ONE Championship boss Chatri Sityodtong wants mixed martial arts to be part of Olympics in next decade

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS promoter Chatri Sityodtong wants the sport to be part of the Olympic Games within the next decade.

Sityodtong has led ONE Championship to become one of the biggest MMA organisations in the world since their launch in 2011.


The Thai businessman teamed up with the Global Association of MMA in a bid to prove to the International Olympic Committee that MMA is suitable for the Olympics.

Sityodtong is adamant the 'values' of his ONE Championship brand can convince IOC chiefs to make MMA part of the programme in 2028 in Los Angeles.

Chatri told SunSport in 2019: “I feel like ONE Championship is the global leader in the sport of mixed martial arts in its value and vision – and if anyone is going to be able to take it to the Olympics it’s going to be ONE Championship in conjunction with GAMMA.

“The values of ONE Championship, GAMMA and the Olympics makes for a huge opportunity for the martial arts community around the world to unite behind ONE Championship and help us bring it to the games.

“When I look at what the Olympics wants out of its athletes and organisations I think ONE Championship and GAMMA has it all.

“I’m a lifelong martial artist and ONE Championship represents authentic martial arts and that is something the Olympics loves. They already have authentic martial arts in individual forms.”

More recently, kickboxing, Muay Thai, and sambo federations have all received full Olympic recognition, with a view to also be included by 2028 Games in America.

ONE Championship's founder and CEO wants MMA to head in the same direction.

Chatri added: “We want to help grow the pie, for sports that are currently in the Olympics.

“I am investing and leader the entire global eco system – ONE Championship and GAMMA making sure a total beginner to a world champion has the opportunity in their career to be an Olympian.

“I think it will grow all individual martial art forms, the way ONE Championship helped MMA, Thai boxing, boxing – we’ve grown all the sports because of our presence.

“As long as everything is done in the right way with the right values we can ignite more value in martial arts that are already in the games – whether that be wrestling, boxing, taekwondo, karate.”

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