All countries are now able to register athletes for the 2022 IMMAF World Championships ©IMMAF

Athlete registration is now open for all National Federations outside of the top 32 ranked countries for the 2022 International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) World Championships.

The competition is due to take place in Belgrade's Štark Arena from February 11 to 18 next year.

Until December 21, the world's best countries had the priority option to enter one athlete in each weight division in accordance with the IMMAF rankings from November 7.

Remaining national delegations now have until January 6 to register one athlete in each category.

After this date, depending on space, the top 32 teams will have the chance to enter a second athlete in each division by January 9.

The other countries can then do the same on a first come first served basis by January 13.

In the Serbian capital, there are set to be six weight categories in the women's tournaments, from atomweight to lightweight, and ten for male athletes, from strawweight to super heavyweight.

Both senior and junior competitions are set to take place.

The 2022 World Championships will be the first edition of the competition to take place following the introduction of closed continental championships.

This year’s continental championships saw new stars emerge along with some familiar faces cementing their place among the elite.

In the women's competitions, Magdalena Czaban of Poland and Bahrain's Sabrina de Sousa medalled while Brazilian Giulliany Perea is looking for a world title after claiming her first IMMAF gold medal at the Pan American Championships.

Namibian Veja Hinda is one of the ones to watch in the men's divisions after his gold in the African Championships.