The Combat Jiu-Jitsu Worlds are getting off to a flying start in 2023 already, with the welterweight edition of the tournament scheduled to take place on March 26th in Cancun, Mexico. The event has only just been announced so the details are relatively sparse so far, but the promotion has revealed several competitors who will be fighting for the title. One of the most popular names confirmed for the tournament is UFC veteran Jim Alers, who made it to the quarter-finals the last time he challenged for the Combat Jiu-Jitsu welterweight title in 2021.
PJ Barch will also be challenging for the title and he’s no doubt hungry for it after he fell just short of the Lightweight title in 2020, losing in the final to Kade Ruotolo. The third competitor is 10th Planet veteran Alan Sanchez, who is coming in off the back of one of the best performances of his career when he emerged victorious at EBI 19. Additionally, B-Team co-founder Ethan Crelinsten will also be among those fighting for the Welterweight belt. He is in a unique position however, as he’s also the reigning Combat Jiu-Jitsu Lightweight world champion after a fantastic performance last year.
Nothing else has been confirmed for the 2023 schedule of The Combat Jiu-Jitsu Worlds, although the promotion is almost certainly ready to stage several events throughout the year. Along with their regular tournaments between individual athletes, Eddie Bravo and his team recently put together the first ever Combat Jiu-Jitsu Worlds Team Duel event as well. Given how much of a success that event was, it seems likely that the team grappling version of Combat Jiu-Jitsu Worlds returns in 2023 as well.
The date and first competitors for the Welterweight edition of Combat Jiu-Jitsu Worlds 2023 was announced in a recent post to the promotion’s official Instagram account: