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FloSports Partners with Podio Sports Ventures to Live Stream Season 4 of Copa Podio on FloGrappling.com

Live and On-Demand Coverage of Copa Podio Season 4 Begins Jan. 9, 2016

Austin, TX (Nov. 12, 2015) – FloSports is proud to announce a partnership with Podio Sports Ventures to live stream Season 4 of the Copa Podio Jiu-Jitsu tournament, comprised of lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight Grand Prix events, exclusively on FloGrappling.com.

This invite-only Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition begins Jan. 9, 2016, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, with the lightweight Grand Prix. 

“This season of Copa Podio promises to be its most entertaining yet, and we’re extremely excited to offer this premium event to a worldwide audience of BJJ fans,” FloSports co-founder and CEO Martin Floreani said. “We’re thrilled that Podio Ventures chose to work with us to bring more attention to this spectacular showcase of talent.”

Athletes participating in Copa Podio include black belts Leandro Lo, Gregor Gracie, Braulio Estima, Victor Estima, Edwin Najmi, AJ Sousa, Dillon Danis and Alexander Trans.

The theme this season is “Viking Invasion” due to matchups between elite-level Scandinavian fighters and the “Cabras da Peste,” a renowned group of grapplers from the northeast region of Brazil. The main bout will be between Trans, a three-time European black belt champion from Denmark, and Estima, a four-time IBJJF Gi World Champion from Brazil.

“We have assembled our most talented card of fighters for our most highly anticipated Copa Podio season ever,” Copa Podio President Jefferson Mayca said. “Partnering with FloSports to highlight this competition on FloGrappling.com will ensure that we maximize our reach among die-hard BJJ fans worldwide.”

A key storyline is the chase for the Triple Crown. Lightweight fighters who finish in the top three in their weight class are automatically classified to participate in the middleweight and heavyweight Grand Prix’s. In previous seasons, Lo, who is competing in the lightweight category for the final time Jan. 9, reached the podium in all three events to earn the Triple Crown and an extra bonus.

FloGrappling will provide live video and replays of each Grand Prix, consisting of 24 bouts, through its FloPRO subscription, which offers unfettered access to live and archived footage of top BJJ competitions, original documentaries on stars of the sport, a library of technique videos and more.

The dates and venues for the Copa Podio middleweight and heavyweight Grand Prix events will be announced in the future.

For more information, visit FloGrappling.com.

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ABOUT FLOSPORTS

FloSports is an innovative sports media company based in Austin, Texas, that is unlocking a world of sports coverage that true fans have been waiting for.

Focused on three areas – live programming, original content, and owned and operated events – the company takes fragmented communities and provides them the platform to connect with the sports they love.

Through live streaming of premier events, original video programming, weekly studio shows, branded entertainment, and event creation and execution, FloSports is growing the sports, the athletes and the fans.

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ABOUT PODIO SPORTS VENTURES

Podio Sports Ventures is the promoter of the Copa Podio of Jiu-Jitsu, a circuit of events that gathers great teams and great fighters in competitions to create sporting spectacles.

Our corporate mission is to entertain jiu-jitsu fans in Brazil and beyond, by promoting sporting events that can add value to the fighters and to the participating teams, as well as sponsors and investors around the world.

The principles that guide all Podio activities are:

Success as a result of perseverance, innovation, professionalism and teamwork

Utilize sports as the embodiment of the professional athlete and also as a source of excitement, inspiration and entertainment.

Competition as a source of motivation, self-awareness, physical and emotional development for the fighter.

Our vision is to become an international standard in our field by 2016, collecting talent, investors and partners, and also contributing to the sport of Jiu-Jitsu to achieve the highest level of professionalism and development.