IMMAF’s Jennings Suspended Following Doping
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) is the international governing body for amateur MMA.
Dallas Jennings of Missouri represented the St. Louis-based United States Mixed Martial Arts Kick International Federation (UMMAF at the 2016 IMMAF World Championships of amateur MMA in Las Vegas last July. After taking home a silver medal in the Men’s Middleweight (185-pound) division, he later failed a drug test.
According to an IMMAF report, Jennings admitted to the use of “two Androgenic Anabolic Agents and two Hormone and Metabolic Modulators, in addition, an atypical finding of a T/E ratio of 46, (the threshold T/E ratio is 4.0).”
He will now commence serving a four-year suspension from the IMMAF/UMMAF that lasts until July 9, 2020. The right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport was given but declined. Testing was administered by “an independent tribunal appointed by the IMMAF.” While the IMMAF has yet to be considered an organization recognized by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) they are compliant WADA in an effort to achieve Olympic recognition of MMA.
Jennings has been stripped of his silver medal, points, and any prizes as his 2016 World Championships results have been disqualified. Despite this, the IMMAF currently has no policy for reallocation.
IMMAF CEO Densign White said after the results were made public, “In light of the recent doping violations it seems the issue may be ignorance and lack of education in some instances. If an athlete is using a substance, no matter how innocuous they believe it to be, whether it be for legitimate medicinal reasons or otherwise, the list of prohibited substances is stringent and this needs to hit home. There is no way around it and there is no margin for error. Everyone must understand that our Anti-doping policy is serious and on par with the standards of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA.)”
As a team, the United States are now listed at fifth in the IMMAF World Amateur MMA Ranking with 3,806 points and are behind Ireland (3,987), South Africa (4,796), Bulgaria (6,727), and Sweden (12,503.)
Team USA originally tied with Ireland for first place at the 2016 World Championships with five medals (2 bronze, 2 silver, 1 gold each) followed by Poland’s five (3 bronze, 2 silver) and Sweden’s four (1 bronze, 3 gold.)