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Craig Jones Invitational: Confirmed Athletes & More

The Craig Jones Invitational, or CJI for short, is a Jiu Jitsu tournament scheduled for August 16th and 17th in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event is a competitor to the prestigious ADCC (Abu Dabhi Combat Combat Club) tournament, and is intentionally being held on the same weekend and in the same city.

Craig Jones launched the CJI as a way to push back at ADCC for failing to increase athlete pay in the 20+ years since their tournament first started. In the most recent ADCC event, over 10,000 tickets were sold and production value was off the charts (many athletes would say, needlessly) with Bruce Buffer, drummers, a fire show, and other antics not directly related to the competition.

CJI vs ADCC: Athlete Pay

ADCC pays the following places:

  • Men's Divisions 1st place: $10,000
  • Men's Divisions 2nd place: $5,000
  • Men's Divisions 3rd place: $3,000
  • Men's Divisions 4th place: $1,000
  • Women's Divisions 1st place: $6,000
  • Women's Divisions 2nd place: $3,000
  • Women's Divisions 3rd place: $2,000
  • Women's Divisions 4th place: $1,000
  • Superfight Winner: $40,000
  • Superfight Loser: $10,000

along with a couple of small (less than a few thousand dollars each) bonuses for things like the best takedown. Overall the prize pool is generally a little under $250,000.

CJI pays the following places:

  • All tournament competitors: $10,001
  • Men's Division winners: $1,000,000

So it's no surprise that many athletes are jumping ship from ADCC to compete in Craig Jones' new event.

Who's Behind CJI?

Craig Jones is obviously the face of the Craig Jones invitational, but who's putting up the money?

That's something Craig has been very cagey about. He brought $1,000,000 in cash onto the Joe Rogan show to prove he is serious, but he's not revealing who is ponying up the money for the event. He will only say that he and is business partner Seth Belisle (B-Team co-owner) are organizing the tournament.

Confirmed CJI Competitors

Here's a list of competitors who are confirmed to participate in the Craig Jones Invitational (last updated Monday June 17th, 2024).

Under 80kg:

  • Andy Varela
  • Jason Nolf
  • Levi Jones-Leary
  • Tommy Langaker
  • Eoghan O'Flanagan
  • Mateuz Diniz
  • Renato Canuto
  • Nicky Ryan
  • Joseph Chen
  • Andrew Tacket
  • Lucas Barbosa

Over 80kg:

  • Adam Bradley
  • Nicky Rodriguez
  • Max Gimenis
  • Owen Livesey
  • Victor Hugo
  • Felipe Andrew
  • Mason Fowler
  • Luke Rockhold
  • William Tacket
  • João Gabriel Rocha
  • Roberto Jimenez

Superfights:

  • Ffion Davies
  • Gabi Garcia (vs Craig Jones)

Some of these are absolutely massive names, who gave up their ADCC spots to participate in CJI. We'll continue to update this list as athletes are confirmed for this event.

How To Buy Tickets for CJI

Tickets are now on sale for the event, you can pick them up on the UNLV Tickets website.