The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour came to an end in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, with home favourite Erberth Santos sending the majority of the 7,000 fans inside the Carioca Arena home happy after claiming one of the major honours.
In one of the main fights of the glamour black belt division, 24-year-old Santos defeated Fernando Reis to claim victory in the adult black belt 110kg final.
The Legends match between fifth degree black belts, Rafael Carino and Alexandre Barauna, was played out in front of an electric crowd. In a very tactical match, Carino won by a split decision after a 1-1 tie on advantages.
Commenting on his win, Carino said: “It was a humbling experience last year and the same this time, thank you UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation for inviting me back.
“I feel very happy to be the Abu Dhabi Legends champion once again and I would like to fight Marcio Cruz next in the Legends match.”
President elect of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, attended the third and final day of the championship in Rio.
Mr Bolsonaro said: “Brazil has strong relations with the United Arab Emirates, I have a firm desire to deepen these relations during my term in office, especially all the things that we have in common between the two countries.
“I appreciate what His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has done for the sport of jiu-jitsu around the world, and organising the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam championship in Rio de Janeiro.”
Tournament director Tareq Al Bahri added: “It was an honor to receive the president elect of Brazil, Mr Jair Bolsonaro today. He is a very busy person, but he showed today that he works for the people of the country by coming and greeting his supporters.
“He showed great support towards the wise leaders of UAE, the people of UAE and especially towards the sport of jiu-jitsu.”
The fourth leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour heads home to Abu Dhabi next in January, 2019, taking place from January 10-12.
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The Al Ain International Under-18 Jiu-Jitsu Championship concluded with the hosts winning the male category.
Al Ain Club dominated the scene and won the top ranking with 1,733 points. The Garden City outfit clinched 34 golds, 21 silvers and 22 bronze medals.
Al Wahda came second with 1,634 points courtesy of 22 golds, 28 silvers and 29 bronze medals, while Ajman finished third with 1,269 points and eight golds, four silvers and bronzes.
Abdullah Al Neyadi father of twin boys – Amer and Ali, who won gold and silver medals, said: “This is my boys’ first participation in Al Ain, but it’s not their first tournament.
“The UAEJJF, coaches and technical staff are all working hard to develop and upgrade the game and support the rising talent.”
He added: “Playing Jiu-Jitsu has positively affected the personality of his sons and made them respect their competitors and seek new challenges, as well as grown their self-confidence and respect.”
Rashid Khalid Khamis, winner of a 46kg bronze medal, who beat his Canadian counterpart in a great game that attracted the attention of the fans, said: “Today, thank God, I performed well, despite my muscle strain but I managed to get a medal. I’m proud of this win which is the result of training and lots of effort; I will start preparing for the martyr tournament right today.”
Speaking of the tournament, Ahmed Ateeq Al Shamsi, regional manager, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, said: “Jiu-Jitsu has become one of the most important sporting events in the UAE. We have seen a very special championship these past days, amidst great organization and strong competition amongst rising champions, in yet another illustration of the success and excellence of the UAEJJF. We wish all the players success moving forward, and look forward to more prosperous championships as the UAEJJF always promises.”
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.