Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20th February 2018: The Absolute Championship Berkut® ACB81 in Dubai will begin at 18:00pm until 23:00pm (Dubai standard time) on Friday, 23rd February. The event will be broadcasted on TV and ACB® social media. UFC referee Herb Dean and former UFC and current Bellator fighter Frank Mir will commentate the event live from Dubai.
This year, the UAEJJF's Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship celebrates an important milestone; its 10th anniversary edition. And to commemorate, the UAEJJF team is preparing an even bigger and better event than ever before. We're talking over a MILLION BUCKS in cash prizes to be won by competitors throughout the event, and more representative competitors from more countries than any previous World Pro!
At 26, Felipe Pena "Preguiça" has already won the top Jiu-Jitsu titles, with the exception of the IBJJF World Championship in the black belt. And that's his main goal in the 2018 season. But by then, he'll have a full schedule. On April 7, Pena will defend the ACB Jiu-Jitsu belt against Adam Wardziński. In the sequence, he fight at the Marianas Open in Guam on April 22, then the World Pro, which takes place on April 28, and closes with the IBJJF World Championship, in beginning of June.
When people today think of some of the most successful martial artists of our time, it’s very difficult to not throw BJ Penn on that list. Sure, first picks would usually be Bruce Lee and perhaps Royce Gracie, but the more hardcore fans know of Penn’s accomplishments. Very few have been able to achieve the combination of victories that he has – being the first American to ever reign as world champion in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and holding UFC titles in two different weight classes. Although his best days of competition are perhaps behind him, Penn is always connected to the two sports in which he is now considered a legend. On his return early this year to Nova Uniao headquarters in Rio de Janeiro - the home academy of his black belt lineage, Penn was able to draw comparisons in the training between two different eras; that of the late 90s when he was an active BJJ competitor, and that of today’s focus on his MMA career.
The UAEJJF is gearing up for the final Abu Dhabi Grand Slam event of the season, to be held at the Copper Box Arena in London, England on March 10 & 11. Open to competitors of all nationalities and all belt levels of adults, masters and juveniles, Grand Slam London draws people from all corners of the UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia and beyond.