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Fernando Pontes “Margarida”

Fernando Pontes, mostly known as “Margarida” within the jiu jitsu community, is a former open weight world champion in the sport. Margarida’s aggressive and entertaining style made him one of the most revered grapplers in the early 2000′s, he was also known for his irreverence in and outside of the mats. His high class technical abilities and his personality made him one of the more recognizable sporting figures of his generation in Brazil.

Fernando Margarida Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Fernando Pontes

Nickname: Margarida means “Daisy” in Portuguese. He received the nickname when he first started training at Fabio Gurgel and Fernando Yamasaki’s academy. During the Carnival season Margarida asked his dentist to put the elastic bands on the braces in different colours (in theme with the festive season). When he showed up at the gym, Fabio Gurgel thought it was so funny he named him Daisy.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi > Fernando Pontes “Margarida”

Main Achievements:

  • World Jiu Jitsu Champion (weight & absolute 2001)
  • Pan American BJJ Champion (1999 purple, 2000 & 2001 black)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2000)
  • World Silver Medalist (2000 weight and absolute)

Favorite Technique: Cross choke, also known as Baseball Choke or “Alicate” in Portuguese.

Weight Division: Medio Pesado (88Kg/194.5lbs).

Team/Association: n/a

Fernando Pontes “Margarida” Biography

Fernando “Margarida” Pontes was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, being raised in a family where almost everyone was involved in medicine. With such a heavy academic minded family background, it was hard to assume that Fernando would follow a career in sports, but indeed he did.

As a child Margarida’s mother tried to make him practice sports, she enrolled him in a Basketball team, however, due to his small stature Fernando Pontes never felt like he had a future in the sport, he convinced his mother to let him leave the team and since “Margarida” had always been somewhat of a menace in the streets, often picking up fights with other kids, his parents agreed to put him in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, as a way to possibly release a little of his anger. Fernando was only 13 when he stepped inside the Academia Formula, the academy of Fernando Yamasaki and Fabio Gurgel.

Fabio Gurgel didn’t stay long in this academy leaving months later to form his own school of BJJ. Margarida stayed alongside Yamasaki for the following 2 years, shortly after he received his blue belt, he moved to the United States (Washington) where he pursued his training with another Yamasaki family member, Mario (Fernando Yamasaki’s brother). He trained with Mario for 6 moths but moved to California in search for better training and more competition. In Cali Fernando Pontes began training with Fabio Santos, and was awarded his Purple Belt by Santos (he also received his brown belt from the same Master).

His training days in California were finished when his family moved on back to Sao Paulo. Margarida intended to return to his roots in the Academia Formula, of Fernando Yamasaki, but in an example of the “bad boy” image that characterized Fernando’s career, he had an incident with the doorman of the academy which ended in a fight and Margarida ended up being expelled. Margarida also spent some time training with Nino Shembri, but was asked to leave after a while due to a misunderstanding between himself and Schembri. (all this information is available at an interview given to Tatame Magazine in 2002)

Fernando Margarida returned to the US where he also took time to train with his favorite fighter, the man who he always tried to mimic on the mats, the legendary Rickson Gracie. After this short spell with Rickson, another trip to Sao Paulo followed to train with Roberto Godoi and Otavio de Almeida, the men who awarded him his black belt in 2000. That year “Margarida” achieved a 2nd place at both his weight and the open weight division of the World Championships (Mundial). The following year he won the Pan Americans, submitting his former teacher Fabio Gurgel (who had never been submitted in competition before), and won his weight and the open weight division of the Mundial.

The following years have been filled with ups and downs, with ventures in both the ADCC and in MMA with relative success. Many on internet forums argue that his drive for competition disappeared, mainly due to the “Playboy” status achieved by Fernando Margarida Pontes after reaching fame in the early 2000’s combined with the fact that Margarida comes from a wealthy family and he didn’t need to compete for a living. BJJ Heroes doesn’t pass judgment, and hopefully Mr Fernando Pontes will find in his heart the will to return to the mats as he was one of the most entertaining fighters to watch in the sport.

Fernando Margarida Grappling Record

    8 (27%)
    2 (7%)
    20 (67%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Baseball choke
Cross choke
Toe hold
    7 (78%)
    0 (0%)
    1 (11%)
    0 (0%)
    1 (11%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back

Fernando Margarida Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
294Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2000
307Roberto RoletaRoberto RoletaLPts: 4x0World Champ.88KGF2000
373Eduardo JamelaoEduardo JamelaoLPts: 8x2Rickson CupABSGP2000
384Nino SchembriNino SchembriLPts: 5x0Rio x Sao PauloABSSUPERF2000
613David TerrellDavid TerrellLPointsADCC88KG1/4F2003
818Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaLPts: 7x0World CupABSF2004
965Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 9x2World CupO75KGSF2005
1015Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2005
1349Roger GracieRoger GracieLPts: 9x5World Champ.ABS1/4F2007
290Francisco MelloWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD12000
291Alexandre DantasAlexandre DantasWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2000
293Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWPts: 9x2World Champ.ABSSF2000
305Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaWArmbarWorld Champ.88KGSF2000
377Leo DallaWPts: 7x0Rickson CupABSGP2000
378Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaWPts: 14x0Rickson CupABSGP2000
379Nino SchembriNino SchembriWInjuryRickson CupABSF2000
467Paulo StreckertWChokeWorld Champ.ABSRD12001
468Adriano MacielWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD22001
469Leo DallaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2001
471Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWPts: 7x0World Champ.ABSSF2001
472Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2001
486Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWBaseball chokeWorld Champ.88KGF2001
500Adriano MacielWSubmissionPan American94KG1/4F2001
501Fabio LeopoldoFabio LeopoldoWSubmissionPan American94KGSF2001
502Fabio GurgelFabio GurgelWCross chokePan American94KGF2001
608Robert SulskiWPointsADCC88KGRD12003
813Ronirlei SouzaWArmbarWorld CupABSRD12004
815Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld CupABS1/4F2004
817Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWPts: 12x2World CupABSSF2004
833Wellington AraujoWArmbarWorld Cup94KG1/4F2004
835Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWPts: 4x2World Cup94KGSF2004
836Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWToe holdWorld Cup94KGF2004
946Roberto PiasaWWristlockWorld Cup94KG1/4F2005
947Rafael LouzadaWArmbarWorld Cup94KGSF2005
962Fabio TrindadeWSubmissionWorld CupO75KG1/4F2005
1008Vitor HugoWGuillotineWorld Champ.100KGRD12005
1012Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWAdvWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2005
1019Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWArmbarYamasaki CupABSSUPERF2005
1344Thiago GaiaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD12007

Fernando Margarida Highlight

Margarida vs Flavio Almeida “Cachorrinho”

Fernando Margarida vs Marcio Cruz “Pé de Pano”

Fernando Margarida vs Fabio Gurgel

Fernando Margarida vs Alexandre Ribeiro “Xande”

Fernando Margarida vs Roberto Magalhaes “Roleta”


This post is also available in: Portuguese (Brazil)


  • Agente 35 says:

    Fernando Margarida has just launched his official blogs:

    >> in English:
    >> in Portuguese:

    Keep yourself updated with his lastest news!

  • Agente 35 says:

    This part of the content is a false rumor created by people on the web:

    "Many argue that his drive for competition disappeared, mainly due to the “Playboy” status achieved by Fernando Margarida Pontes after reaching fame in the early 2000’s combined with the fact that Margarida is from a wealthy family and he doesn’t need to fight for a living."

    1) His drive for competition has never been so strong: actually, he has searched for a truly serious sponsor willing to bet on his return to competitions. He has trained hard and is determined to compete and make history again.

    2) Margarida is not a playboy and his family is not wealth as many people say (and repeat) in forums – he has worked since the age of 12.

    3) He needs to fight for a living. That’s his job.

    In the face of all these rumors, he decided to launch the blog to speak for himself once and for all as seen above.

  • Iggs says:

    I never new who Margarida was, my master mentioned him few times. I watched his fights and I severly impressed, especially with his guard.

  • Naja says:

    Margarida had a great guard passing game and a great guard too.. It isn't anyone who can beat Saulo multiple times and tap him out twice with the same sub. His DVD is also great :)
    I made a highlight from him also ( xD
    And congrats for your blog dude, it's great >.<

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