The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation has announced its decision to freeze the ranking points for the IMMAF World Amateur MMA Rankings for both athletes and national teams from March 8, 2020 to March 9, 2021. It is subject to the global new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic situation.
This is due to the cancellation of all IMMAF tournaments in 2020 with the exception of the IMMAF Oceania Open Championships that took place at the Gold Cost Recreation Centre in Palm Beach, Australia from March 6-8, 2020. The federation is planning to resume its competitions in 2021.
“The reason for this decision by the IMMAF Board is to ensure fairness in light of the cancellation of competitions this year,” IMMAF president Kerrith Brown explained. “This will allow the value earned in ranking points to be carried over to when competitions recommence. We are fully planning to come back bigger and stronger in 2021 and we will make sure for our athletes that it will have been worth the wait.”
The IMMAF World Amateur MMA Rankings are determined by the points accrued by athletes and national teams through participation in IMMAF Continental Open and World Championships. Full ranking points are issued where there are twenty or more national teams competing at an event.
If there are fewer than 20 countries competing, only 50 percent of the full ranking points are issued. In ordinary times, the points gained in each individual competition expire.
For the first 12 months, ranking points retain their full value 100 percent. After 12 months, the value of the points decreases by 50 percent and after 24 months, the value of the points is reduced to 0.