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…

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…

IMMAF veteran Julia Dorny wins European Sumo Bronze

IMMAF World Championships and European Open veteran Julia Dorny competed at the European Sumo Championships in Poland over the weekend of April 23. Representing her country on yet another international martial arts platform, the German competitor placed 5th in the -65kg (143lbs) division, and Germany as a National Team secured the Bronze…

IMMAF President: ‘McGregor understands the importance of Amateur MMA’

Picture (from left to right): IMMAF President Kerrith Brown, UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor, and IMMAF CEO Densign White In early January IMMAF President Kerrith Brown and CEO Densign White were invited to lead a Judo class at Dublin’s world renowned SBG Ireland gym, home to UFC featherweight champion Conor…

#ThrowbackThursday: Judo Throws in MMA

Following on from today’s IMMAF article focussing on Judo Olympian and IMMAF President Kerrith Brown and his plans for the direction of IMMAF, today’s #ThrowbackThursday takes a look at various Judo throws that have been implemented by athletes in MMA competition, highlighting the effectiveness of Judo in the sport of Mixed Martial…

IMMAF president pays hommage to judo legacy of UFC champ Rousey

UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, has bestowed her belt on judo school and social project, Instituto Reação, in Brazil where it will now be permanently housed. This follows a surprise $30,000 donation from the star back in March to this non-profit school, which was founded by 2004 Olympic bronze medallist, judoka Flavio Canto. Rousey had been…

French MP and Judoka David Douillet on Judo vs. MMA

French politician and judoka, David Douillet, was invited yesterday by media outlet, L’Equipe 21, to talk about the Baku 2015 European Games. He was also drawn to comment on the battle instigated by Judo on MMA in France.   The serving MP is significant not only as a former Minister of Sport but also…

French Judo Vs. MMA

Translation of article by Alexandre Ferret, “MMA: When the Leaders of French Judo Fall on their Heads”, published today by French magazine,”Le Point”. See here for orginal French text: http://www.lepoint.fr/sport/mma-quand-les-dirigeants-du-judo-mondial-tombent-sur-la-tete-27-02-2015-1908374_26.php Respect, courage, honour, friendship, sincerity, self-control and modesty. Such are the fundamental values inculcated in judokas from their youngest age and listed…

Densign White Takes Over as IMMAF CEO

Olympian Densign White has been formally announced as the new CEO of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF). The British judoka has past international sporting credentials that include triple Olympian, World Championship medallist, 5 times European medallist and Commonwealth Champion. At the close of his competitive days, White chose…