Yesterday in Rio de Janeiro, the promoters of Copa Pódio held a dinner to introduce the lineup for their maiden event, a professional invitation-only tournament coming up December in Porto Alegre.
Judo world champion João Derly and current absolute world champion of Jiu-Jitsu Rodolfo Vieira were among the high-profile cast to converge on the Tijuca Tennis Club restaurant to find out who faces who in the all-star lightweight GP; with the honor of opening match going to Rio de Janeiro’s GFTeam and São Paulo’s Atos, represented by Denilson Pimenta and Ed Ramos, respectively.
The group stage looks like this:
GFteam (Denilson Pimenta)
Atos (Ed Ramos)
Cícero Costha (Leandro Lo)
Alliance (Moacir Mendes Jr.)
Lloyd Irvin (JT Torres)
Checkmat (Helder Medeiros)
Soul Fighters (Augusto Tanquinho)
Nova União (Eduardo Pessoa)
Brazilian Top Team (Leonardo Saggioro)
Gracie Barra (Claudio Caloquinha)