First MMA Sanctioning Body To Launch Next Week In NYC


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Noted MMA Vets Set to Launch First Sanctioning Body for the Sport

Wrestling Star Bill Goldberg to Join FBI Veteran David Szady, MMA Legends Pat Miletich and Don Frye, Boxing Manager Godwin Asifo in Announcing WAMMA

`World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts’ to be the Sport’s First-Ever Sanctioning Body, Unifying the MMA World and Setting the Stage for First Cross-Promotion Fight Cards

NEW YORK–Respected figures from the business world, professional and amateur athletics, medicine, and sports journalism will gather at a lunch/press conference next week to launch the first ever MMA sanctioning body. WAMMA — the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts — will rank fighters by weight division, establish unified rules, ensure the safety and welfare of fighters, and sanction world championship bouts. Most important, it will enable the best fighters in the world to face off against each other, creating unified legitimacy and increasing the integrity of the sport.

The press conference — on Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at 12:00 pm — will take place at Gallagher’s Steak House, 228 West 52 Street, New York City. Steak lunch will be served for reporters. A full schedule is below. Please RSVP to attend.

Appearing at the press conference will be former wrestler and NFL player Bill Goldberg; MMA Legends Pat Miletich and Don Frye; noted boxing manager Godwin Asifo; attorney Fred Levin, who helped manage the career of boxer Roy Jones, Jr.; nationally known attorney Michael Lynch; and David Szady, a 33-year veteran of the FBI.


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