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Updated CJI Competitor List and Event Summary

Updated CJI Competitor List and Event Summary

Craig Jones isn’t playing around when it comes to the Craig Jones Invitational. We wrote a separate article covering everything CJI related, which can be found linked at the end of this article.

In summary, he’s made drastic improvements to athlete pay compared to ADCC. Considered the Olympics of grappling and jiu jitsu, ADCC offers $10,000 to winners of their respective divisions. 

It may seem a bit petty, but it’s definitely on brand for all of the trolling of ADCC Craig Jones has been doing: the CJI is offering $10,001 for competitors to show up and compete. So the winner of the most elite Jiu Jitsu tournament will get $10,000, while CJI competitors will make a minimum of $10,001. 

Oh, and there’s two tournaments thet CJI will host. Weight classes are -80kg and +80kg. The winners in the tournament will each take home the $1,000,000 prize.

In addition to fighter pay, Craig has announced an incredibly stacked lineup for his event, including a new entrant into the CJI event, which was announced today (06/25/2024)...

Mikey Musumeci. 

Darth Rigatoni himself will be competing at CJI, in a superfight against an opponent to be announced. Mikey is known for his humble personality, incredible hard work and dedication to the sport of Jiu Jitsu, and his great grappling skills. He is a 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, 4x IBJJF Champion, and ONE Championship Submission grappling Champion.

He adds his name to the list of CJI competitors below:

-80kg Tournament

Andrew Tackett 

Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa 

Nicky Ryan 

Jozef Chen 

Renato Canuto 

Matheus Diniz

Eoghan O’Flanagan

Levi-Jonesz Leary 

Tommy Langaker 

Andy Varela 

Jason Nolf 

Kade Ruotolo

Tye Ruotolo

+80kg Tournament

William Tackett 

Mason Fowler

Nicky Rodriguez

Roberto Jiménez 

João Gabriel Rocha 

Owen Livesey 

Fellipe Andrew 

Max Gimenis 

Adam Bradley 

Inacio Santos 

Pat Downey 

Pedro Alex 


Luke Rochold vs TBA

Ffion Davies vs Mackenzie Dern

Craig Jones vs Gabby Garcia 

Mikey Musumeci vs TBA

If you’ve seen the instagram of Craig Jones or the Craig Jones Invitational, you’ll notice that there has been quite a bit of trolling done by the 2x ADCC Silver Medalist. His latest work is somehow acquiring Gordon Ryan’s Miata.



Yes, you read that correctly. Gordon Ryan’s Miata has joined the CJI and will be given away: 


“Donate $50 or more to the fair fight foundation or simply buy a ticket to the @cjiofficial to go into the drawer to win Gordon Ryan’s Miata. Yes the exact Miata he gave away in 2022 at ADCC.

Proceeds of @cjiofficial going directly to charity.” (via CJI instagram)

Thank you for reading - we hope this was a good summary of the CJI and its latest news!

A Complete Guide to the Craig Jones Invitational (CJI)


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