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Dates and venues for upcoming events:

  • Chicago, IL (October 12, 2019) - Oak Lawn Community Pavilion (9401 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Lawn, IL 60453)​

Event time and weigh-ins:​

  • Check-in time for competitors at the venue:

    • For the event on October 12:

      • Check in by 4pm if you did not weigh in on Friday

      • Check in by 5:30pm if you weighed in on Friday and you are match #1 - match #6

      • Check in by 6:30pm if you weighed in on Friday and you are match #7 - match #12​

      • Check in by 7:00pm if you weighed in on Friday and you are match #13 - match #19

      • Check in by 7:30pm if you weighed in on Friday and you are match #19 - match #23

    • Plan to arrive early in case there are many submissions and the event moves along faster than expected. We may be able to stream the event live, in which case you would be able to follow along on Facebook to see which match we are on

    • There will be 2 warm-up areas set up in the back of the venue

  • Mandatory weigh-ins are either:​

    • Friday at 7pm at the venue

    • Or Saturday at the times listed above. Check in directly with Amber

Tickets can be purchased online on the event page. Spectators can choose the name of the competitor they are supporting at checkout. Here are direct links to event pages:​​​



  • Super fights are submission-only

  • The same allowable submissions as the tournament apply; if the competitors have different ranks, we usually go by the higher-ranking belt. Make sure to clarify which ruleset you are going by so everyone is on the same page.

  • Same rules as the tournament apply, except for the rules regarding points (no points or advantages will be awarded)

    • The referee may be more strict about stalling​, depending on circumstances

    • Important rule change beginning June 2018: In a situation where a competitor has a locked submission on his opponent, but it is within one foot from the edge of the stage, the referee will pause the match and move both competitors to the center of the mat, and the match will be reset.

  • Matches are held on an elevated stage. Please be conscious of where you and your competitor are on the stage. The referee will do his best to corral competitors away from the edges, but it is your responsibility to stay on the stage

  • Anyone who purposefully and maliciously pushes, throws, kicks, etc. their opponent off the stage will automatically be DQ'ed and the match will end

  • If you are competing in the gi, bring an extra gi of a different color just in case you and your opponent are wearing the same colored gi. This will help the referee and judges tell competitors apart during matches.

Match times:

  • If the competitors have different ranks, we will go by the higher-ranking belt

  • If match time runs out, the win will go to judge's decision. There will be no ties

  • Match times for both gi and no-gi:

    • Black belts - 8 minutes

    • Brown belts - 7 minutes

    • Purple belts - 7 minutes

    • Blue belts - 7 minutes

    • Teens - 6 minutes

    • Kids - 5 minutes


  • No cost to compete

  • Cash prizes available (if all requirements are met, listed below) with submission bonuses awarded as follows:​

    • Black belts - $400 if​ you win by submission, $200 if you win by decision or DQ

    • Brown belts - $300 if​ you win by submission, $150 if you win by decision or DQ

    • Purple belts - $200 if​ you win by submission, $100 if you win by decision or DQ

    • Blue belts - $200 if​ you win by submission, $100 if you win by decision or DQ

    • Teen matches, any belt - $100 if​ you win by submission, $50 if you win by decision or DQ

    • Kid matches, any belt - $100 if​ you win by submission, $50 if you win by decision or DQ

  • Ticket commissions:​

    • You will receive 20% of every ticket you sell​

      • This only applies to physical tickets you sell in person before weigh-ins on Friday, and online​ sales before 6PM on Friday (people must select your name as the competitor they are coming to see for you to receive the commission). You would not be able to receive credit for any tickets sold at the door on Saturday

      • Regarding physical tickets, you will only receive commission for those turned in by weigh-ins on Friday night. If you are not able to make it to weigh-ins on Friday night, we suggest that you keep the cash and purchase the same tickets online with a credit card in order for you to receive commission. 

    • ​If you are a Black belt or the head instructor of a gym, you can possibly receive commission on teammates from your gym (not from your affiliation) who compete in Grappling Games tournaments. Talk to Amy for more info.

  • If your submission is chosen as the "Submission of the Night," you will receive a $100 bonus

  • ​If your match is chosen as the "Fight of the Night," both competitors will receive a $100 bonus

  • For future Grappling Games Championships, you will be qualified to receive pay increases based off of the number of wins over losses on your GG Championship record

Cash prize eligibility requirements:

  1. You must win your match

  2. You must sell a minimum of 10 tickets to the show (GA tickets range from $20-$30, depending on the city). If you do not sell at least 10 tickets, then your cash prize will be reduced by 50%. Tickets sold at the door to the event do not count towards ticket sales.

  3. You cannot compete in another tournament, super fight, or MMA fight 6 days prior to the show (this is to limit possible injuries that could prevent you from competing in the show, since we will invest resources to advertise for your match)

  4. You cannot compete in the Grappling Games tournament earlier in the day (if both the tournament and pro event run on the same day); your win or loss with the super fight will count as 2x the points of a 1st or 2nd place tournament win for your GG ranking points

  5. You must make the agreed-upon weight at the mandatory weigh-ins at the venue Friday at 7PM. If you miss weight by 5 pounds, then your cash prize will be reduced by 20%. If you are 5 pounds over the agreed-upon weight, then your opponent has the option to cancel the match.

  6. You must follow any marketing instructions we give you in order to promote the event

  7. You must provide us with a decent-quality photo of yourself on a black background at least 2 weeks before the event

  8. You must arrive at the venue at 6PM on Saturday



  • We do not cover travel, hotel, meals, etc.

  • Rules about attire is the same as tournament rules. If you are competing in a gi match, please bring an extra gi of a different color so that we do not have two competitors wearing the same color gi. This helps the referee and judges differentiate between competitors.

  • Your coach can receive free entry to the event, and if you are under 18-years old, you can receive an additional free entry for a parent. For them to enter the event, you must provide us with their name before 6pm Friday and we will add them to the "Will Call" ticket list

  • If you cannot compete for ANY reason after you have accepted the match, please give us and your opponent the courtesy of letting us know ASAP. If the fight does not happen for any reason (such as an injured opponent), tickets you have sold are not refundable, but you are still entitled to 20% of your sales



We will need a picture of yourself so we can create a promo poster for you to use to help sell tickets.

  • Please email the picture to using the largest file version you can send 

  • Editing is easier if you have a black background

  • Does not have to be professional quality (many people send pictures taken with their cell phones)

  • If you will be competing in a gi match, please send a picture with your gi on. If you will be competing in a no-gi match, please send a picture in your no-gi attire (not shirtless)

  • Please have your arms on your side or in front of you. Do not put your hands on your hips with your elbows sticking out to the sides, or your arms spread out wide, because your picture may not fit into the poster space​

Here are some samples of what the promo posters look like:

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