The World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA) aims to be the official world governing body for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is known as the world’s fastest growing sport, with popularity reaching unprecedented levels across every continent. Numbers of fans are increasing yearly and, most importantly, participation across most demographics, and in related disciplines, has skyrocketed. The WMMAA is based in the Principality of Monaco and was founded in 2012. The WMMAA, a non-profit organisation already boasting global reach, is headed by Vadim Finkelchtein, it’s President and the legendary Fedor Emelianenko, it’s Honorary President. As of 2014 over 40 countries have been granted WMMAA membership, with new members being added monthly. In October 2013 the inaugural World MMA Championship was held in St Petersburg, Russia under the auspices of the WMMAA. The Championship made history as amateur MMA fighters from all over the world competed for national pride in front of an audience of millions via television and internet broadcast. 2014 builds on the achievements of the previous year, with many exciting events planned from the beginning of May.
As MMA becomes increasingly popular across many countries the need for standardized and regulated organization including competition, training, officiating, testing and growth becomes necessary. It is the mission of the WMMAA to develop and manage these structures, in the first instance establishing the governance of amateur and professional MMA competitions. The WMMAA currently encompasses several national MMA organizations and aims to enable the standardization and registration of MMA according to the national legislation of each participating member body.
It is the vision of the WMMAA that in the near future Mixed Martial Arts will be recognized as an official and regulated sport worldwide. Several key European and Asian countries have already set an example by working with their respective Ministries of Sport to bestow this status on MMA on a national level. The WMMAA continues to work with national MMA bodies on educating their respective governments on this topic. At the same time a full SportAccord membership for the WMMAA has been made a top priority with with Association striving diligently to reach this goal. Once full SportAccord membership is attained, the WMMAA will set out to realise the widely held dream of elevating Mixed Martial Arts to the status of an Olympic sport.
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