Zoltan Bathory backs Professional Grappling Federation and $100K grand prize

The Professional Grappling Federation has announced a $100,000 grand prize for the promotion’s upcoming sixth season.

The Professional Grappling Federation (PGF) has big plans for its sixth season.

The organization recently announced that – with the backing of Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory – a grand prize of $100,000 will be up for grabs at a week-long event this April in Las Vegas. 

The Professional Grappling Federation is expanding with a powerful new partnership and ready to kick off its sixth season with an unprecedented $100,000 Grand Prize

The Professional Grappling Federation (PGF) is set to launch its most thrilling season yet in Las Vegas on April 21, 2024. Season 6 elevates the competition to new heights with a record-breaking $100,000 grand prize and the involvement of several legendary names in the sport including Roger Gracie, Andre Galvao, Eddie Bravo, and Jeff Glover as team captains.

Las Vegas is set to be the perfect stage for this groundbreaking season of high-stakes jiu-jitsu competition. PGF introduces some new formats and enhanced fan engagement opportunities, making the competition even more dynamic and accessible to a broader audience. Athletic performance combine, live auction draft picks, a gauntlet of matches each day, and a season finale featuring the top 8 performing athletes round out the full week of non-stop action.

PGF Founders Brandon McCaghren and Keelan Lawyer have welcomed two new partners to the ownership group. They have joined forces with Zoltan Bathory, founder and guitarist of the globally renowned rock band Five Finger Death Punch, an actively competing jiu-jitsu black belt and celebrity ambassador for the sport, and Heather Grace Gracie, president of Gracie Fight Management. Heather is the granddaughter of Carlos Gracie, one of jiu-jitsu’s founding fathers and a prominent member of the Gracie Fight Dynasty. The newly enhanced PGF leadership team is committed to creating a lasting legacy and establishing PGF as a pivotal platform for showcasing the sport in a league format.

Join the Excitement in Las Vegas

The season begins on April 21, 2024, in Las Vegas, promising an electrifying mix of sportsmanship and showmanship. With a legendary lineup, PGF Season 6 is not to be missed.

What’s more, the promotion has enlisted four BJJ icons to serve as team captains. Those captains are ADCC and IBJJF world champion Roger Gracie, 10th Planet founder Eddie Bravo, no-gi world champion Jeff Glover, and the recently retired multiple-time world champion Andre Galvao.

Set to go down from April 21-26, the impressive grand prize and involvement of some of the biggest names in the sport marks a massive step forward for the relatively new promotion, which is headed up by BJJ black belt and commentator Brandon Mccaghren.

During that week, the promotion plans to introduce a number of features designed to drive engagement, including an athletic combine, live drafts, daily matches, and a season finale with the week’s top eight grapplers.

A black belt in both BJJ and judo, Bathory is a proud jiu-jitsu enthusiast and frequent competitor, in addition to heading up one of the most successful heavy metal bands of the past two decades.

Joining Bathory as a part owner of PGF is Heather Gracie, the granddaughter of legendary BJJ figurehead Carlos Gracie.

Ben Coate

Ben has been involved with grappling, whether through wrestling or Brazilian jiu-jitsu, essentially his entire life. After wrestling throughout his childhood, Ben found Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a young adult and quickly fell in love. He has been training for over ten years and currently holds the rank of brown belt, and remains involved in both the MMA and BJJ scene. Ben has been writing about combat sports since 2017. He has interviewed and profiled some of MMA's biggest stars, including multiple UFC champions.

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