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.