“I registered for the Asian bjj pro competition in Malaysia, only Asians are allowed to compete. I showed them my id and said I am Filipino, they said no at first,but I convinced them. I will represent Philippines, brother. I’ll do what I can to win gold for our country.”
Vaughn Anderson confirmed to MMAOrient that he’ll be representing Philippines in the World Professional BJJ Championship Malaysia Trial on March 10,2012 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
The trial competition is a precursor to find the most qualified grapplers to represent Malaysia/Asia for the upcoming Abu Dhabi World Pro JJ Championship 2012.
The tournament is being promoted as the largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event in the world. Supported personally by his Highness the Supreme Prince and Commander In Chief of the United Arab Emirates National Army, H. H. Sheik Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the inaugural 2009 tournament had the prize purse of US$111,000. This amount was increased further to US$150,000 in 2010 and is planned to increase to US$272,000 (AED 1,000,000) in 2011, which are the largest money prizes in history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments.
WPJJC usually takes place at the Zayed Sports City Tennis Complex, in Abu Dhabi,U.A.E. The tournament is managed by Carlos “Carlão” Santos and draws hundreds of high caliber athletes every year. Participation in the trials is not mandatory; however the winners of the trials have an all expenses (airfare, hotel, meals) paid trip to Abu Dhabi for the tournament.
Joining the WPJJC is like joining a prestigious event for a BJJ practitioner and it is worth a note that the Phililppines has a representative try his luck at the trials.
For the sake of our readers who does not know much about this very talented mma fighter, here is Vaugn’s short biography:
Vaughn “Blud” Anderson (born July 21, 1978) is a Canadian mixed martial artist and kickboxer, with professional mma record of 15-1-1. Hailing from Ottawa, Ontario, Anderson has spent the entirety of his professional career fighting in Asia, particularly China, where he has fought for the country’s most prolific MMA organization, the Art of War Fighting Championship, five times, amassing a 3-1-1 record in the promotion.
He is also the recent PRO Fighting Heavyweight Grand Prix champion by stopping all of his three opponents in just one night, and all of them was in the very first round (not bad for a middleweight fighter).
Anderson was born in Manila, Philippines where he lived for five years before he moved to Beijing, China and eventually Canada.
He began compete professionally in martial arts when he moved to Taiwan in 2002. Anderson began studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts under Warren Wang in Taizhong, Taiwan. Under Wang, Anderson built a strong reputation competing in regional BJJ and MMA events. He then moved to Taiwan’s capital of Taipei to train alongside Andy Wang at Taiwan BJJ. There, he studied Muay Thai under Master David Sinclair, as well as Judo and boxing.
In 2007, Anderson was invited to China’s Art of War Fighting Championship to face undefeated Chinese fighter, Ao Hai Lin, at Art of War 8: Worlds Collide. Anderson would go on to become a staple of the organization and crowd favorite, thanks to his proficiency in spoken Mandarin and fighting ability.
After receiving his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2008, Anderson moved to Bangkok,Thailand to train Muay Thai full-time. Later that year, he was contacted by the world’s biggest kickboxing promotion, Japan’s K-1, and asked to participate in their annual Asian Heavyweight Grand Prix, to be held in his old stomping grounds of Taiwan. Despite being a natural middleweight, Anderson accepted.
In his first fight, he KO’d Jun Ito of Japan at just 1:56 of the first round. In the semifinals, Anderson was not just up against a 30 lb weight difference but world-renowned Russian Aleksandr Pitchkounov. Anderson would go on to take third in the tournament behind Pichkunov and winner Ruslan Karaev.
Vaughn is undefeated since 2007 winning nine of his ten fights via stoppages. Scary I know.
Anderson’s Art Of War fight against Zhou Xiao Tong
Anderson’s fight at ADFC against Bhupesh Kamble
Anderson Vs. Kim in Martial Combat 8
Anderson Vs. Ivanov
Visit Vaughn “Blud” Anderson’s website to get the latest updates on his preparations for the upcoming WPJJC.
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