Organizations from the Bahamas and Luxembourg are the newest members of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF), according to a press release earlier this week.
Fédération Luxembourgeoise de MMA (FLMMA) and Empire Mixed Martial Arts Bahamas help promote the sport despite MMA not being formally recognized in either Luxembourg or the Bahamas.
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“We are pleased to welcome representatives for Luxembourg and Bahamas to the IMMAF family, and look forward to a fruitful relationship as we work together to attain shared goals for the sport of MMA,” IMMAF president Kerrith Brown said.
Fortunately in both countries, the sport enjoys the support of municipal and various government ministries.
In Luxembourg, the non-profit “Project Streetsport” – founded in 2004 – helped create FLMMA, with the City of Luxembourg and the Ministries of Family and Education financial contributors through Project Streetsport. FLMMA is led by Miomir Vujovic, a former international competitor.
Empire Mixed Martial Arts Bahamas (EMMAB) with its Beast Mode fight team, competes domestically and internationally. Registered with the Bahamas Martial Arts Federation and the Bahamas Wushu Sanda Association,
Training out of Empire MMA gym, the EMMAB is spearheaded by Dr. Kent L. Bazard, who as Safety Officer also oversees MMA rules and regulations, certification of officials and sanctioning protocol.