The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation received a strong voice of approval recently, as the UFC gave its support to the newly formed league. The IMMAF was created in February with the hope of bringing a stronger education of MMA to the world. The organization’s goal is to help stabilize international amateur competitions, providing a base to build from, while also implementing a uniform system of MMA rules/regulation regardless of country.
UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and UFC Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner both gave their seal of approval to the IMMAF in a recent press release where the sides’ shared goal was evident.
“The creation of this organization is long overdue. We are confident of the outcomes and advancements this group will make for the future of our sport,” stated Ratner with Fertitta adding, “It is our hope that it will also take us one step closer to witnessing the inclusion of the sport of MMA on the Olympic programme.”
August Wallen, the former President of the Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation, was selected to head the IMMAF.
MMATraining Take: MMA would be a natural selection to the Olympics, as there are competitors from all over the world. That’s down the road a ways still, however, if you know anything about the way the Olympics go about adding sports. Having a stable federation like the IMMAF on an international level will help the sport grow, though, and is a tremendous decision by the UFC to back.