World-first King of Mats Competition concludes with exciting finals
24 April 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE: The inaugural edition of the unique King of Mats competition concluded today with exciting finals taking place in front of packed crowds at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi. The prestigious King of Mats titles were secured by Leonardo Saggioro in the lightweight division, Charles Santos in the middleweight division and Alexander Trans in the heavyweight class.
Part of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018, the event was held by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
The competition brought together 26 of the most recognized Jiu-Jitsu World Pro or Grand Slam champions over the past decade, with USD 200,000 in prize money up for grabs across three divisions, each with round robins across two groups and single elimination semi-finals.
In the lightweight category, Samuel Canquerino, Jose Lima, Isaque Paiva, Hiago George and Leonardo Saggioro formed Group A, with Celso Venicius Junior, Gianni Grippo, Tiago Bravo, Thiago Marques and Wanki Chae in Group B.
Having bested their competitors, Gianni Grippo and Leonardo Saggioro faced off against each other in the final, with a gripping round that saw Leonardo Saggioro take the title and prize purse. Coming in third place was Isaque Paiva.
The middleweight category began with Andre Galvao, Jaime Canuto and Charles Santos in Group A and Roberto Satoshi, Renato Canuto, Tarsis Humphreys and Clark Gracie in Group B.
Having bested their competitors, Charles Santos and Jaime Canuto entered the final round, with Charles Santos ultimately taking the King of Mats title in the middleweight category, while Renato Canuto finished in third place.
The heavyweight category saw Tanner Rice, Alexander Trans and Helton Silva Junior compete in Group A, and Lucio Rodrigues, Alexander Souza, Roberto Abreu Filhou and Andre Campos in Group B.
Roberto Abreu Filhou and Alexander Trans took to the mats for the final, with leading Dane fighter Alexander Trans coming out on top. Meanwhile, Tanner Rice came in third place.