TO IRISH MIXED MIXED MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION PROFESSIONAL MMA COMPETITOR STANDARD
3 ARENA, DUBLIN 16th DECEMBER 2016
All competitors on the Bellator 169 – BAMMA 27 co-event tonight at the 3 Arena in Dublin, have been confirmed as ‘Safe MMA Plus’ clear
BAMMA set a precedent for medical safety in MMA earlier this year when athlete clearance for BAMMA 26 saw all competitors to meet the new, enhanced Irish medical standard.
Working voluntarily to meet the guidelines of the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association (IMMAA), BAMMA required its fighters to undergo MRI/ MRAs of the brain and specialist eye-tests, in addition to the standard Safe MMA requirements for athlete annual medical examinations and tests for blood borne viruses.
Since then, every professional MMA fighter to compete in Ireland has met the enhanced criteria through the general consensus of the Irish MMA community; and BAMMA has committed to its continued implementation across its events both in and outside of Ireland.
U.S. promoter Bellator, engaged Safe MMA’s third party, medical clearance services for its event in the United Kingdom in July; but tonight’s show marks another stake in the ground for athlete safety. As Bellator meets BAMMA for a joint card in Dublin, it has also unified with its British partner in committing to meet the Irish ‘Safe MMA Plus’ standard and continuing the legacy upheld by the Irish MMA community in 2016.
Full List of Safe MMA Plus Competitors for Bellator 169 and BAMMA 27