The IBJJF just doesn't stop!!! The Federation will have it's maiden Pro BJJ league event this December 08, 2012. Ranked athletes will compete for prize money in several weight categories. Expect some great matches as the limited number of entries will force the tops to face each other right away.
IBJJ Pro League sets criteria for choosing athletes who will compete for the U$20,000. Free Live Internet Broadcast.
The IBJJ Pro League has defined the criteria for choosing the athletes that will take part in its debut event, next December 8th, at the California State Walter Pyramid, in Long Beach, California. There will be four divisions and each one of the four divisions will have eight competitors. This first edition of the event is male black belt exclusively, Gi only, and will be webcasted for free over IBJJF TV (ibjjftv.com). The winner of each division will get a US $5,000 prize.
Weight Divisions (with Gi)
Up to 64 kg (141lb) - includes Rooster weight and Light-feather weight athletes
Up to 76 kg (167.5lb) - includes Feather weight and Light weight athletes
Up to 88.3 kg (194.6lb) - includes Middle weight and Medium-heavy weight athletes
Over 88.3 kg (over 194.6lb) - includes Heavy weight, Super-heavy weight and Ultra-heavy weight athletes
The competitors up to 64 kg, up to 76 kg and up to 88.3 kg divisions will have six athletes qualified by the IBJJF competitors ranking and two other athletes qualified for winning their divisions at the 2012 Long Beach Fall International Open, which will take place at the same day and venue as the Pro League.
The competitors over 88.3 kg division will have five athletes qualified by the ranking and three athletes qualified for winning their divisions at the Long Beach Fall International Open.
Rules and Regulations
IBJJ Pro League fights will be ruled under the Official IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu rules. The brackets will work in a single elimination system. To avoid brackets close-outs between athletes from the same academy, the Pro League decided that competitors from the same team will have to face each other before the final match of each category.
The competitors ranking is built with the sum of points each athlete gathered in all the competitions he took part in and reached at least the third place since the 2010 European Open Championship until the 2012 London Open International. The points scored in each tournament have to go through the following mathematical formula:
STANDINGS VALUE X WEIGHT OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP X WEIGHT OF THE YEAR = POINTS
|STANDINGS VALUE||WEIGHT OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP||WEIGHT OF THE YEAR|
1st Place– 9 pts
2nd Place – 3 pts
3rd Place – 1 pt
1st Place – 13.5 pts
2nd Place – 4.5 pts
3rd Place– 1.5 pts
Worlds – 7x
European, Pan Ams – 4x
Brazilian Nationals - 3x
American Nationals, South American, Asian Open– 2x
International Open – 1x
2012 – 3x
2011 – 2x
2010 – 1x
IBJJ PRO-LEAGUE CONT:
Examples of How to Count Points
1st Place Medium-Heavy weight Worlds 2010 = 9 pts x 7 x 1 = 63 pts
2nd Place Absolute Pan Ams 2011 = 4.5 pts x 4 x 2 = 36 pts
3rd Place Light weight Houston Open 2012 = 1 x 1 x 3 = 3 pts
Current top 10 List of best ranked athletes by division (the final list of qualified athletes for the 2012 IBJJ Pro League will be released after the Asian Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship and London International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship results being processed).