On February 7 the Afghanistan MMA Federation hosted its 5th educational seminar for national coaches and officials. Hosted in the center of Afghanistan, MMA officials and representatives of 36 gyms participated in the national federation’s latest seminar day, covering rules and regulations of MMA and principles of coaching and judging, presented by active professional athlete Baz Mohammad Mubariz, a pioneer of MMA in Afghanistan and president of the Afghan Federation. In 2015, FIGHTLAND and Vice Sports covered MMA’s development and the work of Mubariz on the streets of Kabul. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=45&v=uRDg2e5r7ng The federation, which enjoys some government support, reported a successful event fulfilling the continuous goal of implementing a national standard and unified understanding for the capacities of coaches and judges, at events and in gyms nationwide. In June of 2018, Afghan-born UFC star Siyar Bahadurzada revealed passionate aspirations for nourishing youth development in Afghanistan. The nation’s top MMA standout joined the UFC in 2012 and holds an overall pro record of 24-7-1. The Afghan Federation achieved recognition under IMMAF following the 2018 amalgamation of IMMAF and WMMAA, the world’s leading global regulatory bodies. It’s understood that Afghanistan hopes to dispatch a national amateur team for the first time later this year, potentially at the 2019 IMMAF – WMMAA Asian Open Championships in Thailand.