Copa Pódio adds stopwatch-free fight, invites a Gracie

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Clark Gracie in the 2013 Pan

Clark Gracie in the 2013 Pan

Copa Pódio’s middleweight GP, scheduled for September 8 in Rio de Janeiro, now has another interesting ingredient.

The tournament already had an impressive line-up, including Romulo Barral, Alexandro Ceconi, Keenan Cornelius and judoka Travis Stevens. Now the suspense is even bigger.

Newly announced is a fight with no time limit, which will only end with the submission or forfeit of one of the athletes. The fighters who have accepted the challenge are black-belts Clark Gracie and Diego Borges, GRACIEMAG exclusively discovered.

“We’ve decided to bet on this stopwatch-free fight within the Challenge of Cities. It will be San Diego versus Manaus, giving the tournament an international aspect. They’ll be both weighing 82kg and we expect a great match,” said promoter Jeferson Maycá, who doubts the fight will cross the one-hour mark.

“The referee will severely punish all stalling, so we’re expecting a fast-paced fight all the way through,” he added.

Last May at the Lightweight GP, Borges beat Clark 2-0 with a takedown, and Gracie lamented not having an extra couple of minutes to turn the match around. Well, now he’ll have’em, or maybe it will be Diego who will benefit from the extra time to come from behind.  Either way, this should be a very interesting duel with a real-life feel to it.

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