Copa Podio: Alan Belcher draws Faisal Alkitbe in opening round of jiu-jitsu grand prix on Feb. 1 in Brazil

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Top UFC middleweight Alan Belcher will put his grappling chops to the test in a grand prix tournament next month in Rio.

Here we go...

The brackets have been revealed for the upcoming Copa Podio heavyweight (98kg/189.6 lbs.) jiu-jitsu tournament, scheduled for Feb. 1, 2014 inside the Botafogo Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

As expected, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Alan Belcher will throw his name into the hat, drawing a first-round match-up against Abu Dhabi standout Faisal Alkitbe.

And it doesn't get any easier from there.

Here is the complete Copa Podio heavyweight grand prix tournament bracket and start times (via Guilherme Cruz):

Special "City Challenge" (3 p.m. ET):

Magid Hage (San Diego) vs. Franco Marini (Buenos Aires)

Opening Round (4 p.m. ET):

(Green) Luiz Panza vs. Tim Spriggs
(Green) Rico Bastos vs. Travis Stevens
(Yellow) Rodolfo Vieira vs. Alexandre Souza
(Yellow) Alan Belcher vs. Faisal Alkitbe

Second Round (4:40 p.m. ET):

(Green) Rico Bastos vs. Luiz Panza
(Green) Leo Nogueira vs. Tim Spriggs
(Yellow) Rodolfo Vieira vs. Faisal Alkitbe
(Yellow) Alexandre Souza vs. Leandro Lo

Third Round (5:20 p.m. ET):

(Green) Leo Nogueira vs. Rico Bastos
(Green) Travis Stevens vs. Luiz Panza
(Yellow) Leandro Lo vs. Faisal Alkitbe
(Yellow) Alan Belcher vs. Rodolfo Vieira

Fourth Round (6 p.m. ET):

(Green) Travis Stevens vs. Leo Nogueira
(Green) Tim Spriggs vs. Rico Bastos
(Yellow) Leandro Lo vs. Alan Belcher
(Yellow) Faisal Alkitbe vs. Alexandre Souza

Fifth Round (6:40 p.m. ET):

(Green) Tim Spriggs vs. Travis Stevens
(Green) Luiz Panza vs. Leo Nogueira
(Yellow) Alexandre Souza vs. Alan Belcher
(Yellow) Rodolfo Vieira vs. Leandro Lo

Semifinals (7:40 p.m. ET):

Match 1: First Green Group vs. Second Yellow Group
Match 2 First Yellow Group vs. Second Green Group

Special Match (8 p.m. ET):

Felipe Preguiça vs. Guto Campos

Finals (8:15 p.m. ET):

Third place: Loser Match 1 vs. Loser Match 2
First Place: Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2

The entire Copa Podio event can be streamed live on the promotion's official website (details). For more on how this tournament came together, as well as its inclusion of "The Talent," click here.

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