The Combat Jiu Jitsu Middleweight World Championships are right around the corner and the first look at the official lineup is finally here. As always, the event will feature sixteen phenomenal grapplers competing for the world title in a knockout tournament that uses the only ruleset in professional Jiu Jitsu that allows open-handed strikes on the ground. One of the most intriguing aspects of this edition is the presence of Roberto Jimenez, who is actually the reigning Combat Jiu Jitsu Welterweight world champion after taking just a little over five minutes to submit three elite competitors.
Now he’ll be moving up in weight in an effort to become the first person to hold two Combat Jiu Jitsu world titles at the same time, although he’ll have to overcome some stiff competition to do so. The event will also feature another young prodigy in Brazilian Fight Factory’s William Tackett, who should present a tough challenge for Jimenez. Alongside these two, the event will also feature a 10th Planet standout who happens to be the runner-up from the last Middleweight edition of the tournament, Kyle Chambers, and the man he defeated in the semi-finals, MMA veteran Felipe Fogolin.
These two aren’t the only returning competitors either as Justin Renick, Javier Torres and Matt Secor all had mixed performances at the same event and will now be trying to improve on their runs from back then. There are still plenty more athletes to be announced for the event and if previous Combat Jiu Jitsu world championship events are anything to go by, expect plenty of tough MMA veterans and top-tier professional grapplers.
The full Combat Jiu Jitsu Middleweight World Championships event will be available to watch live on October 3rd on UFC FightPass, click here to subscribe and watch.