6 April 2010, Singapore: The Asian Mixed Martial Arts Federation (AMMAF), the governing body for mixed martial arts in Asia announced today the biannual general meeting will be held in Singapore on May 11th, 2010.
Founded in 2009, the AMMAF is a group of Asian MMA industry leaders committed to working towards the development and rapid growth of the sport in Asia. The AMMAF Founding Members are Evolve Mixed Martial Arts (Singapore), Tiger Muay Thai (Phuket, Thailand), Legacy Gym (Ubon, Thailand), NeoFight (Korea), URCC (Philippines), and UMAC (China).
The Federation and its members are committed to providing a formal network of information sharing and mutual support for the development of Mixed Martial Arts. It also strives to initiate and promote safe sport practice, rules and regulations, strategies and plans for the growth of Mixed Martial Arts in Asia.
The AMMAF inaugural meeting was held in 2009 in Singapore and was hosted by ESPN STAR Sports.
“The Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) is the first professional MMA Championship in the Philippines and we have been involved in this sport since 2002,” said URCC Founder Alvin Aguilar. “It has taken a long time to develop an MMA governing body that understands the uniqueness of the Asian market and we are very proud to be a part of building this Federation.”
“Our meeting in Singapore and engaging in regular dialogue allows us to ensure that we work together both as event organizers and for the utmost safety of AMMAF licensed fighters. AMMAF sanctioning immediately identifies an MMA event as legitimate and adhering to a unified standard of rules and regulations, this is what you need to grow the sport to greater heights,” said Chatri Sityodtong Founder of Evolve Mixed Martial Arts.
The meeting in May 2010 will focus on establishing fighter and club membership and licensing, official sanctioning of MMA events around the region, and referees and safety.