IMMAF and UFC renew partnership
By Edward Carbajal
The UFC and the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) announced that they renewed their partnership this week. If you were fortunate enough to attend the UFC’s annual International Fight Week held every July in Las Vegas last year, you would be familiar with the level of talent and competition the organization holds at events connected to the federation.
Last week the IMMAF let fight fans know they would be there again this July leading up to UFC 200. It’s not just fights and international events, the IMMAF looks to increase fighter safety at amateur and professional levels worldwide.
What the super bowl is to football fans, what Wrestlemania is to pro-wrestling fans, International Fight Week is becoming the equivalent in MMA. The partnership is proof that the sport is growing internationally and the efforts coming from partnerships with the standards of safety being a priority should help with its growth in the future.
Lorenzo Fertitta has mentioned in an interview with BBC that eventually MMA can be an Olympic sport. Having an international partnership with IMMAF could be the first steps in making that happen.
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.