Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-jitsu Championship: What you need to know

Amith Passela's lowdown on the competition that kicks off in the UAE on Monday.

Faisal Al Ketbi will be a top draw at the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-jitsu Championship. Ryan Carter / Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi
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In a nutshell From Monday until Saturday, more than 4,000 competitors will gather at the IPIC Arena at the Zayed Sports City for the Abu Dhabi ­Children's World Cup and the seventh World ­Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championships.

On TV Follow the action live on Abu Dhabi Sports ­Channel on all six days.

Tickets Entrance is free and the entry ticket gives the holder a place in a daily raffle draw for prizes that include a Land Rover Discovery Sport and a Jaguar XF.

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Where IPIC Arena at Zayed Sports City

When April 20 to 25

What's going on here? The first three days will see action from the Abu Dhabi Children's World Cup followed by the seventh staging of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championships. There will be a fan zone that will provide family entertainment and other activities.

Will we see the big stars? The best in the world in both the men's and women's categories will be heading to Abu Dhabi for this tournament and a slice of the Dh2 million prize money. It is hard to predict winners when the cream of the world's fighters are competing.

Format Single elimination competition with the winner declared by either submission, points or by referee's decision.

Stars to watch

Marcus Almeida The reigning champion is returning to defend the absolute class title for the third year in succession. The Brazilian won a ­double gold last year in his 100kg weight and absolute class.

Rodolfo Veira The Brazilian was runner up twice in 2013 and 2014 to Almeida in the absolute class after winning the open weight division in 2011 and 2012. He will be hoping to wrest his title back.

Faisal Al Ketbi The local favourite, below, will garner the biggest support from his home fans. He is in unchartered waters fighting in the black belt division for the first time.

Gabriella Garcia The undisputed champion in the women's category. The Brazilian has won her weight division and the absolute class in every appearance in Abu Dhabi.

Luanna Alzuguir The Brazilian won her lightweight division in Abu Dhabi in 2011 and 2012, and was world champion in the absolute class in 2009 and 2010 in California.

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