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What's New At World Pro 2017? Less Stalling, Bigger Prizes, No Absolute

What's New At World Pro 2017? Less Stalling, Bigger Prizes, No Absolute
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Here are the important changes you need to know about for the UAEJJF 2017 Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship on April 18-22.

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No absolute division

Announced shortly after last year's World Pro, there are no more absolute divisions at any level at the Abu Dhabi World Pro. The focus is now completely upon the weight classes. 

Only two competitors of the same nationality per bracket

A new rule for black and brown belts: there will be a limit of two athletes from the same country per weight category. The athlete with the highest UAEJJF ranking automatically qualifies for the main bracket -- all other athletes from the same country must now fight among themselves in a qualification bracket for the second spot. 

Faster stalling penalties

Stalling was measured over a period of 20 seconds. If an athlete was inactive, he or she would be issued a penalty after 20 seconds. Now, that time period has been lessened to only 10 seconds. The usual accumulation of penalties applies.

Bigger prizes

In 2016, the cash prize for male black belt division winners was a cool $8,000. That figure has now increased to $10,000. Second place used to get $4,000 but now gets $5,000. The total prize fund increased from 2016 to 2017 by $152,200 (from $629,000 to $781,200). 

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How to Watch the Abu Dhabi 2017 World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship

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Tue 10:00
Tue 07:00
Tue 03:00
Tue 02:00
Tue 01:00
Mon 23:00


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