Mixed martial arts (MMA) is often referred to as the world’s fastest growing sport. Its popularity with athletes and followers alike is constantly increasing and there are organizations, clubs and professional companies started all around the globe. The possibilities for development of MMA are great, but as for any sport there are also challenges. In order to harness all this potential there is a need for a common point of reference, a democratic body to organize and drive the development of the sport on a worldwide basis. It is in response to this that the IMMAF was founded in Stockholm, Sweden on February 29th 2012 with the following purpose:
The purpose of IMMAF is to further the development and recognition of the sport of mixed martial arts, enabling international competition through the organization of national MMA federations around the world.