Much like soccer has FIFA – sorry Dana White – mixed martial arts now has the IMMAF. The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation will help to foster the development of the sport at a grassroots level, and the UFC is completely behind the organization.
“The creation of this organization is long overdue,” said UFC Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Marc Ratner, in a press release. “We are confident of the outcomes and advancements this group will make for the future of our sport.”
Lorenzo Fertitta, the CEO of the UFC, added, “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 programme.”
The IMMAF was founded in February, with August Wallen being selected as the leader. Wallen was the President of the Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation prior to taking the new challenge of leading the IMMAF. Part of the goal of the IMMAF is to help foster international amateur competition and education in the sport.