The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is pleased to announce that a Thai Mixed Martial Arts Federation (TMMAF) has been newly formed in affiliation with IMMAF.
An interim working committee has been established to form the non-profit, democratic organisation by Kingdom Co. Ltd, the sole MMA promotion company in Thailand which operates commercially as Full Metal Dojo.
The interim board will initially be appointed internally from among stakeholders who have been instrumental in the development of MMA in Thailand. However once the federation has been successfully established, the TMMAF commits to holding its first general assembly within 2 years, at which new board representatives will be democratically elected by its membership – formed of clubs, gyms and associations.
The interim Board of Directors for the TMMAF includes:
Acting President – Niti Techottiasnee, Executive Martial Arts Center
Acting Vice-President – Jon Nutt, Full Metal Dojo
Anont Vidhayasirinun (board secretary), MMA Thailand
Oliver Coste, Knockout Power
Mark Abbott, Thai Top Fitness
Morgan Perkins, Bangkok Fight Lab
Shannon Cai, Burnshell Team
The TMMAF will also be working to establish a number of technical sub-committees, tasked with the development of best practice and sport regulation, to include the sanctioning of professional and amateur MMA events. The formation committees will be headed by the following persons:
Arbitration – Niti Techottiasnee
Regulatory Affairs – Jon Nutt
Coaching – Morgan Perkins
Medical – Oliver Coste
The TMMAF plans its first amateur MMA competitions in Thailand for 2016.
Jon Nutt, Vice President of the Thai Mixed Martial Arts Federation, said:
“We at Full Metal Dojo are very excited that Thailand is now a member of the IMMAF family. Being able to represent Thailand at IMMAF championship events is a great prize for the competitors of our amateur show ‘Made in Thailand’ premiering later this year. We are convinced that Thai fighters will win the audience over with their skills and fighting heart once they are let loose on a world stage.”
IMMAF President, Kerrith Brown, said:
“Thailand boasts a rich combat sports history and we are excited to embrace the Thai Mixed Martial Arts Federation as a member. Part of IMMAF’s work is not only to work with existing national governing bodies for MMA, but also to support their development in regions where a formal structure is still being put in place. The establishment of the TMMAF has grown out of committed work by the IMMAF administration team and we are fortunate to have earned the support of key players in Thai MMA. We look forward to welcoming the first Thai team to showcase its skills on the IMMAF championships platform next year.”
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