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IMMAF suspends Russian and Belarusian Federations indefinitely

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) is suspending the Russian and Belarus federations for the foreseeable future and the reasons are fairly clear.

The Russian MMA Union (RMMAU) and Federation of Hand-to-Hand Fighting & MMA of Belarus are now on the shelf due to the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The suspension bars both federations from participating in all IMMAF championships, including the upcoming MMA SuperCup which is scheduled from March 8-12. It also prevents IMMAF events in the countries of Russia or Belarus.

“It is with sadness that the IMMAF board has taken this decision as we believe in the power of sport to unite people beyond politics,” IMMAF president Kerrith Brown said in a press release. “However, the homeland of our friends and colleagues in the MMA League of Ukraine is under attack and they have been forced from competing in next week’s Super Cup as they take to defending their country. We are compelled to unite with global sport in showing solidarity with Ukraine.”

As of this writing, there has been official public response from the Russian MMA Union (RMMAU) or Federation of Hand-to-Hand Fighting & MMA of Belarus.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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