Jiu jitsu champions from Brazil to compete in Abu Dhabi
The emirate will host the world championship from April 10 to 23. On the 22nd, Brazilian-born athletes with legend status will compete, including Soneca, Sona, Shaolin, and Pé de Pano.
São Paulo – The United Arab Emirates are hosting the 9th Annual Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship from April 10 to 23 this year at the IPIC Arena, in Zayed Sport City. On the 22nd, the competition’s next-to-last day, active and retired athletes who have attained legendary status will fight.
Most of the athletes competing in champions’ matches are Brazilian: Helio Soneca Moreira, Alexandre Soca Freitas, Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro, Amaury Bitetti, Marcio Pé de Pano Cruz, Gabriel Napão Gonzaga, Wellington Megaton Dias, and Roberto Spider Traven, Gulf News have reported.
Soneca will take on Megaton. Soca will fight with the US’ Baret Yoshida, and Shaolin will go up against Kenny Florian, another American. Amaury will fight Spider, and Pé de Pano Napão. Some of the Brazilian athletes live and work in the United States.
Gulf News highlights the participation of Megaton, who lives in the United States and was a jiu jitsu start for two decades. He competed in all of the first 16 editions of the World Jiu Jitsu Championship, and was a four-time champion. The news outlet also reports that former MMA fighter and UFC commenter Kenny Florian will participate.
The championship is sponsored by the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed forces, Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The tournament will feature seven thousand athletes from over 100 countries. Registrations are open until April 12. Over USD 3 million in prizes will be awarded.
*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum