“To obtain international recognition for mixed martial arts (MMA) as an Olympic sport”
ONE Championship continues its expansion. Following a series of agreements signed with Japanese organizations Shooto and Pancrase, the Asian fight promotion announced a new “multi-year seven-figure” partnership with Amsterdam-based governing body for MMA, Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA).
“ONE Championship is thrilled to announce a multi-year partnership with GAMMA, the world’s independent governing body of the sport of mixed martial arts,” said Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship. “As a lifelong martial artist, I am personally invested in developing the amateur mixed martial arts scene, and ensuring that all athletes have the right foundation and support to pursue a professional career in this sport.”
GAMMA is a non-profit organization founded last year. It is headed by Alexander Engelhardt, with over 60 countries included in the roster to date.
“On behalf of GAMMA, I would like to thank ONE Championship for their support and commitment to the sport of mixed martial arts,” said GAMMA President Alexander Engelhardt. “As a lifelong karate practitioner, I am passionate about delivering the same level of international recognition to the discipline of mixed martial arts. Both GAMMA and ONE celebrate the authentic martial arts values of integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline, and compassion in the same spirit as the Olympics. With this philosophical foundation, GAMMA and ONE aim to elevate the sport of mixed martial arts and prepare it for entry into the Olympics.”
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(via the announcement sent out by ONE Championship)
“GAMMA’s objective is to obtain international recognition for mixed martial arts as an Olympic sport, in order to give all amateur mixed martial artists the platform and opportunity to fulfill their dream of competing on the Olympic stage.
As part of this partnership, ONE Championship will support GAMMA’s efforts to obtain Olympic recognition for mixed martial arts. In addition, ONE will also work with GAMMA to develop and promote best practices in health and safety standards, anti-doping regulations, and competition rules for the daily safe practice of competitive mixed martial arts at the amateur level.
With support from ONE Championship, GAMMA is set to hold its Amateur MMA World Championships in Singapore this November, showcasing the world’s biggest and brightest young martial arts talents on the most prestigious global amateur mixed martial arts platform.”