At RFC 2, IMMAF launches China initiative with Coach Kavanaugh

RFC 2 Taiwan MMA
RFC 2 poster

This July 7-8, Reign in Power FC 2 (RFC) takes place in Taipei City, Taiwan and is sanctioned by the Chinese Taipei Mixed Martial Arts Association (CTMMAA) under the affiliation of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF). Also in attendance at the event are China International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (CIMMAF) and China MMA sponsor Wujie Sports.

Whew. Acronyms.

The event is a 2-day affair of amateur MMA, sanda, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, and BJJ. On the first night, RFC 2 will showcase professional MMA in the cage, headlined by Glenn Sparv versus Park Jun-Young. Two very well known Taiwanese fighters will also be featured. Jeff Huang will take on Yuta Nakamura, and Rocky Lee will face Rex Delara. Also, the hardest working man in MMA, Will Chope, graces Taiwan again against Bilal Williams. Check out the full card on Tapology.

In Asia, Taiwan has been on the forefront of building up fighters through amateur leagues. With the establishment of the IMMAF, there is now more awareness of and resources for these efforts. During the RFC amateur MMA competition, the leaders of the IMMAF and the regional entities came together to cement their commitment to the development of MMA in China.

IMMAF China Coach John Kavanaugh
IMMAF China initiative: Coach John Kavanaugh and IMMAF President Kerrith Brown

First, Chinese MMA sports sponsor Wujie Sports stepped up in a big way. They signed a three-year exchange and coaching program deal with Conor McGregor’s team SBG MMA and Coach John Kavanagh, IMMAF Coaching Committee consultant and President of the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association under IMMAF. Their aim is to “raise the level of MMA at the professional end in China, and the profile of Chinese athletes internationally to spearhead the growth and appeal of the sport.”

As per the IMMAF:

“Under the agreement SBG Ireland will, on a monthly basis, supply MMA coaches to four regions in China that sit under the China International Mixed Martial Arts Federation – Yunnan region, Henan region, Sichuan region and the Northern region. SBG will also offer an exchange programme that will see Chinese MMA athletes travel to Dublin on training camps.”

Second, the IMMAF and CIMMAF announced they will implement a “Talent Development Pathway” for coaches and athletes, led by new Director of Development, Andrew Moshanov.

These initiatives are coming quickly in advance of the 2018 IMMAF Asian Open and Junior World Championships which will take place from September 3 to 8, 2018 in Beijing, China.

Coach John Kavanagh said,

“To now be invited out to help the Chinese coaches and fighters improve their level in MMA is a great honor and dream come true. I’d especially like to thank IMMAF President Kerrith Brown and CIMMAF President Mr. Wei for making this possible.”

IMMAF President Kerrith Brown said,

“With China’s population of 1.4 billion, the country has a vast potential, untapped market for MMA… This presents a fantastic opportunity for IMMAF and CIMMAF to implement a safe pathway for participants and proper governance while MMA is still in its infancy there.”

Tickets for both days and all martial arts events during the RFC 2 festival can be purchased here.