With ONE Championship, the Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts will host the inaugural GAMMA World Championship in Singapore from November 18-23, 2019. Teams from over 60 countries have been invited to participate in the tournament.
Competing for national pride, the teams will battle it out in the discipline of mixed martial arts across 16 weight divisions, both male and female. The top male and female athletes will earn a contract with ONE Championship worth US$100,000 each and the winner of each weight division will earn a one-year training scholarship at Evolve MMA, Asia’s premier championship brand for martial arts.
The GAMMA World Championship finals will be streamed live worldwide from the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The venue is the home of ONE Championship’s live events in Singapore.
With continued support and partnership with ONE Championship, GAMMA is excited to hold this landmark event and is proud to have chosen Singapore as its host city. The GAMMA World Championship provides a safe and competitive platform to build and develop the amateur MMA scene, carving a path of success for athletes who one day aspire to become professional mixed martial artists.
“ONE Championship is excited to be working with GAMMA, the world’s independent governing body of the sport of mixed martial arts, in holding the first ever GAMMA World Championship in Singapore this November,” ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated. “As a lifelong martial artist, I know what it feels like to be an athlete trying to find his way through the business of a very tough sport. I am personally invested in ensuring that all athletes have the right foundation and support to pursue a professional career in mixed martial arts. The initiatives we have planned with GAMMA aim to give all amateur athletes a clear cut path to success.”
GAMMA president Alexander Engelhardt thanked ONE Championship for its continued support and commitment to the sport of MMA and their cause of preparing it for entry into the Olympics. He said, “The GAMMA World Championship is held with the aim of developing a sustainable career for all mixed martial artists.”
“We look forward to a display of the world’s biggest and brightest young mixed martial arts talent here in Singapore,” Engelhardt continued. “More importantly, we are excited to celebrate the authentic martial arts values of integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline, and compassion in the same spirit of the Olympics on a global stage.”
Based in Amsterdam, GAMMA is a non-profit 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. Headed by Engelhardt, the GAMMA team is made up of national federations across over 60 countries.
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. Meanwhile, here is a clip from the nonprofit organization: