To be qualified for an IFS title belt, fighters must have either a minimum of five sanctioned fights along with a winning ratio or a minimum of four undefeated sanctioned fights. Champions must defend the title within one year or forfeit the title.
Want to fight for the IFS?
The IFS accepts fighters of all weight classes, gender, and nearly all ages even if it’s your first fight. First, you must be approved by your coach and dedicate time to training. Secondly, you must be willing to develop a fan base and social media presence. The IFS will provide you with materials needed and a step-by-step method of how to do so.
Step 1: Submit Your Application
Fill out and submit the online form in detail with your coach. You must provide your current information and disclose your complete fight history. Make sure to include your minimum and maximum fight weight. Once matched, the IFS will send your coach a detailed confirmation agreement. You and your coach must reply in agreement.
Step 2: Sell Event Tickets
For each fighter, a batch of 50 sequentially-numbered General Admission tickets and a Commission Sheet will be sent to the coach (at the gym’s address) to sell; Premier Admission tickets are available to sell upon request. You and your coach are responsible for the face value of all tickets; therefore, it is your responsibility to safeguard them. The IFS requests that you sell at least 20 tickets because of the high-quality production costs of IFS shows. The IFS will reward the gym with a percentage of the tickets sold. Fighters who sell at least 20 individual tickets will be eligible to purchase VIP Ringside Table Seating separately if available.
Step 3: Post Your Digital Banners
To promote his/her fight and ticket sales, each fighter will receive social media banners. On your IFS Fighter Application form, attach a high quality Fighter’s Fight Pose Photo. See the example below and understand the Do’s and Don’ts.
1) Wear dark clothing.
2) Don’t wear white.
3) Stand in front of a white wall.
4) Step away from wall to reduce harsh shadows.
5) Shoot to include entire body from the thighs up.
6) Upload the largest image size (high resolution, actual size) when you submit your online fighter application.
Step 4: Promote Your Fight
As a fighter, this is your opportunity to market yourself to enhance yourself for future success. Here’s how:
- Share your digital banner on Facebook and Instagram to announce your fight and repost it with updates on your progress up to the day of the fight.
- Create a Facebook event such as “John Doe’s SuperFight at the IFS” and invite everyone on your list. Include all the details. If you need additional information, the IFS promotion team can help.
- Let your fans know how important your fight is and how their support will help. Tell them the fights are not televised and cannot be live streamed. They will want to see you up close and in person to cheer you on.
- Let them know you have tickets available and purchasing them through you will earn the gym a commission.
- Have tickets on hand when you ask “Are you coming to my fight?” Let them know that tickets purchased at the door are $5 more and the gym will not earn commission from tickets sold at the door.
- Ask your fans when they will get their tickets and let them know the different forms of payment you can accept such as PayPal, Venmo, Apple Pay, cash or check.
- Post training photos and videos on Facebook and Instagram. Show off your hard work daily.
- Continuously talk to your gym mates, friends, family, and co-workers about the fight. Express your excitement!
Promote yourself and you will see the rewards of your efforts in all aspects of your career with a fan base. You put in the hard work. You deserve to be seen. Let’s do it!
Step 5: Meet CAMO MMA Requirements
All Mixed Martial Arts fights at the IFS are sanctioned by CAMO: California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization. CAMO’s rules and procedure are different than IKF and require immediate attention and registration. All questions regarding the forms below should be directed to CAMO.
MMA Fighter Requirements & Forms
- Register at CAMO and create an account. CAMO will not take last minute entries.
CAMO – REGISTER
- Then follow the checklist from CAMO’s Athlete Application Instructions:
CAMO ATHLETE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
As a quick reference, it is also listed below. Always check the CAMO website for the most up-to-date information.
CAMO ATHLETE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
You must submit the application form before or with your medical documents and other licensing materials. Medical documents will not be accepted without an application form already on file with CAMO. Upon registration and payment, license will be issued if approved, but will be on Inactive status pending receipt and approval of medical documents. Once all required items have been submitted and approved the license will be given Active status and Applicant will be approved to compete.
- ONLINE PROFILE AND PHOTOGRAPH (Not Needed For Renewal Applicants) – Complete online profile at www.camo-mma.org and upload one recent and clear digital photo of yourself to your profile. The photo shall clearly show your face and no one else.
- APPLICATION – Complete the attached Athlete Application for License and Agreement and Waiver and fax or mail the completed form along with the License Fee to CAMO.
NOTE: A license will expire one year from the date the license is issued (i.e. a license issued on February 1, 2007 will expire on January 31, 2008). At the time of expiration, an athlete must renew their license if they wish to continue competing in the CAMO program. A license will be dated the day that CAMO receives your first submitted paperwork (“License Date”).
- CAMO LICENSE FEE –$75 payable online. To pay online log into the CAMO website and click the “Pay Now” button. CAMO also accepts Credit Cards via fax and Check or Money Orders (no cash please) via mail. License Fees are non-refundable.
- PHYSICAL EXAMINATION – The physical exam must be completed by a licensed physician (MD or DO ONLY). The physical examination must be taken within 30 days of the License Date and submitted to the CAMO office on the official CAMO Physical Examination for hereto attached.*PLEASE NOTE: ATHLETES 40 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO SUBMIT THE CARDIOVASCULAR HISTORY FORM AND ACCOMPANYING EKG.
Note: The physical exam will be valid until the expiration of the applicant’s license, if granted. Physicals signed by a Chiropractor, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner will NOT be accepted.
- BLOOD TESTS RESULTS for HIV antibody & HBV Surface Antigen (Hepatitis Bs Ag) & HCV antibody (Hepatitis C ab) must be submitted on the computer generated letterhead of the laboratory that administered the tests. The blood tests results must be provided to CAMO within 30 days of the blood test being taken. No blood test will be accepted that is dated more than 30 days prior to submission.
Note: HIV, HBV & HCV tests will be valid until the expiration of the applicant’s license, if granted.
- National MMA ID Card – Complete the attached National MMA ID Card application simultaneously with your CAMO application. A National MMA ID Card, if grated, will expire five (5) years from the date issued.
- Shinguards— All contestants who have less than three (3) amateur MMA fights shall wear shinguards approved by CAMO during competition that meet the following specifications:
(a) Shinguards shall be made of neoprene construction and be tightly fitted to the shin and free of buckles, straps, or exposed Velcro.
(b) Shinguards shall be black and/or white in color only.
(c) Shinguards that are unduly obtrusive, cumbersome or in such poor condition that CAMO or its representative determines that it will not effectively protect the contestant and/or his or her opponent, shall not be approved. Any contest where both competitors have three (3) or more verifiable amateur MMA fights shall not require shinguards during competition. Shinguards shall be provided by the contestant. (AMMA Rules & Regs §713)
- COMPETITION GLOVES— All contestants shall wear CAMO pre-approved gloves weighing a minimum of approximately 6 ounces that are black in color with white tops or knuckles. A list of gloves approved for competition by CAMO will be available on the CAMO website (www.camo-mma.org) under the “Rules” tab and by written request. Competition gloves shall be provided by the contestant. (AMMA Rules & Regs §708)
- DEADLINE—All outstanding licensing requirements (#’s 1-6 above) shall be submitted to the CAMO office no later than Wednesday of the week an athlete is scheduled to fight.
IFS REMINDER: You must bring valid I.D. (such as birth certificate, passport, state I.D., driver’s license) at weigh-ins to show proof of age.
CAMO Contact Info
California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization, Inc.
P.O. Box 4641
Riverside, CA 92514
1 (213) 908-2185 phone
1 (888) 663-9915 fax
Step 6: Reconcile Your Ticket Sales at Weigh-Ins
In order for your gym to earn its commission, you must reconcile your ticket proceeds and unsold tickets with the IFS at weigh-ins. NOTE: If you do not reconcile your ticket sales at this time, then you will not be allowed to compete and you risk suspension from future fights.
Step 7: Gear Up for Fight Night
Official IFS equipment such as gloves, shin guards, and elbow pads are available on loan or for purchase on fight night. To loan equipment from the IFS, you must provide ID in exchange and must return the equipment after the competition. NOTE: You must use IFS gloves, shin guards, and elbow pads when competing in IFS events.