UFC Enters the Grappling Business?

Written by: FIGHTWORLD
2009-05-14
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UFC 100 continues to be one of the hottest tickets in Vegas for July.  Sales on Ebay and Stubhub continue to astonish everyone with cheap seats reaching record levels (as much as $1,400).


UFC is not only hitting a milestone but "sweetening the pot" with tons of fan friend events that weekend.


A HUGE autograph signing has been added.  Signings by UFC, WEC, former Pride and Hall of Fame fighters will take place in designated areas throughout the exhibit hall, including a number of booths on the show floor.


Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin, Kenny Florian, Wanderlei Silva, Minotauro Nogueira, and Rampage Jackson will all be signing at the event.


They've also just added seminars (each limited to only 80 people) with Eddie Bravo, Wanderlei Silva, Mark DellaGrotte and Urijah Faber.


But the big news this week was the addition and partnership of Grappler's Quest.


The UFC website reports that it will host its first-ever grappling tournament during the UFC 100 event weekend. This new partnership with submission-grappling mainstay Grappler’s Quest will allow competitors at all skill levels to compete in front of thousands of attendees during the UFC® Fan Expo™ to be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.


With the backing of the famed MMA organization, this inaugural event may just prove to be one of the largest grappling events ever, with space allotted for up to 1,500 competitors.


The tournament will be rewarding winners with thousands of dollar in cash prizes in various divisions in weight classes.  More info on the UFC Fan Expo can be found on UFCfanexpo.com.


About Grappler’s Quest®
The organization is one of the largest in promoting BJJ and submission grappling in the US, hosting tournaments nationwide from New Jersey to California. A plethora of UFC fighters, including Matt Hughes, Kenny Florian, Brandon Vera and many others have competed in Grappler’s Quest events in the past.