One for the books. The Copa Pódio 2016 Grand Prix fully met its expectations with the athletes in the card providing incredible matches. In a card with an impressive mix of established competitors and the new generation of black belts, the big winner of he event were the fans, who witnessed a very impressive performance by Leandro Lo in his farewell from the lightweight division.
From the new generation, only Dillon Danis reached the semi-final. Although Marcelo Garcia‘s black belt had tremendous performances, with the match of the night going to Danis’ back and forth war with Patrick Gaudio, there were plenty of good performances from the new breed of athletes. One that certainly made a mark was AJ Sousa, who showed tremendous skill in the “group of death”. Facing very serious opposition, Sousa collected the most remarkable feather in the cap of his young career by defeating the 3x world champion Lucas Lepri (4×2).
In the superfights, GF Team’s Max Gimenis showed why he is regarded as one of the top brown belts in the world. 2015’s brown belt Brazilian National Champion (weight + absolute) and silver medallist at the World Jiu Jitsu Championship, Max beat Nova Uniao’s Rafael Teófilo conclusively by 29 points.
In the countries challenge between the Northern Europeans (AKA Vikings) and the representatives of North-East Brazil (AKA Cabras da Peste), the big winners were the Europeans with 2 very impressive wins and one draw. The performance of the night went to the very talented Espen Mathiesen. The Kimura athlete (a team that peculiarly originated in the North East region of Brazil and is now strongly represented in Europe) beat last year’s brown belt World Champion with an impressive guard game.
Note: On the 3rd Place Match Dillon Danis hurt his elbow while posting his hand on the mat, trying to avoid a takedown. There were 20 seconds left on the clock and Dillon was wining by one advantage.
|Lucas Lepri||Davi Ramos||4x2||Groups|
|AJ Sousa||Felipe Cesar||4x2||Groups|
|Dillon Danis||Edwin Najmi||7x0||Groups|
|Diego Borges||Luan Carvalho||0x0 (Adv 2x1)||Groups|
|Lucas Lepri||Felipe Cesar||Kimura||Groups|
|Leandro Lo||Davi Ramos||6x2||Groups|
|Diego Borges||Dillon Danis||0x0 (Pen 1x0)||Groups|
|Patrick Gaudio||Edwin Najmi||2x0||Groups|
|Davi Ramos||Felipe Cesar||2x0||Groups|
|Leandro Lo||AJ Sousa||13x0||Groups|
|Diego Borges||Edwin Najmi||2x2 (Adv 3x1)||Groups|
|Luan Carvalho||Patrick Gaudio||0x0 (Adv 3x1)||Groups|
|Davi Ramos||AJ Sousa||2x0||Groups|
|Leandro Lo||Lucas Lepri||2x2 (Adv 2x1)||Groups|
|Edwin Najmi||Luan Carvalho||DQ||Groups|
|Dillon Danis||Patrick Gaudio||2x2 (Adv 6x4)||Groups|
|Leandro Lo||Felipe Cesar||7x0||Groups|
|AJ Sousa||Lucas Lepri||4x2||Groups|
|Diego Borges||Patrick Gaudio||2x0||Groups|
|Dillon Danis||Luan Carvalho||0x0 (Adv 2x1)||Groups|
|Leandro Lo||Dillon Danis||2x0||SF|
|Lucas Lepri||Diego Borges||0x0 (Adv 2x0)||SF|
|Leandro Lo||Lucas Lepri||2x0||F|
|Diego Borges||Dillon Danis||Injury||3RD|
|Max Gimenes||Rafael Teofilo||29x0||Superfight|
|Espen Mathiesen||Yan Cabral||4x2||Superfight|
|Tommy Langaker||Rafael Vasconcelos||6x6||Superfight|
|Ida Flosivik||Kessy Pereira||9x2||Superfight|