Competition structure

Competition provides an ultimate test of skill in any and every sport, to include mixed martial arts.
IMMAF – WMMAA provides national federations with a set of recommendations for organisers of amateur MMA events for all age groups and suggests the following structure.

AgeNational EventsInternational EventsRules
6-9club events,
technical displays
with minimum
uncontrolled
physical contact
IMMAF – WMMAA
guidelines
10-11club, regional,
national
IMMAF – WMMAA
guidelines
12-13club, regional,
national
Youth Championships
(U14)
Youth MMA Rules – C
14-15club, regional,
national
Youth Championships
(U16)
Youth MMA Rules – B
16-17club, regional,
national
Youth Championships
(U18)
Youth MMA Rules – A
18-20club, regional,
national
Junior Championships
(U21)
Amateur MMA Rules
18+club, regional,
national
(Senior)
Championships
Amateur MMA Rules

IMMAF – WMMAA recognises the need for a smooth transition from amateur to pro for those competitive athletes wishing to pursue a professional career.

The IMMAF – WMMAA Talent Pathway or “progression scheme” is being taught through IMMAF – WMMAA Coaches Licensing Courses worldwide, and will be published here at immaf.org soon. For information about upcoming courses, please contact your National Federation.

See also: 

Guidelines for running youth events
Youth Rules
IMMAF Calendar of  events