After many requests on social networks by Checkmat supporters, Australian black-belt Kit Dale entered the race, and will try to impose his game of pressure over the more experienced stars.
The GP already had confirmed eight other fighters: Romulo Barral (Gracie Barra), Keenan Cornelius (Atos) Yan Cabral (Aranha / Nova União), Alexandro Ceconi (Ceconi Team), Travis Stevens (Renzo Gracie), Jaime Canuto (GFTeam), Renato Cardoso (Checkmat) and Diego Moreno (Soul Fighters).
Who should fill the last remaining slot? Sound off below.
The event has other good attractions. That same evening, Tijuca Tennis Club will see Clark Gracie (San Diego) and Diego Borges (Manaus) battle it out in the Duel of Cities. The match between the black belts will be a timer-free affair, ending only when one of the fighters resigns or is choked out. Two-time world lightweight champion Leandro Lo will be featured in the superfight, and his opponent should be announced soon.
Check out the line-up announced so far:
Copa Pódio – Middleweight Grand Prix
Tijuca Tennis Club, Rio de Janeiro
September 8, 2013
GP: Romulo Barral, Alexandro Ceconi, Keenan Cornelius, Yan Cabral, Jaime Canuto, Renato
Cardoso, Diego Moreno, Travis Stevens and Kit Dale.
Duel of Cities: Clark Gracie (San Diego) vs. Diego Borges (Manaus)