Committees

The IMMAF administration is assisted in its work by a number of Committees (elected by the General Assembly) and Commissions (appointed by the Board of Directors) made up of expert advisers coming from within the sport of MMA and outside. As volunteers with different backgrounds and nationalities, they bring a wealth of different experience and are committed to making IMMAF an outstanding example of good governance and athlete-oriented sport development.

Elected Committees

The Anti-doping, Anti-doping Disciplinary, Arbitration, Disciplinary, Financial Audit and Nominations Committees are elected by the General Assembly:

Anti-doping Committee

The Anti-doping and TUE Committee oversees IMMAF’s anti-doping policies and implementation across IMMAF competitions ensuring that IMMAF’s Anti-doping Policy is WADA compliant. The committee includes a panel of expert medical professionals who are highly experienced in the field of Anti-doping. The panel is responsible for reviewing applications from athletes for the therapeutic or medical use of banned substances.

Anti-doping Disciplinary Committee

The role of the Ant-doping Disciplinary Committee is to manage and resolve any asserted Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) or other dispute arising from the implementation of those rules policies and procedures arising from the Results Management Process as described in the Anti-Doping Rules (ADR).

Arbitration Committee

The IMMAF Arbitration Committee should be considered as an independent entity. The IMMAF Arbitration Committee has the exclusive role to resolve complaints and disputes and appeals arising from decisions of the IMMAF Disciplinary Committee and complaints and disputes related to decisions of the IMMAF Anti-doping Disciplinary Committee.

Disciplinary Committee

The IMMAF Disciplinary Committee is responsible for the management and resolution of any asserted violations of the IMMAF Code of Ethics and other IMMAF Rules and Procedures, except for asserted violations of anti-doping rules which come under the jurisdiction of the IMMAF Anti-doping Disciplinary Committee. Any complaints, disputes or appeals arising from decisions of the IMMAF Disciplinary Committee will be settled by the IMMAF Arbitration Panel which is independent of the Disciplinary Committee.

Financial Audit Committee

The role of the the Financial Audit Committee, which should be considered as independent of IMMAF, is to oversee and audit the financial activities of IMMAF and to provide independent oversight of financial matters related to IMMAF.

Nominations Committee

The role of the Nominations Committee is to ensure that all candidates for elected positions at IMMAF are eligible in accordance with the IMMAF Constitution and other IMMAF rules and regulations. The Nominations Committee will also monitor the election procedures to ensure that they comply with the relevant articles of the IMMAF Constitution.

Appointed Commissions

Athletes’ Commission

The Athletes’ Commission serves as a link between the athletes and IMMAF. The IMMAF Athletes’ Commission ensures that the athletes’ viewpoint remains at the heart of all decisions by IMMAF and encourages and empowers the Athletes’ voice in all matters related to Amateur MMA globally.

Business Development Commission

The role of the IMMAF Business Development Commission is to develop strategies, processes and activities to foster commercial growth opportunities for IMMAF (including but not limited to partnership, sponsor and hosting opportunities) and to promote and encourage active business development amongst IMMAF National Member Federations. The Business Commission should aim to create long term value or a long term positive image of IMMAF in the minds of current and potential commercial partners, stakeholders, and relevant markets.

Coaching Commission

The role of the Coaching Commission is to advise IMMAF Board of Directors on matters related to Amateur Mixed Martial Arts from the coaches’ perspective including providing strategic direction and leadership to ensure that IMMAF coaches have the most up-to-date level of competency and can deliver effective teaching of the skills of mixed martial arts to their membership. The Commission will provide a coach’s perspective and voice to the decision-making processes within IMMAF and advocate for the rights and interests of coaches within the sport of Amateur Mixed Martial Arts globally.

Communications and Marketing Commission

The role of the Communications and Marketing Commission is to advise the IMMAF Board of Directors and Communications Director on issues related to communications and marketing, in both a strategic and operational capacity, to ensure that the IMMAF values and activities, as well as the IMMAF vision and mission, are promoted to a global audience.

The Commission will help to ensure that IMMAF, as the legitimate global governing body for Mixed Martial Arts, has a clear brand, communications and consumer marketing strategy to amplify IMMAF’s vision and mission.

Competition Bidding Commission

The role of the Competition Bidding Commission is to identify and attract high quality and appropriate candidates to host IMMAF competitions. The Commission will develop and manage all the relevant information and guidelines to inform potential candidates of the benefits and responsibilities of hosting IMMAF events.

The Commission will also ensure that the necessary evaluation and decision-making processes, as well as communication with prospective candidates, is handled in the most transparent manner possible and in full compliance with the IMMAF Statutes, Code of Ethics and other relevant IMMAF rules and guidelines.

Ethics Commission

The role of the Ethics Commission is to advise the CEO and Board on the development, implementation and review of organisational procedures and policies guidelines relating to ethical issues; and whom the CEO can call upon to provide advice and consultation to the IMMAF on ethics matters depending on the issues arising.

The Ethics Commission is responsible for ensuring that IMMAF acts in accordance with its Statutes and Policies including its Conflicts of Interest and Whistle-blowing policies. The Commission is responsible for the investigation of complaints at the request of the IMMAF CEO.

Medical Commission

IMMAF’s Medical Committee consists of a panel of doctors with a specialism or experience in medical care within Mixed Martial Arts. The committee is responsible for providing guidance on medical safety within the sport and for developing medical protocol for IMMAF competitions.

Women’s Commission

The role of the Women’s Commission is to advise the IMMAF Board of Directors on the development and implementation of an IMMAF women and sport policy and to promote equal opportunities for girls and women to participate in, and benefit from, amateur mixed martial arts as a sport and physical activity.

Youth Development Commission

The role of the Youth Development Commission is to oversee programmes to guide young athletes on appropriate pathways for lifelong participation, competition preparation and personal development in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. The Commission will ensure that training pathways are created for all officials that adhere to the accepted concept of “Long term Athlete Development” (LTAD).

In addition, because young Athlete development frameworks need to be holistic and embrace the complex nature of athlete development, this Committee will cover Coaching, Regulatory affairs, Medical, Anti-doping and Ethics.

Part of the work of IMMAF is carried out by committees consisting of a number of people of different experience, backgrounds and nationalities. Most committees are composed of volunteers, but in some cases professionals may be appointed.

IMMAF’s committees are in various formative stages and there remains room for members to be elected. For more information please contact info@immaf.org.