IMMAF Representative in Canada is the CNMMAF
With the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) working with the UFC to hold a amateur MMA world championship in conjunction with July’s UFC Expo, people from around Canada have been lining up to control Canada’s national amateur MMA scene.
The first organization associated with the IMMAF in Canada was the Canadian Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Federation (CAMMAF). Headed by Jean-Charles Cardinal, the organization was run primarily out of Quebec, but also had western and eastern advisors Bill Mahood and John Williams, respectively.
However, Williams and Mahood left CAMMAF in 2013 and formed the Canadian National Mixed Martial Arts Federation (CNMMAF) with Williams given the title of president.
With the original CAMMAF group now splintered, the IMMAF revoked its observation membership on December 19, 2013. At the same time, the IMMAF granted Williams’ martimes-based CNMMAF observation membership.
With the recent disagreements on the comment boards (check them out HERE), Top MMA News contacted the IMMAF to confirm the story. The following is the response from Erika Mattsson, who is the IMMAF’s Director of Communications, which confirms the CNMMAF’s claims of affiliation with the international organization:
The IMMAF representative in Canada is the CNMMAF. They were given observation membership on the December 19th meeting of the IMMAF board. At that same meeting the previous member, the CAMMAF, was disaffiliated. The reason for this change was that the original group of parties from across Canada that in 2012 applied for membership under the CAMMAF banner broke down this fall. With the different parties no longer working together as initially agreed upon, and with no signs of reconciliation to ensure majority representation, the IMMAF had no choice but to remove observation membership from the CAMMAF. The CAMMAF are however an established organization and an important part of the Canadian MMA community, hence we will of course remain in contact and expect them to take part in the development of Canadian MMA. The CNMMAF today has more of a national spread, they have been given observation membership which will be monitored against set requirements going forward.
A lot of people in all parts of the country are very dedicated and working hard on behalf of MMA; there is no lack of passion, however lack of coordination and sometimes mutual understanding. We are doing what we can to broker a dialogue and ensure that all parties work together and that a functional national governing body is built properly. We are of course concerned with the conflicts and had hoped that by now the development of a stable Canadian federation would have come further, but MMA is still a young sport and creating structure is not an easy task, it requires patience more than anything. Our long-term goal for Canada is the same as for all other countries, which is for a non-profit, democratic national federation to represent all of the MMA community in the country and ensure the safety of the athletes, in accordance with international standards.