The English Mixed Martial Arts Association [EMMAA] are pleased to announce that the upcoming UFC event at The O2 in London on March 19th will see co-operation between the two in a shadow sanctioning capacity. The UFC’s commitment to the growth of Mixed Martial Arts [MMA] on a Global scale and in particular the correct and safe regulation of the sport where the highest standards are adhered to often sees events take place in countries and territories that do not formally recognise or govern the sport.
In the United Kingdom the sport of MMA is not officially recognised by the Government but the formative and step by step approach of the EMMAA who have already began the lengthy process of gaining recognition including talking to Sport England should not be overlooked. The UFC have long been credited as an organisation that openly heads toward and works diligently with regulation.
Marc Goddard, acting chair of the EMMAA said: “This is a fantastic gesture and move by the World’s leading Mixed Martial Arts organisation the UFC. It shows their commitment and openness to ensure that both the safe and correct roll out of the sport is adhered to in a unified and recognised manner as well as allowing developing regulatory bodies the chance to cooperate and work alongside them. I would like to sincerely thank the UFC for allowing the EMMAA to be able to shadow sanction and gain from the experience and knowledge that they have in putting on World class events whilst maintaining the highest of standards”