IBJJ – Pro League makes its debut with free webcast on December 8, 2012 (Long Beach, CA)

LONG BEACH, California — The inaugural IBJJ – Pro League 2012 is only two and a half weeks away and new names are being added daily. The roster of athletes is nearly finalized and some of the biggest names in jiu-jitsu have been confirmed to participate.

The IBJJ – Long Beach Fall International Open 2012 is a qualifying event for the IBJJ – Pro League. The winners of each black belt division in the Long Beach Fall Open will automatically qualify for the Pro League.

The Long Beach Fall Open and the Pro League will both take place on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the Long Beach Pyramid in Long Beach, California, USA.

The four divisional winners of  the Pro League will be awarded $5,000, while each runner-up will take home $1,000.


IBJJF – Pro League 2012 – Confirmed Athletes

Up to 64 kg (141lb):

Caio Terra
Koji Shibamoto
Laercio Fernandes
Daniel Beleza G. de Andrade
Pablo da Silva Santos
Rafael Freitas
Fist place Long Beach Fall rooster division 
First place Long Beach Fall light-feather division

Up to 76 kg (167.5lb):

Leandro Pereira do Nascimento
Jonathan Torres
Lucas Alves Lepri
Samir José Chantre Dahás
Augusto Lopes Mendes
Rubens Charles Maciel
Fist place Long Beach Fall feather division 
First place Long Beach Fall light division

Up to 88.3kg (194.6lb):

Otavio Ferreira de Sousa
Rômulo Claudio Barral
Rafael Monteiro Barbosa
Bruno Augusto Togni Antunes
Vitor Henrique Silva Oliveira
First place Long Beach Fall middle division
First place Long Beach Fall medium-heavy division

Over 88.3 kg (over 194.6lb):

Gustavo dos Santos Pires
Bruno Bastos Cruz
First place Long Beach Fall heavy division
First place Long Beach Fall super-heavy division
First place Long Beach Fall ultra-heavy division


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

Qualifying Criteria
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:



Weight Divisions:
1st Place– 9 pts
2nd Place – 3 pts
3rd Place – 1 pt

Open Class: 
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


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).

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