Marcin Maciulewicz just earned himself a huge opportunity by winning the Polaris Absolute Grand Prix 2023 Contenders tournament on August 26th, 2023. It was a series of impressive performances by the Polish prospect and after several hard-earned wins, he was able to take home the grand prize. Although normally a run through a tournament like this would net him a cash prize, this was more like a preliminary event as it earned him a spot in the upcoming Polaris Absolute Grand Prix on September 30th, 2023.
This will be the first ever Polaris Absolute Grand Prix, as the promotion attempted to stage one a few years ago that was unfortunately derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic and was re-arranged as a UK grand prix instead. There’s going to be a $30,000 grand prize on the line for the winner of the tournament, but whoever that is will have to get through 3 elite competitors in one night. Although the prize money alone is a great opportunity for Marcin Maciulewicz, the lineup for the Polaris Absolute Grand Prix is absolutely stacked and each match will be a chance for him to make a name for himself.
A pair of reigning ADCC world champions are competing in the tournament, Giancarlo Bodoni and Kaynan Duarte, and ever other member of the bracket is a veteran of ADCC 2022 too. Even if Maciulewicz isn’t able to win the whole tournament, just a single victory against an opponent of this caliber would be a huge statement. It might also be a sign of things to come, as Maciulewicz will no doubt be attempting to win ADCC European, Middle-Eastern, and African trials in Poland later this year as well.
Polaris announced the news that Marcin Maciulewicz had won the Contenders tournament and earned a place in the Absolute Grand Prix 2023 in a recent post to their official Instagram account: