About us

The English Mixed Martial Arts Association, EMMAA, was launched in June 2019. It is led by international referee Marc Goddard, as President, and has a total of eleven directors. EMMAA are the sole national body recognised by The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) for England. IMMAF is the international global body for Mixed Martial Arts.

Our Goals

  • To develop and promote the education, training and safeguarding of young people, competitors and coaches in MMA.
  • To develop the amateur sport with the long-term goal of seeing MMA at the Olympic Games.
  • To harness the benefits MMA has to offer wider society.
  • To represent English MMA internationally with the development of a national team via domestic competition.
  • To promote a positive image of mixed martial arts.

Our key objective is the development of MMA as a sport discipline. EMMAA shares the International Olympic Committee (IOC) belief in sport’s power to connect people. We will promote MMA as a sport for everyone, regardless of origin, social status, race or religion. Our is education at a grass roots level in order to minimize risk in the discipline. The Olympic Spirit and fair play are the principles that we aim to instil in the youngest generation. Alongside sport development and regulation, the long-term goal is to see MMA into the Olympic Games.

Key Activities

The activities of the English MMA Association will be:  

  • Outreach to clubs, fighters, officials, doctors and all participants for national registration.
  • Unification of processes for participant safety, medical issues, personnel, licensing, rules and regulation, equipment, etc.
  • The launch of a series of amateur tournaments, culminating with the inaugural English national championships – EMMAA National Finals.
  • Develop a relationship with Safe MMA around athlete health registration.
  • Lobbying for the regulation of MMA licensing with Sport England.
  • Building a cooperative relationship with the Team GB Olympic Committee.

The Board

The Coaching Team

Paul Rimmer
Lee Bown
Ryan Thomas
Vaughan Lee
Kamby Banger
Andrew Fisher
Patrick Martin
Christian Smith
Dave Lee

The Rules and Regulatory Commitee

The Performance Board