France Update – Undemocratic Sports Minister Decree Bans MMA Rules

“MMA UNLIKELY TO BE AUTHORIZED IN FRANCE” Source: http://www.liberation.fr/ Translated from French article by Par Guillaume Gendron using Google Translate A ministerial decree sets new conditions for organizing public demonstrations of combat sports, taking care to exclude the popular but maligned MMA, in a move against the legalization awaited by fans.…

MMA Athlete Karl Amoussou Renounces French Nationality in Protest at Sports Ministry

Elite MMA athlete, Karl Amoussou, has today renounced his French nationality following a back-door decree by France’s Sports Minister on Sunday to disallow key elements of MMA competition, as reported by Onlike. The decree has come as a shock to the MMA community in France  since a parliamentary review of the sport has been underway…

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IMMAF Explains its Amateur Eligibility Criteria for MMA

In response to queries about eligibility criteria for athletes taking part in IMMAF Amateur MMA competitions, the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) has reconfirmed its position regarding its definition of Amateur Athletes.  Amateur MMA competition forms a key stage of IMMAF’s Progression Pathway for participants of MMA, as IMMAF works to implement safe…

Decision in IMMAF Doping Case – Jamie Herrington

(London. 25 October 2016) An independent tribunal appointed by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) has found that Ms Jamie Herrington from Canada, (Gold Medallist in the 145lb division), committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation at the 2015 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA in Las Vegas. As result, a…

CABMMA announces use of Instant Replay for MMA bouts

The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA), Brazil’s member representative to IMMAF, announced yesterday that the national governing body for MMA would make use of Instant Replay to identify potential fouls that resulted in a bout stoppage, during recorded events. Taking place with immediate effect, CABMMA revealed that guidelines are in…

Marc Goddard: Unifying IMMAF & ABC in certification of MMA officials

Renowned MMA referee and head of the IMMAF Technical Committee, Marc Goddard, shared insight on recent developments with the USA’s Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC), who he explains have expressed an interest in developing further education and certification for MMA officials, based on the official IMMAF certification courses designed and…

Medical safety standards at a high for Portugal’s MMA championships

Medical safety standards for amateur MMA in Portugal will continue at an all time high under The Portuguese MMA Athletic Commission (CAPMMA) and will be on display this weekend at the CAPMMA National Amateur MMA Championships. Bouts featuring in the national competition will also serve as qualifying for the upcoming…

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Sport Integrity Global Alliance Officially Launches, with IMMAF as member

Pictured: ICSS CEO Emmanuel Macedo de Madeiros with IMMAF’s Kerrith Brown and Densign White on top table at SIGA launch Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA), of which IMMAF is a signatory, held its official launch and media briefing in London yesterday. IMMAF President and CEO, Densign White and Kerrith Brown, were in…

Joe Clifford discusses the impact of cutmen at the Rio Olympics

On October 9 the IMMAF International Cutman Certification Course Grade C will be on offer in Manchester, UK, in partnership with accredited cutman Joe Clifford. The one day course is designed as an educational resource promoting athlete safety and duty of care to coaches working in MMA clubs and anyone…

Video: Marc Goddard talks IMMAF Technical Committee expansion

The IMMAF Technical Committee was recently expanded this year, welcoming four additional global members. The IMMAF Technical Committee was first established with renowned MMA official Marc Goddard alongside former Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Marc Ratner, who is currently the UFC’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. The expansion…