UFC lending support to IMMAF in hopes of seeing sport grow globally

The dream of seeing Mixed Martial Arts competition included in the Olympics may be closer than you think thanks to the creation of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation. The newly formed board’s goal is, as stated on their website, “To further the development and recognition of the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, enabling international competition through the organization of national MMA federations around the world.” Specifically the process will involve educating the public and creating a system of rules/safety measures consistently applied regardless of region.

Having MMA recognized by the Olympics is also a goal of the IMMAF, calling such status the “ultimate achievement and highest formal recognition possible for any sport.”

The UFC has already gotten on board with the IMMAF in hopes of seeing international events regulated as stringently as those in the United States, even allowing the organization to maintain a presence at this weekend’s UFC on Fuel 2 event in Sweden.

“In order to maintain the successful growth of our sport, it is important to invest in resources that will develop and cultivate it at an amateur level. Having an umbrella organization that will oversee and help build the sport on a global level will not only provide advanced and ever-improving safety standards but will also create a unified global model to help introduce the sport to new markets,” said UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta in an official press release on the matter. “It is our hope that it will also take us one step closer to witnessing the inclusion of the sport of MMA on the Olympic program.”

Though it will be years before fans ever see their favorite fighter winning a gold medal for his/her MMA prowess it looks like the first step on that journey has taken place.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

9 COMMENTS
  • THEGUNNER says:

    mma in olyimpics would be the shit.instead of popular fighters fighting for a paycheck it will be people fight for whose the best which the ufc should be like. How lame would it be if fighters get diqualified for trt abuse in the olimpics. Boxers would be loving that.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    If this happens I might have to start watching the Olympics again.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    This could be so great, except can you inagine the point fighting styles that would win events like that, or maybe bring back Pancrase rules with only palm strikes but full submissions and kicks allowed?

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    My feeling has always been that BJJ in the Olympics should be the first goal, then maybe MMA. Who REALLY wants to see MMA with padded heads and/or shins? One thing at a time.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Agree 100% with Brendhan on this. That, and I think BJJ should be represented anyway; I find it somewhat criminal that it still is not included.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I would still watch toned-down MMA, with shin / head guards, but I am willing to let it be and stick to pro MMA as seen on TV.

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  • MCM says:

    imaginary thumbs up Brendhan.
    besides, would they even allow pros to compete in the Olympics?

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I think getting them medically cleared — and able to take time off from their promotion — may be the problem. NHL players have gone to the Olympics so I personally would not see a problem with it. Especially since a lot of MMA pros have also won world championships in other arts like BJJ, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, etc.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Judo, tai kwon do, boxing, wrestling (few different types) and also a few other martial arts. I wouldnt say no to BJJ but who cares? They have world titles.

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