Rafael Lovato Jr. (UNIJJ, white gi) faces Nivaldo de Oliveira Lima (CheckMat) in a Grapplers Quest pro division in March 2009.
The warmer months usually make for an intense season of grappling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments, and Grapplers Quest has announced that they will be putting on an event with a significant cash prize for competitors on July 10th and 11th in California. We sent some questions to Grapplers Quest CEO Brian Cimins about the event for some details.
The FightWorks Podcast: You are accepting resumes of competitors who wish to enter the 32-man 2010 Tachi Palace Grappling Challenge, which features a $10,000 cash prize. Is that gi or no-gi?
Brian Cimins: 100% no-gi.
The FightWorks Podcast: What are the qualifications you are looking for in competitors who wish to enter?
Brian Cimins: Professional MMA fighters, ADCC champions and finalists, pro Grapplers Quest champions & multiple advanced division winners, CBJJ black and brown belt World or Pan American champions, All-American and Olympic alternate class wrestlers, judo & sambo world champions – the best grapplers in the world
The FightWorks Podcast: The Grappling Challenge will take place alongside the normal Grapplers Quest gi and no-gi divisions, right?
Brian Cimins: The Pro Grappling Challenge will begin on Saturday, July 10th at 6:00 PM, where the first 3 rounds will be conducted. All amateur No-Gi divisions will be conducted on Saturday starting at 10:00 AM. The final 4 pro matches will happen on Sunday, July 11th at 3:00 PM in conjunction with the amateur BJJ divisions. Also, Tachi Palace Fights will be conducting a huge outdoor MMA show on Friday, July 9th, so it’s an action packed MMA and grappling weekend.
The FightWorks Podcast: Despite it being several months before the event, are you able to name any of the athletes who you believe will be taking part in the 32-man Grappling Challenge?
Brian Cimins: Jeff Monson has committed to fighting in the 32-Man.
The FightWorks Podcast: Will there be cash prizes for both male and female divisions?
Brian Cimins: For amateurs, Grapplers Quest offers cash prizes for men and women absolute divisions at every show nationwide.
The FightWorks Podcast: Your site mentions a $10,000 cash prize. Is that indeed all to be paid in cash (as opposed to gear, DVDs, etc)?
Brian Cimins: The $10,000 cash prize, is 100% just that, sponsored by Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.
The FightWorks Podcast: How will that be broken down among 1rst, 2nd, and 3rd place winners?
Brian Cimins: $7,500 for 1st Place, $1,500 for 2nd Place, $1,000 for 3rd Place, with the following bonuses: $500 for the fastest submission and $1,000 for winning all matches by submission.
The FightWorks Podcast: Anything else our audience should know about this event?
Brian Cimins: Tickets will be on sale by the Tachi Palace within the next few weeks, but only 900 tickets will be available for sale. This is the largest cash prize in the history of American grappling and will feature the best of the best. We will be crowning the Best Grappler in the World on July 10th and 11th and it’s not to be missed… the event will be streamed live on internet Pay Per View as well.