Three of the UK’s leading mixed martial artists have joined together in a bid to tackle knife crime head on.
UFC stars Darren Till, Leon Edwards and Jimi Manuwa are united and hope their influence, in three of the country’s biggest and worst hit cities, can have a lasting impact across nation.
All three are currently discussing ideas with MP’s and Police in Liverpool, Birmingham and London towards hands on roles, supporting and advising the authorities on how best to tackle knife crime culture in the UK.
Edwards, who is the leading contender for a shot at the UFC welterweight title, said: “Myself, Jimi and Darren come from similar backgrounds, even though we are from different parts of the country, we’ve been through these same kinds of struggles and we all know what these kids are thinking and feeling.
“We are trying to use our platforms to bring awareness to the issue of knife crime and to see what we can do it help. Hopefully, we can use the power of martial arts to changes some of these kids lives, just like it did for my life, and Darren’s and like it did for Jimi.”
The English Mixed Martial Arts Association (EMMAA) is fully supportive of the initiative of the three fighters and is excited to see what future role it may have in conjunction with their plans.
One of the primary goals of EMMAA is to encourage MMA clubs and gyms to become community hubs across England. EMMAA’s Industry Coaching Programme launches in September, which will be the first significant steps towards unifying clubs across the country.
Edwards added: “We are all bouncing around ideas at the moment, ourselves with some MP’s and the police. to see how we can make a real impact. It’s early days yet, but we are all committed to make real change happen.”