“I am very excited and personally thrilled at the launch of Safe MMA here in the UK. Since its inception and our initial discussions the goal for me has been clear – to help raise and maintain the safety standards by which Mixed Martial Artists compete here in the UK. For me there was simply no other place to start, other than the single most important aspect of MMA competition – the safest possible environment in which fighters can compete. Bringing together the UK’s leading and most established promotions under a single common goal was also a huge personal achievement for me.Together we strive for the same end goal, but without the commitment of these major organisations to the concept of SAFE, our initial launch would have been so much more arduous. Even more excitingly the later birth of the UKMMAF, which will have dual member representation in the form of myself and my colleague Rosi Sexton, created a unique opportunity which allowed for mutual recognition between the UKMMAF and Safe MMA . Safe MMA with its solely unique approach to covering only the medical and safety aspect makes for a smooth transition, and an almost “plug-in” medical advisory application instantly in tandem with the growth of the additional facets that a full and true Governing Body will bring.SAFE MMA welcomes all willing participants and new member promotions who also share in the same aim as the founding organisations. I very much look forward to the growth of member applicants into 2013 and beyond. The SAFE MMA project has been a long time coming.” Marc Goddard, International Referee
“Safe MMA is the way forward. It gives fighters the reassurance of knowing that their safety is being taken seriously, and will help the legitimacy and reputation of our sport as a whole. This is a milestone for UKMMA, and I’d urge all fighters, coaches and promoters to support it and get involved.” Rosi Sexton, UFC fighter
“BAMMA is really proud to be on board with Safe MMA. The launch of this project marks a major step forward for MMA in this country as different promotions have come together to focus on the wider issues affecting the sport. One thing we all have in common is a concern for the medical safety of athletes. I urge all UK promotions, gyms and fighters to join us in signing up to Safe MMA to make a stand for fighter safety and to help protect and legitimise the sport in the UK.” Jude Samuel, BAMMA VP of Talent Relations
“This initiative is a huge step in the right direction for MMA in the UK. The sport in this country is still in its infancy to an extent so we at Cage Warriors welcome the introduction of SAFE MMA and we’re very pleased to be involved. “The safety and well-being of fighters is our utmost priority. We’ve always endeavoured to do things the right way for the good of fighters’ health. Last year we introduced mandatory blood-testing, which one is just one example of what needs to be done.
“Fighters sacrifice so much and really put themselves on the line, so the onus is on the likes of us to introduce measures to ensure that it’s possible for them to showcase their talents in as safe an environment as possible. The introduction of SAFE MMA will bring UK MMA another step closer to where it needs to be and I would urge all fighters, gyms and promotions to get involved. “This really is essential for the future of our sport. As long as this is in place and supported well it will be a game-changer for MMA in this country.” Graham Boylan, Director of Cage Warriors
“I have been in support of Safe MMA from its initiation. The sport needs medical regulation to see it expand in the UK and for it to be recognised as a mainstream sport, but more paramount is the safety of fighters.” Chris Zorba, Director of OMMAC
“As many of you know, the SAFE MMA initiative has been widely adopted and hugely successful in the UK since launching in February. Promotions approved by SAFE MMA get this approval because they have demonstrated verifiable levels of quality and safety. SAFE MMA works with these promotions and their fighters to achieve this. This includes blood testing for infectious diseases (e.g. HIV, hepatitis), an annual full medical examination, pre- and post-fight medical assessments, appropriately qualified cageside medics and paramedics, and easy access confidential advice from SAFE MMA professionals. It is with great pleasure we can announce that Irish fighters and promotions now have the option of signing up to SAFE MMA-Ireland. We believe that this is WIN-WIN. Win for fighters as they are assured of high standard safety during fights and win for promotions as they get the help they need to maintain safety from SAFE MMA’s organisation.” SafeMMA- Ireland