BJJ event in Abu Dhabi offers 150k prize money


It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like… Payday for BJJ Athletes

The United Arab Emirates’ leadership in Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition continues. Not only are they integrating BJJ into the public school system, they are again offering BJJ competitions with significant prize moneys for the winners. In April, the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup 2010 takes place. Here are some details, courtesy of Carlao Santos:

    Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup 2010
    15,16 & 17 April
    Total Prize Money = $150,000

    A- Purple, Brown, and Black Belts
    65kg, 74kg, 83kg, 92kg, +92kg, Open
    1 Place Open Weight = 12,000 US
    1 Place = 8,000 US
    2 Place = 3,000 US
    3 Place = 1,500 US

    B- White and Blue Belts (11)
    63kg, 68kg, 73kg, 78kg, 83kg, 88kg, 93kg, 98kg, +98kg,
    Open LIGHT -73kg, Open HEAVY + 73kg
    1 Place = 3,000 US
    2 Place = 1,500 US

    C- Female Division (2)
    Light -63kg and Heavy +63kg
    1 Place = 3,500 US
    2 Place = 2,000 US

As seen above, this event offers money that is not often seen at BJJ tournaments. It also has the unusual tradition of combining the white and blue belts into one group. Same for purple, brown and black belts. And while the inclusion of female competitors for the first time this year is an important step forward, the appropriate thing to do is offer equivalent cash prizes for them as the men receive.

Remember if you’re here in the United States, you can qualify to compete at this event very soon! The West Coast Trials take place January 24 and the East Coast Trials take place January 31. Winners receive free travel to the United Arab Emirates!

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xakx site profile image  

1/27/10 4:16 PM by xakx


disbeliever site profile image  

1/27/10 3:43 PM by disbeliever

Man, it would be cool if some of the ufc fighters would enter this. Get to see some BJJ from top guys in MMA. Even Anderson or BJ could compete, assuming they do not get busted up.

TtoMyJ14 site profile image  

1/27/10 3:42 PM by TtoMyJ14

 Its a trap!

EmiratesJiuJitsu site profile image  

1/27/10 3:41 PM by EmiratesJiuJitsu

Not to mention the event will be held a mere 5 days from UFC 112. What a great week to be in Abu Dhabi.