Saturday, February 5, 2011


That's right grappler. While you sit there posting on your Wall and/or tweeting about Anderson Silva's JabbaWockeeZ mask at the UFC 126 weigh-ins and looking up dip recipes for tonight's fights, we're busy checking out some stacked brackets of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu Jitsu Cup Trials being held today in New Jersey, USA.  The World Pro has only been around a few years and already it's become a significant tournament series for the world's best.  It's a truly unique competition in the world of BJJ, as athletes must compete and win in trials tournaments in order to qualify for the final Abu Dhabi Championship (he in Abu Dhabi, UAE in April 2011). Plus, it pays (actual money, yes)!

Here are some notables competing today in the combined Black and Brown belt divisions:
  • At 65kg:  Milton Nascimento (2010 World Champ, brown belt)
  • At 74kg:  Lucas Lepri, Rafael Costa, JT Torres
  • At 83 kg: Ambar Barbosa
  • At  92kg: Neiman Gracie.
  • At +92kg:  Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu, Roger Ambrosi. 
The rest of the brackets are filled will more regional competitors.  This tournament is certainly still growing, and not all of the world's best are competing in it yet.  Still, since it's a trials-based series with a substantial financial payoff to winners, it's attracting more and more competitors all the time.  Just last week at the Las Vegas World Pro qualifier, notable elite grapplers Marcus Bochecha (+92kg), Kevin Casey (92kg), Kron Gracie (83kg), Zak Maxwell (74kg) and Caio Terra (65kg) all won trips to Abu Dhabi for the big money tournament.

You can go back to texting your mom your picks for tonight's fights.  Don't forget to iron your TapOut regalia as well.


  1. just paying for travel expenses doesn't sound like "substantial financial payoff" unless I missed something?

    aside from that I just want to say that I love this blog! I've recently started training BJJ and I'm really enjoying supplementing my training with all the vids and info you guys post. Keep up the great work!

  2. also, you guys should get with MiddleEasy and set it up so people can use the same accounts for all of the MiddleEasy Network sites! That'd be baller! Sorry to hijack the comment space I'm sure there was a better place to make this suggestion...

  3. Maybe that wasn't the best link for the prizes. You win cash prizes for winning your division and $4,000+ for winning the open class (this is for each trial). Plus, if you win at the trials, you get to compete for the main title in Abu Dhabi in April (more, bigger cash).

    It's not the NBA, but not too many other BJJ/grappling competitions pay anything. So, in that regard, it's a big deal.

  4. do u have any videos ???