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Template:Cleanup Template:External links According to MMA portal Tapology.com listings, there are hundreds of mixed martial arts (MMA) promotions producing MMA events around the world.[1] There are hundreds of MMA training facilities throughout the world as well.[2][3]

Current top MMA promotions

This is a list of the current most notable MMA promotions worldwide, companies that produce MMA fighting events.

Since the UFC came to prominence in mainstream media in 2006, and with their 2007 merger with Pride FC and purchase of WEC (2006) and Strikeforce (2013), no companies have presented significant competition, and the UFC has under contract most of the top ranked talent.[4] The UFC broadcasts their fights on Fox Sports and others.

Outside of the UFC, the current secondary major MMA organisations that also have on their roster at least 3 top 15 ranked fighters are:

  • Bellator MMA. Based in Newport Beach, California, United States. Broadcasts their fights locally on Spike TV and other networks around the world.
  • ONE Championship. Based in Kallang, Singapore. Broadcasts their fights locally on ESPN Star Sports and other networks around the world.
  • Invicta FC (all female MMA). Based in Enka, North Carolina, United States. Broadcasts their fights on UFC fight-pass online subscription service.
  • Though ranked #20 promotion overall; Japanese, all female MMA promotion JEWELS (DEEP JEWELS) which formed a strategic partnership to cross-promote with Invicta FC since 2012,[5] has many top ranked fighters in their female Atomweight division.[6][7]

Fighters usually get contracts in the above promotions including the UFC after competing successfully in other MMA organisations from around the world.

Some MMA organizations tend to exist more to build up prospects while others have a good mix of prospect/veteran. Some exist only to be feeder leagues to the bigger promotions, others exist to try and be the best in the world. Some organizations only do 4 shows a year while others are doing them monthly.

The top 50 regional MMA organisations in the world, have been evaluated by how much talent the promotion currently has, has had in the past, and how notable their fighting venues are while doing so. Popularity has some influence as well.


Note: #10. Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA). Based in Kearney, Nebraska, USA and #11. Legacy Fighting Championships (LFC). Based in Houston, Texas, USA. Have announced they will merge in 2017 Forming one major feeder League, (LFA) Legacy Fighting Alliance.

Other MMA promotions

-Right now this list is being built up, please help add to these and put in order of: 1. Promotion’s worldwide name recognition, 2. Time as a pro mma promotion, 3. Number of top high level Pro fighters.

  • EuroFC (European Fighting Challenge) - Based in Finland, CEO Jarno Kukila (The first-ever All-European MMA promotion)
  • RIZIN Fighting Federation based in Japan and founded by the former Pride FC president.
  • WSOF-Global (World Series of Fighting - Global, WSOF-GC) - World Series of Fighting has eight owners two of them use their International Branding Rights to create this separate promotion that focuses on only international shows. WSOF-Global affiliates with 13 current partner promotions.
  • TOP FC. Based in Seoul, South Korea.
  • BRACE MMA - [old name: Brace For War] runs most of its shows in Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle and the Gold Coast Australia. Broadcasts their fights on UFC fight-pass online subscription service.
  • Eternal MMA (EMMA) - Based on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Eternal MMA holds events in 2 states and 3 cities in Australia. Regular PPV events and popular Youtube channel
  • World Fighting Championship Akhmat (WFCA, Akhmat Fight Club, AFC, Akhmat Fight Show) - Grozny, Russia (backed by Chechen Republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov)
  • Combate Americas - The first U.S. Hispanic MMA franchise, founded by UFC co-creator Campbell McLaren. Broadcasts their fights on UFC fight-pass online subscription service.
  • TKO MMA (TKO Major League MMA) (CAN 2000-08 returned 2016) (Stéphane Patry). Broadcasts their fights on UFC fight-pass online subscription service.
  • Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) (aka: Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye) - Tokyo, Japan
  • Kunlun Fight - China
  • Venator FC - Bologna, Italy
  • Triumph Fighting Championship (TFC) - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Veteran MMA fighter Victor Valimaki's new promotion.
  • Art of War Fighting Championship (AOW) Beijing, China. Last event 2009 returned 2016.
  • Respect Fighting Championship - Herne, Germany
  • Parma Fights - Syktyvkar, Russia
  • Alaska Fighting Championship (AFC) - Alaska, USA. Broadcasts their fights on UFC fight-pass online subscription service.
  • Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) - Manila, Philippines
  • 1st Round Combat (1st RC) - Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
  • Real Fight Championship - [Old name: Real Fight MMA Championship] Japanese-managed MMA promotion based in Zhengzhou, Henan, China.
  • Aspera Fighting Championship (AFC, Aspera FC) - Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Full Metal Dojo (FMD) - Phuket, Thailand
  • Desert Force Championship - Amman, Jordan
  • Snow Leopard Fighting Championship (SLFC) - Founded by Kakail Nuristani. Based out of Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • Abu Dhabi Warriors FC (ADW,UAE) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirites
  • Xtreme Fighting Organization (XFO) - Chicago, Illinois, USA. Broadcasts their fights on UFC fight-pass online subscription service.
  • GRACHAN - Tokyo, Japan
  • Professional League of MMA (PLMMA, Profesjonalna Liga MMA), Created by Mirosław Okniński - Poland
  • Tech-Krep Fighting Championship - Krasnodar, Russia. Broadcasts their fights on UFC fight-pass online subscription service.
  • Real Xtreme Fighting - Romania
  • Gladiator Championship Fighting - Czech Republic
  • World Warriors Fighting Championships - Moldova
  • Shamrock FC - St. Louis, Missouri , USA
  • Ligue d'Arts Martiaux Mixtes du Québec (LAMMQ) - Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • Hard Knocks Fighting - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • BAMMA USA - Commerce, California, USA
  • American Predator Fighting Championships - Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA
  • Battlefield Fight League - British Columbia, Canada
  • Battlegrounds MMA - Norman, Oklahoma, USA
  • Ultimate Challenge MMA (UCMMA) - London, England
  • HOOKnSHOOT - Evansville, Indiana, USA
  • Mix Fight Combat (MFC) - Kstovo, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia 2009-2011 Promotion went defunct returned Dec 25, 2015.
  • Fight Time Promotions - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Unfortunately, their owner and boxing legend Howard Davis Jr recently passed away. It's unknown what will happen from this point on. Broadcasts their fights locally on CBS Sports Network
  • Mr. Cage Championship (MR CAGE) - Manaus, Brazil
  • Driller Promotions - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  • Dynasty Combat Sports (DCS) - Nebraska, USA
  • Atlas Fights - Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
  • Provincial Fighting Championship - London, Ontario, Canada
  • Gladiator Challenge (GC) - California, USA
  • Havoc Fighting Championship - Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
  • Arena Tour - Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Extreme Challenge MMA - Des Moines, Iowa, USA
  • The Hill Fighters - Gramado, Brazil
  • Watch Out Combat Show - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Counter Combat Club - Birmingham, England
  • MMA Down Under - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Xtreme Fighting Championship (Australia) - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • OneSilat Championship - a hybrid of MMA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Cage Titans Fighting Championship (CTFC, Cage Titans FC) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • ZST - Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Explosive Fight Promotions (EFP, Caged Madness, CM) - Akron, Ohio, USA
  • Gladiator Championship Fighting - Prague, Czech Republic
  • Strength & Honor Championship - Geneva, Switzerland
  • Fair Fighting Championship - Herne, Germany
  • Legion/Gladiator Fighting Championship - Grunsfeld, Germany
  • Xtreme Kombat - Mexico City, Mexico
  • Hip Show: Arena Combat - (2-On-2 Fighting) - Moscow, Russia
  • Max Fight - Sao Paulo, Brazil (different, Max Fight in Bulgaria)
  • Heat - Aichi, Japan
  • Storm MMA - Canberra, Hume, Australia
  • California Xtreme Fighting (Lights Out Promotions) - Califoria, USA
  • Sugar Creek Showdown (SCS) - Oklahoma, USA
  • King of the Cage Canada (KOTC Canada) - Alberta, Canada
  • Kingdom MMA - Hawaii, USA
  • Ultimate Warrior Challenge (UWC) (Essex, England) & another: Ultimate Warrior Challenge (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico)
  • The Zone Fighting Championship (ZFC, The Zone FC) - Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Storm FC - Rome, Italy
  • Battle of Botnia (BOB) - Umeå, Sweden (Run by UFC veteran Tor Troeng)
  • Predador FC (PFC) - Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Tenkaichi Fight (TF) - Okinawa, Japan
  • Minotaur MMA (Melbourne Fight Club) - Melbourne, Australia
  • Xcessive Force Fighting Championship (XFFC) - Alberta , Canada
  • Rage in The Cage (RITC) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA (Legendary promoter Roland Sarria quit under new management Nathan and Nolan Hyland)
  • International Fighting Championship (IFC) - Tuolumne City, California USA (Howard Petschler's IFC was the first MMA organization to create a cruiserweight division.) note: a different International Fighting Championship, in Austria and another in Barcelona, Spain that does MMA, boxing & K-1 events.
  • Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Entertainment (AMMAE) - Arizona, USA
  • MMA Berlin - Berlin, Germany
  • Absolute Action MMA (AAMMA, Absolute Action) - Kentucky, USA, Kentucky's Number 1 MMA Promotion. Founded in 2010
  • IMPI Fighting Championships - Southron Station, Hong Kong
  • Lappeenranta Fight Night - Lappeenranta, Finland
  • Warrior Nation Fight Series (WNFS) - Ohio, USA
  • Bushido Lithuania (BL) - Lithuania
  • Destiny MMA - Hawaii, United States
  • Immortal Fighting Championship (IFC) - Donegal, Ireland
  • Slugfest - Witkowo, Poland
  • V3 Fights: Based in Memphis, Tennessee: Nick Harmeier, founder and president (Alliance MMA, Inc.)
  • Shogun Fighting: Based in Baltimore, Maryland (Alliance MMA, Inc.)
  • (COGA) Combat Games MMA: Based in Kirkland, Washington (Alliance MMA, Inc.)
  • Evolution of Fighters (EOF) - Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Redemption International Fight Night (RIFN) - Karachi, Pakistan
  • S-1 Fighting - Quebec, Canada
  • Fight Exclusive Night (FEN) - Wrocław, Poland
  • Fight Night (Canada), (Z Promotions) - Alberta, Canada
  • Serbian Battle Championship (SBC) - Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia
  • Ambitions FC - Ekaterinburg, Russia
  • Clan Wars - Belfast, Ireland
  • Shock N Awe (SnA) - Hampshire, England
  • Bush Cree Promotions (BCP) - Colorado, USA
  • Ansgar Fighting League (AFL) - Barcelona, Spain
  • Conquer FC (CFC) - Richmond, California, USA
  • Venom Fight League - Nippon Training, Dietikon, Switzerland, Switzerland
  • Iron Man Vale Tudo (IMVT) - Amapa, Brazil
  • Potiguar Combat - Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
  • Iowa Challenge - Waterloo, Iowa, USA
  • International Ring Fighting Arena (IRFA) - Sweden
  • Midwest Cage Championship (MCC) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA
  • World Cossack Fight Federation (WCFF) - Ukraine
  • Caribbean Ultimate Fist Fighting (CUFF) - Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • Open Fight - Moscow, Russia
  • SteelFist Fight Night (SFN) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • Malaysian Invasion MMA (MIMMA) (Star Cruise-line fights) - Malaysia
  • The Fight Club (TFC) - was Alberta, Canada moved to Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Kombat League - Pedavena, Italy
  • MMA Koszalin - Koszalin, Poland
  • Sparta Combat League (SCL) - Denver, Colorado USA
  • Egyptian Fighting Championship - Cairo, Egypt
  • Next Level Fight Club (NLFC) - North Carolina, USA
  • Absolute Fighting Championship (AFC) - Hollywood, Florida USA
  • Prestige FIght Club MMA (PFC MMA) - Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Chiang Mai Fighting Championship (CMFC, Chiang Mai FC) - Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Scottish Fight Challenge (SFC) - Stirling, Scotland
  • Rei da Selva Combat (RDSC) - Amazonas, Brazil
  • Soul Fighting Championships - Poland
  • Dragon House (DH) - Zhong Luo's Dragon House is in San Francisco, California, USA
  • Fight UK MMA (FUK) - Leicester, England, UK
  • Real Fighting Championships (RFC) - Tampa, Florida, USA
  • We Love MMA (WLMMA)- [old name: Free Fight Association Germany] - Dresden, Germany
  • Legend Japan (LJ) - Japan
  • Alpha Fighting Championship (AFC) - Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Ultimate Beatdown - Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • North American Allied Fight Series (NAAFS) - Ohio, USA
  • Pancrace Fighting Championship (PFC) - France
  • Tribe Tokyo Fight (TTF) - Tokyo, Japan (Owned by Ryo Chonan ex-UFC, PRIDE, DEEP, DREAM, Pancrase, World Victory Road fighter)
  • International Martial Arts Tournament (IMAT) - Moscow, Russia
  • Jeremy Horn's Elite Fight Night (JHEFN) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Jeremy Horn - Early pioneer fighter, with over 108 fights & counting.
  • League S-70 (S-70, S70) - Sochi, Russia
  • Strike Fighting Championship (Brazil)(SFC) - Belem, Para, Brazil
  • Predador Fight Championship (PFC, Predador FC) - Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • BlacKOut Fighting Championship (BFC) - Kansas, USA
  • Brave (Brave Fight) - Saitama, Japan
  • Wardog Cage Fight (WCF) - Osaka, Japan
  • Philoctetes Niigata (PN) Once a year event Held every November - Japan
  • Demolition Xtreme Fighting Championship (DXFC, Demolition) - Japan
  • Carelia Fight (CF) - South Karelia, Finland
  • World Fighting Championships (WFC) - Nevada, USA
  • Freestyle Fullcontact Fight Championship (F3, F-3 Championship) - Malaysia
  • Chosen Few Fighting Championships (CFFC, Chosen Few FC) - Wisconsin, USA
  • Circuito Team Nogueira de MMA (CTN, Circuito Team Nogueira) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Dead Serious MMA (DSMMA) - Lincroft, New Jersey, USA
  • FightForce Mixed Style Fighting (FF, FightForce) - Montana, USA
  • Fight to Win Promotions (FTW, Fight to Win) - Denver, Colorado USA
  • Apocalypse Pitbull Fight Championship (Apocalypse Pitbull FC) - Roma, Italy
  • Summit Fighting Championships (SFC, Summit FC) - Mississippi USA
  • Copa Striker's House (SHC, Striker's House Cup) - Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
  • Strike Hard Productions (SHP) - Alabama USA
  • Superstar Fight (SF) - China
  • Fighter Gala (FG) - Copenhagen, Denmark
  • European Combat Sambo Federation (ECSF) - Kiev, Ukraine
  • World Cossack Fight Federation (WCFF) - Rostov-on-Don, Russia
  • Fighten Decagon MMA Championship (FCMMA, Fighten Championship) - Londrina, Parana, Brazil
  • FIGHT4PRIDE Championship (F4P) - Laval, Quebec, Canada
  • Trophy MMA (TMMA) - Sweden
  • Tayta Fighting Championship (TFC) - Lima, Peru
  • Fighter Soul Promotions (FSP) - Georgia, USA
  • Sporty Walki Gostyń (SWG) - Gostyń, Poland
  • Mix Fight Events (MFE) - Valencia, Spain
  • The Clash MMA (TCMMA) - Utah, USA
  • Battle Arena - Oxford, England
  • Princesses of Pain (POP) - Women's MMA based out of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Carnage in the Cage (CITC) - Mackay, Queensland, Australia
  • Warrior Fight Series (WFS) - London, England
  • Capital Fight (CF) - Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil
  • Centro de Treinamento De Atletas (CTA, CTA Combat) - Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Worldwide MMA Alliance Championship - Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • WBK - Jiangdong, China, China
  • Full Contact Championship - Mumbai, India
  • MMA Pro Ukraine (MMAPU) - Ukraine
  • ICE Fighting Championship (ICE FC) - Greater Manchester, England
  • Shinobi MMA FC - Queensferry, Clwyd, Wales
  • Slam Fighting Championship - Italian Mixed Martial Arts Promotion Company based in Florence, born in 2008 and created, owned, managed by italian fighter Marco Santi.
  • Nauas Combat - Brazil
  • All American Fight League [1] - United States
  • Caged Aggression - United States
  • GetDown Promotions - United States
  • ExciteFight - United States
  • Purgatory Fight Series - Toledo, Ohio
  • World Fighting Federation [2] - United States
  • Amazon Fight Combat - Brazil
  • Americas Fighting Championship - Brazil
  • Batalha MMA - Brazil
  • BH Sparta - Brazil
  • Big Way Fight - Brazil
  • Brasil Fight - Brazil
  • Brazilian Fighting Championship - Brazil
  • Cage Brasil Championship - Brazil
  • Clube da Luta - Brazil
  • Combate Extremo - Brazil
  • Face to Face FC - Brazil
  • Fatality Arena - Brazil
  • Floripa Fight - Brazil
  • Imortal FC - Brazil
  • Impact MMA - Brazil
  • Imperium - Brazil
  • JF Fight Evolution - Brazil
  • Limo Fight MMA - Brazil
  • Noxii Combat - Brazil
  • Recife FC - Brazil
  • Ronin MMA - Brazil
  • Bragging Rights - Australia
  • Centurion Mixed Martial Arts - Australia
  • Hex Fight Series - Australia
  • Local Kombat - Romania
  • Scandinavian Fight Nights
  • Underground Battle Mixed Martial Arts Championship UGB MMA - Philippines
  • WLF E.P.I.C - China
  • Eternal MMA Based in Gold Coast, Australia.
  • JNI Promotions Based in Sydney, Australia
  • JSL - Mizoram , India broadcast by Zonet and Organised by MISMA.

JSL will be renamed as Mizoram Fight League (MFL)starting June 2017, The League is the fastest growing MMA promotional Company in India.

Past MMA promotions

This is a list of now defunct MMA promotions:

  • Pride Fighting Championship (Pride FC) (JAP 1997-2007) - (acquired by Zuffa/UFC)
  • DREAM (JAP 2008-2012) - (acquired by Glory (kickboxing))
  • Strikeforce (USA 2006-13) (acquired by Zuffa/UFC)
  • Elite Xtreme Combat (Elite XC) (USA 2006-08) - (most of their assets acquired by Strikeforce)
  • World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) (USA 2001-10) - (acquired by Zuffa/UFC)
  • Affliction Entertainment (USA 2008-09)
  • International Fight League (IFL) (USA 2006-08) (Kurt Otto & Gareb Shamus)
  • BodogFight (Canadian Calvin Ayre, held HQ in Antigua 1994-2007)
  • Battlecade Extreme Fighting (EF) (Rick Blume) (NY,USA 1995-1997)
  • Cage Rage Championships (UK 2002-08) - (acquired by Elite Xtreme Combat) ·
  • Smackgirl (JAP 2001-08)
  • Spirit Martial Challenge (Spirit MC) (S. Korea 2003-2010) - (acquired by Elite Xtreme Combat))
  • Sengoku Raiden Championship (SRC) (aka..World Victory Road (WVR)) (JAP 2007-2011) (Naoya Kinoshita)
  • International Vale Tudo Championship (IVC) (BRA 1997-2012)
  • World Vale Tudo Championships (WVC) (BRA 1996-2002)
  • Greatest Common Multiple (GCM): Cage Force & Valkyrie, old name Demolition Octagon Gear (D.O.G.) (Jap 2005-2010 added women's MMA Valkyrie in 2008)
  • ICON Sport aka. SuperBrawl (SB) (Hawaii, USA 1996 -2008) (Jay Thompson) (acquired by Elite Xtreme Combat))
  • Hero’s (K-1 Hero's) (JAP 2005-2008 merged with DREAM)
  • World Fighting Alliance (WFA) (John Lewis)
  • World Extreme Fighting (WEF) (GA, USA 1998-2011)
  • X-treme Cage Championship (XCC) (Camuy, Puerto Rico 1997-1999)
  • International Absolute Fighting Council (IAFC) (RUS 1995-2010)
  • Adrenaline MMA (AMMA) (Monte Cox) (USA 2007-2009)
  • Legend Fighting Championship: (China 2009-2013) Asian tournaments focuses exclusively on native Asia-Pacific fighters Legend was co-founded by Mike Haskamp and Chris Pollak.
  • SLAMM!! Events (Netherlands, 2006-2012)
  • Shark Fights (USA 2008-2011)
  • Brazilian Vale Tudo Fighting (BVF) (BRA, 1996-1999)
  • Finnfight or Scandinavian open NHB Championships (SNC) (1998-2008)
  • Rio Heros (Brazil 20007-2008) (Jorge Pereira)
  • Rumble on the Rock (Hawaii 2002-2010 ) (Sadaharu Tanikawa) Started in 2002, this promotion was based in Hawaii and run by J.D. Penn, brother of mixed martial artist BJ Penn
  • Worldwide Fighting Championship (WFC) (Phoenix, USA 2005-2008)
  • Urban Conflict Championship (USA 2010-2011)
  • YAMMA Pit Fighting (USA 2008-2008) YAMMA Pit Fighting held 1 event. Attempt by Robert "Bob" Meyrowitz to come back he had started Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG) and helped co-create the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He was the owner of the UFC until he sold it to Zuffa in 2001.
  • HDNet Fights (USA 2007-2007) (Mark Cuban)
  • Iron Ring BET TV (USA 2008-2008)
  • Score Fighting Series (SFS): (CAN 2011-2012)
  • Fightclub Berlin (GER 2003-2011)
  • Desert Brawl (USA 2001-2011)
  • Dangerzone (USA 1999 - 2007)
  • MARS - (Tokyo, Japan 2006-2008)
  • Brass Knuckles Promotions (Medford, Oregon USA 2001 - 2011)
  • California Xtreme Fighting (CXF) 2006-2009 Formed by Mike Rush and Val Leedy.
  • Extreme Fighting Challenge (EFC) - (Columbus, Ohio 2002-2010) &
  • Extreme Fighting Challenge (EFC) - (British Columbia, Canada 2002-2010)
  • Fight Festival (Helsinki, Finland 1998-2013)
  • Elite Fighting Championship (UK 2010 - 2011)
  • Freestyle Fighting Championship (FFC) (Biloxi, Mississippi USA 2001- 2005) Founded by Lee Coates and Rob Braniff.
  • Gracie Fighting Championships (GFC) (USA 2006- 2007)
  • Universal Fighting Arts Organization (UFO) (JAP 1999-2002)
  • Warrior Fighting Challenge (Kentucky USA 2006-2008)
  • Fury FC - (São Paulo, Brazil 2006-2008)
  • Warriors War (Kuwait, 2001) Warriors War has held 1 event.
  • Ultimate Women Challenge, a NBC Reality Show based on TUF:(USA 2010) was hosted by Bas Rutten and model and Dancing with the Stars competitor Joanna Krupa.
  • Ironheart Crown (IHC) (Hammond, Indiana, USA 1998-2008)
  • MMA Big Show (USA 2006-2011)
  • Warrior-1 MMA (W-1 MMA) (Quebec, Canada 2009-2011)
  • Iroquois MMA Championships (Ontario, Canada 2008-2009)
  • Xtreme MMA (XMMA) (Quebec, Canada 2007-2009)
  • Ohio Xtreme Fighting (OXF) (Ohio, USA 2007-2009)
  • Astra (event) by J-Rock Promotions This was one time event on April 25, 2010, in Tokyo, Japan. A farewell for MMA star Hidehiko Yoshida. Fighters from various promotions such as Dream and World Victory Road were on the card.
  • Shine Fights - (USA 2009-1010) held three events COO Jason Chambers
  • Valley Fight League (VFL) - (Virginia, USA 2007-2013)
  • Cage Fighting Championship (CFC) - (Sydney, Australia 2007-2012)
  • Moosin - (USA 2009-2010) Moosin held only 2 events
  • Absolute Fighting Alliance (AFA) - (Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA 2009-2012)
  • Armageddon FC: (Owner: Darren Owen) (Colwood, British Columbia, Canada 2009-2011) Held 7 events. - (Merged with Aggression FC)
  • Aggression MMA: (Owner: Moin Mirza) (Alberta, Canada 2009-2012) Held 9 events. - (Merged with Aggression FC)
  • AX Combat: (Owner:Steve Fader) (Alberta, Canada 2011) Held 2 events. - (Merged with Aggression FC)
  • Aggression FC (Alberta, Canada 2012-2013) (Owners: Darren Owen, Moin Mirza, Steve Fader) Held 14 events - (became WSOF Canada)
  • Martial Arts Super Sport (MASS) - (Pennsylvania, USA 2011-2012)
  • Industry of Combat New Zealand (ICNZ) - (Auckland, New Zealand 2009-2012)
  • TPI Fighting Championship (TPI) - (Jakarta, Indonesia 2002-2005)
  • Champion MMA Pro Fights (CF, Champion Fights) - (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil 2012)
  • Chicago Cagefighting Championship (CCC) - (Chicago, Illinois, USA 2010-2011) 4 Events
  • Storm Samurai (SS) - (Parana, Brazil 2003-2007)
  • Superior Cage Combat (SCC) - (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 2011-2012)
  • Superfight Australia (SFA) - (Northbridge, Western Australia 2011-2012)
  • Extreme Brawl UK (EB) - (England 2002-2011)
  • Tear Up MMA Championship (TU, Tear Up) - (Bristol, England 2009-2012)
  • Supremacy Fight Challenge (Tyne & Wear, England 2011-2013)
  • ST Fighting Show (ST) - (Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan 2012-2013)
  • Steel City Rumble (SCR) - (Pueblo, Colorado, USA 2008-2013)
  • StandUpWar (SUW) - (Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Finland 2011-2013)
  • Standout Fighting Tournament (SFT) - (São Paulo, Brazil 2013) Held 2 Events
  • SportFight X (SFX) - (USA 2010-2012)
  • Sportfight Scotland (SFS) - (Scotland 20016-2011)
  • SportFight (SF) - (Oregon, USA 2005-2011)
  • Pain Pit Fight Night - (Wales, is now Cage Warriors Wales. Richard Shore still in charge working under the guidance of Graham Boylan.)
  • Black Trunk Fight - (Brazil, closed 2012)
  • Tocantins Fight Combat (Brazil, closed 2013)
  • Vale Fighting Championship (Brazil, closed 2011)

Past MMA promotions

This is a list of MMA promotions in limbo:

  • Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) (CAN 2001-2014) - A top 15 promotion
  • Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation (RUFF). Based in Shanghai, China. (Last event held Jun. 7 2014)
  • Championship Fighting Alliance (CFA) (Florida, USA 2011-2013)
  • Cage Contender (CC) (Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland 2009-2014) (CEO John Ferguson)
  • 10th Legion Championship Fighting (10th Legion) (UK 2008-2014) (Alan Orr)
  • Oplot Challenge (OC) (Kharkov, Ukraine, 2012-2015)
  • RINGS (Fighting Network Rings) (Akira Maeda) (JAP Tournaments 1995-2014)
  • Pink Fight (PF) (Pink MMA Fight) (Brazil women MMA) (BRA 2012-2013) Held three events (Wallid Ismail)
  • RisingOn Fighting Championship (ROFC) (Jap 2005-2013)
  • MMA Raju (Tartu, Estonia 2009-2014)
  • GRABAKA - (Tokyo, Japan 2011-2013)
  • Canadian Fighting Championship (CFC) (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 2009-2013)
  • Warriors Realm Fighting Championship (WR, WRFC) (Queensland Australia 2004-2013)
  • Ring Wars (RW) (USA 2001-2014)
  • Fearless Fighting Championship (FFC) - (Asia/USA 2006-2014)
  • Cage Fight Series (CFS) - (Graz, Austria 2007-2014)
  • Abu Dhabi Fighting Championships (ADFC) - (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirites 2010-2014)
  • Roshambo MMA - (Queensland, Australia 2013-2014) held 5 events
  • Twenty Four Seven Entertainment MMA - (Midland, Texas, USA 2011-2014)
  • Survivor Fighting Alliance - (Missouri, USA 2014) One event, Owners: RFA matchmaker Scott Cutbirth & Titan FC matchmaker Joe Wooster, "it’s about recognizing survivors of all likes (Cancer, war, autism, etc). We have overcome obstacles in our lives, and it’s important to recognize and help those who need support.”
  • SMASH Fight - (Curitiba, Parana, Brazil 2013) Held three events
  • Maximum Impact Fighting (MIF) - (Adelaide, Australia 2014) Held 1 event.
  • Meca World Value Tudo (MWVT) - (Brazil 2000-2014)
  • Muskelkater Fight Night (MFN) - (Mainz, Germany 2013) Held 2 events.
  • Nakamura Fight Championship (NFC) - (Goias, Brazil 2013-2014) Held 8 events.
  • Ox MMA Event - (Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil 2013-2014)
  • Praetorian Fighting Championships (PFC) - (Schaumburg, Illinois USA 2013)
  • Real Fight - (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2004-2014)
  • Prestige Fighting Championship - (Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada 2010-2014)
  • RawWar Fighting Championships (RWFC) - (Tamp, Florida USA 2013) Held 1 Event
  • Sparta-X (SX) - (Castrop Rauxel, Germany 2013-2015) Two events years apart.
  • Kombat Komplett (KK) - (Baumholder, Germany 2004-2013)
  • Into The Cage (ITC) - (Andover, Hampshire, England 2010-2014)
  • Lebanese Mixed Martial Arts Federation (LMMAF) - (Beirut, Lebanon 2013-2014) Held 3 Events.
  • Pitbull Fighting Championship (PFC) - (England, UK 2014) Held 1 Event
  • Polski Gladiator (PG) - (Legnica, Poland 2014) Held 1 Event
  • Pandemonium (MEZ) - MEZ Sports (Los Angeles, California, USA 2010-2013)
  • Praetorian Fighting Championships (PFC) - (Schaumburg, Illinois USA 2013)
  • Bellator Viam Vitae MMA (BVV) - (Denver, Colorado USA 2013)
  • Best of the Best (BOB) - (Belem, Para, Brazil 2012) Held 2 Events.
  • Big Bully MMA (BB) - (Ohio, USA 2012-2013) held 3 Event.
  • Black Dragon (BDMMA) - (Andrychów, Poland 2009-2012)
  • Valley of Kings MMA Championship (VOK, Valley of Kings) - (Cardiff, Wales, UK 2011-2013)
  • Valhalla Cage Fighting (VCF) - (Minnesota, USA 2013) Held 3 Events
  • Dare Fight Sports (DFS, DARE) - (Bangkok, Thailand 2011-2014)
  • Circuito de Lutas (CL) - (São Paulo, Brazil 2014) 2 Events
  • City Invasions (CI) - (Richlands, Virginia, USA 2013)
  • Club Angura (CA) - (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada 2013-2014)
  • Fresquez Productions (FP) - (Albuquerque, New Mexico USA 2011-2013) 3 Events
  • Fight Ikon (FI) - (Salford, Greater Manchester, England 2009-2013)
  • Shine Mixed Martial Arts (SMMA) - (Minnesota, USA 2013-2014) 5 Events
  • Superior Fighting Championship (SFC, Superior FC) - (Germany 2010-2013)
  • Substance Cage Combat (SCC) - (Ontario, Canada 2013-2014)
  • Submission Promotions (SP) - (Ontario, California, USA 2013) Held 2 Events
  • Street Combat System (SCS) - (Germany 2012-2013)
  • Stoke Fight Factory (SFF) - (Staffordshire, England 2013-2014) Held 2 Events
  • Spartakus MMA (SMMA) - (Rzeszów, Poland 2014)
  • Fighters Xpress Promotions (FXP) - (Dandenong, Victoria, Australia 2011-2014)
  • Fighters Arena (FA) - (Poland 2010-2014)
  • South American Fight Toeikan (SAFT, Toeikan) - (Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil 2014) Held 1 Event
  • Celtic Gladiator (CG) - (Dublin, Ireland 2011-2014)

Amateur MMA Organizations

Some may have one or two pro fights but their focus is on AMMY.

  • Aftershock MMA - Australia
  • World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA) - Russia
  • International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) - Göteborg, Sweden
  • Tuff-N-Uff - Spring Valley, Nevada USA
  • RMMAF Series - Romania
  • Fivestar Fight League (FFC) - Canada
  • Up and Comers Unlimited (UPC,UP & COMERS MMA) - Madera, California, USA
  • Fighters Source (FS) - USA
  • Xtreme Fighting Nations (XFN) - Miami, Florida, USA
  • Amateur Fighting Championship (AFC) (PLMMA's AMMY division) - Poland
  • KnockOut Promotions (KOP) - Muskegon, Michigan
  • New York Fight Exchange (NYFE MMA) - New York, NY USA
  • Aggressive Combat Championships (ACC) - New York, NY USA
  • TNT Fight Series - NY USA
  • Sprawl N Brawl - Richmond, Va
  • Art of Combat - Elmira, New York, USA
  • Kaged Kombat Fighting Championship - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
  • Kings of New York: Amateur MMA tournament - New York, NY USA
  • Amateur Combat Club - Lima, Peru (Owner: Johnny Iwasaki)
  • Smoker Fight (SF) - Davao City Philippines (Owned by Dr. Vicente)
  • Budofights (BF) - Oregon, USA
  • United States Amateur League (USAL) - Tampa, Florida, USA
  • More MMA (MMMA) - Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Supreme Cage Fighting (SCF) - Indiana USA
  • ICON Sports Association (ICON) - Austin, Texas, USA
  • Heroes Combat League (HCL) - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • CDM Promotions (CDM) - Houston, Texas, USA
  • Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting (WXC) - Detroit, Michigan USA
  • Slovenska Liga Amateruv MMA (SLAM – Slovakian Amateur MMA League) - Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Superior Combative Championships (SCC) Galveston, Texas, USA
  • Stellar Fights (SF) Delaware USA
  • Michigan Battle League (MBL) - Three Rivers, Michigan USA
  • Spar Star Promotions (SSP) - California USA
  • CageworX MMA (CX) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA
  • Gateway Fighting Series (GFC) - St. Charles, Missouri USA
  • Rise of Champions (ROC) - Romford, UK, Owned by Brad Pickett & his coach Mickey Papas

Amateur MMA Organizations in limbo

  • USA-MMA (USA 2007-2012)
  • Office to Octagon (OTO) - (Boston, Massachusetts USA 2013-2014) Held 2 Events.
  • Stateline Warriors (SW) - (Wisconsin, USA 2010-2014)
  • Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Championship Series (Canada 2013-2014)
  • Academie Impak MMA - (Beloeil, Quebec, Canada 2013-2014) 4 events
  • Amateur Sport and Professional Fight League - (Connecticut, USA 2014)
  • Amateur Fight League - (North Carolina, USA 2013-2014)
  • Amateur Fight League - (Washington State USA 2014)
  • Summum MMA Amateur Fight League (SMMA, Summum) - (Brossard, Quebec, Canada 2010-2011)
  • Super Fight (Quebec) (SF, Super Fight)- (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada 2012-2013)
  • Super Fight au Saguenay (SFS) - (Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada 2011-2013)
  • Submission Fighting Challenge (SFC) - (Repentigny, Quebec, Canada 2010-2013)
  • Team Legion (TL) - (Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada 2007-2013)
  • Extreme Adrenaline Championships (EAC) - (Fredericktown, Ohio, USA 2013-2014)
  • Supreme Promotions (SP) - (Chicago, Illinois USA 2011-2014)
  • St. Jean Fight Club (SJFC) - (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada 2013-2014)
  • Steevie Boxe (SB) - (Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada 2013)
  • Spirit Fighting Championship (SFC) (New York USA 2013-2014) Held 5 Events
  • Speedy Gym (SG) - (Granby, Quebec, Canada 2012-2013)
  • Central Pennsylvania Warrior Challenge (WC, Warrior Challenge) - (Pennsylvania USA 2009-2013)

Current top MMA gyms

Template:Main article These are the current top 10 MMA Gyms in the world based on how many top 15 ranked UFC fighters they currently train. There are 160 fighters who train at over 80 different gyms at the top 15 rankings in the UFC 10 divisions. The rankings are based on a system where a champion earns their gym a score of 25 points. A #1 contender is worth 15 points, a #2 contender is worth 10 points with a decrease in ranking equaling a decrease of 1 point until the ranking reaches #10. From there, rankings 11-15 are each worth 1 point. (updated July 2015):[8]

According to SB Nation (mmamania.com) September 2014 rankings, these are the top MMA camps in Asia:[9]

  • AKA (Thailand) located in Phuket, Thailand
  • Team Quest (Thailand) located in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Bangkok Fight Club located in Bangkok, Thailand

Current top MMA media

Web data traffic ranking leader Alexa Internet lists 50 online media outlets under its "MMA news and media" website category. As of October 17, 2015: the top 10 most popular websites covering the sport are:[10]

See also

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References

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  2. Gym Directory Tapology.com retrieved October 15, 2014
  3. Browse our MMA gym directory mmatraining.com Retrieved October 14, 2014
  4. "UFC's Dana White Talks Competition". BloodyElbow.com. 2011-04-14. http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/4/14/2110671/ufcs-dana-white-talks-competition. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  5. Press Release (June 7, 2012) Invicta FC Partners with Jewels to Create Top Female Fights. Fight Network Retrieved october 20,2014
  6. (Issue Date: 10/19/2014) Women’s Atomweight (110.9 lbs and under) fighter ranks, Fight Matrix Retrieved October 20, 2014
  7. (October 1, 2014) Unified Women’s Mixed Martial Arts Rankings mmarising.com Retrieved October 20, 2014
  8. Hutchinson, Michael (July 29, 2015) UFC Gyms fight camp rankings, SB Nation (BloodyElbow.com) retrieved September 22, 2015
  9. Goyder, James (September 2, 2014) Ranking the top MMA camps in Asia 2014 edition, SB Nation (mmamania.com) Retrieved October 14, 2014
  10. "Alexa - Top Sites by Category: Sports/Martial Arts/Submission Fighting and MMA/News and Media". alexa.com. http://www.alexa.com/topsites/category;0/Top/Sports/Martial_Arts/Submission_Fighting_and_MMA/News_and_Media. 

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