Work never stops for Eddie Bravo, as he’s just announced that the first edition of the Combat Jiu-Jitsu World Championship this year has been booked for March 24th, 2024. The tournament will be contested in the featherweight division and for the first time ever it will actually be taking place in Mexico City, Mexico. It will be broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass just like it always has been, but interestingly the promotion is offering free entry for any spectators at the event. It will undoubtedly attract a number of elite grapplers and MMA veterans just like it always does, and it’ll be interesting to see if the 2021 champion Keith Krikorian returns to defend his title.
Although the full lineup has yet to be announced, the promotion has announced the first five competitors in the bracket. Two of the most interesting names in the list are Zack Schneider and Dorian Olivarez, as they were the finalists from the 2023 bantamweight edition. Both of them will be moving up in weight to challenge for the featherweight title, although the move will have slightly more meaning for Olivarez, as he emerged victorious in that tournament and will now be looking to earn his second world title under the ruleset.
Olivarez’s teammate Damien Anderson will also be competing in the division, alongside a number of other veterans of the Combat Jiu-Jitsu ruleset. The final two names announced for the tournament are David Weintraub and Gabriel Austin Daffron, both of whom also competed in the bantamweight edition in 2023. Weintraub went out in the quarter-final, whereas Daffron made it all the way to the semi-final before losing to Schneider. Not only is there the potential for some interesting rematches here, but there’s also guaranteed to be plenty of action with these names in the bracket.
Eddie Bravo announced the news that the first edition of the Combat Jiu-Jitsu World Championship for 2024 had been confirmed in a recent post to his official Instagram account: