Mixed martial arts (MMA) has obtained national sport recognition in Thailand by the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), due to the work of the Thai Association of Mixed Martial Arts (TAMMA), a member of the international federation for the sport of MMA, GAMMA.

Suriya Juangroongruangkit, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand

The influential SAT board has Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Suriya Juangroongruangkit as its President with the support of Dr. Kongsak Yodmanee as the Governor. With the involvement of these officials, the recognition for MMA has been accepted at the highest national level and was signed into Thai law last Thursday, 18 June 2024.

As an organisation developing and promoting MMA in Thailand, TAMMA has collaborated with a range of organisations to drive the growth of the sport at home and across Southeast Asia. TAMMA’s efforts to harness the social benefits and opportunities of MMA for communities has notably seen the development of its MMA project to Bangkok’s Khlong Toei slum in collaboration with the Fight for the Future Foundation.

In 2023, TAMMA were awarded the rights to host the flagship GAMMA World Championships in Bangkok. This followed the organisation of inaugural Asian MMA Championships under the umbrella of the Asian MMA Association (AMMA), which is recognised by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

TAMMA is led by General Taweep Jantararoj (Honorary President), Sirichet Punthipayanon (President) and Achilleus Ralli (Vice-president).

Dr.Gongsak Yodmanee, SAT Governor

General Secretary Achilleus Ralli commented:

“On behalf of TAMMA, I would like to thank the Board of the Sports Authority of Thailand for recognising MMA as an official sport in Thailand. TAMMA will continue to work hard to promote and grow MMA in Thailand. We are conducting training courses for referees and judges, as well as coaching workshops to enhance our offering to Thailand’s MMA community. On 29th June, we will hold our National Championships, another opportunity for our athletes to develop their competitive pathways from our national system to the international platform and beyond.”

GAMMA President Alexander Engelhardt, said:

“We are proud of this momentous achievement by our member in Thailand, TAMMA, a country renowned for its rich martial arts heritage and as a hub for MMA. The formal recognition of MMA will safeguard its well-governed development and the distribution of its benefits to communities and athletes.”