MMA WORLD GOVERNING BODIES AMALGAMATE
WORLD MMA ASSOCIATION (WMMAA) AND INTERNATIONAL MMA FEDERATION (IMMAF) UNITE IN ONE BID FOR SPORT RECOGNITION
The International MMA Federation (IMMAF) and the World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA) have today announced an amalgamation that will see the global unification of the sport of MMA.
An amalgamation agreement was reached between the heads of both organizations on January 16 and approved at General Assemblies held by each party on March 25 and April 10 respectively.
It is of key significance to MMA’s bid for sport recognition that one joint application will now be made to the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF – formerly SportAccord). Under GAISF criteria only one governance application can be made per sport, and so the amalgamation is expected to further qualify MMA’s bid. The agreement also strengthens MMA’s application by delivering the required number of an organization’s member federations to be recognized by their sports ministry or national Olympic committee.
IMMAF President, Kerrith Brown, said:
“The unification of WMMAA and IMMAF has been agreed by both organizations’ members for the betterment of the sport of MMA. As well as strengthening MMA’s bid for sport recognition by the Olympic movement, the move will bring benefits to the members of both organisations including combined championships and events, joint education courses for officials and a con-solidation of resources which will in turn boost growth. IMMAF and WMMAA are both set to be bolstered by this agreement and we would like to thank both memberships for their visionary leadership in ratifying the agreement.”
WMMAA President Vadim Finkelchtein said:
“I truly believe that the coming amalgamation will give a huge boost to the global development of MMA as a sport and it will bear positive influence even in those countries in which MMA is still forbidden. Joining forces will provide us with an opportunity to achieve recognition for MMA at every official level and to subsequently enter the Olympic Movement. I’m pleased that our organizations have similar goals and a shared vision for the acceptance of MMA into the Olympic Games for 2024 – 2028. This would not be possible without our cooperation, which I believe will be fruitful to the benefit of our beloved sport.”
The goal of the World MMA Association is to provide unbiased structure and guardrail the growth of MMA as the official world governing body for Mixed Martial Arts. A non-profit organization founded in 2012, WMMAA is on a mission to develop a standardized and regulated organization, including competition, training, officiating, testing and growth when necessary. More than 50 countries have been granted WMMAA membership. wmmaa.org
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is the international democratic body for the sport of MMA, representing MMA’s stakeholders across 65 nations worldwide. Founded from within the MMA community for the MMA community, the purpose of the IMMAF is to protect and further the development, recognition and regulation of the sport of MMA on all levels, enabling international competition through its family of non-profit, democratic national federations. immaf.org