International Mixed Martial Arts Federation

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International Mixed Martial Arts Federation
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AbbreviationIMMAF
FormationFebruary 29th 2012
PurposeMixed martial arts sanctioning organization
Region served
Worldwide
President
Kerrith Brown[1][2]
Websitewww.immaf.org

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) was founded on 29 February 2012 as the international governing body for amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Registered as a non-profit organisation under Swedish law, IMMAF serves as a democratic hub for national MMA federations and supports the growth of regulation and sport safety globally by aiding countries in the formation of federations where none exist.[3] IMMAF launched with support of market leader, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[4][5][6] The UFC is among promotions sanctioned by federations under the IMMAF umbrella in countries that include Brazil and Sweden.[7][8][9][10]

Amateur vs. professional level athletes[edit]

The IMMAF considers an athlete to be on a professional level and thus not eligible for participation if he or she meets any one of the following criteria:

  • holds a Pro MMA or professional combat sports license issued by any sanctioning body
  • is under contract with a professional MMA or professional combat sport promotion
  • has received a fee for participating in an MMA or professional combat sports match
  • has participated in a professional MMA match under the Unified Rules of MMA or equivalent in the country where the bout took place
  • has competed against an opponent with a Pro MMA record at the time the bout took place
  • has a professional MMA fight record published anywhere
  • National amateur criteria do not hold for IMMAF international competition if it does not conform to the above stipulations

Amateur MMA rules[edit]

Compulsory equipment[edit]

  • Competition gloves
  • Competition shin guards
  • Competition shorts made in a durable material and designed in such a way that they can't inflict injury on either one of the contestants
  • Mouthpiece
  • Competition top or rashguard (women only)
  • Protective groin cup (optional for women, compulsory for men)
  • Protective chest gear (optional for women, not applicable for men)
  • Knee protection (optional)
  • Ankle protection (optional)

Unauthorized techniques[edit]

The same from the Unified Rules of MMA plus:

  • Elbow and forearm strikes of any kind
  • Heel hook
  • Twisters/Sit through crucifix and/or any submission deemed as applying pressure to the spine
  • Knees to the head at any point

Length of the match[edit]

  • A match shall contain three (3) rounds.
  • A round shall last three (3) minutes.
  • The round break shall last sixty (60) seconds

Suspension[edit]

A contestant who was knocked out as a result of a blow to the head, or whose match was stopped by the judge because of several tough blows to the head which have made him/her defenseless and unable to continue, shall be suspended from competition and sparring matches.

Suspension periods starting from the day of the latest match:

  • One (1) knockout: Minimum four (4) weeks suspension
  • (2) knockouts during a period of three (3) months: Minimum three (3) months suspension.
  • Three (3) knockouts during a period of twelve (12) months: Minimum twelve (12) months suspension.

Listed suspension periods are minimum periods and can be extended at the physician's discretion.

In the event that a match was not stopped the physician still has the right to decide on a suspension if he/she deems it necessary due to the contestant having received many tough blows to the head

Members[edit]

PAN AMERICA[11]

  • Bahamas - Empire Mixed Martial Arts Bahamas
  • Brazil - Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission / Comissão Atlética Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA)
  • Canada - Canadian Combat Alliance
  • Colombia - Asociación Colombiana de Artes Marciales Mixtas OCAMM
  • El Salvador - Federacion Salvadoreña de Kickboxing & MMA / Salvadorean Kickboxing & MMA Federation (presiding over Commission Salvadoreña de Artes Marciales Mixtas / Salvadorean Mixed Martial Arts Commission)
  • Mexico - Federacion de Artes Marciales Mixtas Equidad y Juego Limpio
  • Nigeria - Dynamite Fighting Championship Africa (DFC Africa)
  • Paraguay - Federacion Paraguaya de Kick Boxing Muay Thai & MMA
  • Trinidad and Tobago - Trinidad and Tobago Mixed Martial Arts Federation (TNT MMAF)
  • United States of America - USA Mixed Martial Arts Federation

ASIA

  • The Kingdom of Bahrain - Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation
  • China - China International Mixed Martial Arts Federation
  • India - All India Mixed Martial Arts Association
  • Japan - Japan MMA Federation JMMAF (pending formal name change from Japan MMA License JML)
  • The Hasemite Kingdom of Jordan - The Jordan Mixed Martial Arts Federation (undergoing formal separation of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts Federation of Jordan)
  • Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan Mixed Martial Arts Federation
  • Lebanon - Lebanese MMA Committee
  • Malaysia - Malaysia Mixed Martial Arts Association MASMMAA
  • Nepal - Nepal National Martial Art Games Confederation (pending registration of subsidiary National MMA federation)
  • Pakistan - Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan (PAKMMA)
  • Singapore - Mixed Martial Arts Federation of Singapore (MMAFS)
  • Tajikistan - Mixed Martial Arts Federation of the Republic of Tajikistan
  • Thailand - Thai Mixed Martial Art's Federation (TMMAF)

EUROPE

  • Austria - Austrian Mixed Martial Arts Federation
  • Albania - Albanian Mixed Martial Arts Federation
  • Azerbaijan - Azerbaijan Mixed Martial Arts League
  • Belgium - Belgian Mixed Martial Arts Federation
  • Bulgaria - Bulgarian Federation of Mixed Martial Arts
  • Czech Republic - Mixed Martial Arts Association Czech Republic
  • Denmark - Danish Mixed Martial Arts Federation
  • Estonia - Estonian Mixed Martial Arts Federation
  • Finland - Finnish Mixed Martial Arts Federation / Suomen Vapaaotteluliitto ry
  • France - Commission Française de Mixed Martial Arts (pending name change from Commission National de Mixed Martial Arts)
  • Germany - German Mixed Martial Arts Federation
  • Georgia - National Federation of MMA Georgia
  • Greece - Greek Wrestling MMA
  • Hungary - Hungarian Premium MMA League
  • Iceland - Individual Member (pending formation of a federation)
  • Ireland (Northern Ireland) - Ulster Amateur MMA Association
  • Ireland (Republic of Ireland) - Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association (IMMAA)
  • Italy - Federazione Italiana Grappling Mixed Martial Arts / Italian Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts Federation (FIGMMA)
  • Lithuania - Lithuanian Mixed Martial Arts Federation / Lietuvos MMA Federacija (pending registration)
  • Luxembourg - Fédération Luxembourgeoise de MMA (FLMMA)
  • Norway - Norwegian Mixed Martial Arts Federation
  • Poland - Polish Mixed Martial Arts Federation (PLMMAF)
  • Portugal - Portuguese MMA Athletic Commission / Comissão Atlética Portuguesa de MMA (CAPMMA)
  • Romania - Romanian Mixed Martial Arts Federation (pending registration by board members of club AGON)
  • Russia - MMA Federation of Russia (MMAFR)
  • Spain - Spanish Federation of Olympic Wrestling and Associated Disciplines /Federación Española de Luchas Olímpicas y Disciplinas Asociadas
  • Sweden - Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation
  • Switzerland - Swiss Mixed Martial Arts Federation
  • Turkey - Turkey Martial Arts & Self Defence Federation
  • Ukraine - All Ukrainian Federation of Free-fight, Single Combat and Mixed Martial Arts
  • United Kingdom - UK MMA Federation

OCEANIA

  • Australia - International Mixed Martial Arts Federation of Australia
  • New Zealand - New Zealand Mixed Martial Arts Federation

AFRICA

  • Cameroon - National League Mixed Martial Arts Cameroon (NLMMAC)
  • Egypt - The Egyptian MMA Committee
  • Ghana - Ghana Mixed Martial Arts Federation (GHAMMAF)
  • Mauritius - Mixed Martial Arts Federation Mauritius
  • The Seychelles - The Seychelles Mixed Martial Arts Association
  • South Africa - Mixed Martial Arts South Africa

Championships[edit]

2014 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA[edit]

The first IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA were held between 29 June and 5 July 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada (U.S.).[12] The tournament took place over four days at Cox Pavilion at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with the finals taking place inside the UFC Fan Expo at Mandalay Bay on 5 July.[12][13]

Medalists[edit]

Men

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Super Heavyweight Wessel Mostert
 South Africa
Nicolo Bonati
 Romania
Leroy Johnson
 Canada
N/A
Heavyweight Hans Lackner
 Austria
Marcin Kalata
 Poland
Riini Apo
 New Zealand
Alexander Pärleros
 Sweden
Light Heavyweight Alessio Di Chirico
 Italy
Eivind D. S. Kjonsvik
 Norway
Aaron Wallace
 Ireland
Karol Linowski
 Poland
Middleweight Mikkel Kasper
 Denmark
Gard Olve Sagen
 Norway
Raymond Gray
 United States
Daniel Cassell
 United Kingdom
Welterweight Aleksi Nurminen
 Finland
Josh Stacey Mcmanus
 United Kingdom
Joachim Tollefsen
 Norway
Zach Fears
 United States
Lightweight Jose Mariscal
 United States
Jimmie Jensen
 Sweden
Charlie Day
 United Kingdom
Guillaume Bletio
 France
Featherweight Jari Illikainen
 Finland
Joel Moya
 Sweden
Jordan Chester
 United Kingdom
Salvatore Liga
 Belgium
Bantamweight Jose Torres
 United States
Bohdan Holovatyi
 Ukraine
Carl Burton
 United Kingdom
Liridon Ramani
 Belgium
Flyweight Carlos Hernandez
 United States
Kristian Lindstrøm Skogmo
 Norway
Saku Ronkainen
 Finland
Petko
 Italy

Women

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Featherweight Amanda Lino
 South Africa
Jill Holmström
 Sweden
Andrea Whitney
 United States
Florence Bethert
 France
Bantamweight Sarah Jamila
 Denmark
Aleksandra Milczarek
 Poland
Lucrezia Ria
 Italy
Nicole Brown
 United States
Flyweight Amanda Ribas
 Brazil
Gabriella Ringblom
 Sweden
Micol Di Segni
 Italy
N/A
Strawweight Daniela Kortmann
 Germany
Rachelle Abou Abdallah
 Lebanon
N/A N/A

2015 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA[edit]

The 2015 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA took place at Las Vegas, Nevada (USA), as the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) returned for the tournament's second year.

The 2015 Championships took place during the fourth annual UFC International Fight Week, from Monday, July 6 to Saturday, July 11, 2015.The fan experience was billed as the world's largest mixed martial arts celebration, guaranteeing high-energy, all-star entertainment and concluding with a weekend of action-packed fights including UFC 189 on July 11.

Medalists[edit]

Men

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Super Heavyweight Kevin Szaflarski
 Poland
Mokhammad Malagov
 Kazakhstan
Vlad Mavrodin
 Romania
N/A
Heavyweight Zdenek Ledvina
 Czech Republic
Travis Edwards
 United States
Marcin Kalata
 Poland
Allan Guichard
 France
Light Heavyweight Saeid Mirazaei
 Canada
Tencho Karaenev
 Bulgaria
Paolo Anastasi
 Italy
Denis Perry
 Northern Ireland
Middleweight Brendan Allen
 United States
James Duckett
 United Kingdom
Imad Alhowayeck
 Lebanon
Juho Laitinen
 Finland
Welterweight William Starks
 United States
Alexander Martinez
 Canada
Patryk Ruta
 Poland
Jake Constantinou
 United Kingdom
Lightweight Josh Ellis
 United Kingdom
Tuukka Repo
 Finland
Davide Gregorio La Torre
 Italy
Joeshwa Mortada
 Lebanon
Featherweight Frans Mlambo
 Ireland
Joel Moya
 Sweden
Yurii Bosyi
 Ukraine
Nicolas Ott
 France
Bantamweight Jose Torres
 United States
Nurtilek Konashov
 Kazakhstan
Carl McNally
 Northern Ireland
Marco Zannetti
 Italy
Flyweight Iurie Bejenari
 France
Sedar Altas
 Sweden
Braydan Graham
 New Zealand
Sambath Khun
 Canada

Women

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Featherweight Jamie Herrington
 Canada
Sinead Kavanagh
 Ireland
Julia Dorny
 Germany
Lindsay Lawrence
 United States
Bantamweight Lucrezia Ria
 Italy
Lucie Bertaud
 France
Kimberley Defiori
 United States
Lisa Engelke
 Sweden
Flyweight Micol Disegni
 Italy
Anja Saxmark
 Sweden
Natalie Jean Ausmeier
 South Africa
Michaela Dostalova
 Czech Republic
Strawweight Minna Grusander
 Finland
Maria Vittoria Colonna
 Italy
Sarah Archer
 New Zealand
Codie Wareham
 United States

2015 IMMAF European Open Championships of Amateur MMA[edit]

The 2015 IMMAF European Open Championships of Amateur MMA took place at Birmingham, England, United Kingdom from the 19 to 22 November 2015.

The foundational European event took place in Birmingham at the Walsall Sports Centre at the University of Wolverhampton and was broadcast post-event on UFC Fight Pass and international television.

Medalists[edit]

Men

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Heavyweight Daniel Galabarov
 Bulgaria
Iman Smajic
 Sweden
Petur Oskarsson
 Iceland
Ryan Spillane
 Ireland
Light Heavyweight Ben Forsyth
 Ireland
Balaze Kiss
 Hungary
Tencho Karaenev
 Bulgaria
Paolo Anastasi
 Italy
Middleweight Rostem Akman
 Sweden
Marius Hakonsev
 Norway
James Duckett
 United Kingdom
Asterio Lucchesini
 Italy
Welterweight Bjarki Palsson
 Iceland
Dorian Dermendzhiev
 Bulgaria
Jorden Indsetviken
 Norway
Hardeep Rai
 United Kingdom
Lightweight Jack Shore
 United Kingdom
Geir Kare Cemsoylu
 Norway
Thomas Martin
 Ireland
Lee Hammond
 Ireland
Featherweight Joel Moya Schondorff
 Sweden
Ross McCorriston
 Northern Ireland
Ante Ageneby
 Sweden
Connor Hitchens
 United Kingdom
Bantamweight Abdul Hussein
 Finland
Marco Zannetti
 Italy
Alexis Guilleux
 France
Renato Vidovic
 Sweden
Flyweight Jake Bond
 United Kingdom
Warren Mason
 United Kingdom
Hussain Haki Mahdi
 Bahrain
David Forgarty
 Ireland

Women

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Lightweight Leah McCourt
 Northern Ireland
Mia Isola
 Finland
Sini Koivunen
 Finland
N/A
Featherweight Sanna Merta
 Finland
Cornelia Holm
 Sweden
Julia Dorny
 Germany
Celine Provost
 France
Bantamweight Varpu Rinne
 Finland
Gabriella Ringblom
 Sweden
Camilla Mannes
 Norway
Eloise Picard
 Canada
Flyweight Sunna Rannveig
 Iceland
Anja Saxmark
 Sweden
Inka Auvinen
 Finland
Michaela Dostalova
 Czech Republic
Strawweight Aleksandra Toncheva
 Bulgaria
Raluca Dinescu
 Romania
Amy Omara
 United Kingdom
Lyudmila Sadirina
 Azerbaijan

2016 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA[edit]

The IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA returns to Las Vegas as part of the 5th Annual UFC International Fight Week™, the world's largest celebration of combat sports, taking place from Tuesday, July 5 – Sunday, July 10.

The 2016 IMMAF World Championships will be hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the week, with the championships featured on July 10 at the UFC Fan Expo®.

Hosted by the global governing body for amateur MMA, the IMMAF's third iteration of its five-day tournament, will air its post-event highlights on UFC FIGHT PASS®, along with other international television platforms.

2016 IMMAF Africa Open Championships[edit]

The 2016 IMMAF Africa Open Championships commence on Tuesday 30 August and run until the 4 September 2016 at the Brakpan Indoor Sports Centre in Johannesburg.

Hosted by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) in association with Mixed Martial Arts South Africa (MMASA) the tournament is Amateur MMA competitors from IMMAF member countries from all across the world. The Africa Open Championships permits 2 representatives per country for each weight class and 4 for the host country, spanning Strawweight to Lightweight for women and Flyweight to Super Heavyweight for men.

The 2016 IMMAF Africa Open Championships will feature on UFC FIGHT PASS and international broadcast channels, post-event.

2016 IMMAF European Open Championships of Amateur MMA[edit]

2016 IMMAF European Open Championships of Amateur MMA, which take place in Prague from 22 to 26 November.

Hosted by the Czech Mixed Martial Arts Association (MMAA), the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation's nation vs. nation tournament plays out in 2 rings across 5 days and features more than 170 Athletes from 30 countries worldwide.

The 2016 IMMAF European Open Championships of Amateur MMA will feature on UFC FIGHT PASS and international broadcast channels, post-event.

2017 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA[edit]

The 2017 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA took place in Manama, Bahrain at Khalifa Sports City Arena from 12 to 19 November.[14][15]

Medalists[edit]

Men

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Super Heavyweight Atanas Krastanov
 Bulgaria
Marcin Kalata
 Poland
N/A N/A
Heavyweight Irman Smajic
 Sweden
Lev Vins
 Kazakhstan
N/A N/A
Light Heavyweight Murtaza Talha Ali
 Bahrain
Pavel Pahomenko
 Belarus
N/A N/A
Middleweight Khaled Laallam
 Sweden
Bjorn Lukas Haraldsson
 Iceland
N/A N/A
Welterweight Benjamin Bennet
 United States
Sola Axel
 France
N/A N/A
Lightweight Quitin Thomas
 United States
Vitali Andruhovich
 Belarus
N/A N/A
Featherweight Delyan Georgiev
 Bulgaria
Joel Arolainen
 Finland
N/A N/A
Bantamweight Gamzat Magomedov
 Bahrain
Olzhas Moldagaliyev
 Kazakhstan
N/A N/A
Flyweight Serdar Altas
 Sweden
Yernaz Mussabek
 Kazakhstan
N/A N/A

Women

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Lightweight Gase Sanita
 New Zealand
Kaycee Blake
 United Kingdom
N/A N/A
Featherweight Fabiana Giampa
 Italy
Courtney McCrudden
 Northern Ireland
N/A N/A
Bantamweight Manon Fiorot
 France
Chamia Chabbi
 Finland
N/A N/A
Flyweight Michele Oliveira
 Brazil
Danni Neilan
 Ireland
N/A N/A
Strawweight Anna Astvik
 Sweden
Hannah Dawson
 New Zealand
N/A N/A

Overall Medals Standing (World Championships)[edit]

Totals do not include medals from the 2016 or 2017 World Championships.

Ranking Country Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze
1 United States United States of America 6 1 7
2 Sweden Sweden 0 7 2
3 United Kingdom United Kingdom 1 2 5
4 Italy Italy 1 0 6
5 Finland Finland 3 1 1
6 Canada Canada 2 1 2
7 Poland Poland 1 1 3
8 Norway Norway 0 3 1
9 France France 0 1 3
10 South Africa South Africa 2 0 1
11 Republic of Ireland Ireland 1 1 1
12 New Zealand New Zealand 0 0 3
13 Denmark Denmark 2 0 0
14 Czech Republic Czech Republic 1 0 1
14 Germany Germany 1 0 1
16 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 0 2 0
17 Lebanon Lebanon 0 1 1
17 Romania Romania 0 1 1
17 Ukraine Ukraine 0 1 1
20 Belgium Belgium 0 0 2
20 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 0 0 2
22 Austria Austria 1 0 0
22 Brazil Brazil 1 0 0

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