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Safe MMA was founded in 2012 by medical experts together with UK MMA promoters and community representatives, at the Centre of Health and Human Performance (CHHP) in Harley Street, London. 

Conceived in response to the lack of any regulation or medical standards for MMA in the region, the organisation works in partnership with domestic and international promotions, providing:

  • centralised, third-party medical screening and record-keeping services which are available to the public
  • an independent medical advice and information service to athletes

Founding doctors included Doctor Mike Loosemore MBE (Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games Chief Medical Officer; former Team Doctor GB boxing) and Dr. Jack Kreindler (Director of Health Optimisation at CHHP; specialist in extreme sports medicine), soon joined by Dr. Maeve Rodgers (GP and ringside physician). A broad network of medical specialists has contributed to the evolution of the project since.

Founding promoters were Cage Warriors (Graham Boylan and Ian Dean), BAMMA (Jude Samuel) and UCMMA (Dave O’Donnell) who worked to reach agreement on the first universal medical safety standards for MMA in the UK.

Independent representatives from the MMA community were referee Marc Goddard, UFC veteran Rosi Sexton, commentator John Gooden and communications professional, Izzy Carnwath.

The project went live at the beginning of 2013 and was extended to include Ireland at the request of Irish representatives, UFC veteran Aisling Daly, and consultant neurologist, Professor Dan Healy. Since 2016, adherence to the Safe MMA standard has become a de facto requirement of promoters by authorities and venues in the Republic of Ireland.

Safe MMA was recognised as a charity by The Charity Commission, in England and Wales, on 19 December 2018. Charity Registration Number: 1181268

Today, Safe MMA is partnered with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF), the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association (IMMAA) and the English Mixed Martial Arts Association (EMMAA).


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 competitors 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 staircased to allow additional tests to be bolted on by a Safe MMA competitor who moves onto a promotion with more medical clearance requirements.

About.

HISTORY

Safe MMA was founded in 2012 by medical experts together with UK MMA promoters and community representatives, at the Centre of Health and Human Performance (CHHP) in Harley Street, London. 

Conceived in response to the lack of any regulation or medical standards for MMA in the region, the organisation works in partnership with domestic and international promotions, providing:

  • centralised, third-party medical screening and record-keeping services which are available to the public
  • an independent medical advice and information service to athletes

Founding doctors included Doctor Mike Loosemore MBE (Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games Chief Medical Officer; former Team Doctor GB boxing) and Dr. Jack Kreindler (Director of Health Optimisation at CHHP; specialist in extreme sports medicine), soon joined by Dr. Maeve Rodgers (GP and ringside physician). A broad network of medical specialists has contributed to the evolution of the project since.

Founding promoters were Cage Warriors (Graham Boylan and Ian Dean), BAMMA (Jude Samuel) and UCMMA (Dave O’Donnell) who worked to reach agreement on the first universal medical safety standards for MMA in the UK.

Independent representatives from the MMA community were referee Marc Goddard, UFC veteran Rosi Sexton, commentator John Gooden and communications professional, Izzy Carnwath.

The project went live at the beginning of 2013 and was extended to include Ireland at the request of Irish representatives, UFC veteran Aisling Daly, and consultant neurologist, Professor Dan Healy. Since 2016, adherence to the Safe MMA standard has become a de facto requirement of promoters by authorities and venues in the Republic of Ireland.

Safe MMA was recognised as a charity by The Charity Commission, in England and Wales, on 19 December 2018. Charity Registration Number: 1181268

Today, Safe MMA is partnered with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF), the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association (IMMAA) and the English Mixed Martial Arts Association (EMMAA).


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 competitors 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 staircased to allow additional tests to be bolted on by a Safe MMA competitor who moves onto a promotion with more medical clearance requirements.

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