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Keenan Cornelius is a Hawaii born, famous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor who gathered a tremendous fan base world wide since his lower belt grappling campaigns, where he won the “Jiu Jitsu Grand Slam”, being regarded as the most accomplished brown belt of all time. The talented fighter received his black belt from André Galvão on September 2013 though he started his career as a grappler training under BJ Penn and Lloyd Irvin.

Keenan Cornelius Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Keenan Kai-James Cornelius

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Luis Dagmar > André Galvão > Keenan Cornelius

Main Achievements:

  • World Jiu Jitsu Champion (2013 brown, 2012 purple weight & absolute)
  • World No Gi Champion (2014 black, 2012 brown weight & absolute, 2011)
  • IBJJF Pro League Champion (2014)
  • Five Grappling ‘Round Robin’ Champion (2013)
  • BJJ Kumite Champion – Gi and No Gi (2012 brown)
  • Pan American Champion (2015, 2014 black, 2013 brown weight & absolute, 2012 purple weight & absolute)
  • European Open Champion (2013 brown weight & absolute, 2012 purple weight & absolute)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2012 purple weight & absolute)
  • ADCC Bronze Medallist (2013 weight & absolute)

Favourite Position/Technique:

Weight Division: 88kg/194lbs

Team/Association: Atos

Keenan Cornelius Biography

Keenan Cornelius was born in Hawaii on the 25th of February, 1992. Keenan’s father, Tom Callos was a 6th degree Tae Kwon Do black belt who started teaching Cornelius the Korean striking art when he was just 4 years old, though his son was not interested in martial arts at that age and stopped training early on. He found Jiu Jitsu at the age of 14, again through his father. His dad was a big fan of mixed martial arts and had some basic grappling concepts, in fact, it was Mr Callos who introduced BJ Penn to BJJ a long time before Keenan ever got involved in the sport. Keenan’s father was a blue belt at the time and opened a small gym for his son to train with his friends once or twice per week, the kids (all big fans of the UFC) used the space more as an open mat as most of them had some wrestling experience from school. He was graded by Carlos Valente to green belt as Mr Valente passed by Keenan’s town to give a seminar and assessed his skill level as above white belt.

By the age of 15, Keenan started getting more interested in Jiu Jitsu and chose to visit a gym where Cassio Werneck coached. He enjoyed the classes but couldn’t deal with the commute every day, so only visited the academy two or three times per month. At Werneck’s gym, Cornelius met Andris Brunovskis, a kid (at the time) who would push young Keenan to further develop his skills.

When in his mid teens, Cornelius’ father took him for a weekend of training at the BJ Penn academy in Hilo. There he spent time with BJ (one of Keenan’s idols at the time) and his brother, Cornelius liked it so much he decided to enroll in a college in Hilo so he could train every day at the Penn’s gym.

Although Keenan did train for two years at the BJ Penn academy, these were times when BJ was still a very active competitor in the UFC and often wondered the country in training camps and other fighting related activities, which meant the gym didn’t have a full time black belt as a coach and on top of that, wasn’t very gi orientated. Keenan had a ton of talent and earned his purple belt under BJ after a silver medal at an important NAGA event. However, months later in a conversation with his friend Andris Brunovskis, he found out about Lloyd Irvin and his camp, where Brunovskis was now training. Andris spoke such good things about “Master” Lloyd’s training camp, Keenan became convinced this was the place for him, and so he left BJ Penn and started training with Irvin in Maryland.

At Lloyd Irvin’s academy, Keenan Cornelius’ raw talent flourished into one of the most talented fighters of his generation winning all major competitions on the IBJJF roster, back to back as a purple belt and a brown belt. Keenan’s career picked up quickly and he became somewhat of a celebrity among BJJ enthusiasts in the United States who saw Cornelius as the big US hope for a future shot at an absolute world title in the black belt division.

On 2013, after two of Lloyd Irvin’s students were accused of raping a fellow team mate of Lloyd Irvin’s academy in a barbaric affair, Lloyd Irvin himself came under scrutiny, when it was made public that Irvin to had been accused of gang rape in a case that dated back to 1990. In a continuation of the shocking case that came to light on January 2013, early in March of the same year a fellow team mate of Keenan named Jordon Shultz, revealed that one of the female students at TLI had come to him explaining how Lloyd Irvin tried to sexually molest her. The continuous stream of negative information surrounding TLI led a few of the main competitors of the team to abandon the organization, Keenan included.

Keenan moved on to the Atos team camp led by André Galvão who accepted the grappling prodigy with open arms. A few months later on September the 14th, 2013, Galvão awarded Cornelius his black belt.

Banner picture by Gracie Mag.

Keenan Cornelius Grappling Record

86 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    29 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    48 (56%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

48 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Choke from back
19
9
#86e620
Triangle
19
9
#5AD3D1
Armbar
15
7
#d1212a
Heel Hook
6
3
#fad11b
Triangle armbar
6
3
#f58822
Arm in Ezekiel
6
3
#224aba
Darce choke
4
2
#ff9124
Omoplata
4
2
#bf1f6c
50/50 Armbar
2
1
#22c9a5
Verbal tap
2
1
#fad223
RNC
2
1
#03861f
Inverted armbar
2
1
#039a1f
North South choke
2
1
#03b41f
Kneebar
2
1
#03c61f
Inverted triangle
2
1
#03d61f
Submission
2
1
#03f61f
Baratoplata
2
1
#82ff5f
Omoplata choke
2
1
48
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
22 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (68%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (5%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (5%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Keenan Cornelius Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4771Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4814Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsADCCABSSF2013
5026Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 3x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2014
5326Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5328Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Pro.ABS3PLC2014
5356Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPointsWorld Pro.94KGSF2014
5407Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5506Diogo GamonalLDQWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5678Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABSF2014
5773Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x2NYC Pro94KGF2014
6339Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABS1/4F2015
6675Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KGSF2015
6740Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0World ProABSSF2015
6742Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2World ProABS3RD2015
6863Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroDN/AMetamoris 6ABSSPF2015
6921Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 8x6World Champ.ABS1/4F2015
7025Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2015
7427Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGF2015
8827Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSF2016
8892Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABS1/4F2016
9357Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KGSF2016
9423Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2016
9626Gordon RyanGordon RyanLInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2016
4162Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWArmbarWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4255Magid HageWArmbarWC Pro Trials85KGRR2013
4256Morris AyalaWChoke from backWC Pro Trials85KGRR2013
4257Elliot KellyWChoke from backWC Pro TrialsABSSF2013
4258Gustavo PiresGustavo PiresWChoke from backWC Pro TrialsABSF2013
4758Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 4x2ADCC88KGR12013
4766Oskar PiechotaWDarce chokeADCC88KG1/4F2013
4772Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWVerbal tapADCC88KG3PLC2013
4805Erza LennonWHeel HookADCCABSR12013
4811Oskar PiechotaWPts: 8x0ADCCABS1/4F2013
4816Dean ListerDean ListerWPointsADCCABS3PLC2013
4885Diego GamonalWTriangle armbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
4887Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
4925Beneil DariushWHeel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
4927Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
4928James PuopoloJames PuopoloWRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
4930Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 14x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
4993Kevin CaseyWHeel hookMetamoris 3ABSSPF2014
5010UnknownWArm in EzekielPan AmericanABSR22014
5018Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 8x6Pan AmericanABSR32014
5088Sadayoshi KurimoriWChoke from backPan American88KGR12014
5097Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KG1/4F2014
5098Rodrigo PimpolhoWTriangle armbarPan American88KGSF2014
5164Stephen MartinezWArm in ezekielFIVE Cali. 1ABS1/4F2014
5166Lance GlynnWPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5168Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 4x0FIVE Cali. 1ABSF2014
5312R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5325Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5354Leonardo MacielWOmoplataWorld Pro.94KGR12014
5355Jackson SousaJackson SousaWChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG1/4F2014
5379Carlos EduardoWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR12014
5398Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x4World Champ.ABSRD 42014
5403Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2014
5505Maciel TrindadeWTriangleWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5551Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesD---Metamoris 4ABSSPF2014
5581Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWTriangleSF OpenABSF2014
5618UnknownWInverted armbarAmerican Nat.88KG1/4F2014
5619Ignacio NetoWArmbarAmerican Nat.88KGSF2014
5621Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nat.88KGF2014
5669Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 2x2, AdvNo Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5674James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x2No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2014
5676Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 23x2No Gi WorldsABSSF2014
5702Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWNorth South chokeNo Gi Worlds88KGR12014
5704Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2014
5708Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2014
5710Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds88KGF2014
5750Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 12x0IBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
5752Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
5863Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
5984Dean ListerDean ListerWInverted trianglePolarisABSSPF2015
6326Elliot KellyWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22015
6331Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR32015
6423Jared LawtonWTrianglePan American88KGR22015
6428Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 5x2Pan American88KG1/4F2015
6432Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan American88KGSF2015
6526Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPts: 12x2Marianas OpenABS1/4F2015
6529Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSSF2015
6530Mike FowlerMike FowlerWChoke from backMarianas OpenABSF2015
6655William DiasWPts: 6x4World Pro85KGR12015
6665Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWArmbarWorld Pro85KGR22015
6672Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 7x0World Pro85KG1/4F2015
6676AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 3x0World Pro85KG3RD2015
6728Fabio GalebWTriangleWorld ProABSR12015
6731Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
6737Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABS1/4F2015
6910Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7022Alan RegisWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.94KG1/8F2015
7273Otavio SouzaWPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7418Jesse UrholinWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGR12015
7421Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 2x0ADCC88KG1/4F2015
7425Rustam ChsievWReferee DecisionADCC88KGSF2015
7598Omar SabhaWChoke from backDallas Open94KGSF2015
7601Thiago XimenesWArm in EzekielDallas OpenABS1/4F2015
7602Philip MillerWSubmissionDallas OpenABSSF2015
7604Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarDallas OpenABSF2015
8392Magid HageWPts: 6x0US National Pro85KGSF2016
8393William NymanWTriangleUS National Pro85KGF2016
8397Jason YousephWTriangleUS National ProABSSF2016
8399Joseph MokuWTriangleUS National ProABSF2016
8824Jacob GuerreroWBaratoplataMarianas OpenABS1/4F2016
8826Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWOmoplata chokeMarianas OpenABSSF2016
8867Melksedec FrancoW50/50 ArmbarWorld ProABSR12016
8878Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 4x2World ProABSR22016
8890Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWArmbarWorld ProABS1/8F2016
9351Tanner RiceTanner RiceWArmbarWorld Champ.88KG1/8F2016
9355Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG1/4F2016
9405Kitner MouraWOmoplataWorld Champ.ABSR22016
9418Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/8F2016

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