Great Britain native Densign White was announced Wednesday as the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) chief executive officer (CEO)l
The 52-year-old White had a decorated MMA career, with over four decades of judo experience. He competed in the Olympics three tines, medalled in the World Championships and was a five-time European medallist and Commonwealth champion.
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“Densign White brings invaluable experience from his previous administration of an Olympic martial art, and the IMMAF board believes that he is the best candidate to carry the organization through the next phase of its journey,” IMMAF President Bertrand Amoussou said.
“I speak on behalf of the whole board in saying we are very proud to welcome Densign White to the IMMAF helm, and we look forward to successful years ahead for the sport under his leadership.”
“I am delighted to be joining IMMAF at this exciting and challenging time in its evolution, and I want to thank the board for giving me this opportunity,” White added. “The growth of MMA globally has been extraordinary, but with that comes greater responsibility for IMMAF as the leading International Federation for the sport. Over the coming weeks and months IMMAF will raise its game in terms of governance, education for coaches and officials and implement a new global programme of world class competitions.
“This project will require a lot of work from me, the board, our members and volunteers. With this combined effort I am confident that this organization will achieve success beyond and above all expectations”
White pursued an sports administrative career near the end of his competing years, serving eleven years as the Chairman of the British Judo Association, from 2001 to 2012.
He also spent two years as an executive member of the British Olympic Association.
The IMMAF was established in 2012 by the MMA community with goals to protect, regulate, and foster the development and recognition of the sport on all levels.