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04/01/2018 - 07:00hs

Abu Dhabi to host global jiu-jitsu event

The fourth leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour will take place at the Mubadala Arena on January 12 and 13. Athletes from all ages and categories can sign up until January 8.


Some of the top contenders are Brazilian

São Paulo – Abu Dhabi is hosting one of the world’s biggest Jiu-Jitsu contests this month. The fourth leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour is taking place on January 12th and 13th at the emirate’s Mubadala Arena, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported this Wednesday (3).

Male and female athletes from all ages and categories can sign up until January 8. The event will run from 11 am to 6 pm (local time) on both days. It will air in Brazil on Combate and SporTV channels. Fight times are yet to be announced.

The first three legs happened in Tokyo, Japan, Los Angeles, UISA and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with competing athletes accumulating points as well as cash prizes.

The Abu Dhabi leg will see trophies and prizes coming out to USD 190,000, with fighters accumulating further points leading into the fifth and final leg.

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The 3rd leg took place at the Olympic Arena in Rio

The Grand Slam finals will be fought on March 10 and 11 in London, UK. Only then will the winning athletes and teams be known.

Some of the top contenders are Brazilian: according to the UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation website, the Global Top 10 in the blackbelt-male category includes Igor Silva – who ranks first with 980 points; Isaque Bras and José Lima, with 400 points each; João Miyao, Hiago George and Jaime Canuto (360 points each), and Jorge Nakamura, who’s in the tenth position with 340 points.

Brazilian fighters Lucas Barbosa, aka Hulk, (94kg), Xande Ribeiro (94kg) and João Gonçalves (69kg) have also confirmed their participation.

WAM quoted UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation chairman Abdulmunem Al Hashemi as saying “The Grand Slam has become a must in the jiu-jitsu calendar, especially for all the competitors in the Arab world, all the best players from across the region look forward to it and we are proud that we can host them with a competitive environment where they can showcase their skills with the best in the game.”

Set to compete in the adult-110 kg category, black belt world champion Igor Silva said he did well at the Grand Slam in Rio, according to WAM. He’s confident and “hoping to finish in the top three as a team in Abu Dhabi,” WAM reported.

Find out more: https://events.uaejjf.org/event/11.

Quick facts

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour
January 12 and 13, 2018
Abu Dhabi – Mubadala Arena – 11 am to 6 pm (local time)
To air live on cable channels SporTV and Combate
*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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