MMA Federation Responds to French Judo President on Legalisation of MMA in France
On Tuesday, the French Sports Minister, Roxana Maracineanu, announced her plans to legalise MMA in France. A call was made to other recognised martial arts to register their interest in housing MMA within their federations.
On Wednesday, President of the French Judo Federation (FFDJA), Jean-Luc Rougé, a long standing opponent of MMA, issued a statement on the subject (see below).
This morning, Kerrith Brown, President of international MMA governing body, IMMAF – WMMAA, issued the following response:
IMMAF PRESIDENT KERRITH BROWN RESPONSE TO ROUGE COMMENTS ON MMA
“At IMMAF – WMMAA, we have been interested to hear Mr. Rougé’s most recent comments about MMA and welcome his expressed interest in possibly housing the sport under judo in France. As someone who has personally dedicated most of my life to judo, I alongside the IMMAF -WMMAA board, hold the sound structures and ethos of judo in high regard. We stand in agreement with Mr. Rougé on the importance of education, health and respect. We believe that the practice of well governed MMA fosters these values, and that we share a mutual cultural tradition and ethical values.
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