an easy decision across the board, while Anastasiya Karmaeva also got the nod from all three judges in the women's bantamweight against Nazerke Isabek of Kazakhstan.

Alena Agisheva was one of five female winners for the RMMAU on a night of dominance ©IMMAF
Alena Agisheva was one of five female winners for the RMMAU on a night of dominance ©IMMAF

Alena Agisheva won the women's featherweight unanimously against Spain's Carla Medina, while Maxim Fuchs won the men's lightweight 3-0 over Tajikistan's Behruz Khurshedzoda, prompting large boos from the defeated delegation.

The RMMAU beat Tajikistan again when Vladislav Sukalenko beat Qosim Sardorov by unanimous decision in the men's welterweight, while Vladimir Petrenko had the same result in the men's light heavyweight against Bahrain's Gadzhi Gadzhiev.

Even split decisions went the RMMAU's way, with Daria Pirogova taking the women's lightweight title after the judges could not agree on her bout with Australia's Erin Carter.

Sunatullo Azizov was the only RMMAU fighter to lose a final after he went down via unanimous decision to Kazakhstan's Yersultan Shakenbay in the men's strawweight.

Kazakhstan claimed another title thanks to Karina Sisenova winning a tight split decision over Ireland's Kiya O'Sullivan in the women's flyweight.

Tajikistan ended the night with gold, as super-heavyweight Asadbek Mannonov stopped Ukraine's Mykyta Tsybulia in the second round with a TKO for strikes.

The World Championships will conclude tomorrow with senior finals.