MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Stars to Be Honored with Walk of Fame in Rio de Janeiro

By Marcelo Alonso Aug 2, 2020


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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.

Squares
Jigoro Kano

Conde Koma
Gracie family

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
Marco Ruas 
Murilo Bustamante
Anderson Silva
Wanderlei Silva 
Vítor Belfort
José Aldo
Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira
Antonio Rogério “Minotouro” Nogueira
Pedro Rizzo 
Maurício “Shogun” Rua
Lyoto Machida
Deiveson Figueiredo
Thiago Santos “Marreta” 
Amanda Nunes 
Carlos Gracie
Robson Gracie
Hélio Gracie
Carlson Gracie
Rolls Gracie 
Royce Gracie
Rickson Gracie
Roger Gracie
Renzo Gracie
Rorion Gracie
Kyra Gracie -
Fernando Pinduka
André Pederneiras
Wallid Smail
Claudio Coelho
Hugo Duarte
Eugênio Tadeu
Roberto Leitão
Flávio Molina
Antoine Jaoude
João Ricardo
Ricardo Arona
Fernando Tererê
Rafael dos Anjos
Oswaldo Paquetá
Oswaldo Fadda
Rei Zulú
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