The UFC announced yesterday the renewal of its partnership with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF). According to a release on UFC.com, the renewal extends the commitment to promote the safety and promotion of amateur MMA.
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“IMMAF’s renewed partnership with UFC will not only strengthen the federation, but also further advance the mutual goal of increased athlete safety in MMA from the grassroots level,” added IMMAF CEO Densign White. “This partnership will benefit MMA athletes globally for its reformation of pathways to increase talent and education while offering opportunities to place protective structures against dangers that arise due to lack of regulation. Our alliance remains a game-changer for amateur combat sports and our awareness continues to make a difference on a global scale.”
The IMMAF is the dominant amateur MMA organization with partnerships with 53 national MMA governing bodies. Italy and India joined in late 2014.
The UFC recently announced a partnership with Wrestling Canada Lutte.
A deal with UFC Fight Pass was signed in January 2015 to show its amateur world championships during International Fight Week in Las Vegas.
The 2016 championships are July 8th through the 10th, also to be shown on UFC Fight Pass.