- Female and Male Black belts to receive $1000 bonus if they win by submission
- Black belt finals to start at 3pm on Saturday 13th January at the Mubadal Arena
- Newly created Teen Division for all belt categories to take place on Friday 12th January between 10am to 12pm
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 11th January, 2018: The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation®, official authority for the sport of Jiu-Jitsu in the United Arab Emirates, conducted the official weigh-ins today at the Mubadala Arena, ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® | Abu Dhabi.
Due to high demand, a new division – ‘Teen Division’ has been added to the tournament’s schedule for all belt categories. The first day on Friday 12th January will now start at 10am with the Teen Division until 12pm and then the matches will resume at 14:00pm as per the schedule.
The Female and Male Black belts will be putting themselves in line to win an extra $1000 in cash prize, as a bonus, if they win by submission. Adding another layer of excitement to the matches among some of the best black belts in the world.
This year is the ‘Year of Zayed’ and H.E Abdulmunem Al Hashemi, Chairman of UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation®, President of Jiu-Jitsu Asian Union & Senior Vice President of Jiu-Jitsu International Federation extends his gratitude, “2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Sheikh Zayed – the founding father who united the emirates and took this nation to new heights of prosperity and progress”
“On behalf of the federation, I would also like to say thank you to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed for his support for jiu-jitsu and his leadership in serving the people of this great country. Best of luck to all the competitors at the Grand Slam”
Joao Miyao, 64kg Black belt world champion said “There is no denying that the jiu-jitsu movement is becoming stronger each year, the rise of MMA where jiu-jitsu is really a key factor, has helped in raising awareness about jiu-jitsu among the casual sports fans. And Abu Dhabi Grand Slam is one of the top tournaments. I have competed and won many times at the Grand Slams and to be back again here in Abu Dhabi, is really incredible.”
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® Abu Dhabi will be broadcasted live on Abu Dhabi Sports in the UAE & MENA region, Combate and SporTV in Brazil, FloGrappling worldwide stream, FOX Sports in Asia, Fight Network in Canada, Europe and MENA regions, Astro in Malaysia, Starhub in Singapore, ABS-CBN Sports in Philippines, Orange TV in Indonesia, SCTV in Vietnam, Singtel in Singapore and Australia, Super Sport and Azam Sports in Africa, Fight Sports in the Caribbean, North America and Europe regions and on delayed telecast on Dubai Sports and Sharjah Sports.
Players will be available for flash interviews at the Media Zone on both days. Event media credentials can be picked up on Friday 12th January from 9am at the Mubadala Arena. Emirates ID is required for credential pick-up.
- DAY1– Friday 12th January | 10:00am to 18:00pm
- Venue: Mubadala Arena
- Belt Category: Purple, Brown & Black Belt | Adults & Masters | Male & Female
DAY2– Saturday 13th January | 11:00am to 18:00pm
- Venue: Mubadala Arena
- Belt Category: White & Blue Belt 11am | All Ages | Male & Female
- Black & Brown Belt Finals 3pm | Adults & Masters | Male & Female