The Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA) has announced the launch of GAMMA PRO, an independent and dedicated arm for sanctioning professional Mixed Martial Arts events worldwide.
“GAMMA has now established a dedicated sanctioning arm – GAMMA PRO – which provides belts for champions and PRO rankings for all participants of GAMMA-sanctioned tournaments and professional events in order to enable these athletes to compete in professional circuits. Responsible for GAMMA PRO will be Adrian Bakos(GER) and Francesco Migliaccio (ITA) will spearhead the GAMMA PRO Commission, and its main objective is to track the rankings and set competitions. Official rankings and rule books will be released on the official website soon,” a statement on the official GAMMA Website read.
GAMMA president Alexander Engelhardt also shared his views on the new arm and mentioned that it will further help in the growth of the sport.
“Creating GAMMA PRO is crucial for the development of the sport. Mixed martial arts have had a different development than other sports. It started off focusing on the commercial side of sports rather than from the grassroots, which makes it interesting since the growth and popularity of MMA has been exponential. MMA has 577 million fans worldwide, according to Nielsen’s report “Fan Insights 2020”. With this fanbase, we are the third most popular sport in the world with Football at 901 million fans and Basketball ahead of us. Striving towards GAMMA’s mission, we have also developed a full Athlete Career Program (ACP). GAMMA ACP, where further details will be announced shortly. Guiding an aspiring athlete to a professional athlete is part of the goals of ACP. If we want to guide our athletes, we need to assure safety and fair play while keeping our GAMMA values. Therefore, GAMMA PRO is needed”, said GAMMA President Alexander Engelhardt.
GAMMA had recently hosted ‘African Knockout – AKO’, an MMA-based reality show which aimed at developing Mixed Martial Arts in Africa with an emphasis on Nigeria. The launch of GAMMA PRO is expected to boost such ventures and bring in more activities at the professional circuit.
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