A delegation from the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation recently visited the headquarters of the French boxing federation called Fédération Française de Boxe (FF Boxe) in Paris, France. The delegation was headed by IMMAF president Kerrith Brown.
The French sports ministry has chosen the FF Boxe as their preferred choice to run the sport of MMA in France. The federation will set up and manage the necessary administrative, competition and membership structures via an internal MMA specialist unit until an independent MMA federation is ready to go it alone.
“We are very impressed with the positive attitude of FF Boxe,” Brown said. “They are reaching out to France’s MMA community and building something that is both pragmatic and sustainable.”
“The FF Boxe has the know-how, existing structures and human resources to help MMA develop in France,” Brown continued. “We are going to work closely with them, establishing regular communications and providing any support or guidance that is required.”
The IMMAF delegation also included IMMAF CEO Densign White and IMMAF chief strategy officer Nicolas Davies. They met FF Boxe national technical director Patrick Wincke, FF Boxe technical officer and liaison officer for MMA Lionel Brezephin and National Pro Boxing League president Arnaud Romera.
“It was a pleasure to welcome IMMAF to our HQ in Paris and to tell them more about our plans and challenges,” Wincke stated. “As the world governing body for amateur MMA, IMMAF has well established frameworks for governance, technical rules, membership, educational pathways and competition management systems and are happy to share their knowledge with us. We are looking forward to building a strong working relationship.”
The FF Boxe is already hard at work building an administrative framework for MMA in France and will begin a wide consultation process with a series of workshops to bring together the MMA community being planned over the next six months. It is expected that elections for the MMA Committee within the FF Boxe will take place in September 2020.