The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) announced yesterday the addition of the China International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (CIMMAF).

CIMMAF is a non-governmental organization (NGO) headed by president Young Hua Wei and its primary purpose  – other than growing the sport of mixed martial arts – is to prepare Chinese fighters to reach their full potential by addressing training and education concerns.

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In China, all sports  – including professional and non-professional – are sanctioned under the country’s Central Government Sports Bureau, or officially, the State General Administration of Sports.

Currently, the CIMMAF is not sanctioned by the State General, operating in the Chinese province of Yunnan, where it enjoys the support of the local government.

“We have the highest confidence in our ability to make the China National Amateur MMA series an ongoing program, which will boost the promotion, regulation and healthy growth of the MMA community in Greater China,” a CIMMAF spokesman said.

“With the founding of this IMMAF recognised NGO, we are confident that we will be able to promote the sport of MMA nationwide, starting from the Yunnan province and expanding out to 31 provinces in China,” the CIMMAF spokesman continued. “Our strongest support will be from local governments as most of them have already started approaching us to organise Amateur MMA series within their provinces.  We aim to steadily unite, educate and regulate the MMA industry to help promote a healthy environment in which to grow the sport in the country.”

IMMAF president Kerrith Brown visited China to attend the inauguration ceremony. “The board and I are excited to welcome CIMMAF as a representative of the last, outstanding national Super Power to affiliate with IMMAF, ” Brown said. “We look forward to supporting the development of MMA in China, and partnering with the CIMMAF on future IMMAF Championship events.”

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