Ahead of the GAMMA U18 World Championships later this month and the flagship GAMMA World Championships set for December, GAMMA Members have been working hard to continue developing the sport of MMA in their respective countries as the global footprint of GAMMA continues to grow.
With the announcement earlier this year that MMA would feature in the upcoming African Games, Members in Africa have been given a boost to continue the great work they are doing across the continent. GAMMA member in Tunisia, led by Fethi Djebbi, continue to be one of the role models for their proactivity in developing the sport and their latest course for referees which took place in the middle of September was another great sign of the continued enthusiasm to offer the very best education opportunities to its community.
GAMMA Member, the Pakistan Mixed Martial Arts Federation (PMMAF) successfully held its MMA National MMA Championships in Karachi in the early part of September. The event included youth athletes and some already established national prospects which made for a great day of highly competitive action.
Outside the ring, there were referees and coaching courses running alongside which offered great development opportunities for those who made the trip to Karachi.
In Tajikistan, a great night of MMA took place at the GAMMA sanctioned Battle of Champions event. Organised by the GAMMA member, this event showcased the great potential and local interest for staging major MMA events in the country.
Excitement is building for the first ever GAMMA U18 World Championships taking place in Alexandroupolis, Greece at the end of September. With more than 200 athletes expected and competition available for athletes aged 8 to 17, it will surely be a fantastic event and a real celebration of youth MMA.
Last month, Argentina held its now annual GAMMA Open event which took place in the historic city of Rosario. The event which featured 11 bouts in 9 different weight categories showed there is a real appetite for MMA in the country and a great sign for the huge potential for the sport in South America.