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By Mike Johnson on 3/22/2021 7:21 AM


[London. 22 March 2021] There are just nine days left to enter the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF)’s Young MMA Journalists Competition, which was launched in January to an enthusiastic response and closes at midnight GMT on 31 March 2021.

Two winners are to be awarded the opportunity to report on the 2021 IMMAF World Championships in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan from 27 November to 4 December under the training and mentorship of a senior journalist with decades of experience in covering elite, international sport. Travel, accommodation and routine daily costs will be covered by the IMMAF.

The winners’ written and audio-visual work about the action and news around the championships will be published on official IMMAF platforms. The journalists will receive training, remotely in advance of the event as well as onsite, also with guidance from IMMAF’s communications team.

IMMAF President Kerrith Brown, said:

“Don’t miss out on this unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to receive professional training and report on amateur MMA’s largest and most prestigious event of the calendar year. IMMAF is committed to supporting the development of MMA journalists from around the world, as important actors in the development of the sport for which IMMAF was founded.”


This opportunity is open to any young person worldwide who is not a professional journalist and is 26 or under.

To enter, provide the following to by the following date:

1)         CV - A one-page curriculum vitae or resume detailing your education and any work experience in reporting sport and/or in operating cameras and editing material for audio-visual material.

2)         SUMMARY – A 250-word summary in English saying why you want to be part of the project and what you hope to do in your future career.

3)         EXAMPLE OF WORK - A 400-word written story in English OR a selection of edited audio-visual interviews or reports (maximum duration 3 minutes; MP4 format) which you have carried out in reporting MMA or any other sport or live news events.

4)         PUBLISHED WORK - Links or pdfs of any published works, if applicable

5)         SOCIAL MEDIA - Links to any key posts on your social channels that you feel would support your submission / illustrate your portfolio / style

 The audio-visual interviews can be conducted in another language. The subject matter does not have to be MMA, but the material must have been filmed and edited by the candidate.

The event must be something you have covered in person. It cannot be an event watched on TV, but it could also be any type of interview you have carried out. Any level of MMA or sport can be covered – from school or youth to professional level.

The standard of English for the written work does not need to be perfect but must reflect your ability without significant help from anybody else.


The competition opens today, 13 January 2021 and closes at midnight GMT on 31 March 2021.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of experienced journalists and media professionals from around the world.  Successful candidates will be informed of the results by the end of June 2021.


Entrants will be judged based on the quality of the submissions, their enthusiasm and long-term promise and potential.


See Official Rules (Terms & Conditions)


For enquiries contact


About IMMAF:

Founded in 2012, the purpose of IMMAF is to further the development, recognition and regulation of the sport of MMA (mixed martial arts), enabling amateur competition though the organisation of national MMA federations around the world. With a seven-year track record of organising international amateur Championships and developing the sport globally, IMMAF's membership today includes 114 National Federations worldwide with National Olympic Committee recognition in 49 countries. IMMAF has advanced programmes for education and certification of MMA coaches, referees and other technical officials, as well as Youth Development. Supported by the UFC®, IMMAF is the only legitimate international governing body for MMA, working to gain sport recognition and see MMA into the Olympic Games.