UAE go on top after Emirati jiu-jitsu stars claim 22 medals at World Pro - GulfToday

UAE go on top after Emirati jiu-jitsu stars claim 22 medals at World Pro

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UAE’s Omar Al Fadhli competes with Brazil’s Macley Silva during the third day of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship match.

Home heroes raised the UAE flag high with a series of strong performance on day three of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC), which runs at Abu Dhabi’s Jiu-Jitsu Arena until April 9.

The world’s best jiu-jitsu athletes took to the mat on Thursday to compete for glory in purple and blue belt categories at the world’s largest and most prestigious jiu-jitsu event, which is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The UAE’s athletes stood tall among the global elite on the first day of competition for professional jiu-jitsu stars at the home of jiu-jitsu. The UAE captured 22 coloured medals, to top the country’s rankings with 18,320 points, ahead of Brazil, with 9,560 points, and Russia third with 2560 points.

The championship culminates on Friday with the world’s top brown and black belt athletes taking centre stage.

Coach Ramon Lemos praised the UAE athletes for their performance on the mat after a dramatic day.

“The training never stopped for the UAE athletes, even with the pandemic, since the UAEJJF offered the players a safe environment to train and compete, and it’s paid off. All of the closed training camps and local tournaments have played a big role in helping the UAE athletes reach such high-performance levels to be able to compete against the best of the world and raise the UAE flag high.”

UAE star Omar Al Fadhli (62kg), who captured the gold medal with victory over Brazilian Macley Silva in the finals, said: “My final fight was amazing as I fought with a strong competitor from Brazil, and have proved to myself that I am the best in the world in my division/category. Even though I started all my fights behind, everything was under control. The year is not finished, and I will be eyeing more gold medals.”

Coach Ramon added: “In Omar’s three bouts, his strategy is to let the jiu-jitsu flow and the results will play out. He just controlled the fights perfectly from start to finish with such confidence. “

Zayed Al Katheiri clinched gold against Brazil’s Everton Celio with a triangle choke submission in the adult purple belt 56kg division. He said: “The championship was tough as it welcomed world-class athletes from around the world. I was ready for my final bout and I predicted who would be reaching the finals and planned accordingly.  I have worked on the ‘triangle choke’ move in my training sessions and it got me the win in the finals.”

“I got my preparation from Abu Dhabi Grand Slam last week, in which I won the gold medal and learned from my mistakes. It was the perfect preparation for today’s bouts,” added Katheri.

Mohammad Al Amiri (77kg) added another gold for the UAE in the purple belt division, beating Victor Lima from Brazil: “My last fight was tough against a strong opponent. Before the final, I studied my opponent’s moves with my coach and set my game plan accordingly. Thankfully, I captured the gold and took my opponent down in the last 20 second.”

Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice President, UAEJJF, said that Abu Dhabi’s status as the capital of jiu-jitsu brought with it a lot of responsibility and trust which the UAEJJF and the ADWPJJC are keen to justify.

“Today, Abu Dhabi is the unrivalled international home of jiu-jitsu and we have committed to ensure that the ADWPJJC’s latest edition adds another feather to our cap. The global jiu-jitsu community has given us an enthusiastic response and fighters from all over the world are here to compete on the grandest stage of global jiu-jitsu.”

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