The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) is proud to welcome the Philippine MMA Federation (PMMAF) as its newest member.
Based in Manila, the Philippine MMA Federation is a registered, non-profit organisation founded by and composed of the pioneers of MMA (mixed martial arts) in Southeast Asia. Its primary purpose is to promote and educate Filipinos in the sport of MMA and develop athletes who can represent the nation on the IMMAF platform.
The PMMAF membership network consists of more than 120 gyms across the Philippines. With their vast events experience, the PMMAF heads have established TV deals with major television networks and work closely with the Philippine Sportswriters Association.
Leading figures of the PMMAF first came together to present URCC MMA in 2002 and have promoted more than 200 events since in both amateur and professional MMA. As the first MMA organisation in the region, the group paved the way for the legalisation and recognition of MMA by the Philippine government, under the Games and Amusement Board.
PMMAF President, Alvin Aguilar, is known to many as the ‘father of MMA’ in the Philippines, as the first Filipino Jiu-jitsu black belt having begun training in 1994 with the iconic Gracie family.
The PMMAF Board of Directors includes Marcus Valda, Richard Lasprilla and Secretary Joey Lepiten, each selected for their decorated backgrounds across MMA, BJJ and judo.
PMMAF President, Alvin Aguilar, stated:
“We are extremely pleased with the confirmed recognition of the Philippine MMA Federation under the IMMAF. We look forward to inviting representatives to hold educational seminars and clinics in our country and will continue to use our vast experience in MMA events to continue the development of home grown athletes through national championships, and soon hope to be named as host for a future IMMAF Championships.
“It is a dream come true for us that MMA is becoming a sport with the potential to be in the Olympics. Introducing MMA in the Philippines was a difficult process. Now the world will see MMA practitioners for who they really are – the most dedicated athletes around. We are proud to support IMMAF.”