The 2019/2020 season of the AJP Tour is gearing up to the final stretch with the first major stop scheduled January 16-18, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The fifth leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour takes over the Mubadala Arena with competitors of all ages testing their skills as they compete for the ultimate glory.
In the black belt division, the stars of the show are already lining up to compete and add valuable points in the annual AJP world ranking. Returning champions, new challengers and upcoming talents are all filling the brackets in what promises to be a thrilling weekend of Jiu-Jitsu in Abu Dhabi.
The female brown/black belt division will once again bring together the elite of the sport. Mayssa Bastos is in the 49kg division. Elina Moestan and Ariadne Oliveira are big names in the 55kg division. The 62kg division features ADQOM lightweight champion Luiza Monteiro and former ADGS champions Hope Douglass and Charlotte Von Baumgarten, among other names. ADWPJJC champion Thamara Silva is in the 70kg division alongside tough rival and ADGS champion Samantha Cook. The 95kg division will feature another duel between Gabrieli Pessanha and Kendall Reusing.
The male black belt division is also filled with big names. Bebeto Oliveira and Kalel Santos are confirmed in the 56kg division. The 62kg division has only former champions so far, including Gabriel Sousa, Hiago George, Jonas Andrade and Diego Batista. Isaac Doederlein and Thiago Macedo are a guarantee of great matches in the 69kg division. Diego Ramalho and Ronaldo Junior make the 85kg division a thrilling one. Adam Wardzinski, Helton Junior, Luan Lima and Phillippe Pomanski are the big names so far in the 94kg division.
The early registration deadline for the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour Abu Dhabi is December 13. The final deadline is January 9. Click here for more info and to register now.
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