Interview With WAMMA’s Michael Lynch

World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts

Fledgling organization World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA), less than a year old, is looking to make an impact in the mixed martial arts world; the chief operating officer of WAMMA, Michael Lynch was interviewed by Adam Baker of nokaut.com.  During the interview, a variety of subjects were discussed.  Below are some excerpts:

Adam Baker: Mike, what made you and your team start WAMMA?

Michael Lynch: WAMMA was officially announced to the world at a press conference held at Gallager’s Steak House in New York City in November, 2007. However, the founding partners of WAMMA, which included myself, famous boxing attorney Fred Levin, former Buffalo Bills coach Kay Stephenson, and our CEO Dave Szady, had been reaching out to MMA promoters and fighters since early 2007. Fred Levin had initially envisioned an organization that would take the confusion out of the “alphabet soup” problem of boxing. Although the landscape of boxing did not provide for a successful business model, the founding partners of WAMMA saw a void, and more importantly, a need in Mixed Martial Arts and thus WAMMA was created.

Adam Baker: What are your plans with WAMMA, and what is your end goal with WAMMA?

Michael Lynch: The goal of WAMMA is much more than than crowning champions as WAMMA is so much more than a mere “sancioning body”. WAMMA is a multifaceted fighter and fan-forward organization. Our goals are to invest in the sport of MMA by way of contributions to a fighter pension fund, insurance programs for fighters, financial education seminars, referee and judge training and an investment in ametuer MMA with a goal of having MMA recognized as an Olympic sport.

Adam Baker: Will the belts only be awarded to affliction fights/fighters, or do you have other MMA orgs that will be competing for WAMMA belts?

Michael Lynch:
No, WAMMA is not awarding Championships only to Affliction fighters. WAMMA is looking forward to participating in Championship fights with all promotions – the UFC, Affliction, Adrenaline MMA, M1, Elite XC, Strikeforce, Dream, WVR, etc. In the end, it is all about the fighters, not the promotions. I have always said that in mixed martial arts, the two most valuable commodities in MMA are #1- the fighters, #2- the fans. The fighters want to fight the very best and see an undisputed champion regardless of promotional affiliation. Hence our slogan, “One Belt, One King.” The fans want to see the best fighters fighting each other and the best match ups based upon skill, record and fan appeal. That being said, WAMMA couldn’t be happier to have partnered up with Affliction for July 19th on “Affliction Banned.” It is the single greatest card in MMA history and a must-see for both die-hard and casual fans.

For more of this interview, click here.

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