The IMMAF is proud to announce its first member from the Middle East region, the Jordan Mixed Martial Arts Federation. Joining the IMMAF just before the new year, the JOMMAF is formally approved by the Jordan Olympic Committee and is dedicated to develop MMA in the region and aid its neighboring MMA federations in joining the IMMAF.
The Jordan Mixed Martial Arts Federation was formally established in 2013 after having first been founded in 2009 as a committee under the umbrella of the Jordanian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. They have established a positive relationship with the authorities and were recently, after a mandated two year trial period, deemed eligible for full-fledged federation status and approval by the Jordanian Olympic Committee.
“The Jordan MMA Federation is honored to join the IMMAF family. The sport of MMA has been going through a meteoric rise in the MENA region and the efforts of the Jordanian MMA federation is a solid example to be followed in the region” says His Highness Prince Hussein Mirza, Chairman of the JOMMAF.
Over the past years the JOMMAF has been one of the most active federations in the MENA region in promoting and hosting MMA events. With membership issued in December 2013, the Jordan MMA Federation becomes the first Arab nation to join the IMMAF, where the total number of members now have reached 30.
“We are very pleased to welcome the Jordan MMA Federation and are impressed with the professionalism of such a young federation in a country where MMA is quite new “says IMMAF President Mr. Bertrand Amoussou. “The language barrier has proven it sometimes difficult for us to present the IMMAF in the Arab region and widely carry out the message of how crucial a non-profit, democratic structure is for the future and safety of the sport. Now with a member in the region dedicated to help out with translations and introductions we are confident that our work of creating a safe environment for the Arab MMA communities will move at a quicker pace.”
“It is with pride that we accept this observation membership and we look forward to serving the sport of MMA in Jordan as well as the MENA region to a more professional and better regulated sporting environment” says the General Secretary of JOMMAF, Mr. Zaid Shurdom.