Competition structure

Competition provides an ultimate test of skill in any and every sport, to include mixed martial arts.
IMMAF provides national federations with a set of recommendations for organisers of amateur MMA events for all age groups and suggests the following structure.

AgeNational EventsInternational EventsRules
6-9club events,
technical displays
with minimum
uncontrolled
physical contact
IMMAF
guidelines
10-11club, regional,
national
IMMAF
guidelines
12-13club, regional,
national
Youth Championships
(U14)
Youth MMA Rules – C
14-15club, regional,
national
Youth Championships
(U16)
Youth MMA Rules – B
16-17club, regional,
national
Youth Championships
(U18)
Youth MMA Rules – A
18-20club, regional,
national
Junior Championships
(U21)
Amateur MMA Rules
18+club, regional,
national
(Senior)
Championships
Amateur MMA Rules

IMMAF recognises the need for a smooth transition from amateur to pro for those competitive athletes wishing to pursue a professional career.

The IMMAF Talent Pathway or “progression scheme” is being taught through IMMAF Coaches Licensing Courses worldwide, and will be published here at immaf.org soon. For information about upcoming courses, please contact your National Federation.

See also: 

Guidelines for running youth events
Youth Rules
IMMAF Calendar of  events