BCMMA 18 gets Safe MMA Approval

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.


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


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

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.


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.

For additional information please contact Fergus Ryan: gusryan100@gmail.com


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


  • 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
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