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Former ISKA Director Ralph Cook Accepts Position As UMMAF NW Regional Director!

The United States Mixed Martial Arts Kick International Federation (UMMAF) is extremely proud to welcome Mr. Ralph Cook to our organization as a regional director to provide sanctioning oversight for events throughout the Northwest. Mr. Cook brings a wealth of experience to UMMAF which will aid in the continued growth of Mixed Martial Arts.
“We’re really proud to have Mr. Cook join us in our quest to develop amateur MMA throughout the USA. Mr. Cook’s commitment and dedication to the sport will provide a strong voice for the safety of the athletes and the continued development of quality events under his jurisdiction.” states Frank Babcock, Executive Director of the UMMAF. “With support and recognition, the UMMAF continues to work with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) to better align rules and regulations for amateur athletes and qualified events to match those required for global competition. “It’s exciting to see the progress made, not only in the USA, but on a global scale to unify amateur MMA competition.”
Please extend a warm welcome to Mr Ralph Cook

Ralph Cook was born on October 15, 1968 in Neptune, New Jersey. He graduated from Fort Pierce Central High School in 1988. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Security Police Specialist. While in the Air Force he received his Associates Degree in Industrial Security through the Community College of the Air Force. During his tenure in the United States Air Force he was assigned to the USAF Desert Warfare Training Center and performed duties as team leader for the Ground Combat Training. Upon completion of this assignment he became the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Quality Control and Evaluation for the 99 Security Forces Group. It was this assignment that sparked his interest in regulatory affairs. Ralph was then reassigned as the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the 99 Air Base Wings Antiterrorism Office. His responsibilities included the Antiterrorism program, Operation Security program, and Military Deception program. He received accolades for having the best Antiterrorism program in the command in 2009. During a 2010 Operational Readiness Inspection the Operational Security and Military Deception Program was rated “Outstanding”, 1 of only 3 programs to receive this distinction.
Upon his retirement from the United States Air Force Ralph decided to combine his two favorite passions of Regulatory Affairs and Mixed Martial Arts. Ralph was selected as the Nevada State Director for International Sport Karate Association (ISKA). Ralph has a Bachelor’s degree in Business. During his time as the Nevada State Director ISKA he has grown the organization from one promotion to five. He supervised and ensured the training a team of 35 ISKA certified officials. To date he has provided oversight to over 130 amateur and professional events since 2008.
“I look forward to this great opportunity to work with UMMAF and the great people associated with it. UMMAF has a stellar reputation for being a premier sanctioning body in combat sports. UMMAF’s number 1 priority is the fighter, their safety, and wellbeing. They [UMMAF] are making great strides in improving combat sports through its association with IMMAF and other industry leaders. I am excited to see how UMMAF transforms this great sport in the future and glad to be a part of the team.” States Mr Ralph Cook.
Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, the USA Mixed Martial Arts Kick International Federation (UMMAF) is a registered 501(c)3 not for profit organization sponsoring a host of programs dedicated to amateur martial arts. The organization was formulated exclusively for the establishment and development of general practices within amateur Mixed Martial Arts in the USA as the official governing body for MMA in the USA representing the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF). The IMMAF is the only World governing body of MMA internationally acknowledged to develop the sport of MMA as a developing Olympic sport. The UMMAF is the only organization established, audited and approved by the IMMAF, to develop MMA athletes in the United States for recognition on the World stage in critically important National and International events which will qualify the sport for inclusion in the Sport Accord, which is the next step to Olympic recognition.

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