Some of the world’s best jiu-jitsu players from across the globe are preparing to battle it out at the second leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam next weekend in Los Angeles which will be broadcasted in India.
The event takes place at the LA Convention Center on September 22 with organisers expanding their television network to Indian audiences.
Commenting on the new broadcast partnership, Tareq Al Bahri, Director of Abu Dhabi Grand Slam said: “We are excited to announce a broadcast partnership with Multi TV Solutions which will see the UAEJJF air the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam®. Season 4 live on premium channels: Airtel TV, Idea Movies & TV, Jio TV and Triple Play IPTV. The combat sport is on the rise in India and we are honoured to have them on board.”
Airtel TV, Idea Movies & TV, Jio TV and Triple Play IPTV will air previous Abu Dhabi Grand Slam events at accessible India times, and all the events of the fourth season will be broadcasted live.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles will be broadcasted live on Abu Dhabi Sports in the MENA region, FloGrappling worldwide live stream, Combate in Brazil and Airtel TV, Idea Movies & TV, Jio TV and Triple Play IPTV in India. The event will also be aired on delayed basis on FOX Sports in Asia, Fight Sports in North America, Caribbean, Europe, Japan, Fight Network in Canada, Europe and MENA, Astro in Malaysia, Starhub in Singapore, ABS-CBN Sports in Philippines, Orange TV, IndiHome and MyRepublik in Indonesia, Singtel in Singapore and Australia, Azam Sports in Africa, EB-TV in Asia, J Sports and TV Asahi in Japan, SFR Sports in Europe, Dubai Sports and Sharjah Sports in MENA.
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tokyo will see the return of the legends series with Japanese black belt legend, Daisuke “Amazon” Sugie facing two-time champion Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro next weekend.
Sugie, 37, is a jiu-jitsu black belt legend representing Carpe Diem team and also a veteran MMA fighter with 18 bouts to his name.
“It is an honour for me to represent Japan at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam here in Tokyo,” said Sugie ahead of the bout at the OTA Gymnasium, Tokyo on Sunday 29th July.
“The Legends series in the UAEJJF events is very prestigious and invitational, so to be invited, I am really excited to face Vitor Shaolin, he has achieved everything in Jiu-Jitsu and MMA and it will be a thrilling match no doubt.”
Ribeiro, 39, has twice appeared at the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship Legends series. In the 2017 edition, he choked Kenny Florian unconscious, before submitting Daniel Moraes.
“This will be my third time at the Legends series but fist time outside of Abu Dhabi, so that is a new experience, and to do it against one of the best in Japan, Daisuke, it a moment of pride,” said Ribeiro. “All I can say is, it will be a special match for sure and I would like to thank the UAEJJF for their first class organization and hospitality.”
The new Abu Dhabi Grand Slam season will begin next month in Tokyo, one of five cities on the 2018-19 season.
The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) announced details of the new campaign on Thursday for their competition, which will be held across four continents. As well as Tokyo, Los Angeles (September 22-23), Rio De Janeiro (November 16-18), Abu Dhabi (February 7-9) and London (March 9-10) will also be hosting their own legs.
Abdulmunam Al Hashemi, chairman of the UAEJJF, president of Jiu-Jitsu Asian Union and senior vice-president of Jiu-Jitsu International Federation, said: “These five host cities are a key part of UAEJJF’s international expansion strategy.
“The demand and growth from our fans to continue to bring live events to these cities has been overwhelming, and with the vast potential these markets hold for us, we are delighted once again to bring the most prestigious jiu-jitsu world tour back to Tokyo, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Abu Dhabi and London.”
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam will have a combined cash prize of more than $800,000 and is open to all nationalities with world rankings also on offer.
The top three academies will also receive cash prizes in each host city and top ranked athletes will receive prizes at the end of the season according to the UAEJJF World Rankings system.
Now in its fourth edition, the competition has gone from strength to strength not only in competitors but TV viewers.
“Last season the Grand Slam was watched by more than 11 million fans around the world through our 18 broadcast partners in more than 100 countries,” said Fahad Al Shamsi, chief executive officer of UAEJJF.
“With invaluable support and inspiration from our leadership, especially His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation has become the largest Jiu-Jitsu content provider in the world.”