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MMA on Its Way to the Olympics?

The new International Mixed Martial Arts Federation plans to take MMA to the top.

In what's sure to be a huge step for the future of mixed martial arts, they have landed a nonprofit federation that plans to grow the sport around the world and push for it to get a place in the Olympics. The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) ) officially launched today. The Swedish-based organization will bring extra legitimacy to MMA by regulating rules and marketing it to other countries. The UFC has already voiced its support of the IMMAF. And according to the Federation's vision statement, they want "MMA to be recognized as a sport through the full membership of IMMAF in SportAccord." SportAccord, or the General Association of International Sports Federations, was created to unite different sports federations. They stress that the ultimate goal is to become an Olympic sport, calling it the "highest formal recognition possible for any sport. Hence that is what the IMMAF will strive towards." Get more MMA news at Cage Potato and Heavy.

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