Main Irish body is seeking to increase safety of participants
Published 13/04/2016 | 02:30
Despite its growing popularity in Ireland, mixed martial arts (MMA) does not have anything approaching the organisational structures of other combat sports such as boxing.
Efforts to organise under a national governing body have intensified in the past two years with the setting-up of the Irish Amateur Pankration Association (IAPA).
It ultimately plans to seek recognition from Sport Ireland, the successor to the Irish Sports Council.
The association has introduced regulations to increase fighter safety, including mandatory annual medical check-ups specific to combat sports.
It has also set minimum requirements for the number of medical personnel who must be present at events.
The IAPA has been affiliated with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) since last year.
The IMMAF was launched with the help of MMA's biggest promotion company, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and has affiliated associations in around 50 countries.