For the tenth year, jiu-jitsu fighters from around the world will descend on the capital for 13 days of intense mat action.
The Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship will take place from 16th to 28th April at the Mubadala Arena in Zayed Sports City.
More than 120 countries and an estimated 7,000 athletes across all divisions are expected to grace the major sporting event.
This year’s total cash prize value of AED 4 million is the biggest in the tournament’s ten year history.
One of the exciting additions is the King of the Mat competition, where the winners of the last nine editions, and this year, will face each other for the title.
Aside from the competitions on the mat, the event will also host a variety of community-centred initiatives aimed at raising awareness of the health benefits of the sport.
Abdulmunem Al Hashemi, chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, president of the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Union and senior vice president of the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation, said: “This jiu-jitsu extravaganza is part of a completion of a series of great and prodigious successes achieved by the championship both domestically and internationally during the last nine years.
“The championship comes back this year with a new look and an expanded program, thanks to the great efforts and hard work of the federation and its strategic partners, who have worked together to complete the preparations.”