Great news released ahead of UFC on FUEL TV in Stockholm. A new non-profit organization hoping to regulate, develop, and expand the sport of MMA world wide launched in Sweden, calling itself the International MMA Federation. The need for an international regulating body has been championed by NSAC chief Keith Kizer and UFC president Dana White. This is a huge step forward for MMA in response to many voices both domestic and abroad concerning the ethical view of "the fastest growing sport in the world". Will New York still stand by it's ban on mixed martial arts competition as the rest of the world moves forward in accepting the sport on an amateur and professional level?
In regards to amateur competition, one of the IMMAF's goals is to have MMA included as a sport in the Olympics. I can't express my excitement enough at the thought of the future of MMA. If MMA is eventually included in the Olympics, the natural progression will see a massive expansion in the talent pool and the rise of solid promotions on the professional front. It is an amazing time to be involved in the sport as a fan or a participant. We don't have to imagine how people felt as baseball, football, or basketball started to grow and gain new fans, athletes and world wide acceptance...it's happening now!
One thought I had when I read this news was 'what will Olympic MMA look like?' Will it be similar to current amateur MMA, or will it be an entirely different set up? How many rounds, how many minutes per round? I feel it will have to be scored rather than judged, considering Olympic style boxing and kickboxing went in that direction to circumvent biased judging. What do you think?
More information can be found at www.immaf.org