— Published 23 March 2021

Seven at once

The health crisis does not appear to be slowing the development of mixed martial arts (MMA). The international disciplinary body (IMMAF) announces that it has registered the arrival of seven new member countries, mostly from the African continent: Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Guyana, Malta, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Saint Lucia. With this new contingent of member countries, the IMMAF now has 114 national federations. At the same time, the MMA body decided to add three new members to its Athletes’ Commission: American Forrest Griffin, from the professional ranks (UFC), Irish Jack Corr and Malaysian Colleen Augustin. IMMAF is making no secret of its ambition to include MMA in the program of the Los Angeles Games in 2028 as an additional sport. But the international body is still not recognised by GAISF, despite its repeated attempts. A prerequisite for possible recognition by the IOC.