As a responsible promotion both Paul Sutherland and myself (Dan Richards) felt that we should take further action to ensure the safety of our fighters competing on Ultimate Impact Events. As such as of the 1st May Ultimate Impact Events criteria dictates that professional and unified amateur MMA and K1 fighters will need to provide blood test results showing you are clear from the following infections, often called blood borne viruses (BBVs):
- HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
For our upcoming event UIC17 we will be making it an advisory request and compulsory thereafter.
If you've already had your blood tested within 6 months of the date of the event you will not need to have your bloods tested again, however if not you will need to book an appointment with your GP in your local area and ask to be tested for HIV, Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C infection.
It can take a few weeks to get a GP appointment and for everything to get cleared, so we urge that appointments are made straight away. The cut-off date for fighter registration and for correctly completed documentation to be received is one week before your fight date. Exceptions are made for late replacements.
For information about blood tests please visit the NHS website: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Blood-tests/Pages/Introduction.aspx