New rules and regulatory committee strengthens EMMAA

Marie Spencer
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The English Mixed Martial Arts Association (EMMAA) has formed a rules and regulatory committee to strengthen its management structures, enhance technical standards and increase the benefits it can deliver to the sport at all levels.

The new committee – which will be chaired by leading MMA referee and former fighter Daniel Movahedi – will develop and implement rules for domestic amateur MMA tournaments, as well as youth and junior events.

They will also formulate rules relating to weight classes, match judging criteria, rules for different events, as well as other key technical issues. The committee will also develop regulations related to disciplinary matters and athlete misconduct.

Commenting on the new committee, English Mixed Martial Arts Association President Marc Goddard said: “The formation of specialist committees like this is key to any national governing body overseeing safety, fairness and integrity when developing a sport.

“With this group of trusted and established industry professionals, we can now announce the Rules & Regulatory committee to sit alongside our already established specialist committees. EMMAA continues to evolve and drive forward the development of MMA in this country.”

The other members of the six-person committee are international MMA judges Ben Cartlidge and Michael Williams plus professional MMA referees Sam Amidi, Rich Mitchell plus Charlotte Laurance.

Meanwhile the countdown is on to the EMMAA National Amateur Invitational tournament this Autumn. The event will be staged as part of the Arnold’ Sports Festival at Birmingham’s NEC (between 1 and 3 October, 2021). It will be used as part of the England Youth team selection process, for the 2022 IMMAF Youth World Championships. For more information click here

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