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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

KNOCKOUT ARTISTS MELVIN MANHOEF AND CHIDI NJOKUANI COLLIDE IN EXPLOSIVE BELLATOR 210 MAIN EVENT AT WINSTAR WORLD RESORT AND CASINO ON NOV. 3


Tickets on sale Friday

LOS ANGELES – Bellator heads back to WinStar World Casino and Resort on Friday, November 30 with a battle of heavy-handed middleweights, as combat sports-veteran Melvin Manhoef (30-14-1, 2 NC) takes on the dynamic Chidi Njokuani (18-5, 1 NC) in the main event of Bellator 210.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 21 and can be purchased at the WinStar World Casino and Resort box office, as well as through Bellator.com and Ticketmaster.com.

Bellator 210: Manhoef vs. Njokuani will be broadcast on Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and will stream LIVE on DAZN, while preliminary bouts will stream on Bellator.com and globally on the Bellator Mobile App. Additional bouts will be announced in coming weeks.

A former world title challenger, Manhoef returns to the Bellator cage looking to stake his claim in a suddenly crowded middleweight division. The famed Dutch kickboxer and mixed martial artist is known for his highlight-reel KO’s throughout his impressive combat sports career that spans two and a half decades, including successful runs in DREAM, Cage Rage and Bellator. With career wins over Mark Hunt, Kazushi Sakuraba, “Cyborg” Santos, and most recently for Bellator, Hisaki Kato, “No Mercy” has plans for adding another name to his lengthy resume.

Njokuani made his Bellator debut in the welterweight division with a decisive victory over Ricky Rainey in 2015. Since then, “Chidi Bang Bang” has notched impressive wins over Melvin Guillard and Andre Fialho. The Las Vegas fighter later announced himself to the 185-pound weight class in emphatic fashion with a victory over Hisaki Kato at Bellator 189. With 10 knockouts to his credit, the always-dangerous Njokuani looks to add another “W” to his record in November.

Updated Bellator 210: Manhoef vs. Njokuani Fight Card:
Middleweight Main Event Bout: Melvin Manhoef (30-14-1, 2 NC) vs. Chidi Njokuani (18-5, 1 NC)

*Card subject to change

Monday, September 17, 2018

ILIMA-LEI MACFARLANE TO HEADLINE BELLATOR EVENT IN HAWAII WITH FLYWEIGHT TITLE DEFENSE AGAINST VALERIE LETOURNEAU DEC. 15 ON DAZN


PLUS, LYOTO MACHIDA SET FOR BELLATOR DEBUT AGAINST FORMER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMP RAFAEL CARVALHO AND BELLATOR’S WELTERWEIGHT WORLD GRAND PRIX CONTINUES

Tickets on sale Friday

LOS ANGELES – The Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii will host the homecoming of Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (8-0), as she puts her undefeated record and Bellator women’s flyweight title on the line against No. 1 contender Valérie Létourneau (10-6) in the main event on Saturday, Dec. 15 LIVE on DAZN. The monumental event marks Bellator’s first trip to Hawaii and the first major MMA show to be held there since 2008.

In addition, Bellator Hawaii will also feature the promotional debut of Lyoto Machida (24-8), where he is welcomed to the Bellator cage by former middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho (15-2). Also, the first-round of Bellator’s Welterweight World Grand Prix rolls on when two undefeated 170-pounders, Neiman Gracie (8-0) and Ed Ruth (6-0), square-off for a shot at the world title against the winner of Rory MacDonald vs. Jon Fitch in the semi-finals.

The card will air exclusively on DAZN, the world’s first truly dedicated live sports streaming service, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Sept. 21 at 12 p.m. HT and can be purchased through Bellator.com, as well as Ticketmaster.com. A special presale will take place the morning of Friday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. HT.

Fans can sign up for DAZN for only $9.99 per month – following a one-month free trial – by registering at DAZN.com or by downloading the DAZN app on a wide range of connected devices, including smart TVs, PCs, smartphones, tablets and game consoles. For more information, fans can follow DAZN’s U.S. social channels: @DAZNUSA on Facebook, @DAZN_USA for Twitter and DAZN_USA for Instagram.

A native of Honolulu, current Bellator women’s flyweight champ Macfarlane made her pro debut in 2015 with a KO victory that went viral and has not looked back since, remaining undefeated in her career. With impressive victories over Emily Ducote and Jessica Middleton, “The Ilimanator” earned a shot a Bellator gold at Bellator 186 in a rematch with Ducote, winning via submission. Most recently, she defeated Alejandra Lara and now looks for the biggest win of her career in front of her hometown fans. A proud graduate of Honolulu’s Punahou High School in 2009, Macfarlane later attended San Diego State University, where she would go on to earn her Master’s degree in liberal arts and science with a focus on indigenous issues – a subject she remains passionate about, launching “The Ilimanator Scholarship” for indigenous girls earlier this year.

The Canadian-born Létourneau, a former UFC strawweight title challenger, carries an impressive track record of thrilling fights, highlighted by a world title contest against former champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk. Since signing with Bellator, “Trouble” is undefeated after moving up to her more natural weight class, convincingly defeating Kristina Williams and Kate Jackson. At Bellator Hawaii, the American Top Team-product will look to improve upon her 10 victories as a professional, a tally that includes five finishes, with four coming by way of knockout, en route to becoming the next Bellator women’s flyweight titleholder.

After signing with Bellator in June of 2018, Machida will make his highly anticipated debut on one of the biggest cards of the year. The former UFC light heavyweight champ, known as “The Dragon,” will step inside the cage for the first time in a co-main event contested at middleweight. The two-division threat, who spends time training in both his native Brazil and Los Angeles, joins the organization on the heels of a highlight-reel KO over Vitor Belfort. The karate specialist owns notable career wins over Tito Ortiz, “Shogun” Rua, Dan Henderson, Rashad Evans and Randy Couture, and is looking to make an immediate impact on the roster.

The always-dangerous Carvalho has his sights set on reclaiming his middleweight world title and it begins on December 15 against Machida. Previously, the Brazilian was riding a 15-fight win streak that included three successful title defenses and victories over Melvin Manhoef (x2), Alessio Sakara and Joe Schilling. Fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil, “The Blessed” has plans to prove that he is once again one of the best middleweights in the world.

Fighting out of New York City, Gracie has established himself as the next dominant force of the famed family. Following a successful grappling career, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt made his pro MMA debut in 2013 with an impressive performance. With seven of his eight wins coming via submission, the Renzo Gracie-trained fighter is a threat to anyone in the welterweight division.

A former three-time NCAA Division 1 National Champion wrestler from Penn State University, Ruth will face the toughest test of his young career when he returns to action on Dec. 15. While boasting an extraordinary wrestling background, “EZ” has finished five of his opponents with strikes. The Fresno, Calif.-based fighter put the 170-pound division on notice following a second round-TKO of his most recent opponent in his welterweight debut.

All Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix on DAZN contests will consist of five rounds. Beginning with MacDonald versus Fitch, each time an athlete enters a tournament bout as champion, the Bellator welterweight title will be on the line, culminating in the Welterweight World Grand Prix on DAZN winner becoming the undisputed Bellator welterweight champion.

Bellator Hawaii: Macfarlane vs. Létourneau Main Card:

Women’s Flyweight World Title Bout: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (8-0) vs. Valérie Létourneau (10-6)

Middleweight Co-Main Event: Lyoto Machida (24-8) vs. Rafael Carvalho (15-2) 

Welterweight World Grand Prix First-Round Bout: Neiman Gracie (8-0) vs. Ed Ruth (6-0) 


*Card subject to change.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

TEN OF THE BEST HEAVYWEIGHTS IN JIU-JITSU TO BATTLE IT OUT FOR THE ABU DHABI KING OF MATS® TITLE



LA CONVENTION CENTER, LOS ANGELES, USA
SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2018

Los Angeles, USA, 16th September, 2018: Abu Dhabi King of Mats® Second Edition line up is confirmed with ten of the best Heavy weight jiu-jitsu players in the sport. One of the most prestigious invitational-only tournaments in the sport of jiu-jitsu, will have a combined total cash prize of $42,000 and the winner will be in line for a super match against the reigning Abu Dhabi King of Mats® champion, Alexander Trans, at the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championships® in April 2019 in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi King of Mats®Line-up

The exclusive invitations were extended according to the players past achievements in Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship® and Abu Dhabi Grand Slam®

1. Erberth Santos
2x Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion (2016/2018)
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam - Tokyo Champion (2015)
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam - Los Angeles Champion (2015)
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam - Rio de Janeiro Champion (2015)
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam - London Champion (2016)

2. Ricardo Evangelista
Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion (2016)
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam - Los Angeles Champion (2015)
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam - Rio de Janeiro Champion (2015)
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam - London Champion (2016)

3. Gutemberg Pereira
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam – Tokyo Champion (2018)

4. Gerard Labinski
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam - Rio de Janeiro Champion (2017)

5. Rudson Teles
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam – Tokyo Champion (2018)

6. Tanner Rice
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam - Los Angeles Champion (2015)

7. Adam Wardzinski
UAEJJF Top Europe Rank

8. Alexandro Cecconi
Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion (2009)

9. Gabriel Arges
2x Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion (2016/2017)
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam - Los Angeles Champion (2016)
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam - Tokyo Champion (2016)
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam - Abu Dhabi Champion (2017)

10. Jackson Sousa
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam – London Champion (2017)


The matches will be held on one mat in the heavyweight division [96kg – 110kg] and each match will be of 1 round, no more than 6 minutes duration. 

For more details on the event please visit - https://events.uaejjf.org/en/event/155 

Broadcast Details
The event will be streamed live on @adwjjt social media (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook), FloGrappling worldwide live stream, Combate in Brazil and Airtel TV, Idea Movies & TV, Jio TV and Triple Play IPTV in India. 

The event will also be aired on delayed basis on FOX Sports in Asia, Fight Sports in North America, Caribbean, Europe, Japan, Fight Network in Canada, Europe and MENA, Astro in Malaysia, Starhub in Singapore, ABS-CBN Sports in Philippines, Orange TV, IndiHome and MyRepublik in Indonesia, Singtel in Singapore and Australia, Azam Sports in Africa, EB-TV in Asia, J Sports and TV Asahi in Japan, SFR Sports in Europe, Dubai Sports and Sharjah Sports in MENA.

Please follow the new social media accounts for more exclusive updates and news – Facebook: @adwjjt, Twitter: @adwjjt, Instagram: @adwjjt



Abu Dhabi King of Mats®Event Details
Date: 23rdSeptember 2018
Venue: LA Convention Center
Weight Division: Heavyweight [96kg to 110kg]
Event Time: 13:30:00pm to 17:00pm [LA Standard Time]

Thursday, September 13, 2018

ABU DHABI GRAND SLAM LOS ANGELES FIGHT WEEK ACTIVITIES

ABU DHABI GRAND SLAM® LOS ANGELES FIGHT WEEK ACTIVITIES TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK AT LA CONVENTION CENTER AND INDIA BROADCAST DEAL ANNOUNCEMENT
UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation® announces a broadcast partnership with Multi TV Solutions for India Territory.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® will be broadcasted across 100 countries on Live and delayed telecast on Twenty-Four TV Networks.

Los Angeles, USA, 13th September, 2018: Some of the best Jiu-Jitsu players from across the globe are preparing to battle it out at the second leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam®, which is set to take place in Los Angeles on 22nd September at the LA Convention Center with new TV audiences in India.

Commenting on the new broadcast partnership, Mr. Tareq Al Bahri, Director of Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® said, “We are excited to announce a broadcast partnership with Multi TV Solutions which will see the UAEJJF air the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam®. Season 4 live on premium channels: Airtel TV, Idea Movies & TV, Jio TV and Triple Play IPTV. The combat sport is on the rise in India and we are honored to have them on board.”

Airtel TV, Idea Movies & TV, Jio TV and Triple Play IPTV will air previous Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® events at accessible India times, and all the season 4 events will be broadcasted live. 

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® Los Angeles will be broadcasted live on Abu Dhabi Sports in the MENA region, FloGrappling worldwide live stream, Combate in Brazil and Airtel TV, Idea Movies & TV, Jio TV and Triple Play IPTV in India. The event will also be aired on delayed basis on FOX Sports in Asia, Fight Sports in North America, Caribbean, Europe, Japan, Fight Network in Canada, Europe and MENA, Astro in Malaysia, Starhub in Singapore, ABS-CBN Sports in Philippines, Orange TV, IndiHome and MyRepublik in Indonesia, Singtel in Singapore and Australia, Azam Sports in Africa, EB-TV in Asia, J Sports and TV Asahi in Japan, SFR Sports in Europe, Dubai Sports and Sharjah Sports in MENA.

About Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® Los Angeles

The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® in Los Angeles will begin at 10:30am until 18:00pm (LA standard time) on 22ndSeptember. The pre-date weigh-in will take place on Friday, September 21stfrom 17:00pm to 19:00pm at Los Angeles Convention Center; the on-date early weigh-in will take place on the day of the event from 8:30am to 9:30am.

The tournament is open to all nationalities, the medalists will be listed in the UAEJJF world rankings and cash prizes of more than $120,000 will be awarded to the top athletes of each division. The top three academies will also receive cash prizes and top ranked competitors will receive prizes at the end of the season according to the UAEJJF World Ranking.

The first-place winner in the respective weight categories of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam will receive 200 points. The second-place winner will receive 160 points and the third-place winner will receive 120 points.

The Jiu-Jitsu clubs from the UAE, namely: Al-Ain, Bani Yas Al Wahda, Al Jazira and Al Nasr will be competing at the tournament in LA.


FIGHT WEEK ACTIVITIES

Pre Date Weigh-Ins 1: Friday 21st September [17:00pm to 19:00pm]
VenueLA Convention Center

On Date Early Weigh-Ins: Saturday 22nd September [8:30am to 9:30am]
VenueLA Convention Center

Main Event Saturday 22nd September [10:30am to 18:00pm]
VenueLA Convention Center

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

BELLATOR TO SIGN WFL’S ‘FINAL 8’ HEAVYWEIGHT GRAND PRIX AND MMA LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS


 
ALSO, BELLATOR KICKBOXING’S JORINA BAARS TO COMPETE AGAINST ANISSA HADDAOUI IN SUPERFIGHT AT SEPT. 22 WFL EVENT

LOS ANGELES – Bellator announced today the organization will reward the winner of World Fighting League’s upcoming “Final 8” Grand Prix, as well as the MMA Lightweight Tournament Finale, with a Bellator contract. The events take place over two days on Saturday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 23 from Topsportcentrum in Almere, Netherlands and are set to air on Spike Netherlands.

Owned by famed Dutch kickboxer Melvin Manhoef, the Netherlands-based promotion is currently home to many of the best Dutch kickboxers and mixed martial artists. Following an impressive combat sports career that spans two and a half decades, including successful runs in DREAM, Cage Rage and Bellator, Manhoef began promoting fights under his WFL banner in 2015. Most recently, Manhoef defeated Remy Bonjasky in the final bout of his kickboxing career at WFL 16.

Similar to renowned K-1 events, the kickboxing tournament on Sept. 22 commences with eight competitors who will need to claim victory three times in one evening to become champion. The “Final 8” Grand Prix kicks off with several explosive first-round heavyweight matchups, including Murat Aygun vs. Fabio Kwasi, Sam Tevette vs. Clyde Brunswijk, Andrei Stoica vs. “Boy Boy” Martin and Fred Sikking vs. Nordine Mahieddine. Sikking vs. Nordine replaces the previously announced contest between Ibrahim El Bouni and Levi Rigters.

In the MMA Lightweight Tournament Finale on Sept. 23, Pieter Buist (13-4) meets Soli Abdeselam Mohamed (4-3), better known to fans as “Sully Bull,” in a battle to determine the victor at 155 pounds. Buist, nicknamed “The Archangel,” is currently riding a four-fight win streak, including two WFL victories, while Bull has also won his previous two bouts inside the WFL cage.

In addition to the “Super 8” Grand Prix on Sept. 22, the card will also feature Bellator Kickboxing’s Jorina Baars (44-0-3) in a highly anticipated superfight with two-time WFL World Champion Anissa Haddaoui (42-3-1). Fighting out of Den Helder, Netherlands, the 29-year-old Baars remains one of the most dangerous kickboxers and Muay Thai fighters on the planet, famously defeating Cris Cyborg in 2014. Having earned gold in both professional kickboxing and Muay Thai, the Dutch-born Haddaoui looks to make a name for herself against a fellow veteran in Baars. Fans can expect fireworks between these two exciting and elite fighters.

For more information, please visit WorldFightingLeague.com and WFLTickets.com.  

Saturday, September 8, 2018

UFC 228: Woodley v Till Results


UFC 228 takes place today, Saturday, September 8th, 2018 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event features a welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and Darren Till.

Main Card (Live on PPV, 7:00 PM PST)

-Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till - Woodley by submission -D'arce choke- 4:19 R2
-Jessica Andrade vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz - Andrade by KO -punch- 1:48 R1
-Brandon Davis vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov - Magomedshapirov by submission -knee bar 3:46 R2
-John Dodson vs. Jimmie Rivera - Rivera by unanimous decision R3
-Abdul Razak Alhassan defeated Niko Price by KO -punches- 0:43 R1

Preliminary Card (On FX, 5:00 PM PST)

-Tatiana Suarez defeated Carla Esparza by TKO -elbows- 4:33 R3
-Aljamain Sterling defeated Cody Stamann by submission -knee bar- 3:42 R2
-Geoff Neal defeated Frank Camacho by KO -kick- 1:23 R2
-Darren Stewart defeated Charles Byrd by TKO -strikes- 2:17 R2

Preliminary Bouts (On UFC Fight Pass (3:15 PM PST)

-Diego Sanchez defeated Craig White by unanimous decision R3
-Jim Miller defeated Alex White by submission -RNC- 1:29 R1
-Irene Aldana defeated Lucie Pudilova by split decision R3
-Jarred Brooks defeated Roberto Sanchez by split decision R3

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Goes to Los Angeles


ABU DHABI GRAND SLAM® JIU-JITSU WORLD TOUR SECOND LEG HEADS TO LOS ANGELES ON 22 SEPTEMBER AND ABU DHABI KING OF MATS® TO BE HELD ON 23 SEPTEMBER

The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® Los Angeles will be held at the LA Convention Center on 22nd September.

The prestigious invitational only tournament - Abu Dhabi King of Mats® to be held on 23rd September with top names like Erberth Santos and Ricardo Evangelista confirmed

Los Angeles, USA, 29thAugust, 2018: The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation®, the official authority for the sport of jiu-jitsu in the United Arab Emirates, announces the second leg of the most prestigious jiu-jitsu world tour, to be held in Los Angeles on 22nd September at the LA Convention Center.

With $120,000 in cash prizes, the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® is open to all nationalities, the medalists will be listed in the jiu-jitsu world rankings. The top three academies will also receive cash prizes and top ranked competitors will receive prizes at the end of the season according to the UAEJJF World Ranking.

Abu Dhabi King of Mats® Second Edition, which brings together many of the greatest fighters in the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championships history, will be held on the following day on 23rd September at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles. One of the most prestigious invitational-only tournaments in the sport of jiu-jitsu, which is usually held in three different weight divisions, but in LA it will only be held in the heavyweight division.

With $42,000 in cash prizes for 10 of the top names in the heavyweight division and a super match in the next Abu Dhabi King of Mats® Second Edition - between reigning champion, Alexander Trans and the champion from the Second Edition for the Heavyweight Belt. 

Here is how the cash prizes will be awarded for the Abu Dhabi King of Mats® champions:

·       First Place - $10,000
·       Second Place - $6000
·       Third Place - $3000
·       Best Submission - $1000
·       Best Fight - $2000
·       Participation Players - $2000 x 10
·       Trophies for the 1st, 2ndand 3rd place winners

Confirmed fighters: Erberth Santos, Ricardo Evangelista, Gutember Pereira and Jackson Souza.

Please visit www.kingofmats.comfor more details.

“Season 4 of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® broke all of our previous records the numbers are rising each time from one event to another, which is a testament of how this sport is rising in all corners of the world. We are also very excited to bring the Second Edition of the brand of Abu Dhabi King of Mats® to Los Angeles, as the response from the top names to compete in it has been overwhelming.” Said Mr. Tareq Al Bahri, Director of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam®

“I would like to thank our sponsors and partners; EMAAR, Abu Dhabi Sports, Abu Dhabi Tourism, ADNOC and Palm Sports. I would also like to thank all of our 26 TV partners, especially to the ones in new territories like India and the Caribbean” Said Mr. Tareq Al Bahri.

For the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® Los Angeles, medals will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each division. Prize money awarded will range from $500 to $2,500 in several categories, including juvenile, adult and masters, from blue, purple, brown and black categories for both men and women.

The first-place winner in the respective weight categories of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam will receive 200 points. The second-place winner will receive 160 points and the third-place winner will receive 120 points.

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam®Jiu-Jitsu World Tour Los Angeles
Date: 22ndSeptember 2018
Venue: LA Convention Center
Registration Deadline: 18thSeptember 2018

Abu Dhabi King of Mats®
Date: 23rdSeptember 2018
Venue: LA Convention Center
Weight Division: Heavyweight
Event Time: 14:00pm to 17:00pm

Sunday, August 26, 2018

World Master 2018 Results


The 2018 World Master of BJJ is now in the books. The event took place in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 22-24, 2018. One great moment came when the IBJJF took the time in the event to present all Black belt adult Absolute winners with rings to celebrate their title. A nice tribute for their accomplishment



Below are team results:

Master Male

1 - Gracie Barra - 290
2 - Alliance - 118
3 - Nova União - 112
4 - Atos Jiu-Jitsu - 105
5 - Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu - 104
6 - Carlson Gracie Team - 98
7 - Gracie Humaita - 85
8 - CheckMat - 82
9 - Renato Tavares Association - 73
10 - ZR Team Association - 71

Master Female

1 - Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu - 101
2 - CheckMat - 91
3 - Atos Jiu-Jitsu - 73
4 - Alliance - 73
5 - Gracie Barra - 70
6 - Pacific Top Team - 55
7 - Carlson Gracie Team - 54
8 - Zenith BJJ - 53
9 - Roberto Traven BJJ - 46
10 - GF Team - 37 

Complete individual results HERE 

Asian Games Day 3: Grand Finale

Photo: Ane Nunes/Gentle Art Media
The first appearance of Jiu-Jitsu at the Asian Games was a huge success. Athletes thrilled the fans with outstanding performances throughout the 3 days of event at the Jakarta Convention Center, in Indonesia. The action wrapped up this Sunday, August 26, with awesome matches both at the men's -77kg and -85kg divisions. Here's how each weight class played out until the medalists were set.

Male

-77kg

Kazakhstan's Ruslan Israilov tested the hearts of his teammates and fans. He waited until the final 15s of the gold medal match to sweep Kyrgyzstan's Nursultan Alymkulov and secure the 2-0 lead that granted him the gold medal. Before the sweep, Nursultan had the control of the match. Before the final, Israilov beat Erkhbayar Batkhuyag (MGL) 6-0 in the semifinals, outscored Aiazbek Mustakov (KGZ) 4-0 in the quarterfinals, beat Hazmeh Al Rasheed (JOR) by referees decision in the eightfinals and debuted with a submission win over Iran's Mohammad Davar.

Podium
1st - Ruslan Israilov (KAZ)
2nd - Nursultan Alymkulov (KGZ)
3rd – Mohamed Alqubaisi (UAE)
3rd – Abdelkarim Alrashid (JOR)

-85kg

The gold medal match would have been epic, but unfortunately Khalfan Balhol could not compete due to an injured left foot. The title then rested with Jordan's Haidar Al Rasheed. The Jordanian did great on his way to the top of the podium this Sunday. In the semifinal, he beat Abdurahmanhaji Murtazaliev (KGZ) by advantages. Before that he beat Mergen Jorayev (TKM) 4-0 in the quarterfinals and Habib Ranjbar 10-0 in the eightfinals.

Podium
1st - Haidar Al Rasheed (JOR)
2nd - Khalfan Balhol (UAE)
3rd - Abdurahmanhaji Murtazaliev (KGZ)
3rd – Murtazali Murtazaliev (KGZ)

That was it for the Jiu-Jitsu competition at the 2018 Asian Games. For the complete results, click here