French MMA Athletes Triumph Following Sport Minister’s Promise of Regulation

French Sport Minister, Roxana Mărăcineanu, made the landmark announcement last April that set in motion plans to regulate the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in France. The historical blockade placed upon the sport in France no doubt limited the nation’s talent development, but nevertheless, French athletes maintained relevance as…

European Champion & World Silver Medalist, France’s Axel Sola Enters 2019 Oceania Open

By IMMAF.org lead writer, photographer: Jorden Curran France’s number-one amateur MMA contender, Axel Sola, is set to enter the 2019 IMMAF-WMMAA Oceania Open Championships, taking place in Auckland, New Zealand, from 13-14 April. Regarded among the world’s top amateur mixed martial artists, Sola stands as the world’s number-one ranked welterweight and holds…

‘One of the best strikers I’ve ever seen’; John Kavanagh on SBG product Asaël Adjoudj representing France at the 2018 Amatuer World Championships

Photo via Facebook: Asaël Adjoudj (left) alongside fellow SBG man Conor McGregor (right) By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh describes Asaël Adjoudj as one of the best strikers he’s ever seen. So good, in fact, that the Irish MMA Association president was compelled introduce the 19-year-old…

Former IMMAF President Bertrand Amoussou receives 6th Dan Judo rank: ‘Judo still flows in my veins’

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran Last week IMMAF Board Member and former President, Bertrand Amoussou, received the rank of 6th Dan of Judo, courtesy of Jean-Michel Dracos. The incredible life achievement saw him presented with the honour of wearing the white-red belt, synonymous with the rank (pictured below). The French MMA…

‘The best team ever’: French MMA unites for IMMAF World Championships

Pictured above: IMMAF European silver medalist Manon Fiorot (left), French team coach Lionel Brezephin (right). By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran France’s national amateur MMA team is confident of having assembled the greatest squad possible ahead of the 2017 IMMAF World Championships. If this proves to be the case, the international landscape…

France’s ready-made MMA star: ‘Morgane Ribout created a buzz’

As UFC representatives, the likes of heavyweight sensation Francis Ngannou and featherweight ‘Firekid’ Tom Duquesnoy are front and center in the hunt of national acceptance and a mainstream breakthrough for French MMA. However, French MMA Commission (Commission Française de Mixed Martial Arts, CFMMA) president Bertrand Amoussou believes that an even more significant…

France’s CFMMA fighters maintain momentum despite national ban

Pictured: Frenchman Allan Guciahrd (blue) battles in the Heavyweight final of the 2016 IMMAF World Amateur Championships in Las Vegas, USA.  Last October it was revealed that the French Sports Ministry had introduced new conditions for organizing public demonstrations of combat sports, with particular frameworks to effectively ban MMA competition…

2016 World Championships: Team France in Focus

Picture: Team France  Federation: Commission Française de Mixed Martial Arts Number of competitors: 8 In its purest form, MMA is still greatly restricted in France, with many French practitioners competing under pankration rules. The Commission Française de Mixed Martial Arts (CFMMA) are working tirelessly to change this and it is obvious that…