Jordan Joins International Mixed Martial Arts Federation
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.17.2014
The Jordan Mixed Martial Arts Federation is on board...
The Jordan Mixed Martial Arts Federation has become the first Middle Eastern member of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF). The federation, which was founded in 2009 and formally established in 2013, has completed the required two-year trial period and has been given full-fledged federation status along with approval from the Jordanian Olympic Committee.
JMMAF chairman Prince Hussein Mirza said in a statement, "The Jordan MMA Federation is honored to join the IMMAF family. The sport of MMA has been going through a meteoric rise in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region and, the efforts of the Jordan MMA Federation is a solid example to be followed in the region."
The IMMAF was created in 2012 in order to, as it states, "further the development and recognition of the sport of MMA, enabling international competition through the organization of national federations around the world." It includes organizations in the United States, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom, along with others.
IMMAF president Bertrand Amoussou said, "We are very pleased to welcome the Jordan MMA Federation and are impressed with the professionalism of such a young federation in a country where MMA is quite new. The language barrier has proven it sometimes difficult for us to present the IMMAF in the Arab region and widely carry out the message of how crucial a non-profit, democratic structure is for the future and safety of the sport. Now with a member in the region dedicated to help out with translations and introductions, we are confident that our work of creating a safe environment for the Arab MMA communities will move at a quicker pace."