UKMMAF to Shadow Sanction BAMMA 17

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[London, UK. 19th October 2014]  The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) is pleased to announce that it will be shadow sanctioning the internationally broadcast BAMMA 17 at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester (UK) on 6th December 2014.

There is no legal requirement for MMA promotions to be regulated in the UK and the UKMMAF is evolving voluntary regulation processes, with which the British promotion has agreed to work. This follows the UKMMAF’s shadow sanctioning of Amateur promotion, Fight UK, earlier this year.

BAMMA has for several years been at the forefront of UK MMA, ensuring they provide and deliver a professional set-up for all involved. They were a founding party of Safe MMA, which is referred to by the UKMMAF as its independent medical advisory. They also pride themselves on using officials who they consider to be the most qualified from backstage commissioners to referees, from judges to medics. It is this attention to detail that makes a possible future working relationship between UKMMAF and BAMMA a very positive prospect.

Shadow sanctioning by the UKMMAF is the first step for a promotion wishing to work with the organisation towards full independent sanctioning. It involves working in partnership to evolve best practice both for the promoter and governing body. Shadow sanctioning allows any promotion interested in being involved in a working relationship with the UKMMAF the opportunity to be shadowed and their event processes reviewed at no expense to them. This is followed by professional and meaningful follow-up report and ongoing support towards sanctioning. The UKMMAF role is to simply legitimise many of the excellent processes already followed by the leading promotions and to assist others to raise their standards, to improve safety, lower risk and enable the sport to become recognised and supported in the manner so many other sports are.

The UKMMAF is working in conjunction with other recognised combat sports governing bodies towards recognition under Sport England and governing body status, so that it may provide all those involved in MMA the opportunity for official regulatory backing.

UKMMAF Board representative, Leon Roberts said:

“The number of shows now in contact with UKMMAF is an illustration that promotions are now seeing and understanding the importance of moving away from self-governance to be governed by a legitimate and recognised body that simply strives to give MMA the professional status it deserves.

“Having independent regulation from a recognised body is key to providing essential validity to a genuine sport, ensuring competitors are treated, recognised and respected as athletes, and making sure all the necessary measures are in place. This certainly isn’t to say that without the UKMMAF none of this can happen on mindful shows, but the UKMMAF is a dedicated group of professional, knowledgeable, impartial and like-minded individuals who can guarantee everything is done to ensure MMA is viewed and accepted in the professional manner it warrants, and in doing so helps to silence the detractors who unfortunately still display a lack of understanding into the true essence of MMA.”

BAMMA referee and UKMMAF Regulatory Committee representative, Mark Woodard, said:

“I think it’s awesome that we are now in a position to be able to start pressure testing the protocols that we have worked so hard to create. Shadow sanctioning on a show like BAMMA will give us the feedback that is necessary to make sure that everything is in place to support and help promotions run a smooth, safe, professional promotion.

“In my opinion it’s the little things that can make or break a show and hopefully we have got these covered. Over the last few months things like finalising the Amateur rule set and gloves that are fit for purpose within that rule set have all been debated. Personally I am honoured and proud to have been in some small way a part of this body and feel its a massive step towards legitimising Mixed Martial Arts in the UK.

“It’s great to know that Promotions such as BAMMA see the value in what we have been working towards. We now have athletes who are making a living from competing in MMA and this is the time to get a regulating body in place. The UKMMAF are here to provide a solid framework to help the growth of the sport and its fantastic to see a promotion the size of BAMMA getting behind us.”



The mission of the United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation is to further the development and positive recognition of the sport of Mixed Martial Arts in the UK, enabling Amateur national competitions, education of coaches and officials, supporting affiliated member clubs and regulation of sanctioned events, ensuring the highest safety standards for all those involved in MMA. The UKMMAF is a volunteer led, non-profit organisation that has been accepted by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) as the national federation for the UK and works  with Safe MMA an independent medical advisory.



(London.28th March.13)  Following successful first Safe MMA events, representatives from Cage Warriors, BAMMA and UCMMA met on Thursday 21st March to feed back on their experiences of their first Safe MMA shows and to initiate improvements.

The following areas were addressed:

Registering fighters

A number of improvements have been proposed to the overall fighter registration process to make the system smoother and as simple as possible to use.

A follow up administration and processes meeting took place with 76 Harley Street’s practice manager on Tuesday 26th March to discuss and implement the changes.

Registration Times

One major issue has been fighters leaving it to the last minute to register. Sufficient time needs to be allowed for the following:

· It can take a number of weeks to book a GP appointment.

· It may also take time for the blood vials and medical forms to be posted and to arrive at Safe MMA

· 76 Harley Street doctors will also need a number of days allowance to review the forms

· Blood screening times can vary depending on where bloods are tested, if processed outside Safe MMA.

· There is no room for error for if a problem arises (e.g. a fighter has trouble finding a GP; or tests need to be re-done for some reason)

· It is not always possible to take bloods in the last couple of days of a weight cut due to dehydration.

· In some situations treatment may be needed (such as a short course of medication), which if completed in time would still allow the fighter to fight.

Fighters need to be encouraged to register to Safe MMA as soon as they have signed the fight contract, so their blood packs and medical forms can be sent out in good time for them to book a GP appointment.

Cut-Off Dates for Registration

Safe MMA recommends that fighters register at least 3 weeks out from the fight.

Except in the case of late replacements, the cut-off date for Safe MMA registration is one week prior to a fighter’s first fight date.

Where the fighter elects to submit NHS blood results instead of using the Safe MMA bloods service, the cut-off date for the submission of NHS blood results is 2 weeks before the fight date. There have been a number of incidents where NHS blood results have not covered either Hep B or Hep C and have had to be re-done as late as on the day of the fight.


Fighters in some parts of the country have been experiencing difficulties with booking in for GP medicals.

Safe MMA now has supporting doctors in Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle, as well as London who have been doing fantastic work to enable the success of the project.

We will continue to build a database of Safe MMA doctors around the country to form a supporting medical network.

Post Fight Medicals & Suspensions

· Safe MMA has been asked to stipulate more detailed requirements for cageside and post-fight medical professionals, including number of staff required and their qualifications.

· Safe MMA has been asked by medical professionals to stipulate standardised advised periods of suspension for different types of common injury.

· Advised suspensions MUST be given verbally to the fighter on the night by the post-fight doctor.

· Where there has for some reason been an issue and the medic has not advised a suspension, it is the promotion’s responsibility to advise a period of suspension (based on the standardised, advised time periods).

· Moving forward Safe MMA will publish the list of suspended fighters and their suspension periods, one week after each Safe MMA event (once Safe MMA doctors have reviewed the post-fight medical paperwork).

SAFE MMA Medical Meeting

Dr Mike Loosemore will be meeting with a number of medical professionals giving their support to the Safe MMA project on 10th April, for medical feedback and revisions.

Safe MMA Fighters Fighting On Non-Registered Shows

Usually if a Safe MMA fighter fights on a non-registered show he/she will need to have his/her bloods re-tested before returning to fight on a Safe MMA show. He/she will also be expected to submit any post-fight medicals from the other show to Safe MMA.

However, if the fighter fights on a show that upholds medical standards to the same level as Safe MMA or higher then they will not need to get their bloods re-tested before returning to compete on a Safe MMA show. (e.g. British Board of Boxing, UFC, Cage Warriors’ foreign shows). The fighter will need to submit their post-fight medicals to Safe MMA.

Where a Safe MMA promotion runs an event in a foreign territory, the promotion must submit the blood results of any non-registered opponent fighting a Safe MMA registered opponent. If this is done, then the Safe MMA fighter will not need to be re-tested before returning to a Safe MMA event.

Independent Safe MMA bouts

If a Safe MMA fighter fights on a non-registered show, he can make his own agreement with his opponent for it to be a SAFE MMA registered bout, if the opponent is also happy to register with Safe MMA. This would mean the fighter wouldn’t need to get their bloods re-tested to fight again on a Safe MMA show.

Staffing & Support

· 76 Harley St is employing a new member of clinical administrative staff to support their Practice Manager with the Safe MMA administrative work.

· At this stage promotions may need a dedicated Safe MMA rep to support them with getting fighters signed up ahead of shows. This is due to the fact that a lot of education is still needed

· A number of volunteers are now offering their help to Safe MMA; and at this time volunteers are most needed as Safe MMA reps supporting promotions with particular fight cards

· When a new promotion signs up to Safe MMA, another Safe MMA member will be allocated to provide support and advice to them for their first registered show and will be present at the event to offer help and guidance.

Responsibility to Safe MMA fighters

Safe MMA shows have agreed show support to the fighters who have paid to register for the year by offering them fights above others.