Felipe vs Victor

2013 Copa Podio

Final Heavyweight Grand Prix Season 3

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Felipe Pena vs Victor Honorio

Copa Podio is a promotion out of Brazil that has a unique format.  They take 10 athletes within one weight division and divide them into two groups.  Each person has a match against everyone in their group.  They accumulate points via wins and draws and the top 2 in each group advances to a single elimination final 4 tournament.

Felipe Pena (on the bottom as the video starts) is a rising star in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu both with and without the Gi.  He is the reigning ADCC Absolute Champion (2017) and reigning 2018 Heavyweight World Champion.  Felipe has a litany of other grappling titles under his belt:  Copa Podio, World Pro, ACB, Marianas Open.   He is one to watch.

Victor Honorio is another rising star to keep an eye on.  His competition results are in its infancy- he took third in the Ultra Heavy and Absolute divisions at the 2018 Worlds- but as he grows I think we will see him on more and more podiums in the future.

Copo Podio also has another unique feature.  Within the group of 10, they often will invite at least 2 up and coming brown belts to go against black belts.  This format has resulted in extremely interesting matches as you will see here.

This Copa Podio, Victor’s was one of two brown belts invited.   He certainly took advantage of this opportunity as he put the grappling world on alert by making it all the way to the finals against Felipe.   This short video was the only video I could find of this match.   So to provide context, up until the video starts, Victor was taking it to Felipe and was a few minutes from a major upset.

Enjoy Felipe vs Victor

Jacare vs Pe de Chumbo

2003 Black Belt Challenge 3

Individual Match

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs Delson “Pe de Chumbo” Heleno

We introduced Jacare in an early post, but lets delve deeper into his resume:  2004 Absolute Champion, 2005 Medium Heavy and Absolute World Champion, 2005 Medium Heavy European Champion, and the 2005 -88kg ADCC Champion.  He would eventually move on to MMA and win the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship and is now making his home in the UFC.

Delson “Pe de Chumbo” Heleno (Pe de Chumbo means lead foot) was the  2002 Middle Weight Pan Champion and 2002 Middle Weight World Champion.  He moved on to MMA and participated in the team MMA promotion IFL. But after that organization folded, he was confined to small regional shows.

This match is Jacare’s (Blue Gi) black belt debut and, as with any MFM post, has a signature move , this time within the opening seconds.   Also, every time I watch this match, I get tired.   There are enough violent, explosive moments between the two that I don’t mind when they pause to stare at each other.   Sadly for Delson, they would meet again in the finals of the 2004 Medium Heavy World Final and Jacare would prevail again.

Enjoy Jacare vs Pe de Chumbo.