ONE Championship announced a multi-year seven-figure partnership with Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts on April 16, 2019. Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, GAMMA is the independent governing body for the sport of mixed martial arts worldwide.
GAMMA is a nonprofit organization founded in 2018 made up of thought leaders and pioneers in mixed martial arts across five continents with decades of experience in the sport. Its members are made up of national federations across over 60 countries and its 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 the partnership, ONE Championship will support GAMMA’s efforts to obtain Olympic recognition for mixed martial arts. In addition, the Singapore-based martial arts organization will work with the nonprofit organization 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.
“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,” ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated. “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.”
With support from ONE Championship, GAMMA is set to hold its Amateur MMA World Championships in Singapore in November 2019. The event will showcase the world’s biggest and brightest young martial arts talents on the most prestigious global amateur mixed martial arts platform.
“On behalf of GAMMA, I would like to thank ONE Championship for their support and commitment to the sport of mixed martial arts,” GAMMA president Alexander Engelhardt said. “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,” Engelhardt added. “With this philosophical foundation, GAMMA and ONE aim to elevate the sport of mixed martial arts and prepare it for entry into the Olympics.”