This year Copa Podio decided to host a qualifier for its next GP. Dubbed the Iron Brown Belt, the tournament brought four brown-belts into an exciting round robin format where the first to four wins would be declared the victor. The contest took place this Sunday at Casa de Espanha in Rio de Janeiro.
Kaynan Duarte, an Atos brown-belt, was that victor. He faced Fellipe Trovo (Ushirobira JJ), Fabio Kamikase (Alliance) and Victor Hugo (Ribeiro JJ), beating them all, and then secured the ticket by beating Trovo a second time.
The Heavyweight GP is expected to take place in January in the southern city of Porto Alegre.