The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® will be broadcasted across 100 countries on Live and delayed telecast on eighteen networks.
Los Angeles, USA, 17th September, 2017: Some of the best Jiu-jitsu players from across the globe are preparing to battle it out at the second leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® Jiu-Jitsu World Tour, which is set to take place in Los Angeles on 23 and 24 September at the LA Convention Center.
Commenting on the upcoming event, Mr. Fahad Al Shamsi, CEO of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation® said,
“Jiu-jitsu is all about technique, not size, which is one of the reasons why it is such a tactical and at the same time an entertaining sport to watch. We are extremely proud of our UAE players, who have put a lot of hard work and dedication into their sport.
“I would like to thank our partners and sponsors: Mubadala Investment Company, ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Media, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Palm Sports. Without them this tournament wouldn’t be as successful as it is today. Spectators witnessed some thrilling entertainment in Tokyo and the LA tournament will certainly not disappoint. I wish all players the best of luck.”
Palm Sports, the leading Jiu-Jitsu training company in the world, is a primary sponsor of the event and partnered with the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® tour from its inception.
Mr. Fouad Darwish, General Manager of Palm Sports, said:
“We are proud & privileged in our association with the UAEJJF and to be one of the main patrons of Jiu-Jitsu world-wide. We are certain that the Grand Slam tours are gaining more momentum with each passing year and are cementing the status & reputation of Abu Dhabi across the world of Jiu-Jitsu. This upcoming leg of the tour in Los Angeles promises to be an electrifying night of fighting action and I would like to wish all competitors well.”
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® Los Angeles will be broadcasted 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, Astro in Malaysia, Starhub in Singapore, ABS-CBN Sports in Philippines, Orange TV in Indonesia, SCTV in Vietnam, Singtel in Singapore and Australia, Tencent in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, Super Sport and Azam TV in Africa, Fight Sports in the Caribbean, North America and Europe and on delayed telecast on Dubai Sports and Sharjah Sports.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in Los Angeles will begin at 11:00am until 18:00pm (LA standard time) on 23 and 24 September. The pre-date weigh-in will take place from 17:00pm to 19:00pm at Los Angeles Convention Center; the on-date early weigh-in will take place on the day of the event from 8:30am to 9:30am.
The tournament is open to all nationalities, the medalists will be listed in the jiu-jitsu world rankings and cash prizes of more than $1250,000 will be awarded to the top athletes of each division. The top three academies will also receive cash prizes and top ranked competitors will receive prizes at the end of the season according to the UAEJJF World Ranking.
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.
The Jiu-Jitsu clubs from the UAE, namely: Al-Ain, Al Wahda, Al Jazira and Al Nasr will be competing at the tournament in LA.
The list of household black belt names keeps growing with new sign ups by the day. Igor Silva, Adam Wardizinski, Jaime Canuto, Renato Canuto, Sergio Rios, Fernando Tsushima, Victor Silverio, Nathalie Ribeiro, Jessica Dos Santos, Ana Srour, Mario Silva among many others.
Fight media credentials can be picked up on Saturday 23 September from 10am at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Proper personal photo ID is required for credential pick-up.
FIGHT WEEK ACTIVITIES
Rules Meeting: Friday 22nd September [18:00PM to 20:00PM] Venue: LA Convention Center, Hall A
Pre Date Weigh-Ins 1: Friday 22nd September [17:00pm to 19:00pm] Venue: LA Convention Center, Hall A
Pre Date Weigh-Ins 2: Saturday 23rd September [17:00pm to 19:00pm] Venue: LA Convention Center, Hall A
On Date Early Weigh-Ins 1: Saturday 23rd September [8:30am to 9:30am]
Venue: LA Convention Center, Hall A
On Date Early Weigh-Ins 2: Sunday 24th September [8:30am to 9:30am] Venue: LA Convention Center, Hall A
Main Event: Gi – Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th September [11:00am to 18:00pm] Venue: LA Convention Center, Hall A
Jiu-Jitsu Exhibition & Store – Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th September [11:00am to 18:00pm] Venue: LA Convention Center, Hall A