Eddie Bravo on Upcoming Event EBI 3: ‘The Goal is to Get Jiu-Jitsu on TV’

Eddie Bravo on Upcoming Event EBI 3: ‘The Goal is to Get Jiu-Jitsu on TV’

Eddie Bravo Invitational 3 (EBI 3) will take place this Sunday in Los Angeles. It’s a 16-man tournament of 170 lbs grapplers, all aiming to win the $10,000 prize money. The event streams live on BudoVideos for just $14.99.

Here is the card:

Garry Tonon, Ocean County Jiu Jitsu – EBI Welterweight Champion, Metamoris and ADCC veteran

Darragh O’Conaill, Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu
Eddie Cummings, Renzo Gracie Academy – 2015 Gracie Nationals Super-Fight Champion
Enrico Cocco, Zen Jiu Jitsu/Fight Sports
Joey Hauss, Jean Jacques Machado Academy
Josh Hinger, Atos
Josh Valles, Gracie Barra Pasadena
Julio Cordova, Renzo Gracie Mexico
Karen Darabedyan, Gokor
Lauri Karppinen, 10th Planet Tampere
Marcelo Mafra, Checkmat – Brown Belt World Champion, 6-0 MMA Fighter, 2013 Pan Ams Silver Medalist
Matthew Secor, Spa City Jiu-Jitsu
Mike Padilla, Renzo Gracie Academy
Nathan Orchard, 10th Planet Portland – EBI Lightweight Silver Medalist
Richie Martinez, 10th Planet San Diego
Stephen Martinez, Millennia MMA

Here is the Welterweight bracket


EBI WW Bracket


Eddie Bravo spoke with Sherdog.com about EBI 3 and how his goal is to get the event on TV:


“EBI 1 and EBI 2 were so good — especially if you were there and got to watch them all one by one — We all got lucky with the first two events. They could have gone bad, you just never know. We definitely will have a show eventually that will be a little bland, but that’s what happens when you are having shows regularly.”

“Hopefully, as the money increases, the guarantee for an exciting show gets stronger. Right now it’s a $10,000 grand prize and the winner only gets paid for winning the bout in regulation,”“Every match is worth $2,500 bucks. Ultimately, I want the matches to be worth $25,000 and the grand prize be $100,000. As long as we keep moving up and growing like we are doing, it will happen.”





“We do it with practically no budget, it’s just me and my partner. We only lost like $10,000 to do those shows. We shoestringed it, we are basically putting together a pilot. The main goal is to get jiu-jitsu on Spike or Fox or any network for that matter. What do we have to do to get that to happen? What the f–k do we have to do?”

“The one thing we did change this event is to only hold tournament at a time instead of two 16-man tournaments,” Bravo explained. “Some people had bad tastes in their mouths from the length of the show. We figured that one out after the first two shows. After going through four 16-man tournaments, we wanted to narrow it down to one and then include three super fights with teens. The super fights will be used to break up the rounds of the tournament.”