Bastos is preparing for inaugural IBJJF Pro League event and the Copa Pódio Heavyweight GP card released
KAUE DAMASCENO , BRAD BARNES, BRUNO BASTOS, RICARDO BASTOS, AND HERICO HENSLEY. ALL WORLD CHAMPS HELPING TO PREPARE BRUNO FOR HIS UPCOMING EVENTS.
IBJJ Pro League: Bruno Bastos is the second athlete announced for the Over 88,3kg divisionBruno Bastos is the second athlete confirmed for the Over 88,3kg division of the IBJJ Pro League. Bastos gathered 121,5pts in IBJJF competitions since January 2010 to secure a spot in the competition for the $5,000. Some of his titles in the period were the 2012 Phoenix International Open black belt ultra-heavyweight champion, 2011 Brazilian No-Gi black belt ultra-heavyweight champion, 2010 New York Open black belt ultra-heavyweight champion.
Born in 1980, Bruno Bastos started early in Jiu-Jitsu. With only 10 years old, he was already training in Rio de Janeiro. The black belt came from the hands of Professor Wendell Alexander.
Here is footage from the event with Bruno’s semi-final win at 23:30 min mark.
Nearly all the pieces are in place for the next Copa Pódio event, featuring a Heavyweight Grand Prix certain to be a memorable one that includes some of the best under-98 kg fighters in the business.
Initially planned for the month of December, the event was transferred to January at some of the athletes’ behest. The chosen date is January 12, and the location will be confirmed in the coming days.
According to Jeferson Maycá, chief director of the Copa Pódio promotion, end-of-the-year events are more complicated.
“I think most athletes are used to competing during the first half of the year and dedicating the second half of the year to seminars and other activities. Soon, with other big events on the rise, we’ll likely have major tournaments year round. And that’s great for appreciators of find Jiu-Jitsu and athletes,” he explains.
Today the organization announced the supermatches and nine of the fighters comprising the Heavyweight Grand Prix, leaving a single berth empty for the surprise athlete who will be announced shortly. Could another absolute world champion show up in the mix?
What do you say, gentle reader, who’ll get the final place in the GP? Share your predictions with us and check out the card below.
Bruno is training with his brother, Rico Bastos, and Rodrigo Feijao for this event. He will also be working alongside the rest of the Nova Uniao team.
PÓDIO SUPER CHALLENGE
Guto Campos vs. Wancler Oliveira (Guto Campos defends his title for the third time)
DOUBLE COMBAT (COUPLES)
Augusto Tanquinho vs. Davi Ramos
Mackenzie Dern vs. Marina Ribeiro
Diego Borges (Manaus) vs. Murilo Santana (São Paulo)
Leandro Lo vs. Felipe Preguiça
Alexandre de Souza (Gracie Floripa/Florianópolis)
Alexandro Ceconi (Ceconi Team/Criciúma)
Braga Neto (Gordo JJ/Porto Velho)
Bruno Bastos (Nova União/USA)
Caio Monstro (Nova União/Fortaleza)
João Gabriel Rocha (Soul Fighters/Rio de Janeiro)
Léo Nogueira (Alliance/São Paulo)
Rodolfo Vieira (GFTeam/Rio de Janeiro)
Xande Ribeiro (Ribeiro JJ)