IMMAF Joins Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA)

On Wednesday 13th September, the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) joined the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA). IMMAF President Kerrith Brown joined 75 global sport leaders at SIGA’s General Meeting in Cascais in Portugal, where on IMMAF’s behalf he signed SIGA’s Aspirational Statement of Intent and SIGA’s Core Principles for Sport Integrity.…

California tightens weight cutting restrictions

Reported by MMAFighting.com, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has passed a series of emergency weight cutting regulations. These include a ban on severe dehydration in order to make weight, the prohibition of IVs to rehydrate (as already outlawed by the UFC in October) and a restriction on moving back times of weigh-ins. In relation to…

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French Anti-doping Agency makes surprise call in on Amateur MMA team trials

The national team tryouts in France for the 2016 IMMAF World Championships took a surprising turn when the French Anti-doping Agency arrived unannounced to test the athletes. Hosted by the Commission Française de Mixed Martial Arts (CFMMA), the team trials took place last weekend on Sunday 31 January at Paris Fight Team…

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One Championship Bans Weight Cutting By Dehydration.

Asia’s leading Mixed Martial Arts promotion, One Championship, has announced a ground breaking decision to ban the process of athletes cutting weight via dehydration, according to a press release issued by the promotion. Weight cutting has become a consistent hot topic in the sport of MMA, and One Championship’s decision…

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Jeff Novitzky: Average weight lost by UFC fighters is declining

Following the implementation of the UFC’s ban on intravenous rehydration (IV) in October, the amount of weight lost by UFC contenders in the final week prior to a bout is now beginning to decline, according to UFC Vice President of Athlete Health & Performance, Jeff Novitzky. The IMMAF recently spoke with Novitzky who expressed his…

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Alarming weight cutting behaviours in mixed martial arts: a cause for concern and a call for action

Following the tragic death of Chinese flyweight Yang Jiang Bing, who is reported to have shockingly passed away as a result of weight cutting complications prior to his anticipated appearance under the banner of Asian promotion One Championship last weekend, IMMAF CEO Densign White spoke exclusively with Fighters Only to…

The IAPA Issues Open Letter to Irish Event Promoters

Picture: UFC Dublin crowd, July 19, 2014. Deano Wade, Secretary General of the Irish Amateur Pankration Association (IAPA), issued an open letter yesterday addressing all event promoters in the Republic of Ireland on the issue of fighter safety with calls for a unified commitment to regular medical checks and blood testing: OPEN…

Video: Norman Parke feels better off after adapting to IV ban

Ahead of his October 24 UFC Fight Night victory over Reza Madadi in Dublin, Ireland, Norman Parke discussed with MMA Plus how he adapted to the recently implemented ban on intravenous re-hydration (IV) and feels better for it. Following a meeting with UFC Vice-president of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff…

Review of IAPA Shadow Sanctioning & UKMMAF Meeting at UFC Dublin

On October 24 the UFC showcased another standout event in the heart of Ireland at Dublin’s 3Arena. Throughout the Fight Week leading to Oct.24, the Irish Amateur Pankration Association (IAPA) were present to overview the governing procedures as part of a shadow-sanctioning agreement. The UFC is known to self-regulate in a number of…

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IMMAF meets with UFC anti-doping expert Jeff Novitzky

During the recent UFC Fight Week in Dublin, Ireland, IMMAF and UFC heads met to discuss the development and implementation of anti-doping procedures in professional and amateur MMA. Those in attendance included UFC Vice-president of EMEA James Elliot, UFC Vice-president of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky, IMMAF’s anti-doping consultant Michele Verroken of Sporting Integrity,…