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.