Ireland’s Hammond and O’Sullivan set to collide in domestic showdown

Above, from left to right: Irish national team mates Alexander O’Sullivan, Lee Hammond and David Fogarty. By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran Two of Ireland’s most promising young lightweight standouts will collide on August 19 as IMMAA national team veterans Lee Hammond and Alexander O’Sullivan face off for one of the Emerald…

Super September for Irish MMA regulation

Photo via Facebook: Ireland’s national amateur MMA team secured the highest total of podium finishes (6) in Las Vegas at the 2016 IMMAF World Championships in July It’s been a historic month for the development of Irish MMA and the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association (IMMAA). While the Emerald Isle…

Irish Championships: European Open Team Trials on Sept. 3

Pictured above: David Fogarty – 2016 IMMAF World Championships Flyweight Silver medallist IMMAF officially announced on August 23 that registration is open for the 2016 IMMAF European Open Championships. The Amateur MMA tournament will span five days from November 22 to 26 in the Czech Republic, at the Arena of Sparta in…

IMMAF to join regulation talks with Irish Sports Minister today

IMMAF CEO Densign White revealed yesterday that he is set to join discussions in progress with Irish Sports Minister, Michael Ring, about the regulation of MMA in Ireland, with a view to establishing recognition for the Irish Amateur Pankration Association (IAPA). Following the tragic death of professional Portuguese competitor Joao Carvalho, IMMAF issued a…

IAPA Sets New Safety Standards for Irish MMA

A committee meeting of the Irish Amateur Pankration Association, which represents MMA in the Republic of Ireland,  was held at SBG Concorde on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, attended by officers Deano Wade, Paul Cowzer, Andy Ryan and John Kavanagh. Decisions were made on behalf of the IAPA with regards to the following 3 topics: Standards of…

IAPA completes youth & beginners MMA competition

Picture: Beginner athletes are briefed ahead of the day’s competition Earlier this month the Irish Amateur Pankration Association (IAPA) held an Amateur MMA tournament for beginner competitors from the ages of 13 upwards. The event was organized in collaboration with Team Ryano head coach Andy Ryan who hosted the competition…

John Kavanagh: IMMAF world amateur champion Frans Mlambo is UFC calibre

Irish featherweight and IMMAF world amateur MMA champion Frans Mlambo made weight earlier today ahead of his second professional fight, taking place on January 8th in Tokyo, Japan. A product of SBG Ireland and team representative for Bahrain’s KHK MMA, Mlambo takes on China’s Changxin Fu tomorrow under the banner of Japanese promotion…

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…