On Saturday figures in MMA from Northern Ireland met up and discussed some pressing issues in regards to the amateur side of the sport.
I was sent the following press release by the UAMMA:
Ulster Amateur MMA (UAMMA) are proud to announce that on Saturday 28th May an inaugural meeting between the North's Promoters, esteemed Referees and UAMMA Representatives was held.
A number of major issues were discussed and agreed and we will be publishing detailed statements over the forthcoming days, including agreed Medical and Safety standards, a New Referees Commission and an agreed progression system for MMA Competitors.
As everyone is aware UAMAA have run two very successful Junior and Novice Tournaments over the last year, as a result we have piloted and developed a system that allows a competitive outlet that is all inclusive.
This system has been further developed to include IMMAF Amateur Rules for 18 year olds upwards. This structure will allow promoters, coaches and teams to develop their athletes in readiness should they wish to move from the tournament circuit into the Promotions. It will also develop a high standard of competitor with a full range of competitive experience behind them.
UAMMA intends to hold a minimum of 3 Tournaments per year.
It was unanimously agreed that Unified Rules will be used at Private Promotions/Shows and we will be producing guidance on these rules through our new Referees Commission over the next few days.
We have attached a Competition Progression diagram below for ease of reference.
If you have any questions please feel free to pm us here.
Thank You RODNEY MOORE - UAMMA
DANNY CORR - UAMMA