Rio De Janeiro hosts the third leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu world tour

. Abu Dhabi Grand Slam heads to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on 12th & 13th November 2016 at the Rio Olympic Arena
. Black Belt Adult winners receive complimentary flight ticket to the Grand Slam event in Abu Dhabi (January 2017)
. Jiu-Jitsu players can win a combined $100,000+ in cash prizes

The most prestigious Jiu-Jitsu championship series in the world: Abu Dhabi Grand Slam World Tour 2016-17 returns to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for a two day [GI and No-GI] Jiu-Jitsu extravaganza on 12th and 13th November. Over 2000 jiu-jitsu players have already registered to compete at the home of jiu-jitsu in Rio De Janeiro, to be held at the world class Rio Olympic Arena, which was previously the venue for artistic, rhythmic and trampoline gymnastic events at the Rio 2016 Olympics games in Brazil.

Top international Black belt jiu-jitsu players who has confirmed their participation to compete, include:

Beatriz Mesquita
Mackenzie Dern
Luiza Monteiro Da Costa
Larissa Paes
Ana Carolina Vieira Srour
Jose Tiago Barros
Hiago Silva
Isaque Paiva
Celso Junior
Gabriel Arges De Sousa
Jose Junior
Erberth De Mesquita
Felipe Pena
Ricardo Evangelista
Igor Silva

“I am very happy to have competed in Tokyo at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam last week. I won the gold medal against the legendary Alexandre Ribeiro. He is the highest level, I have a lot of respect for what he has achieved in the game. I am back for the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in Rio De Janeiro, in my home country and I want to win the gold medal again for my home fans.”” said Felipe Pena, Black belt 94kg world champion

UAEJJF rules will strictly apply during the competition, with a special rules briefing workshop being conducted for coaches and players a day before the event. 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].

GI weigh-ins for all the players competing at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, Rio De Janeiro will take place on Friday 11th November [19:00pm to 21:00pm], at the Rio Olympic Arena.

No-GI weigh-ins for all the players competing at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, Rio De Janeiro will take place on Saturday 12th November [18:00pm to 20:00pm], at the Rio Olympic Arena.

A Referees rules course will be held on Friday 11th November [from 19:00PM to 21:00PM] at Rio Olympic Arena for players with a blue belt ranking or higher.

Medals will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each division. Prize money awarded will range from $500 to $2,000 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 Eight 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, Rio De Janeiro, will be broadcasted live on Canal Combate in Brazil and Abu Dhabi Sports TV in the UAE and Middle East & Northern Africa region. Other broadcast partners include: FloGrappling, LeSports China, Dubai Sports TV, Fight Network, ONE World Sport, City 7 Dubai, Nile Sports, Sharjah Sports TV and TNN Tunisia”

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam World Tour – Rio De Janeiro
Date: 12th and 13th November 2016
Venue: Rio Olympic Arena
Cash Prize: Over $100,000
Registration Deadline: Friday, 4th November
Event Trailer:

Dubai Gazette