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ADCC Introduces Show Money to Retain Athletes Amidst Massive Exodus to CJI

ADCC Introduces Show Money to Retain Athletes Amidst Massive Exodus to CJI

The competitive landscape of professional grappling is undergoing a significant shift as the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) announces a pivotal change aimed at retaining its top athletes. Faced with a massive exodus of talent to the newly established Craig Jones Invitational (CJI), ADCC organizer Mo Jassim has confirmed the introduction of a show money policy. Starting immediately, every competitor at ADCC events will receive $2,500, payable after the event. This initiative is part of a broader strategy to ensure that ADCC remains a premier platform for elite grapplers worldwide.

The Exodus to CJI

In recent months, the grappling community has seen a notable migration of athletes from ADCC to CJI. This movement is largely attributed to CJI’s attractive financial incentives and innovative event structure. Recognizing the potential long-term impact on ADCC’s prestige and athlete pool, Mo Jassim has taken decisive action to curb this trend and reassert ADCC’s dominance in the sport.

Show Money Policy: A New Chapter

The introduction of show money marks a significant development in ADCC’s history. Each competitor will now be guaranteed $2,500, ensuring that their efforts and dedication are rewarded regardless of their performance outcomes. This move is not only financially supportive but also underscores ADCC’s commitment to valuing its athletes.

However, it’s important to note that winners will not receive the show money; instead, they will be awarded their respective prize money for winning their divisions. This structure maintains the competitive spirit of the event while providing a safety net for all participants.

From ADCC discord. Motar2k is Mo Jassim:

Enhancing Prize Money

In addition to the show money, Mo Jassim has expressed his determination to increase the overall prize money for winners. One of the significant steps he has already taken is the equalization of cash prizes between male and female competitors. The female division winner’s prize has been increased from $5,000 to $10,000, aligning with the male division’s prize money.

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