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Arguably the best jiu jitsu lightweight competitor of the mid 2000’s period, Celso Venicius (Vinicius) – also known as “Celsinho” was graduated as a black belt by the legendary Roberto “Gordo”. Originally from the Gracie Barra academy, Celsinho became the head coach at the Ryan Gracie academy in Sao Paulo after the Gracie’s tragic death in 2007. Celso Venicius has also ventured into MMA in the 2010’s decade.

Celso Venicius Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Celso Venícius Alves Pinho Júnior

Nickname: “Celsinho” means Little Celso.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Roberto Correa > Celso Venicius

Main Achievements (Black Belt):

  • World Champion (2008, 2006, 2005)
  • Pan American Champion (2008)
  • South American Champion (2009)
  •  Ultimate Absolute NYC 2 Champion (2011)
  • World Pro Cup Silver Medallist (2011)
  • World Bronze Medallist (2007)

Favourite Position/Technique: Half Guard

Weight Division: Peso Leve (Lightweight) 76Kg /167lbs

Association/Team: Gordo JJ/Ryan Gracie JJ/ Gracie-Barra

Celso Venicius Biography

Celso Venicius was born on December 27, 1983 in Rio de Janeiro–Brazil. His interest in jiu jitsu occurred after watching an MMA event on TV where he was amazed to see a BJJ practitioner’s style for the first time, admiring the way the grappler controlled the fight on the ground. He thought the ground game made it look more like it was all about technical ability rather then athleticism and so he decided to start looking for an academy to begin his training in jiu jitsu, he found one in 1998.

Only two years later, Celsinho started making his mark in jiu jitsu and being noticed by jiu jitsu’s media. This happened when he fought on the “Expert Adults Division” of a major grappling tournament being just 16 years old. Celso won his way to the final where he met another fighter that was already considered a prodigy Thiago Fernandes (RIP) from Nova União, the final lasted 20 minutes. The match ended as a draw and the organization awarded both fighters with the first prize.

As the years went by, Celso won more and more competitions solidifying himself as one of the hottest lightweight prospects in the world. In 2004 after he won the World Jiu Jitsu Championships (Mundial) in the brown belt division, Celso Venicius received his black belt while standing on the podium from the hands of his long time master Roberto Correa.

Another big moment in Celso Venicius’s life came about in 2009 after the death of Ryan Gracie (jiu jitsu’s original “enfant terrible”). Ryan Gracie had one of the strongest teams in the São Paulo area (which combined had around 1000 students), with his passing these academies were left without a head coach. Celso Venicius was hired to take Ryan Gracie’s place. In fact, Mr Venicius said in an interview given to Tatame Magazine shortly after the takeover, that Ryan had contacted him previous to his death and asked him to join in as an assistant coach, which made the whole process easier.

At Ryan Gracie’s academy, Celso also started learning MMA. He began competing in smaller shows and his career as an MMA fighter started picking up some steam in 2011.

Celso Vinicius Grappling Record

40 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    25 (63%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
25
2
#86e620
Choke from back
25
2
#5AD3D1
Injury
13
1
#d1212a
Triangle armbar
13
1
#fad11b
Kimura
13
1
#f58822
Armbar
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
11 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (55%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (27%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (9%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Kneebar
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Celso Vinicius Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1123Carlos PortuguesCarlos PortuguesLAdvBrasileiro76KGF2005
1708Lucas LepriLucas LepriLKneebarWorld Champ.76KGSF2007
2444Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 7x2WPC Gr Trials74KGF2010
2565Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPointsWorld Pro.74KGSF2010
2614Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGF2010
2807Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvWorld Pro.74KGF2011
3001JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG1/4F2011
5493Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG1/4F2014
7407Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLAdvGrand Slam Tokyo77KGF2015
9359AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR22016
9376Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 8x7World Champ.82KG1/8F2016
1259R. BarbosaWPointsWorld Champ.76KGSF2005
1260Tiago AlvesTiago AlvesWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGF2005
1381Daisuke SugieWPts: 18x0World Champ.76KGR12006
1384Carlos DiegoWPts: 8x0World Champ.76KG1/4F2006
1389Adriano MartinsAdriano MartinsWPts: 10x0World Champ.76KGSF2006
1390Mario ReisMario ReisWPts: 5x0World Champ.76KGF2006
1485UnknownWPointsTeam Nationals88KG1/4F2006
1514Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 2x0Rio Teams GP76KGR12007
1515Marcelino FreitasMarcelino FreitasWPts: 2x0Rio Teams GP76KGSF2007
1550Michel MaiaWPts: 4x0Brasileiro76KGF2007
1822Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWReferee DecisionPan American76KGSF2008
1824Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 4x0Pan American76KGF2008
1873Jack McVickerJack McVickerWPts: 21x0World Champ.76KGR12008
1876DaisukeWPts: 14x0World Champ.76KGR22008
1878Rafael RosendoWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2008
1882Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPointsWorld Champ.76KGSF2008
1883Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGF2008
2318Orlando ZanettiWPts: 4x2Sul Americano76KGF2009
2442Mario ReisMario ReisWReferee DecisionWPC Gr Trials74KGSF2010
2563Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 16x0World Pro.74KGR12010
2564R. OlivierWKimuraWorld Pro.74KG1/4F2010
2606Tiago RochaWPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12010
2607Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWAdvWorld Champ.76KGR22010
2609Davi RamosDavi RamosWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2010
2613Lucas LepriLucas LepriWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGSF2010
2805Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.74KGSF2011
2911Yuji OkamotoWArmbarWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
3341Mark RamosMark RamosWRNCUltimate Abs.76KGR12012
3346G. TononWPointsUltimate Abs.76KG1/4F2012
3349Renan BorgesWRNCUltimate Abs.76KGSF2012
3351Justin RaderJustin RaderWPointsUltimate Abs.76KGF2012
5488Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 5x2World Champ.76KGR12014
7406Kleber KoikeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam Tokyo77KGSF2015
7754Stephen MartinezWPts: 7x0Grand Slam LA77KG1/4F2015
7757Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGSF2015
7759Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiWInjuryGrand Slam LA77KGF2015
8132Rafael SuzukiWPts: 6x0Grand Slam - Rio77KG1/8F2015
8136Pedro FernandesWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam - Rio77KG1/4F2015
8137Matheus CostaWChoke from backGrand Slam - Rio77KGSF2015
8139Lucas ValleWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam - Rio77KGF2015

Celso Venicius vs Orlando Zanetti (Sul Americano 2009)

Celso Venicius vs Mario Reis (Mundial 2006)

 

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