British judo Olympian Densign White has been appointed as the new chief executive of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF).
White is a triple Olympian, world championship medallist, five-time European medallist and Commonwealth Champion.
At the end of his competitive career, he moved into sports administration, serving for 11 years as the chairman of the British Judo Association from 2001 to 2012.
A stint with the European Judo Union as head sports director followed and White has also served as an executive member of the British Olympic Association for the past two years.
Mixed martial arts boasts an increasing number of athletes who have transitioned from judo, most notably Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who won judo gold for the US at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, two years before her MMA debut.
IMMAF president Bertrand Amoussou said: “Densign White brings invaluable experience from his previous administration of an Olympic martial art, and the IMMAF board believes that he is the best candidate to carry the organisation through the next phase of its journey.”
White added: “I am delighted to be joining IMMAF at this exciting and challenging time in its evolution. The growth of MMA globally has been extraordinary, but with that comes greater responsibility for IMMAF as the leading international federation for the sport. Over the coming weeks and months IMMAF will raise its game in terms of governance, education for coaches and officials and implement a new global programme of world class competitions. This project will require a lot of work from me, the board, our members and volunteers. With this combined effort I am confident that this organisation will achieve success beyond and above all expectations”
The IMMAF was established in 2012 as the international governing body of MMA.