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Kerrith Brown: New year starts with bang as IMMAF competition calendar fills out

Kerrith Brown: New year starts with bang as IMMAF competition calendar fills out

For the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF), the year certainly started with a bang. Fresh off the back of receiving World Anti-Doping Code signatory status at the close of 2021, we were hurtling towards the rescheduled 2021 World Championships in January, thanks to the UAE MMA Federation and Palms Sports agreeing to rescue the event at short notice. Organisationally it was a roller-coaster ride not simply due to the extremely short timeline but also the fast-changing COVID-19 landscape that wreaked havoc on logistical planning at many levels.