If you look at the two most recent issues of Gracie Magazine, there is a full page ad on the back covers that say the dates for the Abu Dhabi Pro is April 8th through the 10th. No biggie except that that is the weekend of the 2010 IBJJF Pan-Ams in California! The concern there is that Brazilian jiu-jitsu’s best competitors would be forced to decide to compete in just one of the events. We would all agree that the sport suffers when the best competitors are not facing off against one another.
But, as the title of this post suggests, there’s no need to panic! Carlao Santos, the organizer of the Abu Dhabi Pro who has lived in the Emirates teaching jiu-jitsu for years now, let us know here at The FightWorks Podcast headquarters that they have rescheduled the Abu Dhabi Pro finals for the weekend of April 15th through the 17th.
While the two events now occur on back to back weekends and there could still be competitors who will choose one event over the other, it was a significant change of course for the Abu Dhabi Pros to reschedule their event, especially after having already advertised for the same weekend.
More details on the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup coming soon here on TheFightWorksPodcast.com