The “largest grappling event in history” to be hosted by the UFC and Grapplers Quest

On July 10-11th, in conjunction with UFC 100, there will be a UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to meet and greets with UFC, PRIDE, and WEC stars and veterans, demonstrations, training and development sessions, and fan-inspired special events, The Fan Expo will feature what is being billed as “the largest submission, grappling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament in history.”

PRO MMA ( was notified today that for the first time in history there will be a grappling tournament presented by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, who up until this point has stuck to only promoting professional mixed martial arts competitions. The UFC is teaming up with GRAPPLERS QUEST to host the event. GRAPPLERS QUEST, the world’s largest submission grappling organization, has been putting on tournaments since 1997 all over the nation.

PRO MMA ( spoke with GRAPPLERS QUEST founder and CEO, Brian Cimins, today. Mr. Cimins had this to say about working with the UFC to put on this historic event,

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Grapple against autism May 9 in Las Vegas

Jonathan Cimins, nephew of Grapplers Quest founder, Brian Cimins, was diagnosed with Autism at only 18 months of age. For the last five years, the Cimins family has supported Autism Awareness and created, “Jonathan’s Team,” to help raise funds for education, treatments, and, hopefully, a cure at each Grapplers Quest Submission Grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament nationwide.

Grapplers Quest –“The World’s Largest Grappling Competition” — is celebrating its 10th anniversary by bringing the 15th West Submission Grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships to The Sports Center (121 East Sunset Road) in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 9 (10:30 AM–6:30 PM).

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