If you do BJJ in the UK and haven’t heard about the latest Jiu-Jitsu event, Polaris Pro, then you have obviously been living under a rock.
Polaris Pro is bringing the big BJJ names together in Wales. Names such as Keenan Cornelius, Kit Dale, Dean Lister, Pablo Popavitch and many more are all converging to Cardiff to take part in a huge submission-only event. However, the event has been shrouded in secrecy a little, so I managed to get hold of Matt from Scramble and asked him a few questions about the tournament that’s been dubbed the Metamoris killer.
What made you decide to hold this event?
Live, professional jiu jitsu events are now a viable thing – we can see shows the likes of Metamoris that have paved the way for this kind of event. There are a lot of jiu jitsu fans out there with the desire to watch really good jiu jitsu matches.
Generally London is the place where these big events are held, what made you choose Cardiff?
It’s Tatami Fightwear’s backyard but more than that, it’s a really nice city with great shopping and surprisingly easy access from anywhere in the UK. The venue, St David’s Hall, is very special – it’s a concert hall type venue and should be a fantastic place to watch jiu jitsu.
A lot of people (including me) are saying that this lineup rivals Metamoris for the calibre of stars that are fighting. If this initial event is successful, do you think this event will become as big and successful?
We have high hopes for Polaris, and as long as the UK scene locally, and the world jiu jitsu scene internationally (through pay per view) support the event then it will be easy for us to create bigger and better shows every time.
What matches are you looking most forward to watching?
Definitely looking forward to each match for different reasons.
Are there any plans for UK seminars with the fighters while they are here?
A good proportion of the fighters may do seminars afterwards, details will be revealed nearer the time.
Are all the fights booked? Is there an exclusive that you could reveal to us?
After much wrangling, all are booked now!
And finally, where can people buy tickets?
www.polaris-pro.org and follow the links for live tickets and PPV sales. Thanks!