For Immediate Release: March 30th, 2018
By Justin Brown– UMMAF SE Regional Director
The United States Mixed Martial Arts Kick International Federation (UMMAF) is extremely proud to welcome Mr. Barry O’Neill to our organization as the Virginia State Representative to provide guidance in regards to UMMAF throughout the state and to be a voice to represent VA athletes, coaches and officials on the National level. Mr. O’Neill brings his knowledge and experience on board as an asset, as we work together in our goal toward Olympic Recognition globally for the sport of Amateur MMA.
Barry O’Neill is a retired Special Forces Operator with over 20 years of experience in combat arts training and instruction. He is a certified/licensed official with over a decade of experience coaching and training with high-level mixed martial arts teams in Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina. As a coach, he has led multiple fight teams and individual fighters to championships. Barry continues to regularly train and coach mixed martial arts and is a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under 3rd Degree Black Belt Ray Casias out of TBJJA. After working as a lead official with UMMAF in the state of TN, Barry and his family just recently relocated to the Chesterfield VA area. Barry looks forward to continuing his efforts toward increasing safe regulatory efforts throughout the state.
The UMMAF team is thankful to have Barry on board to help support and raise recognition for UMMAF throughout VA, for the benefit of local athletes and promotions. UMMAF is a registered 501(c)3 not for profit organization sponsoring a host of programs dedicated to amateur martial arts. The organization was formulated exclusively for the establishment and development of general practices within amateur Mixed Martial Arts in the USA as the official governing body for MMA in the USA representing the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF). IMMAF is the only World governing body of MMA internationally acknowledged to develop the sport of MMA as a developing Olympic sport. The UMMAF is the only organization established, audited and approved by the IMMAF, to develop MMA athletes in the United States for recognition on the World stage in critically important National and International events which will qualify the sport for inclusion in the Sport Accord, which is the next step to Olympic recognition.
Lets welcome Barry on aboard the UMMAF team and wish him continued success with his contributions toward the safe growth of Combative Sports! Barry is pictured below: