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Exactly one year after a statue of Carlson Gracie was erected in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will pay another huge tribute to the martial arts world.
On Aug. 12, a total of 72 masters, fighters and champions from different disciplines will have their names immortalized in 12 squares and 60 plates in a “Walk of Fame” in the Brazilian city. The shrine will include some of the most respected names in mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
The new area, called Martial Arts City, will be located in the neighborhood of the Olympic Park, where Rio hosted the Olympics in 2016. The project is coordinated by city councilor — and black belt — Marcelo Arar, who also oversaw the Gracie statue.
“Rio is recognized worldwide as home of jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts,” Arar said. “The idea to create Martial Arts City is to not only pay homage to the legends who created that storied history, but to also have a place where public martial arts events can be promoted.”
The list that follows includes all the figures that will be honored on the walk of fame.
Monir Salomão (Jiu-Jitsu)
Luiz Alves (Muay Thai)
Fausto Brunocilla (Luta-Livre)
Pedro Gama Filho (Judô)
Santa Rosa (Boxing)
Walter Guimarães (Jiu-Jitsu)
Mestre Pastinha (Capoeira)
Nam Ho Lee (Tae Kwondo)
Yasutaka Tanaka (Karate)
Walk of Fame
Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira
Antonio Rogério “Minotouro” Nogueira
Maurício “Shogun” Rua
Thiago Santos “Marreta”
Kyra Gracie -
Rafael dos Anjos