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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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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Meet IMMAF Partner Tuff-N-Uff

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 09:43

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is pleased to present our partner for the execution of the World Championships – Las Vegas promoter Tuff-N-Uff.

The IMMAF has partnered with local promoter Jeff Meyer and Las Vegas’ own “Tuff-N-Uff: The Future Stars of Mixed Martial Arts” to present the first-ever amateur MMA world championships June 30th to July 5th . The IMMAF selected Tuff-N-Uff Productions to partner in  hosting the tournament because of their excellent reputation and proven experience in Las Vegas.

Operating since 1994 in the market, Tuff n Uff has promoted pioneering events such as the first MMA competition exclusively for women in Nevada. The vision for moving the sport forward is what bonds this partnership, with both sides committed to providing the athletes with what they need for a safe and exciting competition in the forthcoming challenge.

At Tuff-N-Uff, we’ve always strived to put on the best amateur events in the nation,” Tuff-N-Uff CEO and co-founder Jeff Meyer said. “Now we’re extremely excited to partner with the IMMAF and welcome in the best amateur fighters in the world in order to crown true world champions. This is going to be an incredible event and memorable for both fans and competitors alike.”

Tuff-N-Uff was founded with the purpose of helping promote and lobby for the sanctioning of amateur MMA events in the United States, in addition to other aspects of combat sports. The company was founded by the late Barry Meyer, a black belt in taekwondo and former hedge fund trader, who served as president of the organization until his death in 2013. The organization has since been run by his father, Burt Meyer.

We can’t underestimate the importance of having a strong partner in the practical execution of the World Championships. It is a sports event that will demand a lot from everyone involved and we’re positive that “Tuff-N-Uff”, with their experience and expertise, are more than up for the task” says IMMAF President Bertrand Amoussou.

 

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World Championship venues

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 05:27

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is pleased to present the venues for the 2014 IMMAF World Championships in Las Vegas – prestigious Cox Pavilion and for the finals the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during the world renowned UFC Fan Expo.

The inaugural IMMAF World Championships in Amateur MMA is set to take place in Las Vegas June 30th through to July 5th 2014. Athletes from around the world have competed for the honor of representing their countries in the sport that they love, and the national teams are now ready to take on the five day tournament.

The first four days of the World Championships tournament will be held at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and its prestigious Cox Pavilion. A well-known sports arena in the Fighting Capital of the World, the Cox Pavilion is famous for among other things hosting the live finale of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter®,” where Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar delivered an epic match often noted in MMA history books as one of the greatest and most memorable of all time. In this very arena the IMMAF member federations and their national teams will compete for the prize of a spot in the finals on Saturday July 5th.

For the day of the finals the tournament will move into the UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is supporting the IMMAF by hosting the finals during the UFC Fan Expo where thousands of fans from around the world come to celebrate their passion for MMA. The finals will be held inside an official UFC Octagon®  and take place in segments during the day, available to all carrying a UFC Fan Expo ticket.

We are happy as well as humbled to be able to provide our athletes with a World Championships set to take place in two venues that echoes the spirit and history of the sport of MMA” says IMMAF President Bertrand Amoussou. “I would like to extend my gratitude to the team at UNLV for great cooperation and to the UFC for providing invaluable support as well as featuring the IMMAF at the Fan Expo®. “

Tickets for the first four days at the Cox Pavilion will be available on www.unlvtickets.com by the end of next week. To buy tickets for the UFC Fan Expo which includes the finals, please visit www.ufcfanexpo.com.

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Meet IMMAF Partner Century Martial Arts

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 08:50

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is proud to announce our newest partner, the sporting goods company Century Martial Arts. Century will be the official IMMAF equipment partner for 2014, supplying athletes at the World Championships in Las Vegas with competition gear.

With over 30 years dedicated to developing and manufacturing products for the practice of martial arts, Century Martial Arts is recognized worldwide as one of the giants in the industry. Partner to some of the largest MMA promoters in the world, Century has established themselves as a high-quality supplier. With the partnership agreement Century becomes the official IMMAF equipment supplier during 2014, including the upcoming World Championships in Las Vegas. Nyra Phillips, IMMAF Championship Director, reinforces the importance of having partners with common goals:

For us it is very important to have partners who share our vision to develop the sport of MMA globally. With Century onboard, we are happy to have on our side a company that is highly committed to quality and shares our concern for the safety of the athletes. We could not be more pleased

At the World Championships the competing athletes will be provided with Century competition gear. Offering the same standard across all national teams is an important factor in ensuring safety as well as fair play.

Our desire has always been to ensure the best possible conditions for the athletes when demonstrating their talent in the championships” says Phillips. “With Century providing the equipment we are confident that this goal will be achieved.

 

 

Visit Century at www.centurymartialarts.com

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