Malaysian Invasion MMA (MIMMA) held a press conference in Kuala Lumpur earlier this week to announce plans for Season 3, plans that including the addition of several new divisions and an international fight cruise.
MIMMA is the brainchild of Tune Talk CEO Jason Lo with the Minister of Youth & Sports, Yang Berhormat Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin, with the objective of developing the mixed martial arts (MMA) scene in Malaysia by focusing on the grassroots level in order to create a stronger base for the sport locally with the hope of one day producing a world champion.
This season there will be nearly $50,000 in cash prizes to be won and MIMMA will also be adding a female division for fighters between 48kg and 56.7kg, as well as a foreign division for non-Malaysian fighters between 61.2kg and 70.3kg.
From the Tune Talk CEO (and bona fide rock star in Malaysia):
"We are proud to be part of this journey of building the MMA scene in Malaysia with efforts from all quarters, from many fighters, trainers, gyms and fans. From all the franchises, we stand today more united than ever. More than any slogan can suggest or illustrate. The MMA scene in Malaysia over the past few years has bloomed from where it was relatively unknown, unfounded and uncool. Now we have local tournaments from every corner of our nation. And a burgeoning amateur scene empowered by the understanding and beliefs that amateurs have an advantage, are better informed than ever and can make the right decisions for their careers."
That's not all.
MIMMA also announced ‘Mixed Martial A’RRRR!: "Terror on the High Seas," which will be the first fighting event held on a cruise ship in international waters. The four days, three nights (Penang – Phuket – Krabi – Penang) MMA cruise crossover will start from the 31st of May through the third of June (2015).