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SAFE MMA IS A MEDICAL CHARITY DEDICATED TO THE SAFETY OF MMA FIGHTERS

Formed in 2012, Safe MMA remains the first and only voluntary medical organisation set up for the public benefit of protecting the health and safety of mixed martial arts competitors in the UK & Ireland, with backing across promotions.

Conceived in response to the lack of any regulation or medical standards for MMA in the region, the organisation provides centralised, third-party medical screening and record-keeping services which are available to the public; and an independent medical advice and information service to athletes.

Originally housed as a non-profit project at The Centre for Health and Human Performance in London, Safe MMA was recognised as a charitable organisation by The Charity Commission, in England and Wales, on 19 December 2018. [Charity Registration Number: 1181268]

Safe MMA 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.

Today, Safe MMA works with the Irish Amateur MMA Association, the Ulster Amateur MMA Association, the United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation and the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation.

HOW IT WORKS

Safe MMA addresses the issue of competitor safety practically and in the simplest way possible, with its system of standardised and voluntary, fighter medical clearance.  A Safe MMA passport to compete includes:

  • Confidential database for competitors’ well-being and current medical status
  • Member promotions only using athletes found within the registered database
  • Listed promotions upholding medically advised suspensions
  • Affordable cost: Not-for-Profit medically led project with specially negotiated blood test rates and medical examination rates.
  • Access to sports based medical advice that fighters can trust

Promoters and governing bodies may select one of three standardised Safe MMA passports as a requirement for their competitors: M1, M3 and M5 indicate the set of medical examinations an athlete has passed. These ‘marks’ are stair-cased to allow additional tests to be bolted on by a Safe MMA competitor who moves onto a promotion with more medical clearance requirements.

PROFESSIONAL COMPETITORS

M1:

  • A yearly medical examination
  • Six-monthly blood tests
  • Pre and post fight medical examinations (at event)

M3:

  • A yearly medical examination
  • Six-monthly blood tests
  • Pre and post fight medical examinations (at event)
  • Dilated pupil eye-tests
  • One-off MRA of the brain
  • MRI of the brain every 3 years

M5:

  • A yearly medical examination
  • Six-monthly blood tests
  • Pre and post fight medical examinations (at event)
  • Dilated pupil eye-tests
  • One-off MRA of the brain and neck
  • Yearly MRI of the brain 

AMATEUR COMPETITORS

M1:

  • A yearly medical examination
  • Yearly blood tests
  • Pre and post fight medical examinations (at event)

M5:

  • A yearly medical examination
  • Yearly blood tests
  • Pre and post fight medical examinations (at event)
  • One-off MRI of the brain

 

TRUSTEES

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).

 

CONTACT

For enquiries or to register email: records@safemma.org 
For media or business enquiries email: press@safemma.org

Safe MMA, c/o Centre of Health and Human Performance, 76 Harley Street, London, W1G 7HH | Email: records@safemma.org

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