Ffion Davies opts to compete at Craig Jones Invitational over ADCC

Reigning ADCC world champion Ffion Davies has withdrawn from ADCC 2024 in favor of competing in the Craig Jones Invitational.

One of grappling’s biggest stars has officially made the switch from ADCC to the Craig Jones Invitational (CJI).

On Saturday, Ffion Davies – widely regarded as the sport’s top pound-for-pound competitor – announced that she will be competing in a superfight at the CJI. As a result, she has withdrawn from the 2024 ADCC World Championships, which will be held on the same weekend.

No opponent for Davies has been announced.

Hi guys! I’m so happy to announce I’ll be fighting on @cjiofficial 🤍 I’m proud to support the event especially as we will be giving a donation in aid of the people in Gaza affected by the ongoing tragedy. This means I will not be participating at ADCC.
I’ll be making a YouTube video soon to explain further 🫶🫶🫶 *Opponent to be announced soon

As Davies explains in the above Instagram post, the CJI will be giving a donation to the victims of Israel’s assault on Gaza.

An IBJJF gi and no-gi world champion, as well as a Who’s Number One and Polaris champion, Davies is, notably, the reigning ADCC world champion at 60kg. She joins brothers Andrew and William Tackett as the third athlete to announce her switch from ADCC to CJI.

With popular Australian grappler Craig Jones at the helm, the CJI will consist of two 16-man brackets, each with a $1 million prize on the line. All grapplers, regardless of finish, will receive $10,001 for competing.

The CJI has not announced a women’s bracket. Per her Instagram post, it would appear that Davies will be competing in a one-off superfight.

The inaugural CJI will take place on August 16-17 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will air live and free on YouTube.

Ben Coate

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