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Tuesday, June 01, 2010
This event, the most prestigious in the world in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, takes place Thursday, June 3, through Sunday, June 6, at California State University Long Beach, in Long Beach, California.
There will be a free, live webcast of the final two days of this event, including the much-anticipated black belt finals, on Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, on Budovideos Online.
With the registration for athletes now closed, we discuss some of the favorites to win in both the men's and women's weight divisions. Roger Gracie, who dominated in 2009 by submitting all eight opponents en route to winning both his weight and the absolute, will be competing again, but less than a month after fighting in a Strikeforce mixed martial arts event. His longtime rival, Xande Ribeiro, who did not compete last year but defeated Roger Gracie in the 2008 black belt absolute finals, is back this year, and the world awaits another rematch between these two.
We also discuss the problems faced by athletes who try to compete at the top level in jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts at the same time, the enduring culture and camaraderie in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community that keeps so many people involved in it despite the absence of the type of financial rewards available in other sports, and much more.
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