The Copa Podio Heavyweight Grand Prix on Feb. 1 in Rio de Janeiro will bring together ten athletes from all over the world to compete against each other. The two groups, yellow and green, were drawn yesterday with Rodolfo Vieira and Leandro Lo in the same group.
Each athlete will go against each member of their own group. Whoever has the most points via wins moves on to the semi-finals. The first place athlete of each group will face the second place athlete of the opposite group. Win by submission earns four points, win by points earns three points, a draw earns one point to each, a defeat is zero points.
Here is how the groups were divided:
Rodolfo Vieira (GFTeam)
Leandro Lo (Cícero Costha)
Alexandre Souza (AS Team)
Faisal Alkitbi (UAE Team)
Alan Belcher (Team Moraes)
Leonardo Nogueira (Alliance)
Ricardo Bastos (Bruno Bastos Jiu-Jitsu)
Luiz Panza (Barbosa)
Tim Spriggs (Lloyd Irvin)
Travis Stevens (Renzo Gracie)
CITY CHALLENGE: Magid Hage (San Diego) x Franco Marini (Buenos Aires);submission-only, no time limit
SPECIAL MATCH: Felipe Preguiça (Gracie Barra) x Guto Campos (Atos/Guetho)
How do you think the event will pan out? Let us know!
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