MMA H.E.A.T.'s Karyn Bryant talks with August Wallén, the President of the newly-formed International Mixed Martial Arts Federation, about what his organization hopes to achieve for the sport of MMA. August tells us about the UFC's support of their efforts, the resons behind the formation of the federation and their goals and objectives for MMA athletes and fans around the world.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® sent out a press release announcing the support of IMMAF. The press release is below :
UFC SUPPORTS CREATION OF INTERNATIONAL MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FEDERATION
Global unified amateur rules, regulations & safety a positive step for fastest growing sport in the world
Las Vegas, NV – The Ultimate Fighting Championship®, the world’s leader in mixed martial arts (MMA), applauds the announcement made earlier today of the creation of the new International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF). The UFC wholeheartedly supports this new initiative as well as its leader, IMMAF President August Wallén who will spearhead the initial growth of this Federation.
UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, who has helped lead the global growth of the UFC, feels that the timing is perfect. “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. 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 creation of this organization is long overdue,” said Marc Ratner, Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs. “MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world and we support the Federation’s focus on providing a globally unified set of rules and safety measures to help keep all fighters safe. While there are many obstacles ahead in the formation of this international organization, we are confident of the outcomes and advancements this group will make for the future of our sport.”
The UFC has long been committed to the growth and development of the sport of MMA. With broadcasts in over 150 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes worldwide, in 20 different languages, and more than 30 live events annually worldwide, the UFC has helped introduce the sport to many new cultures and audiences.
The creation of the IMMAF will help to foster the development of the sport at the grassroots level and bolster the work being done by the UFC and all other MMA organizations worldwide, further developing the integrity and legitimacy of the sport.