The Croatian Mixed Martial Arts Union (HMMAU) is the latest national federation to join the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF), following the board granting observational membership.
Drazen Forgac will serve as President as they look to develop the sport nationally. Founded in 2020, the federation has been making strides nationally, developing relationships with local gyms and promoters.
Speaking on the work the HMMAU have done to grow the sport nationally and allow the national team to compete at IMMAF championships, Forgac said:
“The main thought that guided us when we founded HMMAU was to create conditions for our fighters to achieve top results and establish connections and cooperation with international MMA organisations.
“Immediately after the establishment, we got down to business seriously and formed a referee and doctors commission, organised referee and doctor seminars and compiled a calendar of amateur competitions.
“The domestic amateur competitions we organised immediately yielded significant results in the form of promising young fighters who further established themselves through Armageddon and FNC.
“Before Croatia’s debut appearance at this competition, it was necessary to complete some formal legal details and apply for membership at IMMAF. I would like to say a huge thank you to IMMAF President Kerrith Brown and Director of Member Services Gosha Malik, who went out of their way to help us and facilitate our access to the most prestigious international MMA organisation.”
Croatia’s national team will appear on the IMMAF platform for the first time at the 2022 World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. Eleven athletes are registered to compete across the junior and senior categories.