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One Championship partners with GAMMA to aid MMA’s Olympic drive

Asian mixed martial arts promotion One Championship has announced a multi-year partnership with the Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA) through which it will support the latter’s drive to make MMA an Olympic sport.

One said the deal with the Amsterdam-based independent governing body, which has members from national associations across over 60 countries, is worth a seven-figure sum.

GAMMA’s objective is to obtain international recognition for mixed martial arts as an Olympic sport, a goal shared by other bodies and promotions in recent years.

Through the partnership, One will work with GAMMA to develop and promote best practices in health and safety standards, anti-doping regulations, and competition rules in an effort to promote the safe practice of competitive MMA at the amateur level.

Chatri Sityodtong, chairman and chief executive of One Championship, said: “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 this November.

Alexander Engelhardt, president of GAMMA, said: “Both GAMMA and One celebrate the authentic martial arts values of integrity, humility, honour, 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.”