Male black belt and female
brown / black belt divisions will be decided in Friday Finals at Mubadala Arena
Athletes from Brazil, Poland,
Norway, the UK, the USA, Belgium, New Zealand, France and the UAE reach ADWPJJC
Emirati black belt heroes Faisal
Al Ketbi and Yahia Al Hammadi reach first World Pro finals
Success for five continents as
athletes from Mexico, Japan, Brazil, Germany, the USA, Italy, South Korea, Australia
and the UK clinch male black belt and female brown / black belt bronze medals
Male brown belt titles won by athletes from Brazil,
Norway and Portugal
Abu Dhabi, UAE – April 25, 2019: The Abu Dhabi World Professional
Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC) 2019, held under
the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince
of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, is poised for a dramatic
conclusion following a sensational day of world-class drama at Mubadala Arena
The penultimate day of the ADWPJJC 2019 saw 210 athletes
from 52 countries take to the Mubadala
Arena mats in 19 divisions which included the semi-finals for male black belt
and female brown / black belt contests, and finals for male brown belts.
In-front of an expectant and
passionate crowd of feverous jiu-jitsu fans, the line-ups for Friday’s seven
male black belt and five female brown / black belt Finals were fixed, with
seven male brown weight division also being concluded.
At the end of the day, Brazil
was the top-ranked nation with five gold medals, two silver and two bronze;
Portugal was second with one gold, one silver and one bronze; and Norway was
third with one gold and one bronze.
Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan visits ADWPJJC 2019
Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited ADWPJJC 2019 to
watch the closing matches of the men’s brown belt division.
poised for “grandstand finish” to ADWPJJC 2019
With some of the sport’s
biggest stars and brightest young talent reaching the ADWPJJC 2019 finals, His
Excellency Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu
Federation, Acting Executive Director of Education Affairs Sector, is anticipating
a drama-filled finale.
“As we celebrate
the 11th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu
Championship, we are anticipating a grandstand finish to herald the beginning
of what will be a glorious championship’s second decade for a world-class event
which continues to underline Abu Dhabi’s standing as the home of jiu-jitsu,”
said Al Dhaheri.
Local heroes Faisal
Al Ketbi and Yahia Al Hammadi to make World Pro Final debuts
With seven male black belt and five female
brown / black weight division titles on the line in Friday’s finals, athletes
from nine countries will battle for the gold medals.
In the men’s 110kg division, superstar Brazilian
heavyweight Joao Rocha will face the UAE’s Yahia Al Hammadi, from Team 777, who
won a judges’ decision in his semi-final clash with Belgium’s Paulo Brasil Da
Silva. The match marks Al Hammadi’s first World Pro final.
“This win is for President Sheikh
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s rulers and all the people of the
country. I hope to win the gold medal and wish for the people of the UAE to
support,” said Al Hammadi.
The 94kg division title will be
contested by emerging Brazilian superstar Kaynan Duarte, 21, who has won two
consecutive Abu Dhabi Grand Slam events in his first full season at black belt,
and Poland’s Adam Wardzinski.
The 85kg final will be a face-off
between the UAE’s Faisal Al Ketbi, 31, also of Team 777, and Brazil’s Rudson
Matheus, 23, of Brasa Cta Team.
“It feels very nice to be in the final,”
said Al Ketbi, who is also contesting his first World Pro final. “I’ve had a
very hard season training with my new coaches and building a strategy for this
event – it’s gone the right way and we’ll have a good strategy for the final.
It’s always nice having so much support and it’s a responsibility that I
The 77kg division will see the UK’s
Oliver Lovell and Norway’s Tommy Langaker go head-to-head in the only black
belt final not featuring a Brazilian athlete, while the USA’s Isaac Doederlein
and Brazil’s Paolo Miyao will face-off in with 69kg final.
The 62kg final will be contested by Brazilian
duo Joao Gabriel Sousa, the world No. 1, and Joao Miyao, with fellow Brazilians
Hiago George and Carlos Alberta Silva battling for 56kg gold.
winners confirmed in male black belt divisions
With dozens of athletes progressing to
the male black belt finals, seven athletes claimed bronze in various weight
divisions. Third-place medals were
won by Japan’s Massaki Todokoro, from Paraestra Tokyo Club, at 56kg; Mexico’s
Alexis Alduncin, from Renzo Grazie Mexico Club, at 62kg; Germany’s Jan Basso,
from NS Brotherhood Team, at 69kg; Brazil’s Diego Ramalho, from Zr Team
Association, at 77kg; American DJ Jackson, from Lloyd Irvin M.A. Club, at 85kg;
Australia’s Anton Minenko, from Garra BJJ Academy, at 94kg; and Brazil’s
Ricardo Evangelista, from Commando Group Team, at 110kg.
“I feel really good because this is my
biggest tournament yet at black belt. I’m very happy to get on to the podium
with third-place and a bronze medal,” said Basso, the world No. 9.
for brown/black belt women’s Finals decided
Athletes from six countries
will contest five category finals in the women’s brown / black belt weight
categories. The 49kg division final will see Brazilian GF Team colleagues
Mayssa Bastos and Thamires Aquino square-off, while Belgium’s Amal Amjahid will
defend her 55kg title against Brazil’s Bianca Basilio.
Brazil’s Beatriz Mesquita and
the UK’s Ffion Davies will face-off in the 62kg final, with Brazil’s Thamara
Silva and New Zealand’s Alessandra Moss locking horns in the 70kg final. The heavyweight
90kg final will be contested by France’s Claire France Thevenon and 18-year-old
Brazilian superstar, Gabrielli Pessanha, the current world No.1.
winners confirmed in female brown / black belt divisions
Third-place medals in the women’s brown /
black belt divisions were claimed by Italy’s Serena Gebrielle, from Flow Team,
at 49kg; Brazil’s Ana Rodrigues, from Alliance Team, at 55kg; South Korea’s
Kira Sung, from Jiu-Jitsu Lab, at 62kg; the UK’s Samantha Cook, from Checkmat
International Team, at 70kg; and Nathiely Melo De Jesus, from Rodrigo Pinheiro
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club, at 90kg.
“I’m upset because it’s my second time
winning bronze in Abu Dhabi. I was here for the win, but I’ve gained some
experience and I will be back stronger next year,” said Gebrielle.
Male brown belt
winners celebrate ADWPJJC victory
Seven male brown belt weight divisions
were also concluded on Thursday, with Brazil the big winner. Gold medal winners
included Brazil’s Thalison Soares at 56kg, Norway’s Huseyn Abaszada at 62kg, Brazil’s
Diego Batista at 69kg, Brazil’s Jeferson Guaresi at 77kg, Brazil’s Ronaldo
Junior at 85kg, Brazil’s Jonnatas Gracie at 94kg, and Portugal’s Guilherme Jardim
“I’ve lost a lot in the last two years,
so I’ve been training hard because it’s been so demotivating. I knew one day my
chance would come and today’s that day. It’s amazing because I honestly don’t
remember the last time I won anything,” said Abaszada.
Batista, who added a brown belt gold to
a blue belt gold won in Abu Dhabi two years ago, said: “It was a good match,
but I didn’t fight too much because I was afraid of making errors. I’m really
happy to have won my second World Pro event in the home of jiu-jitsu.”
rejoice at ADWPJJC 2019 success
“Premier Motors is proud of its
long-standing support of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu
Championship and the sport of jiu-jitsu across the UAE and beyond. This
thrilling championship evokes the true spirit of competition, equality and
tolerance, virtues that align perfectly with the corporate ethos of Premier
Motors. We congratulate the domestic and international competitors, and the
championship organisers, the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, on delivering another
world-class sporting event in Abu Dhabi – the global home of jiu-jitsu,” said Mr. Saed Hijazi,
Assistant General Manager - Sales for Jaguar & Land Rover, Premier Motors.