Six of Italy's 10 senior athletes advanced on the first day of the 2022 IMMAF European Championships ©IMMAF

Italy got off to a promising start at the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) European Championships in Lignano Sabbiadoro.

The host nation had ten athletes competing today in the senior categories' round of 32 bouts with six of them advancing to the next round at the Bella Italia Efa Village.

Bantamweight Samuel Rossi and featherweight Marco Galli impressed in the men's divisions as they both finished their opponents via submission with a rear-naked choke and a kneebar, respectively.

England's Jordan Little was in one of the best bouts of the day as he edged a decision win over 2021 World Cup winner Andrii Pashniuk of Ukraine in the men's welterweight tournament.

Ukraine suffered another defeat as Ireland's Jordan pulled off an upset in the men's featherweight with a triangle choke submission victory.

The result sets up a fight with Sweden's Daniyal Shamkhalov tomorrow.

In the final few bouts of the day, Israel's Moshe Aladi edged German Min-Soo Song to close out the cage one action.

In cage three, Patrick Habibora of Belgium put his division on notice after finishing his opponent within nine seconds in what was one of the performances of the day.

Despite Ukraine's losses in the senior categories, they excelled in the youth competitions as 2019 youth featherweight world champion Oleksandr Huliaiev submitted England’s Thomas Horsman with a triangle choke in the second round of their lightweight meeting.

Soon after, 2019 flyweight silver medallist Andrii Stoian got the better of Slovakia's Michal Kopa in the junior men's featherweight contest.

The Championships are set to continue tomorrow with the senior round of 16 fights and junior quarter-finals.