The UAE Jiu-jitsu Federation (UAEJJF), the official authority for Jiu-jitsu in the United Arab Emirates, announces the fifth and final leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2016/17 season to be held in Excel London Arena on Saturday 18th March. After four highly successful events in Los Angeles [USA], Tokyo [Japan], Rio de Janeiro [Brazil], and Abu Dhabi [UAE], the Grand Slam promises an entertaining show of the gentle art in London by some of the world’s best jiu-jitsu players.
Top black belt players confirmed as of now include: Ana Srour, Claire-France Thevenon, Mayra Abrahao, Cornelia Rossier, Gabriel Regnier, Alexander Bayer, Stephanie Hennequin, Mieszko Maciejewski, Tiago Bravo, Konstantinos Nicolopoulos, Lucio Santos, Ricardo Oliveira, Jackson Santos, Craig Ewers and more.
“I am really excited to be fighting on home soil in the London leg of the Grand Slam. I have been competing all year building up to the Grand Slam. To have a competition at the highest level where we get to test our skills with the best players from around the world, here in London is just amazing.” Said David Prescott, British Brown Belt
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, London takes place from 10:00am – 18:00pm on Saturday March 18, 2017 and will see over 40 nations competing at the Excel London Arena for cash prizes and ranking points.
Age Divisions include: Juvenile [16-17], Adult [18-29], Master 1 [30-35] and Master 2 [36+]. Belt categories include: ‘Adult to Master 2’: White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black. ‘Juvenile’: White and Blue [Yellow to Green should fight as Blue belts].
The weigh-ins for all the players competing at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, London will take place on Friday 17th March [17:00pm to 19:00pm] at the Excel London Arena.
A Referees rules course will be held on Friday 17th March [17:00pm to 19:00pm], at the Excel London Arena.
Medals will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each division. Prize money awarded will range from $750 to $3,000 in several categories, including Black Adult and Master; in the blue, purple, brown and black categories for both men and women.
The first-place winner in the respective weight categories of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam will receive 200 points, the second-place winner will receive 160 points and the third-place winner will receive 120 points. Fourth-place will receive 100 points, Fifth to Eighth place will receive 80 points.
A trophy will be awarded to the best club as well and there’s also a special award for the black belt adult division champions.
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam | London, will be broadcasted live on Abu Dhabi Sports TV in the UAE & MENA region. Other broadcast partners include: Canal Combate, FloGrappling, LeSports China, Dubai Sports TV, Fight Network, Abema TV, City 7 Dubai, Sharjah Sports TV and TNN Tunisia.
Date: 18th March 2017
Venue: Excel London Arena
Cash Prize: Over $100,000
Registration Deadline: Monday, 13th March 2017
Event Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61HxHHDvr74
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