The IMMAF World Cup has been added to this year's calendar ©IMAMF

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) has added a new World Cup event to its calendar this year as the sport bids to return to normality following the coronavirus shutdown.

Czech capital Prague will host the event between September 8 and 11 with the country's National Sports Agency providing funding.

It will be the first competition in the MMA World Cup Series which is designed to offer additional competitive opportunities for cities and National Federations.

Athlete registration is now open for seniors and juniors from around the world.

"We are delighted to be able to offer another competition platform to our athletes, as we return to play, and are grateful for the opportunity afforded to us by the Czech Association of MMA and by the Czech National Sports Agency," said IMMAF President Kerrith Brown.

"As well as providing increased opportunities for competition for existing national teams, we hope the series will extend the chance to a wider pool of athletes, further expanding IMMAF's talent pool and its competitiveness." 

The main event on the IMMAF calendar in 2021 is the World Senior and Junior Championships, scheduled to go ahead in Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan from November 27 to December 4.

But other continental events have been called off this year due to the pandemic.

"We at the Czech Association of MMA are very happy for the opportunity to host an amateur sport event as prestigious as the 2021 IMMAF World Cup," said Michal Hamrsmid, the President of the Czech Association of MMA.

"Participation will give amateur athletes a good opportunity to demonstrate their skills on a global level and to compete with fighters from other countries, including top international athletes. 

"For MMA fans, the tournament will showcase upcoming prospects. 

"On behalf of the Czech Association of MMA, I would like to invite all members of IMMAF family, both athletes and fans, to join us for IMMAF's first World Cup tournament in Prague, Czech Republic."