It has been confirmed that the Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) has become a Member of the Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA), following approval by the GAMMA board on Thursday.

Founded in March 2007, the SMMAF is one of Europe’s oldest national federations for mixed martial arts. It is mandated by its government to regulate and sanction both amateur and professional MMA in Sweden. Its President August Wallen stands as an original founder of the international amateur MMA movement.

Wallen explained the SMMAF’s  reasons for joining GAMMA:

 “We are looking forward to being with GAMMA, as an athlete-centred organisation which reflects the priorities of the SMMAF.  As an organisation seeking the best competition opportunities and conditions for all, the SMMAF is impressed by the level of support provided by GAMMA and is looking forward to sending a large team to the GAMMA World Championships in Indonesia in December. I am confident that becoming a member will be beneficial for our entire Swedish community.”

The SMMAF becomes the 76th Member of GAMMA, joining 21 European Members. Renowned for a successful national team that has accrued international medals and produced top tier athletes, the SMMAF’s participation will surely contribute to the competitiveness of GAMMA’s European and World tournaments.

Commenting on the Membership of SMMAF,  GAMMA President Alexander Engelhardt said:

“We are always pleased when we welcome new Members into our GAMMA community, particularly those that recognise our ambition and values. With the history of the SMMAF, this is particularly significant, and we thank August and the entire SMMAF for their trust. We look forward to having their athletes compete in our World Championships at the end of the year.”