Since its formation, AIMMAA has grown to be one of, if not the oldest mixed martial arts governing organization in the world. The word organization being referred to as a MMA governing body rather than a business promotion of MMA like the UFC. AIMMAA’s founder board consists of martial arts pioneers who introduced this sport at an era when MMA was still confused with WWE. AIMMAA is registered in India as an organization to promote and develop Mixed Martial Arts and was the first MMA organization ever to apply for recognition as a National Federation with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
AIMMAA has been training, certifying and providing platforms for some of India’s most experienced Mixed Martial Arts athletes, referees, judges and coaches. AIMMAA has been organizing and supervising the sport aspect for Super Fight League: India’s first MMA promotion to go mainstream as well as the 2.0 version of Super Fight League which boasted of the world’s first MMA team format which brought on board for the very first time celebrity team owners to a full contact combat sport.
In 2018 what’s unique with AIMMAA as a mixed martial arts governing organization in India is that it has separate committees designated for 1] Amateur MMA 2] Pro MMA 3] Referee/ Judge training and certification 4] Sport MMA for kids and teens 5] MMA for women’s self defense and 6] MMA for fitness.
AIMMAA has been affiliated with a few International MMA organizations over the past two decades. The fact remains that since the sport is still in its infancy as compared to many other rival combat sports like boxing, wrestling and judo … MMA has received stiff opposition worldwide from numerous national sports federations. The sport is still misunderstood and sometimes the wrong promoters portray MMA in a light which results in the entire MMA community being painted by the same brush. The truth still also remains that MMA is not a sport recognized by the International Olympic Committee and is received worldwide more as a sport for professional athletes. This year AIMMAA has been recognized and affiliated to GMMAF : Global Mixed Martial Arts Federation, world headquarters in the United States. AIMMAA associates strongly with the values and vision of GMMAF and believes this association will benefit both athletes, officials and coaches alike and will last for many years to come.
On Oct 1st, 2018 The AIMMAA founder board and working committee after receiving numerous recommendations, unanimously voted Mr Avi Mittal as its Honorary Chairman.
“Mr Mittal with his national and international network will only strengthen AIMMAA’s already determined vision for Indian MMA athletes to achieve global success” said AIMMAA founder Daniel Isaac.
“I am both honored and elated to chair the AIMMAA board, I have been closely following AIMMAA’s efforts in India and want to bring my successful business experience to enable us to grow as an Indian MMA Organization with a worldwide vision” said Avi Mittal..
Aparajeet Mittal a.k.a Avi, was born and brought up in Mumbai and received his education from top universities in Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Avi grew up to be an entrepreneur forming an investment fund, a management and development consultancy firm, Golden Ace Ventures.
He then became the Global Director of business development at the Super Fight League, the world’s first MMA format sports league, following which he additionally took on the same role at the Super Boxing League.
A recent venture Avi has co-founded is a talent management company, Superstars Celebrity Management LLP. As CEO at Superstars, Avi focuses on building strong working relationships with clients and celebrities. Avi being an avid sports fan, owns Undefeatables FC in the roots premier league tournament and is a player in the team as well.