UKMMAF to Shadow Sanction BAMMA 17

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 11:31

 

The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) is pleased to announce that it will be shadow sanctioning the internationally broadcast BAMMA 17 at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester (UK) on 6th December 2014.

There is no legal requirement for MMA promotions to be regulated in the UK and the UKMMAF is evolving voluntary regulation processes, with which the British promotion has agreed to work. This follows the UKMMAF’s shadow sanctioning of Amateur promotion, Fight UK, earlier this year.

BAMMA has for several years been at the forefront of UK MMA, ensuring they provide and deliver a professional set-up for all involved. They were a founding party of Safe MMA, which is referred to by the UKMMAF as its independent medical advisory. They also pride themselves on using officials who they consider to be the most qualified from backstage commissioners to referees, from judges to medics. It is this attention to detail that makes a possible future working relationship between UKMMAF and BAMMA a very positive prospect.

Shadow sanctioning by the UKMMAF is the first step for a promotion wishing to work with the organisation towards full independent sanctioning. It involves working in partnership to evolve best practice both for the promoter and governing body. Shadow sanctioning allows any promotion interested in being involved in a working relationship with the UKMMAF the opportunity to be shadowed and their event processes reviewed at no expense to them. This is followed by professional and meaningful follow-up report and ongoing support towards sanctioning. The UKMMAF role is to simply legitimise many of the excellent processes already followed by the leading promotions and to assist others to raise their standards, to improve safety, lower risk and enable the sport to become recognised and supported in the manner so many other sports are.

The UKMMAF is working in conjunction with other recognised combat sports governing bodies towards recognition under Sport England and governing body status, so that it may provide all those involved in MMA the opportunity for official regulatory backing.

UKMMAF Board representative, Leon Roberts said:

“The number of shows now in contact with UKMMAF is an illustration that promotions are now seeing and understanding the importance of moving away from self-governance to be governed by a legitimate and recognised body that simply strives to give MMA the professional status it deserves.

“Having independent regulation from a recognised body is key to providing essential validity to a genuine sport, ensuring competitors are treated, recognised and respected as athletes, and making sure all the necessary measures are in place. This certainly isn’t to say that without the UKMMAF none of this can happen on mindful shows, but the UKMMAF is a dedicated group of professional, knowledgeable, impartial and like-minded individuals who can guarantee everything is done to ensure MMA is viewed and accepted in the professional manner it warrants, and in doing so helps to silence the detractors who unfortunately still display a lack of understanding into the true essence of MMA.”

BAMMA referee and UKMMAF Regulatory Committee representative, Mark Woodard, said:

“I think it’s awesome that we are now in a position to be able to start pressure testing the protocols that we have worked so hard to create. Shadow sanctioning on a show like BAMMA will give us the feedback that is necessary to make sure that everything is in place to support and help promotions run a smooth, safe, professional promotion.

“In my opinion it’s the little things that can make or break a show and hopefully we have got these covered. Over the last few months things like finalising the Amateur rule set and gloves that are fit for purpose within that rule set have all been debated. Personally I am honoured and proud to have been in some small way a part of this body and feel its a massive step towards legitimising Mixed Martial Arts in the UK.

“It’s great to know that Promotions such as BAMMA see the value in what we have been working towards. We now have athletes who are making a living from competing in MMA and this is the time to get a regulating body in place. The UKMMAF are here to provide a solid framework to help the growth of the sport and its fantastic to see a promotion the size of BAMMA getting behind us.”

 

IMMAF Welcomes Bulgaria

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 04:37

 

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) is excited to welcome its latest member, the Bulgarian Federation of Mixed Martial Arts (BFMMA). The BFMMA was recently elected as the national federation to represent Bulgaria in the IMMAF and meets the criteria of being a non-profit, democratic organization.

Established in November 2013 by 10 MMA clubs, the BFMMA aims at developing, promoting and encouraging high achievement within Mixed Martial Arts in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. The BFMMA has a managing board consisting of 15 respected national sport specialists, led by president Mr. Stanislav Nedkov, the biggest name to compete in MMA out of Bulgaria.  The federation is actively working to assist other clubs within the region to establish themselves as non-profit organizations for sports development, so that they can become eligible for BFMMA membership.

The BFMMA has already applied for formal recognition by the Ministry of Sport in Bulgaria and is in the process of becoming recognized.

President, Mr. Nedkov, said:

“We’re extremely happy to be accepted as an IMMAF member and we’re sure that through our mutual efforts and through that of all IMMAF members, we will lead the sport of MMA to becoming the number one combat sport in Bulgaria, Europe and the world.”

IMMAF’s Secretary General, Erika Mattsson, said:

“We are very pleased to welcome Bulgaria into the IMMAF fold. The movement towards voluntary regulation is making waves world over, and in each of these countries we see the MMA communities coming together at grass roots level; dedicating their own time, passion and hard work to making the sport they love safer and to protect its participants. The BFMMA have made impressive achievements already and the IMMAF looks forward to lending its support and working in partnership with the Bulgarian federation as they move towards official government recognition.”

 

IMMAF Calendar & Schedule

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 05:33

The IMMAF has launched a public calendar on its website for communicating IMMAF events and meetings, and also to give national federations an opportunity to publish their events.

All around the world our members are working hard to further MMA in their respective countries. They are inviting the public to seminars, they are meeting with politicians, overseeing competitions, hosting courses, training their national teams and much more. The calendar will give members a platform to notify each other of their activities and to broadcast them to the general public.

Keep an eye out for the 2015 IMMAF Championships schedule due to be posted shortly. After a recent decision by the board, the IMMAF will be hosting annual and not bi-annual World Championships, with the next World Championships set for the summer of 2015. Negotiations for various options are currently under way and depending on location, the World Championships will take place no earlier than the end of June and no later than the end of August 2015. The IMMAF is also currently processing bids from a number of federations and their partners for the opportunity to host Continental Championships during 2015. These Championships will take place no earlier than March and no later than May. More information will be posted as soon as it’s available.

The calendar can be found under its own heading on the home page, www.immaf.org/calendar.

IMMAF to launch statistics task force

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 04:57

 

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is to launch a task force responsible for the collection of statistics on the spread, growth and character of Mixed Martial Arts across the world.

It is IMMAF’s aim to create a hub for Mixed Martial Arts statistics, available to the public with many potential applications from evolving sports safety to education to commercial, academic and informing journalism. A statistics library is a support service that the organization will provide equally to all non-profit and for-profit stakeholders across MMA. This forms part of IMMAF’s work to secure for Mixed Martial Arts the same rights and opportunities as all other recognized sports, and not only to develop the genre from a technical point of view but also to support a healthy business environment for all vested parties.

Over the coming months, IMMAF will contact promoters, insurance companies and other industry players inviting them to collaborate in the pooling of data for mutual industry benefit.

IMMAF’s General Secretary, Erika Mattsson said:

“The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation receives many data based questions such as, ‘How many professional athletes are there in the world?’ or ‘How many promotions are there in Europe?’.  It is a priority agenda that we are able to answer these questions in order to support and protect the growth of MMA. It is important to us also not only to evolve the athletic side of the sport through governance, but that we can support and provide value to professional promotions and commercial entities that are major driving forces in the industry. The team is looking forward to an exciting year ahead, evolving wider industry relationships through fruitful communications with others who share common goals for Mixed Martial Arts.”

 

Fight Network to broadcast first MMA World Championships

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 03:14

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) has secured a deal with Fight Network in Canada, Europe, North and sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and Turkey to broadcast highlights of its first-ever Mixed Martial Arts World Championships, which took place during the summer in Las Vegas, USA. The deal was brokered by sport marketing agency Broadreach Media, which signed a 3-year deal as IMMAF’s exclusive media partner earlier this year.

IMMAF is the international governing body for the sport of mixed martial arts. During the inaugural IMMAF World Championships over 100 amateur athletes from 22 countries competed in a five day tournament at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The finals were held inside the UFC International Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in front of MMA fans from around the world.

Owned by Anthem Media Group, Fight Network is a Canada-based English-language channel devoted to airing programming related to mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and other combatant styles. Along with live combat events, Fight Network airs fight-themed movies, documentaries, television series, news and fitness-related shows.

“We are delighted to secure this deal to increase even further the IMMAF World Championships’ exposure throughout the world” says IMMAF Secretary General Erika Mattsson. “Fight Network has viewers who already love combat sports and we are happy for the opportunity to introduce them to top level amateur MMA.”

“The massive international popularity of mixed martial arts has spawned world-class professional organizations all over the world, but this landmark event from the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation has brought together the world’s top amateur prospects,” said Ariel Shnerer, Director of Programming & Communications at Anthem Media Group Inc., the parent company of Fight Network. “Fittingly staged in Las Vegas, the fight capital of the world, the 2014 IMMAF World Championships showcases the new breed of athletes in a constantly evolving sport, and we’re excited to give these future stars a platform on Fight Network.”

For further information please contact Steven Morris at Broadreach Media, steven@broadreachmedia.tv

Photos from the IMMAF Amateur MMA World Championships

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 10:44

Check out our photo gallery featuring the medallists at the finals of the first IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA. These took place at the UFC Fan Expo® at the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre in Las Vegas on 5th July this year.

Photos by Julien Brondani and Zahi Ephrem/Arabs MMA

 

 

 

Kombat Sport to Broadcast Highlights of First IMMAF World Championships

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 03:03

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) has secured a deal with Kombat Sport in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa to broadcast highlights of its first-ever Mixed Martial Arts World Championships, which conclude on Saturday, July 5 at the UFC Fan Expo inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Kombat channel will broadcast two shows, both two hours in duration, produced by Giant TV, producers of the British MMA event, BAMMA.

The inaugural IMMAF WorldThe IMMAF is pleased to secure this deal with Kombat Sport channel so that its athletes, who have the honor of representing their country in competition this week, can be supported by their families and friends watching at home Championships began in Las Vegas this week, with 115 amateur athletes representing from 22 countries.  IMMAF was founded in Sweden in 2012 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. Earlier this year, IMMAF appointed sports marketing agency Broadreach Media in a three-year, exclusive deal to market IMMAF’s media rights internationally.

Launched in October 2012 in Luxembourg, where it is based, Kombat Sport is Europe’s premier 24/7 combat sports channel. Kombat Sports broadcasts over 24 combat sport disciplines including MMA, kickboxing, boxing, muaythaï, taekwondo, karate, Jiu-Jitsu and is available via CanalSat, Numericable and other platforms in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Israel and sub-Saharan Africa.

IMMAF Secretary General Erika Mattsson said, “The IMMAF is pleased to secure this deal with Kombat Sport channel so that its athletes, who have the honor of representing their country in competition this week, can share their acheivements with their families and friends watching at home.”

Bruno Oppenheim, Editorial Director of Kombat Sport, said, “Kombat Sport is delighted to bring highlights of all the athletes competing in Las Vegas for the IMMAF World Championships. As a premier combat sports channel, we are proud to showcase these mixed martial artists who have gathered from all over the world to engage in this championship event.”

About the IMMAF:
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) is the international democratic governing body for the sport of MMA, representing MMA worldwide towards all stakeholders – athletes, coaches, referees, governments, athletic commissions, sports confederations, international organizations, professional promoters and more. Founded from within the MMA community for the MMA community, the purpose of the IMMAF is to protect and further the development and recognition of the sport of MMA on all levels, enabling international competition through the organization of non-profit, democratic national federations. For more information, please visit  www.IMMAF.org and follow on Twitter at  @IMMAFed.

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Press Contact:
For media interviews and credentials for the IMMAF World Championships, please contact Jen Wenk, APR at jen@starprlasvegas.com

Three exciting days at Cox Pavilion

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 02:56

The first IMMAF Amateur World Championships of MMA have delivered an exciting three days, with athletes representing 22 different countries from across the globe. Competing National Federation teams include; Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States. The tournament continues tomorrow with the semi finals which promise to deliver some explosive matches.

After months of preparation the IMMAF is proud to finally see this historic event come to fruition in Nevada, the heart of the MMA world, sanctioned by UMMAF. The first 4 days take place in Cox Pavilion at the University of Nevada, the venue of very the first TUF finals; while the tournament final takes place inside the UFC Fan Expo at Mandalay Bay this coming Saturday. The Championships are presented in collaboration with leading U.S. Amateur promoter, Tuff-N-Uff, with the UFC and Century Martial Arts as sponsors. The film crew on site comes from the UK production company Giant TV.

There’s a phenomenal atmosphere out here, the competition standard is impressive and the passion of the athletes and staff highly contagious. The heat is something else!

Stay tuned for match results and further competition updates.


IMMAF World Championships in the media

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 08:11

With the IMMAF World Championships just around the corner, read what the media writes here.

Yahoo Sports:
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/first-amateur-mma-world-championships-to-take-place-this-week-in-las-vegas-160231117.html

MMA Fight Corner:
http://www.mmafightcorner.com/2014/06/28/international-mixed-martial-arts-federation-tuff-n-uff-present-first-ever-amateur-mma-world-championships/

IMMAF World Championships about to start

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 10:38

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation and Tuff-N-Uff present first-ever Amateur MMA World Championships starting Monday June 30th through to July 5th

The IMMAF World Championships Take Place During UFC International Fight Week in Las Vegas

June 27, 2014, Las Vegas, NV – The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) in partnership with Las Vegas’ own Tuff-N-Uff: “The Future Stars of Mixed Martial Arts,” is presenting the first-ever amateur Mixed Martial Arts World Championships during UFC International Fight Week™ on Monday, June 30to Saturday, July 5. The IMMAF selected Tuff-N-Uff to co-present this competition because of their excellent reputation and prominence in combat sports. The five-day IMMAF World Championshipskicks off at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) inside the Cox Pavilion on Monday, June 30.

Tickets are available now through UNLVTickets.com for $10 per adult and $7 for children (10 and older) per day Monday, June 30 –Thursday, July 3. A four-day pass package is available for $35 per adult and $25 per child (10 and older). Facility fees not included.

For the World Championship finals, which take place Saturday, July 5, the IMMAF takes center stage at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center as part of the UFC Fan Expo. Athletes in their respective weight classes will enter the world famous eight-sided MMA ring to win the first-ever IMMAF gold medal.

Access to the IMMAF World Championships Saturday, July 5, is available through the purchase of a UFC Fan Expo Pass for $45 online at www.ufcfanexpo.com or on site the day of the event for $50.

Bertrand Amoussou, President of the IMMAF, will attend the IMMAF World Championships and deliver welcoming remarks on opening day, Monday, June 30 at 12:45 p.m.

IMMAF Secretary General Erika Mattsson is on site in Las Vegas and looking forward to the tournament:

“This World Championship is an amazing project that has brought together people from across the world, working tirelessly pro-bono for over a year to make it happen, sharing in their love for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts,” said Erika Mattsson, Secretary General, IMMAF. “Hosting a five-day championships tournament in MMA that meets international sports standards is something that has never been done before. I am so proud of my team and we are very excited to be able to welcome athletes from 25 countries and hope that both the athletes and the general public will enjoy the tournament.”

Following is the official IMMAF World Championship schedule of events:


Monday, June 30 – Wednesday, July 2

Location: Cox Pavilion, UNLV

12:00 pm:         Doors open to public

12:45 pm.:        IMMAF President Bertrand Amoussou delivers opening remarks

1:00 pm:           First matches, simultaneously taking place in two (2) MMA rings

*Approximately 34 matches taking place; estimated duration of day is four – five hours

Thursday, July 3

Location: Cox Pavilion, UNLV  

11:00 am:   Athletes begin reporting to Cox Pavilion to prepare for competition

12:00 pm:   Doors open

1:00 pm:   First matches – one MMA ring only

8:00 pm:   Participants check-out of UNLV dormitories to check-in to Excalibur Casino

Note: Estimated 17 matches taking place; estimated duration is four – five hours

Saturday, July 5 *

Location: Mandalay Bay Events Center/Inside UFC Fan Expo

10:05 am:   First couple of finals. Ends no later than 12:55pm

IMMAF Takes A Break in the Action For The Ultimate Fighter 19 Weigh-ins

1:00 – 1:45pm:   TUF 19 Weigh-Ins,

2:00 pm:           Remaining finals. Ends no later than 3:20pm

Following the last match, an IMMAF Medals  and World Championships closing ceremony will commence.

*All matches are live and subject to change. Which weight classes will be having finals on the Saturday is decided by the official tournament draw on Sunday June 29th and will be publicized on www.immaf.org/worldchampionships

 

About the IMMAF
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) is the international democratic governing body for the sport of MMA, representing MMA worldwide towards all stakeholders – athletes, coaches, referees, governments, athletic commissions, sports confederations, international organizations, professional promoters and more. Founded from within the MMA community for the MMA community, the purpose of the IMMAF is to protect and further the development and recognition of the sport of MMA on all levels, enabling international competition through the organization of non-profit, democratic national federations. For more information, please visit www.IMMAF.org and follow on Twitter at @IMMAFed.

About Tuff-N-Uff
Tuff-N-Uff has promoted amateur fights in Las Vegas since 2003 and has recently seen the likes of UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and UFC and Strikeforce veteran Ryan Couture compete in its cage. Additionally, MMA notables such as Jessamyn Duke, Ashlee Evans-Smith, Tonya Evinger, Jon Fitch, Jesse Forbes, Chris Holdsworth, Brad Imes, Jimmy Jones, Jesse Taylor and Nick Thompson were among countless others who have also competed under the Tuff-N-Uff banner. For more information, visit TuffNUff.com and Follow on Twitter and Instagram @TuffNuff and LIKE us on Facebook.com/TuffNUff.

About UFC International Fight Week™
UFC International Fight Week™ returns to the Fight Capital of the World July 1-6, 2014. The weeklong celebration includes something for everyone from entertainment and arts to charitable events, shopping and, of course, all things UFC. The event will also feature for the first-time ever, two huge fight cards in one weekend in the UFC’s hometown – UFC® 175 and The Ultimate Fighter® Finale. Other fan favorite activities will return including UFC Fan Expo, Official Pool Party with Octagon Girls®, a free concert, UFC Downtown with fighter meet-and-greets, “The Art of Fighting” art exhibit, ULTI-MAN 5k run, training sessions with fighters, viewing parties, weigh-ins and more! Tickets and event details are available at http://www.ufcfightweek.com/. UFC Fan Expo tickets are on sale now at www.UFCFanExpo.com. Stay connected with UFC International Fight Week news on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/UFCFightWeek), Twitter and Instagram (@UFCFightWeek).

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For media interviews and credentials for the IMMAF World Championships, please contact Jen Wenk, APR at jen@starprlasvegas.com or 001 (702) 635 0995.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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