The Future of Professional BJJ

The sport of professional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is still in its very early stages of development.  Outside of a very few select tournaments there are not many opportunities for elite level BJJ practitioners to earn a living from competition.  The ADCC Submission Fighting World Championships is probably the most prestigious, and although traditionally dominated by BJJ practitioners, it is not technically BJJ, but rather submission grappling.  Most of the world’s best BJJ athletes still make their living from teaching or they transition into MMA.  However, as of late, driven by the meteoric rise in the popularity of BJJ around the world we are starting to see the development of a platform for professional BJJ athletes to showcase their skills to the world.  This is a great step forward for the sport.  Elite level BJJ practitioners are some of the best athletes in the world, and it is due time they received recognition as professional athletes.

On October 14th at the Viejas Arena in San Diego, California fans of BJJ will have the opportunity to see 14 of the world’s best BJJ athletes compete in a 20 minute submission only gi match.  That’s right, no point scoring, just submissions.  The event is being put on by Metamoris, and is being marketed like a professional MMA event.  It is truly the first of its kind, and will be available to all via live steaming.  Check out the awesome trailer for the event below.  There is also a countdown video for one of the event’s biggest matches: 14x World Champion Roger Gracie vs. 6x World Champion Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida.

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