The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) recently announced the addition of the country of Venezuela to its ranks.
The South American country, which is an “international observational member,” becomes the 13th member of the Pan-American region, joining Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, El Salvador, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago and the USA.
“MMA is growing fast around the world with the Pan-American region one of the most diverse and dedicated,” IMMAF president Kerrith Brown said in a press release. “IMMAF is consistently investing in the continent with sports’ development resources, and we are excited about the potential of this region, especially with the Pan-American Open Championships heading to Cancun, Mexico in May, which is a renowned destination for combat sports.”
“Venezuela is very proud to become the latest member of the IMMAF family” added Venezuelan IMMAF representative Mauricio Delgado. “And we are working hard to develop the Venezuelan Federation. Through the MMA Venezuela Alliance, we have united the 18 MMA clubs in the country, which is equivalent to 60 percent of the entire MMA amateur community.”
According to the IMMAF, the main priorities for Venezuela include creating administrative and competition structures as well as establishing a coaching and certification regimen.
“We are looking forward to preparing a Venezuelan team for IMMAF events in 2020, starting at the Pan-Am Open and with the goal of competing at the world champs at the end of the season,” Delgado said.