Date: Dec 21st, 2017

We are proud to announce UMMAF is expanding into the great state of Michigan along with a new partnership with Big John’s MMA! Big John’s MMA is a true northern Michigan original. Proprietor and match-maker John Yeubanks has been matching MMA fight cards north of US-10 for over a decade. Big John’s MMA was among the first fight promotions to sanction amateur contests, even before state legislation was enacted to do so. It is this commitment to excellence, safety, and integrity that provides the entertaining, action-packed shows that fans are used to seeing. Well… after a two-year, self-imposed hiatus… Big John is BACK!! And back with a vengeance, as the Spring of 2018 marks the comeback with TWO shows in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. The first of which will take place on March 24 inside the Dream Maker’s Theater in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA, and the second of which will happen the very next month on April 28, inside the Kewadin Shores in Saint Ignace, Michigan, USA. These two fight cards will feature some of the best and most talented Professional and Amateur athletes from both the US and Canada, and will be overseen exclusively by the UMMAF!

This is exciting news for UMMAF as we have looked into Michigan for awhile as a key state that fosters top-level talent and Big John has been integral in that development for over 10 years now. In addition to sanctioning events and progressing fighter safety within the state, we look forward to working with Big John to help extend opportunities for those amateur athletes in the state who wish to pursue the dream of international competition on our US National team as they compete around the world.”  – Justin Brown (UMMAF)

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). 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.

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Justin Brown
SE Regional Director