HUGE Pro Jiu-Jitsu Event Lands On Tiny Pacific Island! Lo, Pena, Najmi & Co

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The biggest jiu-jitsu in Micronesia is back! The Marianas Open Jiu Jitsu Championship takes place in Guam on April 30 and features an amazing black belt pro invitational that includes some of the biggest names in the game. 

Two pro black belt divisions (-180lb and 180lb+) will offer big cash prizes to the winners, with the two champions later facing off for a possible $7,000 prize! 


And the names confirmed for the event include stars such as Leandro Lo, Felipe Pena, Edwin Najmi, Isaque Bahiense, and more! 

"We are a tiny Island in the Pacific that has one of the biggest hearts and love for jiu-jitsu. We open our home to everyone who has best intentions of helping and promoting our island paradise," event promoter Steve Shimizu said.

Our goal is to give our local competitors a chance to go up against the world's best BJJ players. By bringing world class athletes, it gives the chance for our island to see how these athletes perform live!
Past winners of the Marianas Open include Keenan Cornelius (2015) and Felipe Pena (2016). 

How it works 

The day will start with an open tournament. At around 10 AM local time (Chamorro Time) the main show begins, and the two pro divisions will run. The prize for first place in each division is $3,000. Second and third place get $1,500 and $500, respectively. 

At the end of both divisions, the first-place winners are invited to compete against each other in an absolute superfight for an additional $7,000, to make it a grand total of $10K for the overall winner. 

The 8-man divisions are as follows:

Lightweight Division (-180lb)
Isaque Bahiense
Renato Canuto
Michael Liera Jr.
Edwin Najmi
Gracie Barra
Mike Sanchez
More names TBA

Heavyweight Division (180lb+)

Nick Cavalense
BJJ United
Jacob Guerrero
Spike 22
Joshua Jerome
Leandro Lo
NS Brotherhood
Bryant Pangelinan
Sabre BJJ
Felipe Pena
Gracie Barra
Tanner Rice
Soul Fighters
Eric Sian

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