MMARATED.COM: An Inside Look At WAMMA

WAMMA’s President And Executive VP Discuss The Future Of The Sport

(FULL DISCLOSURE: I HAVE RECENTLY ACCEPTED A POSITION AS ONE OF THE POLLSTERS ON WAMMA’S RANKING COMMITTEE.)

The World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts was founded in November 2007. But, really now, what are they all about? What are they trying to accomplish?

Many MMA fans have asked these questions in the last five months and now its time to seek some answers.

So, MMARated Radio invited WAMMA’s President and CEO, David Szady, and its COO and Executive Vice President, Michael B. Lynch, to talk about WAMMA’s goals and what they have accomplished thus far. We even found out about an MMA legend that is now on board with WAMMA (hint: he’s quite the Natural).

Some other talking points:

* What was the impetus behind WAMMA
* What kind of reception have they received thus far
* Is the UFC on board?
* What kind of discussions have they had with Zuffa?
* Why should the UFC work with WAMMA?
* Is there really a need for an organization such as WAMMA?
* What are WAMMA’s goals?
* What have they been able to accomplish thus far
* Which big name fighter is now affiliated with WAMMA
* How will they help protect the health and safety of the fighters
* What kind of uniformity will they look to bring to the sport.

All that and, trust me, much more. A very interesting interview.

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE

MMARated.com & JarryPark.com Are WAMMA-Approved

I thought I would share this exciting piece of information with all the loyal residents of The Park…

MMARated.com is proud to announce that it’s editor-in-chief, Ariel Helwani, has been added as a new pollster on the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA) Rankings Committee. WAMMA’s Ranking Committee Chair, Sam Caplan, publisher of Fiveouncesofpain.com and contributing writer for CBSSports.com, extended an invitation to Helwani late last week.

Established in November 2007, WAMMA’s main goal is to rank MMA fighters by weight division, establish unified rules, ensure the safety and welfare of fighters, and sanction world championship bouts. According to its website, WAMMA will attempt to create a unified legitimacy to the sport as well as increase it’s integrity.

WAMMA does not promote fights, rather, it hopes that its rankings will help MMA promoters decide who the top contenders are in each weight class and, hopefully, have them work together to provide MMA fans with the best fights possible. Helwani joins the likes of The Houston Chronicle‘s Steve Sievert, MMAJunkie.com’s Dan Stupp and The Fight Network’s Mauro Ranallo on the 16-person committee. Each month, the committee will rank the top ten fighters in the heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, lightweight and featherweight division.

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