ProElite.com, the comprehensive and inclusive online community for MMA fighters, fans and organizations, announced today it will bring the prestigious Abu Dhabi Combat Club “Submission Wrestling World Championship” to a global Internet audience for the first time May 5 – 6, 2007. The live broadcast stream from the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey will begin noon EST/ 9:00 a.m. PST on both days
This ProElite.com and OntheMat.com Pay-Per-View presentation over two days will feature selected fights from over 75 male and 30 female fighters that include grappling’s cream of the crop from Brazil, Australia, France, Japan, Canada, Portugal and the United States. Visitors to ProElite.com before May 5 will be able to purchase the two-day event, unlimited viewing, for only $19.99, a $5 discount to purchasing May 5 or after.
Besides the two days of live fights, fans will be treated to bonus coverage that ranges from behind-the-scenes interviews to the pre-fight weigh-ins on May 4. Through ProElite.com’s powerful blogging tools, fans can connect to discuss the fighters and event in real time.
The featured “Super Fight,” scheduled for May 6, will have current Absolute Division winner Roger Gracie battling against Ricardo Arona, who replaced an injured Dean Lister on the card. Due to contractual obligations during ADCC 2005, Arona was unable to defend his Super Fight title against Lister and now he’s back in this epic match-up with Gracie.
“There is no grappling event in the world that is as exclusive as the invitation-only ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship,” said Kelly Perdew, President of ProElite.com. “ADCC is a high-caliber brand with a world class event and we are privileged to be aligned with them. This tournament occurs once every two years, making it a can’t-miss event that will not disappoint.”
ADCC has staged the Submission Wrestling World Championship since 1998 with 2007 marking its 7th presentation of the biennial event. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was imported to Abu Dhabi, UAE from the United States when Sheik Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nayan studied in San Diego, California, and brought back Jiu-Jitsu master Nelson Monterio, Jr. to found the ADCC. The event has grown into the most prestigious of all grappling events, offering the largest purses in the discipline.
“Our goal with ADCC World Championship is to bring together the best the fighting world has to offer under one roof,” said H.E. Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of Abu Dhabi Combat Club. “No one in the MMA online community understands this better than Kelly Perdew and ProElite.com. With their advanced streaming broadcast and social networking capabilities, they will introduce this event to a whole new audience.”
ProElite.com continues to deliver MMA fans live streaming video of some of the most compelling fights in the sport. Besides giving ADCC Championship its Internet debut, ProElite.com presented a classic doubleheader of Cage Rage Championships 21: “Judgment Day” from Wembley Arena in London, England and No Limits: “Proving Grounds” from The No Limits Event Center in Irvine, Calif. on April 21. ProElite.com is able to capitalize on the growing popularity of the sport of mixed martial arts and build a community of enthusiasts around the world through video and blogging tools, social networking and exclusive fight content.
A DVD of the event will be available at FightMarket.com.
ProElite, Inc. and its ProElite.com division are headquartered in Los Angeles.