WMMAA President Vadim Finkelchtein at 2017 IMMAF World Championships Awards Ceremony with IMMAF Board Director Col. Al Khayyat

WMMAA President Vadim Finkelchtein (left) with IMMAF President Kerrith Brown (right)

(London. 21 November 2017) At the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation’s 2017 General Assembly in Manama on 17 November, IMMAF’s membership approved the commencement of negotiations with the World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA) for a proposed merger.

Both organisations have applied to the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) for recognition as the global governing body for the sport of MMA. Since GAISF will only recognize one governing body to represent any sport, the dual application is creating an obstacle to the recognition of MMA.

The resolution proposed to the IMMAF General Assembly permits IMMAF’s Board of Directors to negotiate merger terms with WMMAA and for a letter of intent for a future merger to be written. The majority of IMMAF’s membership voted in favour, with just 7 abstentions and no delegates against.

WMMAA President Vadim Finkelchtein and Executive Director Tatiana Klimenko were in attendance at the 2017 IMMAF World Championships Finals in Manama yesterday where Mr. Finkelchtein presented a medal in the closing awards ceremony.

IMMAF President Kerrith Brown said:

“The approved resolution opens the door to a great opportunity for collaboration. It will be a pleasure to work alongside Mr Finkelchtein and his team during the negotiation process, as we work to agree on terms that would bring the best mutual outcome for both our organisations and our memberships.”

WMMAA President Vadim Finkelchtein said:

“We have officially launched the unification talks. We are two similar organisations with equal goals. GAISF (previously SportAccord) let us know that MMA will be accepted only when represented by one global body. We invited Kerrith Brown of IMMAF to visit our World MMA Championships in Astana where we had preliminary talks. Now I was invited to visit IMMAF’s World MMA Championships in Bahrain. We’ll continue negotiating with our goals set on GAISF and, subsequently, IOC.”