Copa Podio results: Rodolfo Vieira submits Alan Belcher, wins tournament

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Top UFC middleweight Alan Belcher put his grappling chops to the test in a grand prix tournament on Saturday night in Rio.

Call it a learning experience.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Alan Belcher was schooled in last weekend's Copa Podio heavyweight (98kg/189.6 lbs.) jiu-jitsu tournament, which took place on Feb. 1, 2014 inside the Botafogo Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

And it didn't end well.

"The Talent" went down on points in the opening round to Faisal Alkitbe, before getting choked out by Rodolfo Vieira in the second stanza. He would return to the mats on two more occasions and come up short in both attempts. Vieira, however, would claim top honors.

But Leandro Lo didn't make it easy.

Here are the complete Copa Podio heavyweight grand prix tournament results (courtesy of MMA Fighting):

First round:

Tim Spriggs def. Luiz Panza by points (3-2)
Travis Stevens def. Rico Bastos by submission (arm-lock)
Rodolfo Vieira def. Alexandre Souza by submission (arm-lock)
Faisal Alkitbe def. Alan Belcher by points (2-0)

Second round:
Luiz Panza def. finalizou Rico Bastos by submission (triangle)
Leo Nogueira def. Tim Spriggs by points (5-0)
Rodolfo Vieira def. Faisal Alkitbe by submission (choke)
Leandro Lo def. Alexandre Souza by points (4-0)

Third round:
Leo Nogueira def. Rico Bastos by points (2-0)
Luiz Panza def. Travis Stevens by submission (heel hook)
Leandro Lo def. Faisal Alkitbe by advantages (1-0)
Rodolfo Vieira def. Alan Belcher by submission (choke)

Fourth round:
Travis Stevens vs. Leo Nogueira - draw
Tim Spriggs def. Rico Bastos by points (2-0)
Leandro Lo def. Alan Belcher by submission (choke)
Alexandre Souza def. Faisal Alkitbe by submission (arm-lock)

Fifth round:
Travis Stevens def. Tim Spriggs by points (7-0)
Luiz Panza vs. Leo Nogueira - draw
Alexandre Souza def. Alan Belcher by submission (arm-lock)
Rodolfo Vieira vs. Leandro Lo - draw

Semifinals:
Leandro Lo def. Luiz Panza by points (6-4)
Rodolfo Vieira def. Travis Stevens by submission (choke)

Third place match:
Luiz Panza def. Travis Stevens by submission (ankle lock)

Final:
Rodolfo Vieira def. Leandro Lo by submission (choke)

Other match-ups:
Franco Marini def. Magid Hage (ankle lock)
Felipe Preguiça def. Guto Campos by points (12-10) at overtime

Belcher is currently taking time off from his mixed martial arts (MMA) career and has yet to announce his return date.

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