International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) secretary general Erika Mattsson is moving on.
Part of the IMMAF founding team, she was brought in January of 2012 as Director of Communications and was instrumental in the launch and the establishing of international relations through the development of MMA standards and policies.
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“It has been an amazing journey to be at the centre of development for the fastest growing sport in the world during such a transitional time,” Mattsson said. “It was a pleasure leading this organization and being part of establishing standards and structures to ensure that MMA has the same rights, opportunities and recognition as other world sports. My journey as the IMMAF Secretary General ends here as it’s time for me to return to the world of business, but I look back on these years with much joy. The MMA community is a passionate one and I’m happy to have been part of it.”
The IMMAF was founded in February of 2012 after discussions between key parties of the European MMA community.
It currently has 37 member federations, having recently added India’s All-India Mixed Martial Arts Association (AIMMAA) and Italy’s Federazione Italiana Grappling Mixed Martial Arts (FIGMMA).
“The IMMAF has been lucky to have in Erika Mattsson a qualified and dedicated person during our early growth period,” IMMAF president Bertrand Amoussou said. “Our knowledge of MMA coupled with her knowledge in strategy, organization development and communication has been a winning combination. Being a non-profit democratic organization in its infancy we have been confined to limited resources, and Erika has despite that managed to move us forward significantly. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours and I want to express gratitude on behalf of the entire IMMAF family and the international MMA community.”
Mattsson will consult as a senior advisor for a period moving forward.
A successor for secretary general post is expected to be announced shortly.