Cage Warriors Academy South East 25 | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 4 PROFESSIONAL COMPETITORS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF CAGE WARRIORS ACADEMY SOUTH EAST 25 – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE CHARTER HALL, COLCHESTER, ENGLAND ON SATURDAY, 7TH MARCH 2020: Continue reading “Cage Warriors Academy South East 25 | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Wimp2Warrior Dublin Season 5 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 52 AMATEUR PARTICIPANTS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF WIMP2WARRIOR DUBLIN SEASON 5 FINALE – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE RED COW MORAN HOTEL, DUBLIN, IRELAND ON SATURDAY, 9TH NOVEMBER 2019: Continue reading “Wimp2Warrior Dublin Season 5 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Excel MMA & Wimp2Warrior Cork Season 5 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 12 AMATEUR (INC 2 YOUTH) COMPETITORS & 17 AMATEUR PARTICIPANTS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF EXCEL MMA & WIMP2WARRIOR CORK SEASON 5 FINALE – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE GLEN ROVERS HURLING CLUB, CORK, IRELAND ON SUNDAY, 3RD NOVEMBER 2019: Continue reading “Excel MMA & Wimp2Warrior Cork Season 5 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Cage Warriors Academy South East 24 | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 2 PROFESSIONAL COMPETITORS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF CAGE WARRIORS ACADEMY SOUTH EAST 24 – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE CHARTER HALL, COLCHESTER, ENGLAND ON SATURDAY, 19TH OCTOBER 2019: Continue reading “Cage Warriors Academy South East 24 | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Cage Warriors Unplugged 2 Heralds Almost 3 Years of Fighter Brain Scans

Last night, Cage Warriors returned to the BT Studios, in London, almost three years after it introduced mandatory brain scans for professional competitors for an event at the same venue in 2016.

Cage Warriors Unplugged 2 heralds the promotion’s unwavering, voluntary commitment to athlete safety in a landscape where the sport of MMA remains unrecognised and unregulated: The introduction of brain scanning processes in the United Kingdom has required the overcoming of numerous challenges due to the sport’s unrecognised status. Cage Warriors and its competitors, alongside Safe MMA and medical partners, have worked against the odds to establish an infrastructure for MMA competitors, as well as the most affordable options.

Matchmaker Ian Dean commented, yesterday:

“Once again I’m pleased that all our fighters have been cleared to the Safe MMA Mark 3 standard ahead of tonight’s CW Unplugged 2 event.

“This was the venue where Cage Warriors introduced brain scans for the first time back in December 2016 and thanks to the diligence of our athletes and Safe MMA staff and other medical professionals we are able to do this once again.” 

As reported by Safe MMA;

16 PROFESSIONAL COMPETITORS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF CAGE WARRIORS UNPLUGGED 2 – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE BT SPORT STUDIOS, LONDON, ENGLAND ON FRIDAY, 6TH SEPTEMBER 2019:

• annual medical examination & advanced eye examination forms
• six monthly HIV, Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C blood test results
• one off brain MRA scan & three-yearly brain MRI scan reports

Ayton De Paepe
Craig White
Declan McAleenan
Ian Garry
Jack Cartwright
Joe McColgan
Josh Reed
Louis Glismann
Marko Kovacevic
Mateusz Makarowski
Matteo Ceglia
Mehdi Ben Lakhdhar
Paul Hughes
Scott Malone
Tanio Pagliericcio
Tom Mearns

For more information about Cage Warriors visit cagewarriors.com

Wimp2Warrior Belfast Season 3 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 30 AMATEUR PARTICIPANTS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF WIMP2WARRIOR BELFAST SEASON 3 FINALE – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE EUROPA HOTEL, BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND ON SATURDAY, 6TH JULY 2019: Continue reading “Wimp2Warrior Belfast Season 3 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Wimp2Warrior Dublin Season 4 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 34 AMATEUR PARTICIPANTS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF WIMP2WARRIOR DUBLIN SEASON 4 FINALE – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE GREEN ISLE HOTEL, DUBLIN, IRELAND ON FRIDAY, 5TH APRIL 2019: Continue reading “Wimp2Warrior Dublin Season 4 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Cage Warriors Academy South East 23 | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 4 PROFESSIONAL COMPETITORS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF CAGE WARRIORS ACADEMY SOUTH EAST 23 – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE CHARTER HALL, COLCHESTER, ENGLAND ON SATURDAY, 13TH APRIL 2019: Continue reading “Cage Warriors Academy South East 23 | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Evolution Fighting Championship 7 & Wimp2Warrior Tullamore Season 2 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 2 AMATEUR COMPETITORS & 18 AMATEUR PARTICIPANTS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF EVOLUTION FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 7 & WIMP2WARRIOR TULLAMORE SEASON 2 FINALE – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE TULLAMORE COURT HOTEL, TULLAMORE, IRELAND ON SUNDAY, 31ST MARCH 2019: Continue reading “Evolution Fighting Championship 7 & Wimp2Warrior Tullamore Season 2 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Wimp2Warrior Cork Season 4 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 18 AMATEUR PARTICIPANTS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF WIMP2WARRIOR CORK SEASON 4 FINALE – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE GLEN ROVERS HURLING CLUB, CORK, IRELAND ON SUNDAY, 24TH MARCH 2019: Continue reading “Wimp2Warrior Cork Season 4 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Cage Warriors Introduces Safe MMA for International Events

[9 March 2019]  Safe MMA founding promoter, Cage Warriors, has introduced Safe MMA medical preclearance for tonight’s Cage Warriors 103 in Denmark.

This has seen the promoter implement the charity’s, third-party vetting services for the first time outside the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as its Mark 3 requirement for brain scans and specialist eye tests alongside blood tests and medical examinations.

Cage Warriors President, Graham Boylan, commented:

“As a founding member Cage Warriors has been committed to Safe MMA ever since its inception in 2012.  As we enter the third year of ensuring that our UK and Irish events have mandatory brain scans for professional athletes, I felt now was the time to extend this program to our international events. CW 103 will be one of our biggest events to-date, taking place at a sold-out K.B Hallen in Denmark.

“I felt it was important to make sure that all our athletes were vetted to the Safe MMA Mark 3 standard (a standard that is higher than that required by the local governing body), a standard that we will be keeping for all Cage Warriors events.

“This event has received widespread media coverage in the Danish media, featuring an Olympian medal-winning local star in Mark O. Madsen and two world title fights.”

Critically, the preclearance process identified an unknown finding that could put a competitor at significant risk, thus leading to Cage Warriors’ cancellation of the bout following tireless work to attain an accurate assessment and the best medical advice.

Graham Boylan stated:

“In light of today’s findings, I feel our commitment to Safe MMA and fighter safety has not only been vindicated but also strengthened and I am glad we have taken steps to introduce the Safe MMA Mark 3 standard for this international event.

“I am naturally saddened for both fighters who have dedicated the past few weeks preparing for this fight. However, this decision has rightly been taken out of our hands as one of the competitors has not been pre-cleared to compete due to an existing injury.  Without Safe MMA, this injury would have not been found by either ourselves or by the local federation which could have resulted in a more serious incident on the night.

“I wish the fighter a speedy recovery and will look to re-book his opponent at a later date, but for now my commitment to this project remains strong as fighter safety is paramount and I wish the remaining 14 fighters on this card the very best of luck for what is the biggest card in Danish MMA history.”

UPDATE [9/03/19, 19:00hrs]: This afternoon, following cancellation of the bout, a contrary professional opinion was provided by the competitor. Safe MMA sought an urgent third, independent opinion and dialogue was facilitated between the medical consultants, who concluded one hour prior to event start that the competitor should not be barred from competing on the basis of the finding. It was too late by that time to recall the fight.

Safe MMA Trustee, Marc Goddard, said:

“Safe MMA once again proves its worth, and again, outstanding work and commitment to integrity has been demonstrated by Cage Warriors. Our main concern now is that the competitor in question is advised and treated as necessary.“

Matchmaker Ian Dean commented further to commend the competitor’s dedication.

For more information about Cage Warriors, please visit: https://cagewarriors.com/

For more information about the preclearance of competitors for Cage Warriors 103, see Safe MMA’s public notice here.

 

Cage Warriors Academy Introduces Preclearance Brain Scans for Competitors

Cage Warriors March 2019

[2 March 2019] Tonight, two MMA events take place in the UK under the Cage Warriors brand: Cage Warriors 102 in London, two shows on from Cage Warriors’ centenary event in December, and also Cage Warriors Academy Wales, as part of the more recent Cage Warriors Academy regional series.

As a founding member of Safe MMA, Cage Warriors partnered with the organisation for the medical preclearance of an event for the first time with Cage Warriors 52 on 9 March 2013, requiring medical examinations and blood tests of its competitors among other safety protocol (now known as “Mark 1”). The partnership has continued to this day, with Cage Warriors introducing enhanced medical requirements, including brain scans, for its professionals in 2016 (to the newer “Mark 3” standard).

More recently, the Cage Warriors brand has partnered with regional promoters across the United Kingdom and Ireland to create Cage Warriors Academy shows in addition to its core events. The academies platform features a pro – am line up with a focus on local talent development, creating a structured competition pathway for athletes aspiring to the big show. The local academies shows to-date have required “Mark 1” compliance of competitors, echoing the stairway in medical requirements, for example, between amateurs and professionals in the United States, where brain scans are only required as athletes progress in their career and thought to become increasingly exposed to risk.

Under local promoter, Richard Shore, Cage Warriors Academy Wales has for tonight’s event introduced a “Mark 3” requirement (including brain scans) for its professional competitors for the first time, demonstrating a commitment to ongoing review and advancement of athlete safety.

The progress has also been enabled by a growing medical infrastructure for Safe MMA competitors in the UK. Due to negative perceptions of the sport, establishing a network of MMA friendly and reasonably affordable medical professionals and services has been challenging and taken significant work, with some regions still far better covered than others.

Cage Warriors matchmaker, Ian Dean, commented:

“Once again, I would like to thank both Safe MMA and our athletes for their efforts to ensure Cage Warriors 102 has been cleared to the usual Mark 3 standard. I also would also like to extend this to Cage Warriors Academy Wales, who have made sure their professional fighters have been cleared to the same level.”

For more information about Cage Warriors or tickets to either of tonight’s shows, please visit: https://cagewarriors.com/

 

 

Cage Warriors Academy Wales 3 | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 6 PROFESSIONAL COMPETITORS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF CAGE WARRIORS ACADEMY WALES 3 – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE EBBW VALES SPORTS CENTRE, EBBW VALE, WALES ON SATURDAY, 2ND MARCH 2019: Continue reading “Cage Warriors Academy Wales 3 | Pre-clearance of competitors”

SAFE MMA Achieves Charity Status

[Pictured above: Paddy Pimblett at Cage Warriors]
Voluntary medical organisation, SAFE MMA, has been recognised as a charity by the The Charity Commission in the United Kingdom, and was entered onto the Register of Charities on 19 December 2018.

Background:

Founded in 2012, the SAFE MMA project was born for the public benefit of protecting the health and safety of athletes taking part in MMA (mixed martial arts) competitions through the provision of centralised, third-party medical screening and record-keeping services which are available to the public; and the provision of independent medical advice and information to athletes.

SAFE MMA was conceived in response to the lack of any regulation or medical standards for MMA in the United Kingdom. Founders included Dr. Jack Kreindler and other leading sports medicine professionals from the Centre of Health and Human Performance (CHHP) in London, alongside independent representatives from the MMA community, world-renowned referee Marc Goddard and veteran competitor Rosi Sexton. They were crucially joined by representatives from UK leading promotions, including Cage Warriors and BAMMA, which have remained project affiliates up until today. The cross-promotional agreement to

• recognise and adhere to an agreed level of medical clearance for competitors,
• to share medical data and suspensions with a central, independent body for clearance and record keeping,
• and to observe shared medical suspensions

enabled the establishment of a first unified standard for MMA in the region.

Today

2018 IMMAF – WMMAA World Championships

Today SAFE MMA provides services for athletes competing across affiliated promotions in the UK and Ireland, including international promotions visiting the region such as Bellator and KSW. It works with younger, regional governing bodies, the Irish Amateur MMA Association, the Ulster Amateur MMA Association and the United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation and internationally with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation.

Charity Recognition:

The recognition of SAFE MMA as a charity observes its activities as non-profit making, and its primary objectives as philanthropy and social well-being. While membership fees cover the costs of administration, the work of the medical committee, project management and all other support remains entirely voluntary. This recognition will help the development of the project by opening opportunities for support, consultancy and funding, including from public bodies, in turn benefitting the athletes on whose behalf it was founded. SAFE MMA is now able to give the public the assurance of it being monitored by The Charity Commission as it works to meet best practice in good governance and sport integrity.

Trustees of the project are founding volunteers Marc Goddard (world renowned MMA referee and Head of Regulatory Affairs at International Mixed Martial Arts Federation), Isobel (Izzy) Carnwath (Director of Brand & Communications at the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation) and Dr. Jack Kreindler (CHHP).

Founder and Charity Trustee, Marc Goddard said:

“To say that SAFE MMA will forever be close to my heart would a huge understatement. The premise of setting the original initiative up and getting this off the ground was and always will be about fighter safety.

“I recall fondly the day of the launch, when many before us had thought it would not be possible to be able to stand before select members of the MMA community and launch such an initiative – a new level and base marker for safety. Fast forward many years and I give thanks to each and every affiliated promotion, both those who originally held the fledgling project together and those who have contributed since. This day is for you.

“I’m so proud and full of thanks. Simply nothing could better the original achievement of setting up the project than for it to be recognised as a charity today. The Safe MMA core value of integrity has led us to this very day and long may we continue. My sincerest thanks.”

Ian Dean, matchmaker for Cage Warriors said:

“I’m pleased that all of SAFE MMA’s hard work has been recognised formally by The Charity Commission. There’s no doubt in my mind that the organisation has the best intentions for the athletes and I’m proud that Cage Warriors is a part of it, and I look forward to seeing it grow in the future.”

Jude Samuel, Bellator European Matchmaker, Head of Talent Development and former BAMMA VP of Talent Relations said:

“It all started as a passion piece and has been an amazing journey. To see how far athlete safety has come since we all first sat down to agree on the baseline procedures has been gratifying. Each individual has played an important role in the education of those that we serve to protect. This could not have been done without the support of the athletes, their coaches, managers and all the individuals involved from the initial meetings to those pushing the initiative forward today. We still have a way to go to get this beloved sport of ours to the place we think it should be. So, we must continue to push forward because it is within our reach. We never thought SAFE MMA would have made the impact that it has today, so the possibilities of what we can achieve is limitless.”

Founder and Charity Trustee, Dr. Jack Kreindler, said:

“Attaining status as a UK Charity is a great achievement for SAFE MMA and recognition of the extraordinary amount of hard work and volunteering for many years. I am delighted to have received this news from the Charities Commission and look forward to seeing more initiatives to help more people benefit from MMA as an ever safer sport.”

SAFE MMA founding promotion Cage Warriors celebrates 100 with its 48th SAFE MMA show

Safe MMA founding promoter Cage Warriors celebrates its 100th show this Saturday 8 December in Cardiff at the Ice Arena.

As Safe MMA today announces the medical preclearance of Saturday’s professional fight card, Cage Warriors can look back with pride at 48 events since it first partnered with the medical organisation for Cage Warriors 52 on 9 March 2013.

Cage Warriors President and Owner Graham Boylan and matchmaker Ian Dean were significant parties in the cross – promotional formation of Safe MMA over 2011 – 12, alongside Cage Warriors veteran Rosi Sexton and other industry stakeholders. They were already able to bring an invaluable, decade’s worth of expertise to the table as originators of UK MMA, complimenting the consultancy offered by volunteer sports medical professionals at the Centre of Health and Human Performance in London.

The unified standard, medical preclearance and record keeping system has since been adopted by significant, national and international promoters in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Safe MMA today provides a globally recognised standard and is a partner of unified world MMA governing body, IMMAF – WMMAA.

Safe MMA founder and trustee, Marc Goddard, commented:

“It’s of no surprise to me that Cage Warriors, one of the promotions involved at the inception of the initiative, still remains to this day a strong and supportive advocate of the very premise of why we set up Safe MMA. It is heart-warming, and I personally give my gratitude and respect to the organisation whom, on an entirely voluntary basis, continue to adopt safety measures and protocols above and beyond any legal or licensing requirements. Here’s to the next 100 shows!”

SEE list of competitors medically precleared by Safe MMA for Cage Warriors 100: https://safemma.org/2018/12/07/cage-warriors-100-pre-clearance-of-competitors/#more-4387

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Cage Legacy 10 & Wimp2Warrior Wingman Season 1 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 2 PROFESSIONAL AND 22 AMATEUR COMPETITORS, AND 2 AMATEUR PARTICIPANTS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF CAGE LEGACY 10 AND WIMP2WARRIOR WINGMAN SEASON 1 FINALE – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE GOOD COUNSEL, DUBLIN, IRELAND ON SATURDAY 1ST DECEMBER 2018: Continue reading “Cage Legacy 10 & Wimp2Warrior Wingman Season 1 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Cage Warriors Academy North West 4 | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 8 PROFESSIONAL COMPETITORS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF CAGE WARRIORS ACADEMY NORTH WEST 4 – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE EVENTIM OLYMPIA, LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND ON SATURDAY, 1ST DECEMBER 2018: Continue reading “Cage Warriors Academy North West 4 | Pre-clearance of competitors”

2018 IMMAF World Championships & Junior World Championships | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 363 AMATEUR ATHLETES HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF THE IMMAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE KHALIFA SPORTS CITY STADIUM, MANAMA, BAHRAIN BETWEEN MONDAY, 12TH NOVEMBER AND SATURDAY, 17TH NOVEMBER 2018:

Continue reading “2018 IMMAF World Championships & Junior World Championships | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Cage Ring Championship 9: Prime Time | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 12 AMATEUR COMPETITORS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF CAGE RING CHAMPIONSHIP 9 | PRIME TIME – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE AIRSIDE ARENA, SWORDS, IRELAND ON SUNDAY, 16TH SEPTEMBER 2018: Continue reading “Cage Ring Championship 9: Prime Time | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Evolution Fighting Championship 6 & Wimp2Warrior Tullamore Season 1 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 10 AMATEUR COMPETITORS & 14 AMATEUR PARTICIPANTS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF EVOLUTION FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 6 & WIMP2WARRIOR TULLAMORE SEASON 1 FINALE – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE TULLAMORE COURT HOTEL, TULLAMORE, IRELAND ON SUNDAY, 29TH JULY 2018: Continue reading “Evolution Fighting Championship 6 & Wimp2Warrior Tullamore Season 1 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Wimp2Warrior Cork Season 3 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 33 AMATEUR PARTICIPANTS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF WIMP2WARRIOR CORK SEASON 3 FINALE – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE GLEN ROVERS HURLING CLUB, CORK, IRELAND ON SUNDAY, 29TH JULY 2018: Continue reading “Wimp2Warrior Cork Season 3 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Wimp2Warrior Dublin Season 3 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 45 AMATEUR PARTICIPANTS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF WIMP2WARRIOR DUBLIN SEASON 3 FINALE – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE GOOD COUNSEL GAA CLUB, DUBLIN, IRELAND ON SATURDAY, 30TH JUNE 2018: Continue reading “Wimp2Warrior Dublin Season 3 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Wimp2Warrior Belfast Season 2 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 22 AMATEUR PARTICIPANTS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF WIMP2WARRIOR BELFAST SEASON 2 FINALE – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE EUROPA HOTEL, BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND ON SATURDAY, 30TH JUNE 2018: Continue reading “Wimp2Warrior Belfast Season 2 Finale | Pre-clearance of competitors”

BAMMA 36: Fight Night London | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 14 PROFESSIONAL COMPETITORS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF BAMMA 36 | FIGHT NIGHT LONDON – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT YORK HALL,  LONDON, ENGLAND ON THURSDAY, 28TH JUNE 2018: Continue reading “BAMMA 36: Fight Night London | Pre-clearance of competitors”

2018 IMMAF Youth European Open & Senior European Championships | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 148 AMATEUR ATHLETES HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF THE IMMAF YOUTH EUROPEAN OPEN AND SENIOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE GRAND RIN HOTEL, BUCHAREST, ROMANIA BETWEEN SUNDAY, 17TH JUNE AND FRIDAY, 22ND JUNE 2018: Continue reading “2018 IMMAF Youth European Open & Senior European Championships | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Cage Ring Championship 8 | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 2 PROFESSIONAL AND 16 AMATEUR COMPETITORS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF CAGE RING CHAMPIONSHIP 8 – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE AIRSIDE ARENA, SWORDS, IRELAND ON SUNDAY, 10TH JUNE 2018: Continue reading “Cage Ring Championship 8 | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Cage Warriors Academy North West 3 | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 6 PROFESSIONAL COMPETITORS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF CAGE WARRIORS ACADEMY NORTH WEST 3 – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE AUDITORIUM, LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND ON SATURDAY, 2ND JUNE 2018: Continue reading “Cage Warriors Academy North West 3 | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Cage Warriors Academy Wales | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 2 PROFESSIONAL COMPETITORS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF CAGE WARRIORS ACADEMY WALES – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE EBBW VALE SPORTS CENTRE, EBBW VALE, WALES ON SATURDAY, 12TH MAY 2018: Continue reading “Cage Warriors Academy Wales | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Cage Warriors 92: Super Saturday | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 26 PROFESSIONAL COMPETITORS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF CAGE WARRIORS 92 | SUPER SATURDAY – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE INDIGO AT THE O2, LONDON, ENGLAND ON SATURDAY, 24TH MARCH 2018: Continue reading “Cage Warriors 92: Super Saturday | Pre-clearance of competitors”

2018 IMMAF Oceania Open Championships | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 19 AMATEUR COMPETITORS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF THE 2018 IMMAF OCEANIA OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE MELBOURNE EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE CENTRE, MELBOURNE,  AUSTRALIA, BETWEEN 16TH AND 18TH MARCH 2018: Continue reading “2018 IMMAF Oceania Open Championships | Pre-clearance of competitors”

Cage Ring Championships 7 | Pre-clearance of competitors

THE FOLLOWING 6 PROFESSIONAL AND 12 AMATEUR COMPETITORS HAVE PROVIDED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION AS DETAILED BELOW, WHICH HAS BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND ACCEPTED BY SAFE MMA IN ADVANCE OF CAGE RING CHAMPIONSHIPS 7 – DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE AIRSIDE ARENA, SWORDS, IRELAND ON SUNDAY, 21ST JANUARY 2018: Continue reading “Cage Ring Championships 7 | Pre-clearance of competitors”

BAMMA 33 / Bellator 191 Medically Approved by Safe MMA

Bellator

BAMMA 33 / Bellator 191 took place in Newcastle on 15 December 2017 at the Metro Arena in Newcastle with all fighters medically approved to compete by SafeMMA.

Working in accordance with the SafeMMA Mark 3 standard, all fighters had provided evidence prior to competing of successful eye tests and brain scans, in addition to annual medical examinations and blood tests.

Administrative registration of the competitors to Safe MMA was finalised on 27 December.

See below for the full list Safe MMA athletes that competed on BAMMA 33 / Bellator 191:

Bellator

Ash Griffiths
James Thompson
Jeremy Petley
Kate Jackson
Lewis Monarch
Michael McDonald
Mohammad Yahya
Peter Ligier
Philip De Fries
Valérie Létourneau

BAMMA

Aaron Chalmers
Adam Procter
Anthony Dizy
Colin Fletcher
Curt Warburton
Darren Towler
Fabian Edwards
Josh Plant
Justin Burlinson
Kams Ekpo
Karl Donaldson
Kes Mamba
Louis King
Mickael Lebout
Nathan Jones
Rhys McKee
Ryan Scope
Saheed Zaman
Tony Mustard
Warren Kee

For information about BAMMA visit: bamma.com

Cage Legacy 5 in Northern Ireland gets Safe MMA Green Light

Cage Legacy 5

The fight card for Cage Legacy 5, which took place in Northern Ireland on Sunday 3rd December under the Ulster Amateur MMA Association, was approved by Safe MMA.

Sixteen competitors, including amateurs and professionals, all provided independently validated evidence of an annual medical examination and 6 monthly blood test results in order to compete.

See below for the full list of Safe MMA competitors on Cage Legacy 5.

Professional

Adam Gustab
Daniel Olejniczak
Declan McAleenan
Malcolm Griffin

Amateur

Alan Connolly
Christophe Przywara
Colm Mac Giolla Mhir
Dylan Doherty
Karl Donoghue
Keelan Flanagan
Nahom Wedi
Nauris Bartoska
Ruairi Broderick
Ruairi Lavery
Ryan Murphy
William Cooper

For information about Cage Legacy visit cagelegacy.com/blog

Pro’s for BCMMA 20 get the Safe MMA clear

All professional fighters achieved basic SafeMMA pre-fight medical clearance requirements for British Challenge Mixed Martial Arts 20 in Colchester last night.

Preclearance involved athlete’s undergoing medical examinations and blood tests for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.

See below for the list of Safe MMA approved competitors for BCMMA 20. For information about BCMMA visit bcmma.co.uk

Emrah Sonmez
Henrik Lie
James Webb
Mitchell Head
Samantha Jean-Francois
Wendy McKenna

Celtic Gladiator 16 gets the Safe MMA mark

Cletic Gladiator 16

Last night’s Celtic Gladiator 16 at the Radisson Blu in Galway featured 12 amateur MMA athletes who had been pre-cleared by Safe MMA, based on annual medical examinations, 6 monthly blood test results & MRI brain scans.

The event was sanctioned by the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association.

See below for the full list of Safe MMA approved competitors for Celtic Gladiator 16. For more about Celtic Gladiator read here

Andreeas Binder
Cathal Manning
Darren Kirwan
Emil Piatek
Gearóid McDonagh
John Mitchell
Kenny Mokhonoana
Leon Hill
Paul Nolan
Ronan Tomnay
Trevor Makengo
Tyrone Quinn

248 International Amateurs Approved by Safe MMA for 2017 IMMAF World Championships

This week’s 2017 IMMAF World Championships in Manama (Bahrain), saw 248 amateur athletes medically approved to compete by Safe MMA.

Competitors for the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation’s nation vs nation tournament were required to complete annual medical examinations and blood tests for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

In addition to this, IMMAF protocol sees athletes undergo pre- and post-fight medical examinations, and those experiencing head trauma to be referred for CT scans of the brain. Outstanding on site and off site medical care was provided by the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital led by Dr Aljulanda, working with IMMAF’s Medical Committee – Dr.David Wang (USA), Prof. Dan Healy (Ireland) and Dr Basharon (USA).

Over 4 days of competition so far, there have been no serious injuries. Today sees the conclusion of the 2017 IMMAF World Championships with its finals and medals ceremony.

Hosted by the Bahrain MMA Federation, the tournament is endorsed by Bahrain’s national  Olympic Committee.

See below for the full list of competitors cleared for the event.
For more information about IMMAF visit: immaf.org

Cage Legacy 4 Amateurs & Pro’s Hit the Highest Safety Standard

Cage Legacy 4

All professionals and amateurs competing at yesterday’s Cage Legacy 4 in Drogheda, Ireland achieved the Safe MMA mark to the highest standard.

As well as providing in-date medical examination and blood test documentation, all competitors had undergone brain MRIs and MRAs, with the professionals also completing dilated pupil eye tests.

See below for the complete list of Safe MMA competitors showcased at Cage Legacy 4 on 29 October 2017:

Professional
Adam Caffrey
Dylan Logan
Haci Firat Dogan
Ivan Zidar
Jeanderson Castro
Pedro Carvalho

Amateur
Aaron Reilly​
Adam Nowak
Adam Ryan
Adham Shabah
Alexander O’Sullivan
Brandon Myers
Carl McCann
Colin Murphy
Dee Begley
Dylan O’Donovan
Eoghan Chelmiah
Jack Monahan
Jena Karam
Joel Zanga
Keith Deane
Leon Hill
Mikey Byrne
Modestas Ukaitis
Nate Enright
Nauris Bartoska
Patrick Lehane
Paul Nolan
Ronan Tomnay
Roy Noonan
Sean McConnell
Stephen Treacy
Tyrone Quinn
Wahab Zadeh

Cage Warriors 88 Card is Green Lit By Safe MMA

16 professional fighters for Cage Warriors 88 have achieved the Safe MMA green light.

The competitors showcasing tonight at the Echo Arena in Liverpool have completed approved medical examinations, blood tests, dilated pupil eye examinations and brain MRIs and MRAs.

See below for the complete list of Safe MMA competitors for Cage Warriors 88:

Alexander Jacobsen
Chris Fishgold
Jack Della
Jack Grant
James Duckett
Josh McManus
Lee Chadwick
Martin Stapleton
Mick Stanton
Molly McCann
Paull McBain
Perry Goodwin
Priscila de Souza
Sam Spencer
Søren Bak
Victor Cheng

For more information about Cage Warriors visit cagewarriors.com

KSW 40 Gets the Safe MMA Green Light

KSW 40

Polish promotion KSW debuts tonight in Dublin with KSW 40 at the 3 Arena.

The full finalised fight card has been awarded the Safe MMA Plus mark, as required in Ireland by the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association (IMMAA) in honour of its pledge to the government of ensuring the safety of MMA competitors.

The KSW team has been committed in achieving the Safe MMA Plus standard, which requires athletes to undergo MRI/ MRAs of the brain and neck and dilated eye pupil tests, as well as annual medical examinations and blood tests.

See below for the list of competitors medically approved to compete on tonight’s KSW 40:

  • Antun Račić
  • Ariane Lipski
  • Chris Fields
  • David Zawada
  • Jay Silva
  • Konrad Iwanowski
  • Lukasz Chlewicki
  • Maciej Jewtuszko
  • Mariana Morais
  • Mariusz Pudzianowski
  • Mateusz Gamrot
  • Michał Fijałka
  • Michał Materla
  • Norman Parke
  • Paul Lawrence
  • Paul Redmond
  • Paulo Thiago
  • Paweł Polityło

For information about KSW and where to buy tickets visit: kswmma.com

See here for the full Public List of Safe MMA Clear fighters: https://safemma.org/safe-mma-fighters-list/

KSW 40: Competitor Clearance Status

KSW 40

KSW 40 takes place in Dublin this Sunday at the 3 Arena. The Polish promotion has been working with Safe MMA to implement the Safe MMA Plus level of clearance as required by the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association.

Safe MMA Plus clearance requires MRI/ MRAs of the brain and neck and dilated eye pupil tests, as well as annual medical examinations and blood tests.

As of Friday 20 October at 7:00pm, please see below the current medical clearance status of the competitors for KSW 40 with one case still under review.

Safe MMA Approved

Antun Račić
Ariane Lipski
Chris Fields
David Zawada
Konrad Iwanowski
Lukasz Chlewicki
Maciej Jewtuszko
Mariana Morais
Mariusz Pudzianowski
Mateusz Gamrot
Michał Fijałka
Michał Materla
Norman Parke
Paul Lawrence
Paul Redmond
Paulo Thiago
Paweł Polityło

Pending 

James McSweeney

See here for the full Public List of Safe MMA Clear fighters: https://safemma.org/safe-mma-fighters-list/

Cage Warriors 87: 20 Professional Fighters Medically Cleared

Cage Warriors 87

Cage Warriors 87 took place at the Newport Centre in Wales last night (14.10.17)  with all 20 professional fighters medically cleared to compete by SafeMMA.

Working in accordance with the SafeMMA Plus standard, all competitors undertook dilated pupil eye tests and brain scans, in addition to annual medical examinations and blood tests, as listed below:

Aaron Khalid
Aiden Lee
Bryan Creighton
Cornelia Holm
Cosmin Tutu
Craig White
Diana Filipa
Jack Shore
Josh Ellis
Kris Edwards
Lawrence Tracey
Lewis Long
Ludovít Klein
Mason Jones
Matt Inman
Mattia Galbiati
Richard Williams
Roberto Soldić
Ross Houston
Shaun Luther

For information about Cage Warriors visit cagewarriors.com

CRC 6: Pro’s & Amateurs Medically Cleared to Compete

Cage Ring Championship presents a Safe MMA Plus clear fight night at CRC 6 tonight in Ireland, featuring 4 professional fighters and 10 amateurs.

CRC 6: “Vengeance Grand Prix” takes place at the Wright Venue in Dublin, Ireland, with the following Safe MMA green lit competitors on the card:

Professional:
Dylan Logan
Jonathan Reid
Paweł Polityło
Thomas Moore

Amateur:
Adam Nowak
Andreeas Binder
Colin Meagher
Dawid Wiśnios
Fionn Healy-Magwa
Kenny Mokhonoana
Michael McCoy
Ronan Butler
Stephen Costello
Stuart Mulpeter

Buy tickets for tonight’s show here

Safe MMA Approves Cage Warriors 86 Card

Cage Warriors 86

Cage Warriors 86 took place last night (16 September) at the Indigo at the O2 in London, with all competitors medically approved by Safe MMA.

Cage Warriors requires its fighters to submit brain scans and dilated pupil eye tests, in addition to basic Safe MMA stipulations for medical examinations and blood tests.

See below for the list of competitors medically cleared to compete at Cage Warriors 86:

Adel Ghaddou
Alex Thorne
Arvydas Jûska
Brian Bouland
Darren O’Gorman
Eric Nolan
Håkon Foss
Jamie Richardson
Joe McColgan
Josh Reed
Junior Karanta
Maciej Gierszewski
Marcus Paul
Mehdi Saadi
Nathaniel Wood
Paul Marin
Sam Creasey
Sean Carter

For more information about Cage Warriors go to cagewarriors.com

BAMMA 31 Approved by Safe MMA

BAMMA

Fighters for BAMMA 31 were confirmed as medically approved to compete by SafeMMA ahead of last night’s show at the SSE Arena, Wembley in London.

All competitors underwent brain scans and dilated pupil eye tests in addition to the basic SafeMMA requirements.

See below for the list of competitors:

Aaron Chalmers
Alex Lohore
Alex Montagnani
Alex Thompson
Charlie-Boy Howard
Damien Lapilus
Daniel Crawford
David Khalsa
James Reedman
Javid Basharat
Liam Davies
Martin Hudson
Michael Shipman
Nathan Jones
Nathan Rose
Ollie Mathis
Tanvir Boora
Tommy King
Tony Hall
Yannick Bahati

For information about BAMMA visit bamma.com

Safe MMA Approves Competitors for 2017 IMMAF Africa Open

IMMAF Africa Open

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation hosts its boutique 2017 IMMAF Africa Open Championships this week in Johannesburg, with the two day tournament rescheduled to commence tomorrow at the Brakpan Indoor Sports Arena. The event is hosted and organised by Mixed Martial Arts South Africa.

Safe MMA has this evening confirmed as medically approved, the international roster listed below for competition.

Five countries are represented in the event held to support the development of Amateur MMA in the region and provide international competition locally: DR Congo, South Africa, India, Russia and Bahrain.

Team Bahrain will be looking to make an impact and score some points in the IMMAF Amateur MMA Rankings ahead of Bahrain’s hosting of the flagship 2017 IMMAF World Championships in Manama this November. The larger scale event has received 350+ intents to compete, while official registration is now open.

Safe MMA Approved Competitors for the 2017 IMMAF Africa Open:

Hamza Zrira (Bahrain)
Hussain Abdulla (Bahrain)
Nayef Fikri (Bahrain)
Eliezer Kubanza (DR Congo)
Musa Raish (India)
Suhaib Logde (India)
Vikram M N (India)
Abdulmanap Magomedov (Russia)
Gamzat Magomedov (Russia)
Ramazan Gitinov (Russia)
Daniel Duda (South Africa)
Dimitri Fogg (South Africa)
Frikkie Bendeman (South Africa)
Katiso Matime (South Africa)
Nkosi Ndebele (South Africa)
Riyaad Pandy (South Africa)
Shaun Joubert (South Africa)
Sheldon James Victor (South Africa)
Wade Kerspuy (South Africa)

For more information about IMMAF Championship events go to: http://www.immaf.org/immaf-events/

BAMMA 30 fighters all cleared to the SafeMMA Plus standard

BAMMA 30

All 28 professional fighters competing at BAMMA 30 have been medically cleared to the SafeMMA Plus standard.

BAMMA 30 takes place at the 3 Arena in Dublin tonight, 7 July 2017, commissioned by the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association and working with Safe MMA Ireland and medical provider Code Blue Medical.

See below for the full list of Safe MMA Plus competitors showcasing on BAMMA 30.

For more information or for tickets visit bamma.com
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Aaron Kennedy
Alan Philpott
Arann Maguire
Ben Forsyth
Blaine O’Driscoll
Chris Stringer
Daniel Barez
Daniel Olejniczak
Declan Dalton
Dylan Logan
Fabian Edwards
Harry Hardwick
Henry Fadipe
Ion Pascu
Kiefer Crosbie
Maciej Gierszewski
Matt Clempner
Mick Brennan
Niklas Stolze
Paul Redmond
Rhys McKee
Richard Kiely
Richie Smullen
Rob Sinclair
Ryan Curtis
Shay Walsh
Steve Owens
Waldemar Cichy

Cage Warriors 85 gets the Safe MMA Stamp

Cage Warriors 85

Cage Warriors 85 plays out in Bournemouth tonight at the  O2 Academy.

All professional fighters have passed SafeMMA annual medical examinations and blood tests, and additionally undergone eye tests and MRI/MRA brain scans cleared to the SafeMMA Plus standard.

SafeMMA has confirmed the following professional fighters as medically approved to compete:

Alex Thorne
Andy Manzolo
Cameron Else
Damo Weeden
Donovan Desmae
Jamie Richardson
Jason Radcliffe
Josh McManus
Leah McCourt
Lee Chadwick
Luiz Finocchio
Martin Stapleton
Oskar Piechota
Rizlen Zouak
Romain Bidet
Shaun Luther

For more information about Cage Warriors visit cagewarriors.com or follow @cagewarriors on Twitter

Pro’s Greenlit for Cage Warriors Academy North West

All professional competitors for Cage Warriors Academy North West have been confirmed as medically approved to compete by Safe MMA, as the show gets underway at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Please see listed below the Safe MMA cleared competitors for tonight’s Pro – Am card:

Anthony O’Connor
Bobby Pallett
Craig Bale
Elliot Jenkins
Matthew Bonner
Pedro Perez

For more information about Cage Warriors go to cagewarriors.com

Shock N Awe Partners with Safe MMA

Shock N Awe

(London. 3 June 2017) Longstanding Portsmouth MMA promotion, Shock N Awe, has partnered for the first time with Safe MMA for the medical preclearance of its professional fight card for tonight’s Shock N Awe 25 at the Pyramid Centre.

Shock N Awe Director Gareth Johnson commented on the decision taken with Co-director Brian Adams:

“At Shock N Awe we have always taken fighter safety very seriously. Having the professional fighters on our events cleared to compete by Safe MMA was the next logical step for our promotion to take. We will continue to work with Safe MMA to even further improve the safety of all competitors on our events.”

The promotion joins a growing number that have adopted independent, third party approval of competitors’ fitness to compete, which increases safety through avoidance of conflict of interests in decisions related to an athlete’s medical health. The Safe MMA partnership provides independent advice to competitors and a confidential central database by which Safe MMA can inform promoters of a competitor’s medical status to compete and of any suspensions. Safe MMA provides a unified standard enabling a ‘medical passport’ to compete on partner shows. The doctors on the Safe MMA medical committee contribute their time on an entirely voluntary basis and receive no payment from either the project or promotions.

UK and Ireland event organisers currently working with Safe MMA include: Cage Warriors, BAMMA, BCMMA, Shock N Awe, Battlezone, Cage Kings, Clan Wars, WCFC, Cage Ring Championship, Akuma, Cage Legacy, Real Fighting Championship, Wimp 2 Warrior, Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association and United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation.

International promotions that have worked with Safe MMA on British soil include KSW, Bellator and ACB, while Safe MMA provides a clearance service for all International Mixed Martial Arts Federation tournaments.

See below for the list of professional fighters medically cleared by Safe MMA to compete at tonight’s Shock N Awe 25:

  • Aaron Laleye
  • Andy Kerr
  • Chris Tallis
  • Dillin West
  • Ethan Charlesworth
  • Gracjan Bak
  • Nicolas Ott
  • Thibaud Larchet

For information about Shock N Awe or tickets to tonight’s show visit:

https://www.facebook.com/ShockNAweUK/
http://www.shocknawe.co.uk/#!
https://twitter.com/ShockNAweUK

Cage Warriors 84 continues to work to the flagship standard

Cage Warriors 84

Competitors for Cage Warriors 84 have been medically pre-cleared by Safe MMA for tonight’s show at the Indigo at the O2 in London, as Cage Warriors continues to work to the flagship safety standard.

It was confirmed this afternoon that further to the basic annual medical examination and blood test requirements, all of the below listed fighters have successfully passed dilated pupil eye tests and MRI/MRA brain scans to the SafeMMA Plus standard.

Alexander Jacobsen
Brad Wheeler
Bryan Creighton
Craig White
Darren O’Gorman
Håkon Foss
Iurie Bejenari
James Webb
Kenneth Bergh
Marko Kovacevic
Matt Inman
Miro Jurkovic
Nathaniel Wood
Norman Paraisy
Phil Wells
Sam Creasey
Sean Carter
Stephen O’Keeffe
Thomas Robertsen
Tom Green

For more information about Cage Warriors go to: http://www.cagewarriors.com/events-and-tickets/article/cage_warriors_84

Invitation to Dr Bennett Omalu Concussion Lecture in Dublin

FEATURING AISLING DALY & IRISH RUGBY BERNARD JACKMAN

To the Irish MMA community

The Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin is hosting a free concussion/CTE educational event on Tuesday 6th June at 6pm

Speakers include Dr Bennett Omalu, played by Will Smith in the feature film “concussion”, Irish Rugby International Bernard Jackman and our own Aisling Daly.

Places are limited.

To register go to:
https://events.rcsi.ie/ei/getdemo.ei?id=239&s=_58W0JV2XT

Professor Dan Healy
SafeMMA

#fastbrainfastfighter

BAMMA 29 gets the Safe MMA Plus ‘Gold’ stamp

BAMMA 29

BAMMA has achieved Safe MMA Plus clearance for all its competitors ahead of tonight’s BAMMA 29 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, as the promotion is broadcast for the first time live on Dave in the UK.

The Safe MMA Plus standard requires competitors to undergo MRI/ MRA scans of the brain and neck and specialist eye tests, as well the standard level physical examinations and blood tests.

See below for the full list of Safe MMA Plus competitors approved BAMMA 29:

Aaron Blackwell
Aaron Chalmers
Brett McDermott
Cameron Hardy
Cian Cowley
Dan Cassell
Daniel Crawford
Daniel Olejniczak
Daniel Rutkowski
David Khalsa
Greg Jenkins
Jai Herbert
Łukasz Świrydowicz
Maciej Sosnowski
Mario Saeed
Matt Hallam
Mick Stanton
Mike D’Aguiar
Mindaugas Gerve
Nathius Frederick
Pelu Adetola
Rick Selvarajah
Ronnie Mann
Ruben Wolf
Sam Halliday
Shay Walsh
Terry Brazier
Tim Barnett
Walter Gahadza
Yannick Bahati

For more information about BAMMA go to: http://www.bamma.com/

BCMMA 19 goes Safe MMA Plus

BCMMA 19

British Challenge Mixed Martial Arts implemented ‘gold standard’ Safe MMA Plus medical pre-clearance requirements for the first time at BCMMA 19 tonight in Colchester.

BCMMA has previously worked to standard Safe MMA requirements of blood tests and medical examinations for all its professional competitors and partners with the United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation for commissioning.

See below for listed Safe MMA Plus competitors approved for BCMMA 19:

Anissa Haddaoui
Dominic Dillon
Emrah Sonmez
Jonathan Giannone
Kerry Hughes
Ollie Mathis

For information about BCMMA visit: http://bcmma.co.uk/event/bcmma-19/

Cage Warriors 83 meets the Safe MMA Plus ‘Gold’ Standard

Cage Warriors

It has been confirmed that all professional competitors for Cage Warriors 83 have been medically cleared to the Safe MMA Plus ‘gold’ standard, as the event gets underway in Newport, Wales this evening – 6th May 2017.

The Safe MMA Plus standard requires competitors to undergo MRI/ MRA scans of the brain and neck and specialist eye tests, as well the basic level physical examinations and blood tests.

See below for the full list of Safe MMA Plus competitors approved for Cage Warriors 83:

Aiden Lee
Ché Mills
Damo Weeden
Gavin Kelly
Giovanni Melillo
Jack Shore
Joe McColgan
Josh Reed
Kacper Formela
Konmon Deh
Kris Edwards
Lewis Long
Mohsen Bahari
Nicolas Ott
Richard Williams
Scott Clist
Simon Maksimovic
Søren Bak

For information about Cage Warriors go to:
http://www.cagewarriors.com/

MMA Amateurs Cleared for CRC#4 in Dublin Tonight

CRC4

The following amateur MMA competitors showcasing at tonight’s ‘CRC 4: Champions Rizing’ in Dublin have been medically cleared to the Safe MMA Plus standard.

The Cage Ring Championship event takes place at the Wright Venue in Swords, featuring a mix of Muay Thai, Submission wrestling, K1 and MMA bouts.

The Safe MMA Plus standard includes brain scans, as well as the standard medical examination and blood tests.

Alex Kravtsov
Alexander Yankov
Arron Daniels
Dawid Milewski
Matthew Whyte
Paweł Polityło

For more about CRC#4 go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1084739831655847/

54 Amateurs Safe MMA Plus Clear for Wimp 2 Warrior

The Wimp 2 Warrior Cork Finale took place last night on 8 April in the Republic of Ireland, with the all-Amateur card fully medically cleared to the Safe MMA Plus standard.

Held in partnership with SBG Cork City gym, the Neptune Stadium event featured the 54 medically approved amateur participants listed below.

Novice league competitor, Michelle Shahid, was exceptionally approved to compete in this event only on the basis of a no head shots bout enforced with zero tolerance.

Aaron Deane
Aidan Beausang
Anthony Murphy
Ben Deane
Brandon Dunne
Brian Linehan
Brian Reynolds
Cailim Fielding
Chris Doran
Clodagh Warne
Colin O’Shaughnessy
Colm O’Dea
Conor Bowen
Conor O’Callaghan
Darren Walsh
Dean Crowley
Dean O’Callaghan
Evelyn (Missy) Mullane
Gavin McCarthy
Ian Manning
Ian O’Connor
Jake Ryan
James Creed
James O’Doherty
Jamie Crowley
Joey Byrne
John Arnott
Jonathan Delaney
Jonathan O’Mahony
Kevin Irwin
Kevin O’Keefe
Kieran Corcoran
Kieran Murray
Louis Nolan
Maire Walsh
Melissa Falvey
Michael Hughes
Michelle Shahid
Natasha Falvey
Nathalie Legnaro
Reinis Lubraks
Rhys O’Connell
Rory Hennebry
Ryan O’Connor
Sarah McCormack
Scott O’Sullivan
Shane O’Brien
Shane O’Connor
Shane Ryan
Stephen Kielty
Stephen Looney
Traoloch Hennebry
Wiveka O’Sullivan
Zoe Linnane

For more information about Wimp 2 Warrior visit: http://wimp2warrior.com/

Cage Warriors introduces Safe MMA Plus for its UK events

For Cage Warriors 82 on the 1 April, the promotion introduced the enhanced Safe MMA Plus medical clearance standard for its UK events.

All fighters (as listed below) submitted dilated pupil eye exams and brain/neck scans as required under the enhanced protocol, in addition to blood test results and medical examinations.

The Liverpool Echo Arena event marked an increase in Cage Warriors’ athlete clearance standards, demonstrating the promotion’s serious commitment to fighter safety.

Cian Erraught
Dean Trueman
Dylan Mcloughlin
Elliot Jenkins
Ellis Hampson
Frantz Slioa
Johan Romming
Konmon Deh
Lacey Schuckman
Lee Chadwick
Leeroy Barnes
Lloyd Manning
Molly McCann
Nad Narimani
Nathaniel Wood
Patrick Pimblett
Paull McBain
Perry Goodwin
Ross Houston
Shawn Kenny
Tommy Quinn
Vaughan Lee

For information about Cage Warriors visit: www.cagewarriors.com

Safe MMA Clears 26 National Teams for 2017 IMMAF European Open

2017 Europan Open

The 2017 IMMAF European Open Championships moves into its fourth day and the Semi-Finals today in Bulgaria, at the EFE Hotel Marinela Sofia.

Hosted by the Bulgarian MMA Federation(BULMMAF) under IMMAF Amateur MMA Rules, the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation’s nation vs nation tournament includes 127 athletes from 26 countries.

All fighters were medically cleared to compete by Safe MMA, as listed below.

For more information go to www.immaf.org

See the full brackets for all divisions on MyNextMatch.com:
1. Register for free on MyNextMatch.com
2. Go to: https://www.mynextmatch.com/tournament/32/details/programme/fixture

ALBANIA

Florian Doskja   Men’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Ermal Hadribeaj    Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

 

AUSTRIA

Wolf Gerhartinger Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Florian Aberger Men’s Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)

Mario Kainz  Men’s Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)

Doupona Dominic  Men’s Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

Lukasz Sniadecki  Men’s Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)

Damian Visenjak  Men’s Super Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs) +

 

AZERBAIJAN

Sanan Safarli  Men’s Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Mahammad Aliyev  Men’s  Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

 

BAHRAIN

Hussain Abdulla  Men’s Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Nayef Fikey  Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

 

BELGIUM

Isakov Issa  Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

 

BULGARIA

Antoniya Kalacheva  Women’s Strawweight 52.2 kg (115 lbs)

Ofelia Nikolaeva  Women’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Nikolay Ivaylov  Men’s Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Rostislav Raichev  Men’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Denislav Hadzhiev  Men’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Delyan Georgiev   Men’s Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Ferdun Osmanov  Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Jordan Marinov Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Nikolay Nikolov  Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Ventsislav Ivanov Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Valeri Atanasov Men’s Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)

Atanas Krastanov  Men’s Super Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs) +

Hristo Bonchev  Men’s Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

Daniel Yankov   Men’s Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)

Borislav Angelov Men’s Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Rusi Minev Men’s Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)

Daniel Galabarov Men’s Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

Vaclav Holota Men’s Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)

 

CYPRUS

Stefanos kyriakides Men’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

 

FINLAND

Anette Österberg Women’s Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Niko Skonbäck  Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Chamia Chabbi Women’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Sanna Hyytiäinen Women’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Jesse Liljeberg  Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Eemil Kurhela  Men’s Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Matias Anttila  Men’s Super Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs) +

Markus Jeskanen  Men’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

 

FRANCE

Campanella Mahio  Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Manon Fiorot  Women’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Henri Dimitri  Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Tokoudagba Jonathan Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

 

GERMANY

Wladislaw Keilbach  Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Vitalij Boev  Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

 

HUNGARY

Lajos Horvath  Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Alexandra Kovacs  Women’s Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Balázs Kárászi  Men’s Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)

Akos Tarnok  Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Nora Nagy  Women’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

 

IRELAND

Daryl Clarke  Men’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Ciaran Clarke    Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

David Fogarty    Men’s Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Darren O’Brien  Men’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Dylan Kennedy  Men’s Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Jack Maguire     Men’s Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Scott Harvey      Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Austin Lynch      Men’s Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

 

ITALY

Davide Baggieri Martini  Men’s Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Gabriele Varesano  Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Marco Zannetti  Men’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Francesco Spinola  Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Daniele Matiddi Men’s Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)

Arziko Bregu  Women’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Dario Bellandi  Men’s Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)

Ilaria Norcia  Women’s Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Gianluigi Ventoruzzo  Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Gabriele Bartoni  Men’s Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

 

KAZAKHSTAN

Berik Shinaliyev Men’s Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Kudaibergen Toleubayev  Men’s Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

Jokhar Taimuskhanov  Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

 

LEBANON

Elias Dagher  Men’s  Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Eddy Nassif  Men’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Imad Hoayek  Men’s Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

Roland Yacoubian Men’s Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

 

LUXEMBOURG

José Teixeira  Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

 

MEXICO

Sara Cova  Women’s Strawweight 52.2 kg (115 lbs)

Mario Alberto Hernandez Perez  Men’s Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

Jorge Adrian Ramirez Alpizar  Men’s Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Jonathan Ortega Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

 

NORTHERN IRELAND

Gerard Corr Men’s Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Jack Corr  Men’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Scott Trelford  Men’s Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)

 

NORWAY

Andreas Endrerud  Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Ole Johnny Eriksen  Men’s Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Jørgen Indsetviken  Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Berat Berisha  Men’s Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)

Andreas Lødøen  Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

 

PAKISTAN

Abbas Khan  Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

 

POLAND

Pawel Zakrzewski  Men’s Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

Kamil Czyżewski  Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Marcin Kalata  Men’s Super Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs) +

Dawid Zan  Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

 

PORTUGAL

Mario Moreno  Men’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Gonçalo Formiga Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Anton Pugach  Men’s Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Milton Mateus  Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

 

ROMANIA

Ion Grigore  Men’s Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)

 

RUSSIA

Sydykie Derman  Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

ziiad Sadaily  Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

 

SWEDEN

Oskar Biller        Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Cornelia Holm   Women’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Tobias Harila     Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Dennis Ryden    Men’s Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Tobias Bolin       Men’s Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Khaled Laallam  Men’s Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)

Anton Turkali  Men’s Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

Anna Astvik  Women’s Strawweight 52.2 kg (115 lbs)

Fannie Redman   Women’s Strawweight 52.2 kg (115 lbs)

EvaMy Persson Women’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Hoger Salih  Men’s Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Christoffer Hillsjo  Men’s Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lbs)

Heytham Rabhi Men’s Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)

Axel Karlsson  Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Anja Saxmark  Women’s Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Irman Smajic  Men’s Super Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs) +

 

UNITED KINGDOM

Kierandip Sahota  Men’s Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Adam Amarasinghe  Men’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Cameron Clarke Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Brandon Elwell  Men’s Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Benjamin Charles Robson Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Alex Elsey Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Tom Crosby Men’s Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)

Jack Antony Flanagan Men’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Beckie Ainscough Women’s Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Cage Legacy 2: 20 competitors are Safe MMA Plus clear!

Cage Legacy

20 competitors were cleared to the Safe MMA Plus medical standard to appear at Cage Legacy 2 tonight.

With a card consisting of 2 professionals and 18 amateurs, Cage Legacy Fighting Championship 2 took place at TLT in East Coast Business Park, Drogheda, Ireland.

According to the guidelines of the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association and Safe MMA – Ireland, professional competitors underwent blood tests, medical examinations, specialist eye tests and brain scans. Meanwhile Amateurs not only cleared blood tests and medical examinations but were also required to undergo preclearance brain scans to meet the new medical recommendations for 2017.

For more information about Cage Legacy visit: www.cagelegacy.com

See below for the full list of Safe MMA approved fighters for Cage Legacy 2:

Professional

Arann Maguire
Hughie Orourke

Amateur

Adam Darby
Constantin Blanita
Cormac Copeland
Dee Begley
Dillon Manning
Frank Kelly
Ger Harris
Ivan Blanita
Leon Hill
Luke Robbinson
Marco Lunardini
Matthew Whyte
Nahom Wedi
Nathan Brennan
Niall Branigan
Niall English
Ronan Tomnay
Silje Wahl

ACB 54’s international card gets the Safe MMA Green Light

46 professional fighters have been approved by Safe MMA to compete at tonight’s Absolute Championship Berkut 54, as the Russian promotion returns to the UK.

The competitors showcased on ACB’s international card at the Manchester Arena were subject to medical examinations and blood tests for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. For more about ACB go to acbmma.com/en

See below for the full list of Safe MMA competitors on ACB 54:

Aaron Aby *Pro Wales
Adam Zajac *Pro Poland
Ali Bagov *Pro Russia
Amirkhan Adaev *Pro Russia
Andy DeVent *Pro England
Ashley Reece *Pro England
Aslambek Saidov *Pro Poland
Aurel Pirtea *Pro Romania
Azi Thomas *Pro Wales
Batraz Agnaev *Pro Russia
Brendan Loughnane *Pro England
Bubba Jenkins *Pro USA
Cal Ellenor *Pro England
Chris Bungard *Pro Scotland
Coner Hignett *Pro England
Danny Mitchell *Pro England
David Mitchell *Pro USA
Dean Garnett *Pro England
Declan Williams *Pro England
Eden Newton *Pro England
Gaz Corran *Pro England
Iain Feenan *Pro Scotland
Ibragim Chuzhigaev *Pro Russia
Ion Pascu *Pro Ireland
James Lewis *Pro England
Javonne Morrison *Pro England
Jenaid Ebanks *Pro England
Joshua Aveles *Pro USA
Kane Mousah *Pro England
Lewis Monarch *Pro England
Luke Barnatt *Pro England
Mamed Khalidov *Pro Poland
Marcin Prostko *Pro England
Max Nunes *Pro Sweden
Michael Tobin *Pro Australia
Michael Wilkinson *Pro England
Mukhumat Vakhaev *Pro Russia
Murad Kalamov *Pro Russia
Nam Phan *Pro USA
Niko Gjoka *Pro England
Rakhman Dzhanaev *Pro Russia
Rob Whiteford *Pro Scotland
Saul Rogers *Pro England
Shaun Hampton *Pro England
Shoaib Yousaf *Pro England
Tanner Boser *Pro Canada

42 Competitors Cleared for Cage Warriors Super Fight Night

Cage Warriors 81

Cage Warriors broke records tonight as 28 fighters met the Safe MMA Plus standard in Ireland, while 14 were medically cleared by Safe MMA to compete in Wales for one dual super night of bouts.

In compliance with Irish Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Association criteria, 14 professionals and 14 amateurs competing at Cage Warriors 81 in Dublin met Safe MMA Plus enhanced requirements that include brain scans for all, and also ophthalmology tests for pro’s.

Meanwhile, those competing on a parallel event in Newport, “Cage Warriors Wales Academy”, also received third party medical clearance via Safe MMA.

See below for the full list of Cage Warriors competitors that were approved for competition tonight by Safe MMA:

Cage Warriors 81:

Professional
Arnold Quero
Blaine O’Driscoll
Catherine Costigan
Darren O’Gorman
Eric Nolan
Håkon Foss
Joseph McColgan
Josh Clark
Karl Moore
Maciej Gierszewski
Marcin Zembala
Martyn Harris
Romain Bidet
Wendy McKenna

Amateur
Adam Darby
Alex Brophy
Alexander Yankov
Austin Lynch
Colm O’Regan
Francis Treacy
Gary Coffey
Ivan Blanita
Leon Hill
Makinde Adeyemi
Mark Gallivan
Mateusz Kopyto
Pawel Politylo
Stephen Treacy

Cage Warriors Academy Wales

Professional
Aaron Khalid
Alexandros Gerolymatos
Craig Bale
Damo Weeden
Dan Good
Daniel Hodor
Ethan Charlesworth
Gracjan Bak
Jack Shore
Joe Orrey
Josh Ellis
Nathan Ford
Phil Wells
Richard Williams

For more about Cage Warriors visit: http://www.cagewarriors.com/

Competitors for Bellator 173 & BAMMA 28 get the Safe MMA green light

Bellator BAMMA

All 34 professional fighters competing on last night’s co-event in Belfast, Bellator 173 & BAMMA 28, had medical clearance from Safe MMA.

Besides requiring competitors to meet the basic Safe MMA requirements for medical examinations and blood tests, BAMMA and Bellator stipulated an enhanced clearance standard to include brain scans.

See below for the full list of Safe MMA clear competitors under the two promotions:

Bellator 173

Alex Lohore
Brett McDermott
Colin Fletcher
Iony Razafiarison
James Gallagher
James McErlean
Kirill Medvedovski
Liam McGeary
Shay Walsh
Sinead Kavanagh

BAMMA 28

Adam Gustab
Andrew Murphy
Andy Young
Damien Lapilus
Daniel Olejniczak
Daniel Rutkowski
Declan Dalton
Dominic Wooding
Glenn Irvine
Jai Herbert
Jonathan Brookins
Jonathan Reid
Keith McCabe
Kyle McClurkin
Niall Smith
Norman Parke
Paul Hughes
Paul Redmond
Rhys McKee
Ronnie Mann
Stephen Kilifin
Steve Owens
Tim Barnett
Will Fleury

BCMMA 18 gets Safe MMA Approval

BCMMA 18

Safe MMA has confirmed all 12 professional fighters competing at British Challenge Mixed Martial Arts 18 tonight as medically cleared. The event took place at the Colchester Hall in Essex, under the guidelines of the United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation.

With the final clearance examinations taking place on site, all fighters passed Safe MMA’s standardised medical and blood tests prior to competing.

See below for the full list of competitors medically approved to compete at BCMMA 18:

Bryony Tyrell
Corrin Eaton
Dominic Dillon
Emerik Youmbi
Emrah Sonmez
James Webb
Kate Jackson
Kerry Hughes
Mitchell Head
Sean Carter
Walid Jabri
Zarah Fairn Dos Santos
 
For more information about BCMMA visit: http://bcmma.co.uk/

Safe MMA Clears All Professional Fighters for Cage Warriors 80

Safe MMA has confirmed that all professional fighters booked for tonight’s Cage Warriors 80 are medically approved to compete. The event is underway at the Indigo at the O2 in London.

In addition to competitors passing the standard Safe MMA medical examination and blood tests for blood borne viruses, Cage Warriors has also stipulated that they undergo brain scans and specialist eye tests.

See below for the full list of Safe MMA fighters competing at Cage Warriors 80:

Aiden Lee
Alexander Jacobsen
Anthony Dizy
Arvydas Jûska
Brad Wheeler
Craig White
Declan McAleenen
Djati Mélan
Fabien Gallinaro
Karl Amoussou
Martin Stapleton
Matt Inman
Thomas Robertsen
Thomas Terdjman
Tim Wilde
Warren Kee

For more about Cage Warriors 80 visit: http://www.cagewarriors.com/events-and-tickets/article/cage_warriors_80

Cage Legacy Amateurs First to Meet Safe MMA Plus Standard

Safe MMA confirmed this afternoon that all 16 amateur athletes competing at “Cage Legacy Fight Night: Drogheda” tonight in Ireland are medically cleared to the Safe MMA Plus standard.

All competitors have undergone one-off, pre-clearance MRI scans of the brain following new guidelines recommended by the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association.

The event raises the bar for fighter safety as the first to meet the newly advised medical protocol for amateur MMA competitors in Ireland for 2017.

See below for the full list of competitors medically cleared to compete by Safe MMA:

Adam Nowak
Ciarán Clarke
Darren O’Brien
Daryl Clarke
Dean Martin
Elliot Levy
Gheorghe Plamadeala
Jack Maguire
John Mitchell
Leon Hill
Nathan Kelly
Niall Hanley
Paul Healy
Pawel Politylo
Ronan Butler
Ryan Spillane

For more information about Cage Legacy visit: https://www.facebook.com/CageLegacy/?fref=ts

Irish MMA Community: Lecture Series Invitation

IMMAA, SAFEMMA and the Neuroscience society invite the Irish MMA community to a free afternoon lecture series on Friday 6th January, 2017.


For some time fight fans and promoters have recognized a peculiar condition occurring among prize fighters which, in ring parlance, they speak of as “punch drunk.” Fighters in whom the early symptoms are well recognized are said to be “cuckoo,” “goofy,” “cutting paper dolls,” or “slug nutty.”

These words were penned in 1928 by the American pathologist Dr Martland. The purpose of our meeting is to provide fighters and coaches with up-to-date information, examples of real life cases, and practical advice on this “peculiar condition” now known as CTE.

4-5pm
CTE in MMA

What it is, will I get it, and how to minimise risk: a practical guide
Prof Daniel Healy
Consultant Neurologist

5-5.30pm
SAFEMMA IRELAND

Open agenda; questions and answers session
Ms Aisling Daly and SAFEMMA

Venue
Prince Albert lecture theatre
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
St Stephen’s Green, Dublin

Entrance via front door on St Stephen’s Green
Friday 6th January 2017.

IMMAA announce new safety procedure for amateurs in 2017

Beginning in 2017 the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association will recommend that Amateur MMA athletes in Ireland should undergo a one-off normal MRI brain scan, in an attempt to detect any pre-existing conditions.

On the advice of our medical advisory service SAFEMMA Ireland we are making the recommendation for the following reasons:

1. To reduce potential injury by identifying athletes that may be at risk due to an undiagnosed pre-existing condition.

2. Data obtained from MRI/MRAs of professional fighters, a number which led to referrals for expert review

SAFEMMA Ireland have secured a price of €150/£125 for the pre-clearance MRI brain scan from the Bon Secours Hospital in Glasnevin, Dublin.

This price is marginally higher than cost-price and we are grateful to the Bon Secours for such a generous offer.

Speaking about this latest development IMMAA president John Kavanagh said “MMA is leading the field in athlete safety, and I believe other contact sports will follow suit in time.”

Kavanagh continued “As it stands, our IMMAA guidelines on fighter safety at amateur level go beyond what the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation and most US State Athletic Commissions currently enforce. When you also factor in the recent rule changes at amateur level that we have adopted I think it’s fair to say we have the best safety procedures for amateur competition here in Ireland.”

We realise this is another cost for young athletes. With this in mind we have selected the Cage Legacy event on February 11th 2017 as a test case to examine the affordability and practicality of the recommended once-off screening for amateur competitors.

We will examine the results after the event and consult with SAFEMMA Ireland on how best to proceed for future MMA events.

ENDS

ABOUT IMMAA
The IMMAA – Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association is the National Governing Body for MMA within Ireland. It is an affiliated member of the IMMAF – International Mixed Martial Arts Federation & follows IMMAF’s rules & guidelines.

CONTACT
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SAFE MMA IRELAND SECURES €150/£125 BRAIN MRIs FOR AMATEUR MMA COMPETITORS

SAFEMMA IRELAND have concluded a price of €150/£125 for the preclearance MRI brain scan for amateur MMA fighters recommended- only once ever -for amateurs on SAFEMMA IRELAND events from January 2017.

This is available at the Bon Secours Hospital in Glasnevin, Dublin.

€150/£125 is only marginally higher than cost-price and we are grateful to the Bon Secours. To date no other MRI unit in Ireland has offered a similar cost for this scan. It is not available to other sporting codes or family members.

A referral can be made directly by your GP e.g. at the time of your annual medical examination, using the reference code “DH”.

Your GP will receive the scan report and you yourself will be given a CD containing the actual pictures of your brain.

SAFEMMA IRELAND welcomes scans from all MRI units with correct sequence protocols.

SAFEMMA IRELAND is a totally voluntary project.
Our sole motive is to make MMA safer.
No doctor takes fees or expenses, or any other benefit, directly or indirectly.

Professor Dan Healy

BELLATOR 169 -BAMMA 27 CO-EVENT GETS THE SAFE MMA PLUS ALL CLEAR

  • TO IRISH MIXED MIXED MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION PROFESSIONAL MMA COMPETITOR STANDARD
  • 3 ARENA, DUBLIN 16th DECEMBER 2016

(London.16th September.2016) All competitors on the Bellator 169 – BAMMA 27 co-event tonight at the 3 Arena in Dublin, have been confirmed as ‘Safe MMA Plus’ clear.

BAMMA set a precedent for medical safety in MMA earlier this year when athlete clearance for BAMMA 26 saw all competitors meet the new, enhanced Irish medical standard.

Working voluntarily to meet the guidelines of the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association (IMMAA), BAMMA required its fighters to undergo MRI/ MRAs of the brain and specialist eye-tests, in addition to the standard Safe MMA requirements for athlete annual medical examinations and tests for blood borne viruses.

Since then, every professional MMA fighter to compete in Ireland has met the enhanced criteria through the general consensus of the Irish MMA community; and BAMMA has committed to its continued implementation across its events both in and outside of Ireland.

U.S. promoter Bellator, engaged Safe MMA’s third party medical clearance services for its event in the United Kingdom in July; but tonight’s show marks another stake in the ground for athlete safety. As Bellator meets BAMMA for a joint card in Dublin, it has also unified with its British partner in committing to meet the Irish ‘Safe MMA Plus’ standard and continuing the legacy upheld by the Irish MMA community in 2016.

Full List of Safe MMA Plus Competitors for Bellator 169 and BAMMA 27:

Anthony Taylor
Brian Moore
Cameron Else
Daniel Weichel
Dylan Tuke
Elina Kallionidou
James Gallagher
Mohammed Lawal
Satoshi Ishii
Sinead Kavanagh
BAMMA 27:
Alan Philpott
Andy Lofthouse
Blaine O’Driscoll
Conor Riordan
Ian Cleary
Jai Herbert
Keith McCabe
Kiefer Crosbie
Nathan Jones
Neil Ward
Niklas Stolze
Rhys McKee
Richard Kiely
Terry Brazier
Tom Duquesnoy

INFRASCAN SPONSORS BELLATOR-BAMMA IN DUBLIN WITH ONSITE BRAIN SCANS

InfraScan

InfraScan, Inc. has sponsored the onsite medical team, Code Blue Medical, for the Bellator 169/ BAMMA 27 co-event, a revolutionary piece of medical kit for use at Dublin’s 3Arena tonight.

Developed for the identification of traumatic brain injury, the Infrascanner is a hand held device used to provide a rapid evaluation of head trauma patients with possible intracranial haemorrhage and which can detect a cerebral bleed up to 3.5 cm below the skull. Portable and noninvasive, the Infrascanner permits for repeated monitoring without concern for radiation dose.

Event medical provider Code Blue work under the commissioning guidelines of the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association and in partnership with Safe MMA to enable athlete clearance to compete. The Infrascanner will not replace mandatory CT scan referral for KOed competitors but will be utilised as a “catch all” facility for athletes who don’t automatically fit IMMAA’s criteria for post-bout brain scan referrals.

Infrascan, Inc will have a trained provider at the 3Arena to conduct scans of all competitors post fight.

The event protocol under the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association will be as follows:

  • Competitor is KO’d – Mandatory CT scan referral 
  • Competitor receives large amount of head shots – Mandatory CT scan referral 
  • Ringside doctor believes CT is required – CT scan referral 
  •  Competitor clears post-bout medical examination but internal bleed is indentified by Infrascanner – CT scan referral

SkillShop, the Irish and U.K. agent for Infrascanner said:

“We are delighted to support BAMMA-Bellator and to allow them see the value of immediate onsite screening for brain bleeding for patients who otherwise would not meet the criteria for a head CT. We believe Infrascanner is a natural fit as part of post fight medicals for MMA and are delighted to show the device on a big event like tonight’s.”

See InfraScanner White Paper: infrascanner-white-paper
See Methodological Recommendations for Detection of Brain Injury in Athletes: methodological-recommendations-for-detection-of-brain-injury-in-athletes

OPEN INVITATION TO CONCUSSION TALK – DUBLIN

[Friday 9th December] All are welcome to attend tomorrow’s Concussion lecture in Dublin, Ireland at the Royal College of Surgeons at the Cheyne Lecture Theatre.

The “In Practice – Concussion Update” lecture forms part of the Sports and Exercise Medicine Structured Educational Programme (SEMSEP)

On-site registration is from 8.15am/8.30am; module starts at 8.45am, with first lecture at 9am.

Click here to download full programme

For more information about the RCSI go to: http://www.rcsi.ie/

 

 

 

Safe MMA Events: Weekend Update

Three promoters have undertaken medical clearance through Safe MMA for shows this weekend in the United Kingdom and in Ireland.

Tonight’s BCMMA 17 in Colchester, Essex, features 8 professional competitors, cleared to Safe MMA’s minimum standard through blood tests and medical examinations:

Benjamin Deller-Smith
Danny Joel
Dylan Sheehan
Ella Wu
Emrah Sonmez
Michael Jones
Sean Carter
Wendy Mckenna

BCMMA works with the United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) as its regulatory advisor.

Clan Wars 26 in Belfast,  Northern Ireland, features 2 professional competitors medically cleared to Safe MMA’s minimum standard ahead of tomorrow’s show on 4th December. Overseen by the  Ulster Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Association (UAMMAA), the medical paperwork of Amateur competitors is handled internally at this time.

Professional Safe MMA clear competitors are:

Daniel Rutkowski
Dylan Logan

Meanwhile, MFC 1 in the Republic of Ireland is required to meet higher medical standards as set by regional governing body, the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association, with all Amateurs required to achieve minimum Safe MMA clearance though blood tests and annual medicals.

The all Amateur card has been confirmed as medically approved for tonight’s event, with the following fighters featured:

Dawid Wiśnios
Fabrizio Malizia
Gary Coffey
Grzegorz Konopa
Lukasz Slawata
Mikey Finn
Paulius Zabinskas
Philip Kroupa
PJ Cunningham
Richie Stack
Szczepan Ziolkowski
Waldemar Cichy

Last weekend on 27 November, 4 professional competitors were medically cleared by Safe MMA to compete at Akuma FC 9 in Northern Ireland; with Amateurs required to submit medical paperwork locally to the Ulster Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Association. Safe MMA approved the following fighters:

Adam Gustab
Niall Smith
Paul Lawrence
Steve Owens

SAFEMMA IRELAND RECOMMENDS ONE-OFF MRI BRAIN SCANS FOR AMATEURS IN 2017

(London. 28 November 2016) SAFEMMA IRELAND has today made the following recommendation for Amateur MMA competitors in Ireland.From January 2017, in order to compete at SAFEMMA IRELAND approved events, amateurs should require a one-off normal MRI brain scan, in order to detect any pre-existing brain conditions.The reasons for the recommendation are as follows:

1.  Safety value and potential to reduce risk by identifying young fighters at high risk

2.  Data obtained from the first 75 MRI/MRAs in professional fighters, which led to significant rate of referrals for expert review

SAFEMMA IRELAND’s Professor Dan Healy has provided the following advice to competitors:

“An MRI brain scan in Ireland costs €200-250.  It can be ordered by your GP. Your GP will also recommend the best centre depending on locality and cost. We recognise that this is a lot of money for young Irishmen and Irishwomen. We apologise for this. This scan needs only to be done once.””SAFEMMA Ireland is a totally voluntary project. Our sole motive is to make MMA safer. No doctor takes fees or expenses, or any other benefit, directly or indirectly.”

SAFE MMA UK requirements in the United Kingdom remain unchanged at this time.

SAFE MMA MEDICALLY CLEARS 151 AMATEURS FOR 2016 IMMAF EUROPEAN OPEN

  • PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
  • 22 – 26 NOVEMBER

Safe MMA has medically cleared 151 international, Amateur MMA competitors to compete in the 2016 IMMAF European Open Championships, which takes place at the Arena Sparta in Prague, Czech Republic from 22 – 26 November.

All competitors for the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation tournament have undergone blood tests and annual medical examinations, which have been subject to independent clearance by the volunteer led medical organisation. Any athletes who have been KOed or have received head trauma during the bouts will be referred by the post-fight examining doctor for mandatory CT scans of the brain.

IMMAF is also separately carrying out World Anti-doping Agency compliant, Anti-doping tests at the event.

See below for the full list of athletes who have been medically cleared to compete at the 2016 IMMAF European Open Championships.

For further information about the event, visit immaf.org


AMATEUR COMPETITORS FOR THE 2016 IMMAF EUROPEAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS:
 
Albania Ermal Hadribeaj
Austria Damian Visenjak
Austria Florian Aberger
Austria Shamil Muradov
Azerbaijan Sanan Safarli
Azerbaijan Tural Azayev
Bahrain Abdulla Alfayez
Bahrain Hamza Zrira
Bahrain Hussain Abdulla
Bulgaria Aleksandra Toncheva
Bulgaria Atanas Krastanov
Bulgaria Daniel Galabarov
Bulgaria Ferdun Osmanov
Bulgaria Nikolay Nikolov
Bulgaria Rostislav Raichev
Bulgaria Tencho Karaenev
Bulgaria Valeri Atanasov
Bulgaria Yuksel Yusein
Canada Ben Fouladi

Czech Republic

David Velisek

Czech Republic

Jakub Podpěra

Czech Republic

Jan Kralik

Czech Republic

Jan Vaclavek

Czech Republic

Pavel Salčák

Czech Republic

Pavel Simandl

Czech Republic

Premysl Kucerka

Czech Republic

Robert Voves

Czech Republic

Tomas Fiala
Estonia Helin Paara
Estonia Jaak Rudov
Estonia Kaupo Kokamägi
Finland Anette Österberg
Finland Chamia Chabbi
Finland Eemil Kurhela
Finland Iris Nihti
Finland Jaakko Honkasalo
Finland Joel Arolainen
Finland Juho Laitinen
Finland Kerttu Kouki

 

Finland Kevin Nieminen
Finland Matias Anttila
Finland Mika Kallio
Finland Niko Skonbäck
Finland Tommi Leinonen
France Allan Guichard
France Henri Dimitri

Germany

Dominik Krüger

Germany

Julia Dorny

Germany

Pascal Hintzen

Germany

Patrick Drescher

Germany

Sebastian Otto

Hungary

Alexandra Kovacs

Hungary

Attila Cziffra

Hungary

Balázs Böröcz

Hungary

Bence Novotny

Hungary

Fatime Nánási

Hungary

László Lévai
Iceland Birgir Tómasson
Iceland Bjarni Kristjánsson
Iceland Bjartur Guõlaugsson
Iceland Bjorn Thorleifsson
Iceland Dagmar Hrund Sigurleifsdottir
Iceland Egill Hjördísarson
Iceland Magnús Ingvarsson
Iceland Olafsson Hrolfur
Ireland Alexander O’Sullivan
Ireland Austin Lynch
Ireland Colin Meagher
Ireland Danni Neilan
Ireland David Fogarty
Ireland Dylan Kennedy
Ireland John Byrne
Ireland Lee Hammond
Ireland Mark Gallivan
Ireland Meagan O’Loughlin
Ireland Ryan Spillane
Ireland Tadhg Dixon
Italy Alessio Cocco
Italy Andrea Chiappi
Italy Arziko Bregu
Italy Daniele Dell’otto
Italy Francesco Spinola
Italy Gianluigi Ventoruzzo
Italy Ilaria Norcia
Italy Marco Zannetti
Italy Michele Martignoni
Italy Paolo Anastasi
Kazakhstan Berik Shinaliyev
Lebanon Chaddad Alexandre
Lebanon Eli Zgheib

Northern Ireland

Gerard Corr

Northern Ireland

Jack Corr

Northern Ireland

Pearce McFall
Norway Berat Berisha
Norway Camilla Mannes
Norway Dilan Muhammad
Norway Jørgen Indsetviken
Norway Kim Andreas Zachariassen
Norway Markus Hægland
Norway Nashwan Aziz
Pakistan Abbas Khan
Poland Marcin Kalata
Poland Pawel Zakrzewsk
Portugal Gonçalo Formiga
Portugal Milton Mateus
Romania Ion Grigore
Romania Iorga Cristian
Romania Raluca Dinescu
Russia Rashad Aliev
Russia Svetlana Kotova
Russia Ziyad Sadaily
South Africa Riyaad Pandy
Spain Alex Garcia Gurpegui
Spain Alvaro Gomez Aragón
Spain Carlos Ibañez Aguayo
Spain Sergio Hortelano Rodríguez
Sweden Carl-Johan Hoel
Sweden Cornelia Holm
Sweden Daniel Schalander

Sweden

Dennis Ryden

Sweden

Gabriella Ringblom

Sweden

Heytham Rabhi

Sweden

Hoger Salih

Sweden

Irman Smajic

Sweden

Renato Vidovic

Sweden

Robin Enontekiö

Sweden

Robin Larsson

Sweden

Rostam Akman

Sweden

Serdar Altas

Sweden

Tobias Harila
UK Alex Elsey
UK George Mcmanus
UK Jack Antony Flanagan
UK Jack Dean Culshaw
UK Joanne Doyle
UK Joe Millward
UK Joshua Jay Mottram
UK Kierandip Sahota
UK Milad Ahady
UK Navid Rostaie
UK Tom Crosby

Ukraine

Alexander Shein

Ukraine

Levan Mirtskhulava

Ukraine

Oleh Hliantsev

Ukraine

Roman Kolotvin

Ukraine

Vitalii Shostak

Ukraine

Vladislav Kurash
USA Carlos Castro
USA David Evans
USA Gustavo Gomez
USA Orlando Jimenez

 

 

 

CAGE WARRIORS RAISES THE LEVEL IN MMA FIGHTER MEDICAL SAFETY

CW UNPLUGGED – 12TH NOVEMBER – BT STUDIO, LONDON

(London.12th November.2016) Cage Warriors has raised the level in its medical safety criteria for CW Unplugged. Athlete clearance for tonight’s event in the BT Studio in London has seen its MMA competitors required to meet enhanced medical standards.

Cage Warriors is one of the founding members of Safe MMA and has since January 2013 required its athletes to be independently, medically cleared by the organisation. Medical clearance requirements have previously included annual medical examinations, tests for blood borne viruses as well as pre and post-match examinations, to which Cage Warriors has now added specialist eye-tests.

In addition to this, all CW Unplugged competitors have undergone mandatory brain scans in order to participate in tonight’s show.

‘CW Unplugged’ will provide the warm-up act for BT Sport’s live broadcast of the historic UFC 205, as UFC debuts in New York in the most talked about MMA event of the year.

For more information about CW Unplugged visit https://twitter.com/CageWarriors

The full list of competitors medically cleared by Safe MMA to compete for CW Uplugged are as follows:

Chris Fishgold
Ché Mills
John Redmond
Julian Erosa
Karl Moore
Kenneth Bergh
Leeroy Barnes
Lloyd Manning
Matt Inman
Nathan Sparks
Nic Herron-Webb
Paco Estevez
Patrick Pimblett
Ross Cooper
Sam Creasey
Shajidul Haque

Chaos FC 16: Pro Competitors are SafeMMA Clear

The two professional competitors for Chaos FC 16 in Northern Ireland have been medically cleared to compete by Safe MMA – Gavin Kelly and Sean Tobin. The event takes place at Longtower Community Centre in Derry tomorrow night, 12th November.

Chaos FC is working with the Ulster Amateur MMA Association, which manages the medical clearance of Amateur level competitors locally at this time.

For more information about Chaos FC 16, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1138944396213171/

18 Amateurs Cleared for West Cage FC 6 in Ireland

WCFC

18 Amateur MMA competitors for West Cage Fighting Championship 6 have been medically approved to compete by Safe MMA.

The event takes place tonight (5th November) in the Republic of Ireland in Galway. West Cage FC is committed to the guidelines set by the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association (IMMAA) that all Amateurs must meet Safe MMA minimum medical clearance criteria. For details visit: https://safemma.org/about/

See below for the full list of MMA athletes medically approved to compete at West Cage FC 6 by SafeMMA:

Alan Zimny
Andreeas Binder
Darren Martin Kirwan
Dawid Wiśnios
Eoin Kilbane
Gary Mannion
Gearóid McDonagh
Jason Quinn
Mateusz Kopyto
Michael Prendergast
Nikola Ivanovic
Ollie Mannion
Padriag Hannon
Pawel Politylo
PJ Cunningham
Richie Stack
Szczepan Ziolkowski
Szymon Kozak

For further event information visit WCFC on Facebook

IRISH MMA: JOHN KAVANAGH PRAISES FIRST LOCAL MMA SHOW TO INTRODUCE BRAIN SCANS

CAGE LEGACY 1 – TLT THEATRE, DROGHEDA, IRELAND – 28th OCTOBER 2016

(London.28th October.2016) Cage Legacy Fighting Championship 1 continues the outstanding progress made by Irish clubs and promotions in upholding the new benchmark for medical clearance of professional athletes in MMA.

For tonight’s event at the TLT Theatre in Drogheda, Cage Legacy has voluntarily worked to adhere to the guidelines of the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association and its medical arm, Safe MMA -Ireland in requiring all its professional competitors to undergo MRI/ MRAs of the brain and neck as well as specialist eye-tests. All competitors on the card (including Amateurs) have will have undergone annual medical examinations and tests for blood borne viruses, verified independently by Safe MMA.

John Kavanagh, President of the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association, said:

”As president of IMMAA I would like to personally congratulate Declan and the crew at Cage Legacy for their absolute commitment to fighter safety. I’m sure it’ll be an excellent night of exciting fights and serve as a great example to the smaller shows how to work with both Safe MMA and IMMAA in order to get their show recognised at the highest levels. Well done guys!’
Safe MMA-Ireland founder, International Mixed Martial Arts Federation medical committee chairman and consultant neurologist, Professor Dan Healy, said:

“On behalf of Safe MMA and IMMAF, we thank the organisers for tremendous sub rosa efforts putting fighter safety as first priority. This includes proper annual pre-fight medicals, blood tests and formal eye tests and MRI scans for professional bouts. Once again muintir h’Ealaíona Comhraic Measctha na hÉireann demonstrate that professionalism in the staging of events can match the professionalism of the young men and women that compete.”

Safe MMA issued the following statement:

“The Cage Legacy team has set a commendable example in its commitment and above-and-beyond approach to ensuring all competitors meet Safe MMA-Ireland clearance criteria. Following the very high standard set recently by Battlezone, Cage Legacy continues the outstanding progress made by local Irish clubs. As Cage Legacy will be the first local MMA promoter to host professional bouts under Ireland’s enhanced medical requirements, the promotion has worked extremely hard to get its fight card over the line, from submitting it’s initial card 4 months in advance of the event to demonstrating an unerring commitment to safety in the face of various challenges. There is a lot of work that goes into the medical clearance of competitors in the run up to an event, and the Cage Legacy team has been incredibly pro-active and engaged with Safe MMA throughout. We would like to thank Cage Legacy for setting a standard and also its fighters, coaches and managers who have complied to make this a success.”

See below for the full list of  the 20 Professional and Amateur competitors who have been SafeMMA and SafeMMA+ cleared to compete at Cage Legacy 1:

Adam Nowak
Alexander Yankov
Austin Lynch
Ciara Murphy
Ciarán Clarke
David Murphy
Declan Dalton
Dylan Kennedy
Jack Monahan
John Mitchell
Keith O’Rulligan
Kieran Pepper
Makinde Adeyemi
Matthew Whyte
Michael McCoy
Michal Vojtanic
Niall Branigan
Niyi Behan
Peter Queally
Pádraig Magee
Roger Kennedy
Rosa Walsh

For ticket information for tonight’s show visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/248506652193873/

CWFC 79: Professional competitors get the SafeMMA clear

Cage Warriors 79

The professional fight card for tonight’s Cage Warriors 79 has been medically approved by Safe MMA, as the promotion showcases at the Newport Centre in Newport, Wales.

For details of Safe MMA minimum medical requirements please visit: https://safemma.org/about/

See below for the full list of CWFC 79 athletes medically approved for competition by SafeMMA:

  • Aaron Khalid
  • Adam Procter
  • Arnold Quero
  • Daryl Grant
  • Dean Trueman
  • Eddi Pobivanez
  • Jack Shore
  • Josh Reed
  • Kevin Cox
  • Martin Sheridan
  • Martin Svensson
  • Phil Wells
  • Richard Williams
  • Scott Clist
  • Terry Doyle
  • Toby Hartman

For more about Cage Warriors visit: http://www.cagewarriors.com/

SAFE MMA WELCOMES ABSOLUTE CHAMPIONSHIP BERKUT AS ATHLETES GET THE GREEN LIGHT

ACB Glasgow
  • 1 OCTOBER 2016
  • THE SSE HYDRO, GLASGOW (SCOTLAND, UK)

(London. 1 October, 2016) Safe MMA has confirmed that all 40 professional MMA athletes competing at Absolute Championship Berkut 47 have been medically approved as fit to compete at tonight’s show at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. The event sees the Russian promotion make its debut on UK soil.

Safe MMA is an independent advisory and services provider that offers third party medical clearance for MMA competitors in the UK and Ireland. Under its minimum safety guidelines, MMA fighters are required to pass standardised annual medical examinations and tests for blood borne viruses (HIV, Hepatitis B and C) in order to participate on affiliated shows. Post-bout medical suspensions and examinations are then submitted to Safe MMA, so that suspensions can be observed by other affiliated promotions.

As well voluntarily adhering to regional medical guidelines, ACB is further showing its commitment to the development of local regulation in its utilisation of officials provided by the United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF).

The ACB management team issued the following statement:

“We are pleased to have successfully met Safe MMA medical criteria in the clearance of athletes to compete on tonight’s show. That all fighters have been independently approved as fit to compete to a recognised standard gives ACB confidence as a promoter that correct pre-event safety measures have been put in place. We would like to thank Doctors Saam Falahati and Mohammed Mustafa for their support in ensuring that all competitors completed the required examinations, and also all the fighters, coaches and managers that complied to make this a success.”

See below for the list of competitors that have been approved as medically clear to compete by Safe MMA at ACB 47:

Adam Bramhald
Alihan Suleimanov
Andrew Fisher
Andy Spiers
Arturo Chavez
Beckhan Ezerkhanov
Ben Holdsworth
Brent Crawley
Calum Murrie
Chris Bungard
Daniel Crawford
Danny Mitchell
Denis Ahern
Dominic Dillon
Ed Arthur
Gavin Hughes
Ibragim Chuzhigaev
Jack Demarco
Jack Holt
Jake Bostwick
James Brum
Jason Woods
John Maguire
Kevin Lobban
Kevin Petshi
Kieran Malone
Kim Thinghaugen
Lee Chadwick
Magomed Raisov
Michael Böbner
Michell Adelina
Norman Parke
Rob Whiteford
Rustam Asuev
Ryan Scope
Saul Rogers
Sayd-Khamzat Avkhadov
Shamil Shakhbulatov
Shoaib Yusuf
Yusup Umarov

For more information about ACB visit http://acbmma.com/ or follow on Twitter at @acb_league
Follow Safe MMA on Twitter at @SafeMMAUK

 

 

SAFE MMA APPROVES MMA COMPETITORS FOR CAGE RING CHAMPIONSHIP 2

Cage Ring Championship

All MMA competitors for ‘Cage Ring Championship 2: Night of Champions’ have been medically approved to compete by Safe MMA.

The event takes place on Sunday night (18th September) at the Wright Venue in Dublin in the Republic of Ireland, and its MMA card features solely amateur competitors alongside Submission wrestling and professional K1. For details of Safe MMA minimum medical requirements please visit: https://safemma.org/about/

Cage Ring Championship is committed to the guidelines set by the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association (IMMAA).

See below for the full list of MMA athletes medically approved to compete at Night of Champions by SafeMMA:

Adrian Elbert
Alex Kravtsov
Alexander O’Sullivan
Andreeas Binder
Austin Lynch
Dennis McCarthy
Ian Coughlan
James Toft
Jason Quinn
Liam Hughes
Makinde Adeyemi
Matiss Zaharovs
Michal Vojtanic
Paul Aylmer
Rafal Piętka
Stephen O’Driscoll

For more about Cage Ring Championship visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1528738860760155/?active_tab=highlights

SAFE MMA CLEARS PRO COMPETITORS FOR RFC 1 (NORTHERN IRELAND)

RFC

Real Fighting Championship hosts RFC 1 at the Royle Arena in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, tonight, Saturday 17th September.

All its professional competitors  have been medically approved to compete by Safe MMA. For details of Safe MMA minimum medical requirements please visit: https://safemma.org/about/

Medical clearance for Amateur MMA competitors in Northern Ireland is, at this time, managed directly by the Ulster Amateur MMA Association.

See below for the full list of RFC 1 athletes medically approved for competition by SafeMMA:

Arann Maguire
Cian Erraught
Keith McCabe
Ken Robin Vestrheim
Neil Ward
Steve Owens

For more information about Real Fighting Championship visit: https://www.facebook.com/realfightingchampionship/?fref=ts

BAMMA 26 INTRODUCES BRAIN SCANS AS PART OF ENHANCED ATHLETE MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

SAFEMMA- IRELAND PROVIDES INDEPENDENT MEDICAL CLEARANCE TO IMMAA STANDARDS

  • 3 ARENA, DUBLIN, 8th SEPTEMBER 2016

British mixed martial arts promotion, BAMMA, sets a new benchmark for medical safety in MMA as athlete clearance for tonight’s event in Dublin, Ireland, has seen competitors required to meet enhanced medical standards.

It has been confirmed at time of writing that, pending the receipt of one final test result, the fight card for BAMMA 26 will meet SafeMMA-Ireland requirements.

BAMMA has voluntarily worked to adhere to the guidelines of the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association and its medical arm, Safe MMA -Ireland in requiring all its professional competitors to undergo MRI/ MRAs of the brain and neck as well as specialist eye-tests.

As one of the founding members of medical body Safe MMA, BAMMA has since January 2013 required its athletes to be independently, medically cleared to compete by the UK and Irish organisation. Medical clearance requirements have previously included annual medical examinations, tests for blood borne viruses as well as pre and post-match examinations, to which BAMMA has now added brain scans and eye-tests.  Further to this BAMMA provides a high level of onsite medical staffing and facilities with immediate CT scans, MRIs and X-rays provided for competitors on referral by a post-fight doctor.

Safe MMA- Ireland founder, International Mixed Martial Arts Federation medical committee chairman and consultant neurologist, Professor Dan Healy, said:

“I would like to thank BAMMA for listening to the Irish MMA community and investing in the highest possible veritable safety measures”.

International Mixed Martial Arts President, Kerrith Brown, commented:

“The MMA community in Ireland has raised the benchmark for competitor safety in the region, advising MRI and MRA brain scans and specialist eye tests as requirements for professional MMA fighters. To enable this great step forwards, the support and cooperation of promoters and gyms are imperative. “British promoter BAMMA is the first to hold professional MMA matches on Irish soil since the community consensus on enhanced fighter safety requirements. As a founding party of voluntary medical organisation Safe MMA, BAMMA has been a long-time flag-bearer for athlete safety.

“Setting up new processes is never easy and there will have been many challenging moments along the way. Hours of pro bono support and expertise from the likes of neurologist Professor Dan Healy and excessive hours from Jude Samuel at BAMMA, event medical provider Glen Ellis at Code Blue, the Safe MMA team and various other medical providers in the UK and Ireland have contributed to making this landmark event a success. None of this would have been possible too, without the unerring commitment of the fighters on the card, their coaches and managers. When a promoter sets a new, costlier requirement, they are taking a commercial risk and so the commitment of BAMMA management to athlete safety is also to be commended.

“I would like to wish everyone involved the best of luck for BAMMA Dublin, which marks a pivotal moment for the sport in the region.”

BAMMA CEO, David Green, said:

“There is nothing more important in the sport of MMA than fighter safety. That is why BAMMA as a promotion has made it an absolute priority to introduce these new procedures for our events. They undoubtedly make MMA a far safer place in which to compete, and we hope by taking the lead that other UK and European promotions will follow.”

The full list of competitors medically cleared to compete for BAMMA 26 will be available via the Safe MMA website at safemma.org

CAGE WARRIORS 78 CARD IS MEDICALLY APPROVED BY SAFE MMA

Cage Warriors makes its return to the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England with CWFC 78 tonight, with its professional competitors medically approved to compete by Safe MMA. For details of Safe MMA minimum medical requirements please visit: https://safemma.org/about/

All competitors will go through a final level of clearance at their onsite, pre-fight medical examination carried out by event doctor(s).

See below for the full list of CWFC 78 athletes medically approved for competition by SafeMMA:

  • Alexandre Roumette
  • Ali Arish
  • Chris Fishgold
  • Dez Parker
  • Dylan Mcloughlin
  • Ellis Hampson
  • James Lewis
  • Jason Ponet
  • Johnny Frachey
  • Jordan Miller
  • Leeroy Barnes
  • Mickael Lebout
  • Mohsen Bahari
  • Patrick Pimblett
  • Sam Creasey
  • Sam Halliday
  • Tim Wilde
  • Victor Cheng

 

Amateurs for Irish National Team Trials are Green Lit by Safe MMA

IMMAA

Tonight in Donaghmede, Ireland, Battlezone 16 plays host to the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association team trials for the 2016 IMMAF European Open Championships of Amateur MMA.

Successful participants will go on to represent Team Ireland at IMMAF’s nation vs nation tournament in Prague, this coming November.

Battlezone 16 takes place at Donaghmede’s Trinity Sports Centre, with bouts commencing at 7:30pm.

Matches are under IMMAF Amateur MMA rules, and all competitors have been medically cleared to compete by Safe MMA, having undergone annual medical examinations and tests for blood borne viruses.

For full tournament information including draw, brackets and results visit MyNextMatch.com

See below for the full list of medically cleared athletes for Battlezone 16 – IMMAA National Team Trials:

Austin Lynch
Ciarán Clarke
Colin Casey
Colin Meagher
David McCarthy
Diarmuid Ó Buachalla
Elliot Levy
Fionn Hickey
Jack Maguire
John Byrne
John Mitchell
Kenny Mokhonoana
Mark Gallivan
Nicholas Llewellyn
Patrick Symes
Paul Deehan
Paulie O’Brien
Ronan Butler
Ross Quearney
Ryan Spillane
Scott Trelford
Stephen O’Driscoll
Tadhg Dixon
Tomasz Ostrowski

For more about Battlezone visit: https://www.facebook.com/BattleZoneFightingChampionship/

For more about the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association visit: https://www.facebook.com/IMMAA-1501304700147909/?fref=ts

For more about the 2016 IMMAF European Open Championships visit: http://www.immaf.org/athlete-registration-opens-for-2016-immaf-european-open/

Safe MMA Medically Clears Competitors for 2016 IMMAF Africa Open

All Amateur MMA athletes competing in the 2016 IMMAF Africa Open in Johannesburg this week, have been medically approved by Safe MMA. Competitors hail from Africa, India and Sweden in this smaller IMMAF offering, which also includes representing officials from USA.

Hosted by Mixed Martial Arts South Africa, the 3 day tournament commences tomorrow, 31st August with matches concluding on Saturday 3rd September. Full competitor and tournament information is available at MyNextMatch: https://www.mynextmatch.com/tournament/10/details

This is the 3rd IMMAF Championship event on which Safe MMA has worked as medical partner, having overseen the medical clearance for more than 100 competitors for the 2015 IMMAF European Open in the UK, and 210 competitors for the 2016 IMMAF World Championships in Las Vegas in July.

 

Professional Fighters for Clan Wars 25 are Safe MMA Clear

Safe MMA has confirmed that the 2 professional MMA competitors for Clan Wars 25 have been medically cleared as fit to compete. The event takes place at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast on 28th August.

Competitors cleared to compete are as follows:

  • Michael Reid
  • Paul Lawrence

Clan Wars is working with the Ulster Amateur MMA Association, and all Amateur competitors on the card have completed medical examinations and blood tests under the federation.

 

BCMMA Professional Card Approved by Safe MMA

BCMMA

The professional competitors for tonight’s British Challenged Mixed Martial Arts 16 were medically cleared by Safe MMA as fit to participate, ahead of the event at Colchester’s Charter Hall in Essex.

BCMMA works with the United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF), under whose guidelines professional MMA competitors must be medically approved by Safe MMA as its medical body.

The competitors cleared to compete at BCMMA 16 were as follows:

Arnold Quero
Bryony Tyrell
Clemence Schrieber
Jamie Powell
Kerry Hughes
Mellony Geugjes
Owen Gayle
Stephen Martin

For more information about BCMMA visit: http://bcmma.co.uk/
For the full, up-to-date list of currently Safe MMA clear fighters visit: https://safemma.org/safe-mma-fighters-list/

Competitors Cleared for Celtic Gladiator Fight Night 1

Safe MMA has confirmed that eight Amateur MMA competitors competing at Celtic Gladiator Fight Night 1 have been medically cleared as fit to participate. The event takes place at CityNorth Hotel tomorrow, 23 July in Gormanston, Co. Meath, Ireland.

Safe MMA is an independent advisory and services provider that offers third party medical clearance for MMA competitors in the UK and Ireland. Under its minimum safety guidelines, participants are required to pass standardised annual medical examinations and tests for blood borne viruses (HIV, Hepatitis B and C) in order to compete. Post-bout medical suspensions issued by ringside doctors are also submitted to Safe MMA, so that they can be publically released and observed by supporting promoters. Pre and post bout medical examinations are also submitted for databasing.

Third party medical clearance by Safe MMA is a recommendation and requirement of the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association.

Competitors cleared to compete by Safe MMA for Celtic Gladiator 1 are as follows:

Adrian Elbert
Alex Kravtsov
Darren O’Brien
David Hill
Jack Maguire
Jack Monahan
Matiss Zaharovs
Tomás O’Dwyer

For more information about Celtic Gladiator please visit: www.celticgladiator.com
For a full up-to-date list of Safe MMA registered competitors in the UK and Ireland visit: https://safemma.org/safe-mma-fighters-list/

BELLATOR 158 UNDERCARD MEDICALLY APPROVED BY SAFE MMA

  • 16 JULY 2016
  • THE 02, LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)

Safe MMA has confirmed that all MMA athletes competing on the undercard of Bellator 158 have been medically approved as fit for competition. Bellator’s UK based event takes place at The O2 in London tonight, Saturday 16th July.

Safe MMA is an independent advisory and services provider that offers third party medical clearance for MMA competitors in the UK and Ireland. Under its guidelines, MMA fighters are required to pass standardised annual medical examinations and tests for blood borne viruses (HIV, Hepatitis B and C) in order to participate on affiliated shows. Post-bout medical suspensions are also submitted to Safe MMA, so that they can be observed by other affiliates by consensus, since there is no enforced regulation of the sport in the region.

In addition to meeting Safe MMA minimum safety standards, Bellator competitors have been required by the promoter to undergo MRI scans of the brain, the reports for which have likewise been submitted to Safe MMA for record keeping.

Athletes featuring on the Bellator 158 international main card have been medically cleared to compete via ISKA (International Sport Kickboxing Association), in line with the promotion’s usual protocol as a U.S based organisation.  Meanwhile the undercard includes a predominantly domestic line-up.

Safe MMA founder and ambassador, Marc Goddard, said:

“On a personal level I’m thrilled that the purpose for which we built Safe MMA remains of value. While we lack regulation of MMA in the United Kingdom, voluntary self-governance through collaboration with an independent medical body has been key for setting and enforcing a shared, base level of safety for fighters. I’m immensely proud that a world renowned organisation, such as Bellator, is both supporting and benefitting from the Safe MMA project. It is to be applauded that Bellator has opted to work with Safe MMA in a region where third party compliance is not mandatory, and it is solely through voluntary cooperation that regulation is enabled.”

Safe MMA would like to thank matchmaker, Chris Zorba, and the Bellator and ATAK Promotions teams for their dedication and work to ensure independent clearance of the Bellator 158 undercard through Safe MMA.

See below for the list of competitors that have been approved as medically clear to compete by Safe MMA for the Bellator 158 undercard:

  • Alex Reid
  • Chase Morton
  • Clifford Meeks
  • Danny Mitchell
  • Dean Garnett
  • Dominic Clark
  • Jack Mason
  • James Gallagher
  • James Mulheron
  • Jason Radcliffe
  • Luiz Tosta
  • Manu Garcia
  • Michael Cutting
  • Michael Shipman
  • Nathaniel Wood
  • Neil Grove
  • Pietro Menga
  • Spencer Hewitt

For information about Bellator 158 London visit: http://bellator.spike.com/events/dyrnkz/bellator-158-london

For the full list of currently Safe MMA clear competitors in UK & Ireland visit: https://safemma.org/safe-mma-fighters-list/

About Bellator MMA:

Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the MMA television leader.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

 

CAGE WARRIORS EXTENDS MEDICAL CLEARANCE TO AMATEURS AND FOREIGN NATIONALS

•FOR TONIGHT – 8 JULY 2016, LONDON

Safe MMA has confirmed that all athletes for Cage Warriors 77 have been medically cleared to compete ahead of tonight’s show at the Camden Centre in London.

Cage Warriors has increased its athlete safety measures for this event, extending mandatory Safe MMA clearance to its Amateur competitors and foreign nationals.

Originally established for the wellbeing of professional competitors, Safe MMA criteria dictates that MMA fighters should pass annual medical examinations and tests for blood borne viruses (HIV, Hepatitis B and C) in order to compete on affiliated shows; and requires that promoters pledge to meet a basic minimum standard of onsite medical provision. Pre and Post bout medicals will be carried out by the event doctor, and reports and suspensions submitted post-event to Safe MMA.

The competitors that have been approved by Safe MMA for Cage Warriors 77 are as follows:

Adam Boussif (Pro)
Aiden Lee (Pro)
Boubacar Balde (Pro)
Chris Fishgold (Pro)
Christopher Jacquelin (Pro)
Darren Stewart (Pro)
Jack Marshman (Pro)
John Redmond (Pro)
Joshua Onwordi (Am)
Kingsley Crawford (Am)
Konmon Deh (Pro)
Mickey Miller (Pro)
Modestas Bukauskas (Pro)
Patrick Pimblett (Pro)
Scott Clist (Pro)
Teddy Violet (Pro)
Thomas Terdjman (Pro)
Tim Wilde (Pro)

SAFE MMA CLEARS PRO CARD FOR CAGE WARRIORS 76

•FOR TONIGHT – 4 JUNE 2016, LONDON

Safe MMA has confirmed that all professional MMA athletes for Cage Warriors 76 have been medically cleared to compete ahead of tonight’s show at the Newport Centre, South Wales on Saturday June 4.

Safe MMA criteria dictates that professional MMA fighters should pass annual medical examinations and tests for blood borne viruses (HIV, Hepatitis B and C) in order to compete on affiliated shows; and requires that promoters pledge to meet a basic minimum standard of onsite medical provision. Pre and Post bout medicals will be carried out by the event doctor, and reports and suspensions submitted post-event to Safe MMA.

The professional competitors that have been approved by Safe MMA for Cage Warriors 76 are as follows:

Ali Arish
Andreas Stahl
Ben Rees
Dane Morgan
Daniel Requeijo
David-Tonatiuh Crol
Jack Marshman
Jack Shore
Josh Reed
Kris Edwards
Lewis Long
Nad Narimani
Ross Houston
Sam Creasey

For information about Cage Warriors 76 visit: http://www.cagewarriors.com/events-and-tickets/article/cage_warriors_75

SAFE MMA INTRODUCES NEW PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR COMPETITORS

Safe MMA is pleased to introduce the following new membership payment options with a view to making registration more affordable to fighters at both Professional and Amateur levels:

  • Amateur membership: £25 one-off joining fee, followed by a monthly subscription of £5.50
  • Professional membership: £40 one-off joining fee, followed by a monthly subscription of £8.50

IMPORTANT NOTES:

•There will be NO MINMUM TERM; the monthly subscription can be cancelled AT ANY TIME. As such, a competitor only intending to compete once could pay the one-off joining fee, and then cancel their monthly subscription within the first month – before the first monthly subscription payment was taken.

•Any competitor already registered will NOT need to pay the one-off joining fee – they will be offered the option of taking up the monthly subscription at the end of their current period of registration.

•The fixed 6 & 12 month terms of registration which have always been available WILL still be offered, with the lower fee available for Amateurs. These may remain the preferable option where, for example, a sponsor is covering a competitor’s registration fee.

•All these options can be viewed and taken up at the bottom of the FighterForm here.

SAFE MMA STATEMENT ON ROLE & RESPONSIBILTIES

Over recent weeks, Safe MMA has been in close communication with the national governing bodies with which it works in Ireland and in the UK – the Irish Amateur Pankration Association (IAPA), the Ulster MMA Association (UAMMAA) and the United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF).
 
Safe MMA was founded at a time in which there were no governing bodies for MMA in the region. Founded charitably as a volunteer led, non-profit, medical advisory for the MMA community, firstly in the UK and then in Ireland, Safe MMA has successfully provided athlete pre-event medical clearance, advice and record keeping services for promotions in these regions. Safe MMA now also provides these services to the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation for IMMAF championship events worldwide.
 
Further to this, Safe MMA’s founding promotions agreed to meet a minimum standard of medical provision at events, including pre and post fight medical examinations, which became the Safe MMA minimum standard.
 
As the number of member promotions continues to rise and with the emergence of national governing bodies, Safe MMA would like to clarify its role in relation to advising on at-event standards:
 
1) Safe MMA does not inspect or sanction at-event standards
2) Over the past year national governing bodies have assumed the role of event sanctioning and inspection in all regions for promoters on a voluntary basis
3) National governing bodies have this year started to set their own medical standards for events which vary from region to region. There may develop further differences in protocol now under 3 different governments
4) As demand increases with a growing number of promoters affiliating, it is not possible for Safe MMA volunteers to monitor all events and ensure that advised onsite standards are met
 
Safe MMA has been meeting with representatives from the IAPA, UAMMAA and UKMMAF to review working processes and governance structures between parties; and likewise communicating with its independent stakeholders and promoters.
 
Safe MMA will continue to provide athlete medical clearance, athlete advice and record keeping services. It will continue to stipulate that partner promotions conduct pre and post fight medical examinations carried out by a doctor and that these along with medical suspensions are submitted to Safe MMA. However Safe MMA membership does not cover approval of onsite medical provision at events, and national governing bodies are now assuming this role.
 
To reflect this and to clarify the meaning of a) Safe MMA clearance and b) level of clearance, two new logos (illustrated below) are to be released for use by Safe MMA partner promotions at events:
SafeMMA_All Cleared_Logo           SafeMMA_Pros Cleared_Logo

UKMMAF Championships Brings Amateurs Under Safe MMA

UKMMAF Championships

The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) and BAMMA have joined forces to present the first annual BAMMA UKMMAF National Amateur MMA Championships, currently in progress at BodyPower Expo 2016 this weekend (May 13-15) at the NEC Arena, Birmingham.

In a first step for Amateur MMA in the UK, the tournament takes place under Safe MMA protocol with all competitors having completed blood tests and annual medical examinations to participate. Usual injury suspensions criteria applies.

The Amateur MMA championships are planned as a staple in the UK MMA calendar following the success of this weekend’s inaugural event which sees the country’s finest amateur talent compete for the title of national champion and for a place on the UK squad for International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) world competitions.

The first IMMAF European Open Championships, which took place in Birmingham in November 2015, saw IMMAF adopt Safe MMA athlete clearance services for all its Amateur MMA competitions.

See below for the list of Safe MMA clear competitors for the BAMMA UKMMAF National Amateur MMA Championships:

Abdul Choudhury
Akonne Wanliss
Alex Thompson
Andrew Cameron
Byron Thomas
Danny Sherlock
Dayle McCrae
Dominic Stringer
Emmanuel Akpan
Harry Strutt
Jason Woods
Joe Millward
luke shanks
Milad Ahady
Pavandip Singh
Ricardo Franco
scott devereux
Scott Butters
Steven Briggs

For more about the United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation visit: http://www.ukmmaf.org.uk/
For more about BAMMA visit: http://www.bamma.com/
For more about IMMAF visit: http://www.immaf.org/

Photograph by Marc Moggridge

BAMMA INTRODUCES MANDATORY BRAIN SCANS

BAMMA 26

European promotion BAMMA today released this statement regarding its decision to postpone its upcoming Dublin event in the wake of the Joao Carvalho tragedy, in order to introduce and implement MRI/ MRA brain scans for all its fighters moving  forwards:

BAMMA has always sought the highest possible standards of regulation for mixed martial arts events. Consequently, due to BAMMA introducing mandatory MRI\MRA scans for all BAMMA fighters, the decision has been taken to move the BAMMA 26 event from June 4th until September 10th. All tickets already purchased for the event will be honoured, though refund are available.

“We understand and welcome the fact that regulation for this sport is being put in place here in Ireland,” said David, CEO, BAMMA. “But whilst we await this regulation and the results from the numerous discussions that are currently taking place, we have taken the step to introduce mandatory MRI/MRA scans for all of our fighters for the BAMMA 26 event onwards.

Whilst we are already one of the leaders in MMA fighter safety in Europe, after consultation with Professor Dan Healy a leading expert in the MMA medical field, we believe that this is a vital step and will serve as important additional protection for the fighters and should be a key part of new regulation. However, it would not be possible to implement this system in time for our contest on June 4th. So, in order to be certain that we can implement these new scans across all fighters, we have taken the decision to move the event back a few months. We do not take this decision lightly and apologise for the inconvenience to BAMMA fans.”

BAMMA already applies the Safe MMA standard to all of its events. This means having fully qualified medical staff on site, an equipped emergency treatment centre at the venue as well as standby ambulances should hospital checks be necessary as well as a large number of pre and post fights checks to prevent injuries going unnoticed or untreated. While BAMMA already sets an extremely high standard for fighter safety, it is always looking to improve, and believes that the addition of MRI/MRA scans will allow this.

Commenting on the decision Dan Healy, Consultant Neurologist at Beaumont Hospital said, “These measures make MMA safer; a Rubicon moment. BAMMA have set a new standard that I encourage others to follow. We must all work together on this.”

International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) CEO, Densign White, said: “We commend and support this proactive decision that BAMMA has taken in the interests of athlete safety. Choosing to put safety before profit is unusual. In engaging with IMMAF’s medical committee lead, with national federations in Ireland and the UK and with their medical advisory Safe MMA, BAMMA sets a good example for the rest of the industry to follow. This kind of cooperation and partnership in event management is precisely what’s needed to move the sport of MMA forward.”

SAFE MMA CLEARS PRO ATHLETES FOR BCMMA 15

•FOR TONIGHT – 7 MAY 2016, COLCHESTER

Safe MMA has confirmed that all professional MMA athletes competing at British Challenge Mixed Martial Arts (BCMMA) 15 tonight have been medically cleared to compete, as the event returns to Charter Hall in Colchester, Essex.

Safe MMA criteria dictates that professional MMA fighters should pass annual medical examinations and tests for blood borne viruses (HIV, Hepatitis B and C) in order to compete on affiliated shows and that standing medical suspensions should be observed.

The professional competitors that have been approved by Safe MMA for BCMMA 15 are as follows:

Aymard Guih
Bryony Tyrell
John Maguire
Kristian Lapsley
Mehrdad Janzemini
Samantha Jean-Francoise
Thomas Robertsen
Vincent Del Guerra

For about BCMMA visit bcmma.co.uk  or follow @BCMMAUK on Twitter

CLAN WARS 24 COMPETITORS CLEARED BY SAFE MMA

  • FOR SUNDAY – 24 APRIL 2016, BELFAST

Safe MMA confirms that the professional MMA athletes competing at Clan Wars 24 this Sunday 24 April have been medically cleared to compete, ahead of the Ramada Hotel event in Belfast.

Safe MMA criteria dictates that professional MMA fighters should pass annual medical examinations and tests for blood borne viruses (HIV, Hepatitis B and C) in order to compete on affiliated shows.

Professional competitors that have been approved by Safe MMA for Clan Wars 24 are:
  • Declan Dalton
  • Gary Morris
  • Gavin Kelly
  • Steve McCombe

For information about Clan Wars visit: https://www.facebook.com/CLANWARSMMA/

View the full Safe MMA clear athlete register here: https://safemmauk.wordpress.com/safe-mma-fighters-list/

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IMMAF STATEMENT FOLLOWING PASSING OF MMA COMPETITOR JOAO CARVALHO: A CALL TO ACTION

All of us at Safe MMA would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friend of athlete, Joao Carvalho, following his death after competing at the TEF Championships in Dublin on 9th April.

We have been liaising with the IAPA and the IMMAF in the wake of the tragedy and fully support IMMAF’s statement below:

IMMAF STATEMENT FOLLOWING PASSING OF MMA COMPETITOR JOAO CARVALHO:
A CALL TO ACTION

London. 15 April 2016

IMMAF (International Mixed Martial Arts Federation) again offers its deepest condolences to the family and friends of deceased MMA competitor Joao Carvalho, who sadly passed away following a match at TEF 1 at The National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on 9 April. Joao was a popular and well-loved young man who is held in fond memory by those whose lives he touched, as well as a committed athlete pursuing his dream in a sport that he loved.

 

In the wake of this tragic and isolated event, IMMAF urges governments to support national MMA organisations, such as the Irish Amateur Pankration Association, and make a sincere commitment to putting structures in place that create a consistent and safe environment for all. IMMAF calls for MMA competitions to be regulated by law as they are in countries such as the United States and in Sweden, so that best practice can be enforced.

IMMAF also calls upon international sports agencies such as WADA and Sport Accord to formally recognise MMA. Lack of recognition creates obstacles to development and to increasing safety in the sport. This impacts right down to a national level, in areas that include hiring appropriately qualified medical professionals and securing insurance. Lack of recognition is likewise a barrier to funding, which would enable better medical care and safety measures, as well as investment in education and sport development.

We call for formal recognition, regulation and grassroots support at national and international levels, not only to harness the positive potential of the sport but to vitally mitigate risk for its participants. Joao’s tragic passing presents a call to action.

MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world, it is made up of singular combat sports such as judo, boxing, taekwondo, wrestling and muay thai and carries with it the ethics, skill and fitness associated with those much celebrated sports. The creation of mixed martial arts as a sport is the result of skilled and ambitious sportspeople seeking to not only be the best at one discipline but master multiple complex disciplines.

 

It is accepted, by MMA competitors,  organisations , fans and practitioners alike, that some people remain uneducated about the sport and carry outdated views and inaccurate preconceptions- however this should not impact the understanding of a need to regulate the sport.

SAFE MMA GIVES CAGE WARRIORS 75 THE GREEN LIGHT

•FOR TONIGHT – 15 APRIL 2016, LONDON

Safe MMA has confirmed that all professional MMA athletes competing at Cage Warriors 75 tonight have been medically cleared to compete, as the promotion makes its anticipated return at the Camden Centre in London.

Safe MMA criteria dictates that professional MMA fighters should pass annual medical examinations and tests for blood borne viruses (HIV, Hepatitis B and C) in order to compete on affiliated shows and requires that promoters pledge to meet a minimum standard of onsite medical provision.

The professional competitors that have been approved by Safe MMA for Cage Warriors 75 are as follows:

Alan Carlos
Alfie Davis
Ashleigh Grimshaw
Brad Wheeler
Chris Fishgold
Darren Stewart
Gyorgy Dolog
Jack Hermansson
James Hurrell
Jordan Miller
Oliver Battell
Patrick Pimblett
Pelu Adetola
Robert Scott
Scott Clist
Terry Doyle

For information about Cage Warriors 75 visit: http://www.cagewarriors.com/events-and-tickets/article/cage_warriors_75

PRO ATHLETES CLEARED FOR BATTLE ZONE FC 15; IAPA SETS SAFETY STANDARDS

(London. 1 April, 2015) The professional competitors for Battle Zone FC 15 this weekend have been cleared to compete by Safe MMA. The event takes place tomorrow night at the Trinity Sports Centre in Donaghmede in the Republic of Ireland.

The professional competitors that have been approved by Safe MMA are as follows:
John Redmond
Keith McCabe
Kiefer Crosbie
Will Fleury

Safe MMA criteria dictates that professional MMA fighters should pass annual medical examinations and tests for blood borne viruses in order to compete on affiliated shows and requires a minimum level of onsite medical care. The non-profit organisation provides medical consultancy and services to national governing body, the Irish Amateur Pankration Association (IAPA).

Battle Zone 15 falls a month after the IAPA agreed to new safety criteria as detailed below:

1. Standards of Medical Care at IAPA sanctioned Events.

For Commercial Events (Saturday night fight shows with tickets sold to spectators), the following minimum requirement for medical care was agreed upon:

Shows with amateur bouts only
2 doctors are to be available cage side along with a paramedic crew.
The approximate cost of this was estimated to be in the region of €900

Shows with Professional Bouts
2 doctors to be available cage side (for up to 12 fights, with an extra doctor for every 6 fights after that)
Advance care ambulance and medical treatment room
The approximate cost of this was estimated to be in the region of €2000 depending on many different variables.

For a non-­commercial events (Novice competition with no ground and pound, no paid spectators), it was agreed that a paramedic (not a first aider) was the minimum requirement for athlete safety.

1.Age Limitations for Different types of MMA competition

The following age limits were agreed upon:

For IMMAF events ­ (Qualifiers for IMMAF European and World Championships and the Championships themselves), competitors must be a minimum of 18

For Commercial Events:

Unified Amateur Rules are for age 18 and over.
17 year old competitors may also fight but only against other 17 year olds and only under teenage rules (i.e. no ground and pound, shin pads etc)

For non-­commercial events:

Competitors can be aged 12 and over.
Categories must be provided in 2 year intervals up until 18 (i.e. 12/13, 14/15, 16/17).
Suitable weight classes at each age category must also apply.
No knees allowed for Junior (under 18) competitors
Headgear is compulsory for Junior competitors
Knees for adult competitors is at the discretion of the organiser
Headgear is optional for adult competitors (18 and over)

1.IAPA stance with regards to “Hybrid Shows”

IAPA does not support or sanction shows that have K1 or Muay Thai fights in MMA gloves. They must be fought under standard K1 or Muay Thai rules with correct boxing style gloves and internationally agreed upon rules sets.

MMA shows may be held in a ring or cage

BAMMA 24 INTRODUCES NEW MEDICAL SAFETY STANDARDS

• NEW MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR AMATEURS
• UPSCALED ONSITE MEDICAL PROVISION UNDER SAFE MMA-IRELAND
• 3 ARENA, DUBLIN – 27th FEBRUARY 2016

(London.27th February.2016) British mixed martial arts promotion, BAMMA, introduces new standards for athlete safety on its show tonight in Dublin, Ireland, “BAMMA 24: Kone Vs. Phillips”.

As one of the founding members of UK and Irish medical organisation, Safe MMA, BAMMA has since January 2013 required its professional athletes to be medically cleared to compete by the organisation, as an independent third party. It has also committed to meet onsite medical requirements, including the presence of doctors for pre and post-match physical examinations. In the United Kingdom there are no regulatory requirements for promoters or participants in MMA meaning that compliance to the Safe MMA code is voluntary. Compulsory physical examinations and blood tests were introduced by the founding promoters solely for paid professional competitors at launch, with respect to the newly incurred cost to fighters.

For BAMMA 24, under the auspices of Safe MMA -Ireland and in a first for the region, the promotion has demanded that Amateur athletes undergo the same medical clearance process as professionals. See below for the list of medically cleared professional and Amateur competitors for BAMMA 24.

Further to this BAMMA has also up-scaled its at-event safety protocol, increasing its onsite doctors to 4, providing 3 onsite ambulances and an extra medical room. A private arrangement has been made with a local clinic for the provision of immediate CT scans, MRIs and X-rays, on referral of a post-fight doctor. These arrangements bring the level of event medical care much closer to that required in professional boxing.

BAMMA matchmaker, Jude Samuel commented:

“It’s just as important for Amateur MMA athletes to undergo the same medical examinations and care as professional athletes. We expect the Amateurs on BAMMA shows to be at a level where they are on the pathway to becoming professional, and meeting professional medical criteria is part of this. It is helpful to us also as a promoter as it gives us more flexibility in matchmaking as athletes approach pro level and opens up more opportunities to them too.
“I would like to thank Advanced Paramedic Glenn Ellis and the Code Blue team who have enabled an elite level of medical care both in the run up to and at BAMMA 24. I would also like to thank Professor Dan Healy of Safe MMA- Ireland and Yoni from SafeMMA for their consultancy and support.”

Safe MMA – Ireland was launched by UFC athlete Aisling Daly and Professor Dan Healy in 2013. While Safe MMA now provides athlete medical clearance services to the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF), Professor Healy was recently appointed to establish IMMAF’s Medical Committee which holds its first conference in London (UK) this weekend.

SAFE MMA COMPETITORS FOR BAMMA 24

• Alan Philpott
• Alex Masuku
• Andy De-Vent
• Brian Moore
• Cheick Kone
• Chris Fields
• Cian Cowley *amateur
• Conor Cooke
• Damien Rooney
• Daniel Konecke
• Declan Dalton
• Dylan Tuke
• Gary Morris
• Gerard Gilmore
• James Gallagher
• Jay Moogan *amateur
• John Phillips
• Lloyd Manning
• Mario Saeed
• Mark Andrew
• Matt Hallam
• Michael Cutting
• Mick Brennan
• Myles Price
• Nathan Jones
• Nathaniel Wood
• Nicolas Ott
• Paul Byrne
• Peter Queally
• Rhys McKee
• Sean Tobin
• Sinead Kavanagh
• Tom Duquesnoy
• Zarah Fairn Dos Santos

PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES FOR BCMMA 13 & CHAOS FC 15 ARE SAFE MMA CLEAR

  • FOR 5TH DECEMBER 2015

(London.4th December 2015) The professional competitors for two MMA events taking place his weekend have been cleared by Safe MMA: Chaos FC 15 presents two professional bouts on a mainly amateur card in Derry (Ireland), while British Challenge Mixed Martial Arts 13 showcases eight professional matches in Essex (United Kingdom) alongside 14 amateur bouts.

Safe MMA criteria dictates that professional MMA fighters should pass annual medical examinations and tests for blood borne viruses in order to compete on affiliated shows. The non-profit organisation provides medical consultancy and services to national governing bodies, the United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation and the Irish Amateur Pankration Association. BCMMA is working with the UKMMAF towards becoming a fully sanctioned promotion in 2016.

See below for competitors that have been approved by Safe MMA for competition tomorrow night:

CHAOS FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 15 – SAFE MMA PROFESSIONAL COMPETITORS

Declan McAleenen
Gavin Kelly
James Gallagher
Neil Ward

BCMMA 13 – SAFE MMA PROFESSIONAL COMPETITORS

Abdel Lif
Adam Boussif
Aron Jahnsen
Charlie Leary
Corrin Eaton
Craig Powell
Darren Castleton
Hayden Critchfield
Jacek Toczydlowski
Jonathan Kouame
Luis Gonzalez
Miguel Haro
Steve Aimable
Thibaud Larchet
Thomas Robertsen
Tommy Maguire

For more information about BCMMA visit bcmma.co.uk/