Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

Lucio Rodrigues “Lagarto”
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Often regarded as the Lance Armstrong of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Lucio Rodrigues also known as “Lagarto”, is a decorated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Carlos Gracie Junior from Gracie Barra who has victoriously battled with cancer, returning to BJJ after his recovery to conquer some of the most important titles in his career, such as the European Open and the World Pro Cup finals in Abu Dhabi.

Lucio Rodrigues Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Lucio Furtado Rodrigues

Nickname: Lucio’s nickname is “Lagarto” which means Lizard in Portuguese. The nickname was given by Marcio Feitosa at Gracie Barra because he used to joke saying that Lucio resembled a reptile.

Lineage:  Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Lucio Rodrigues

Main Achievements:

  • European Champion (2015, 2011, 2005, 2004 weight & absolute)
  • World Pro Cup Champion (2011)
  • Rio de Janeiro State Champion (2008)
  • World Silver Medallist (2003 absolute – brown)
  • 3x European Silver Medallist (2012, 2009, 2007)
  • 5x World Bronze Medallist (2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 brown, 2002 purple)
  • 2x European Bronze Medallist (2007 absolute, 2005 absolute)

Weight Division: Pesado (94kg/207lbs) and Super Pesado (100kg/221lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Barra

Lucio Rodrigues “Lagarto” Biography

Lucio Rodrigues “Lagarto” was born on the 26th of October, 1980 in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. He started practicing martial arts with his father, learning Karate while also boxing a little when he was still a child. He started getting interested in Jiu Jitsu as most of his friends practiced the sport, he started taking classes when he was 13 years old with instructor Carlos Augusto (who is a black belt under Reyson Gracie). Lagarto was a natural in BJJ, and while most of his friends stopped training, Lucio continued and reaped the benefits of hard training, pursuing a career as a competitor.

He worked his technique alongside Carlos Augusto until he received his blue belt. He then switched camps to the Gracie academy in Barra da Tijuca, where he trained alongside the son of the founder of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Mr Carlos Gracie Junior, the man who awarded all his belts from there on, including his black belt which came in 2004.

Rodrigues worked most of his life in Jiu Jitsu as both a competitor and a coach. He started his international coaching career by way of Portugal, after his master Carlos asked him to go to the southern European country and help develop the sport there. He worked there for a duration of time, but then returned to Brazil where he premiered in MMA with a submission victory over Roberto Albuquerque by armbar.

In October 2007 Lucio Rodrigues found out he was suffering from cancer in his lymphatic system, also known as Hodgkin’s disease. Lucio had to undergo the gruelling treatment of chemotherapy. Due to the athlete’s lifestyle that Lagarto had all his life, healthy eating, not drinking and resting well, he resisted incredibly well to the treatment, and in fact, after the first month of therapy (were he was forbidden to train by his doctor) Lucio returned to the gym and started training. As the Chemo and after that radiotherapy continued, Lagarto trained and even competed! Winning an important competition (Capital Challenge).

After his battle with cancer, Lucio Rodrigues decided to have another shot at an international coaching career. As he gave a seminar in the United Kingdom, Lucio was invited to stay and coach the London full time. He accepted the challenge, and became one of the main instructors of Gracie Barra in the country, alongside illustrious coaches Braulio Estima and Roger Gracie.

In 2011, after an incredible competitive run where Lucio won the European Open, the World Pro Cup Trials (weight and absolute) and the World Pro Cup finals, many saw Rodrigues as one of the favourites to win the Worlds (World Jiu Jitsu Championships). Unfortunately Lagarto was denied a visa to enter the country and could not compete, a problem that has plagued many top competitors from Brazil throughout the years.

Lucio Rodrigues Grappling Record

17 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    9 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (41%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
43
3
#86e620
Choke from back
29
2
#5AD3D1
Choke
14
1
#d1212a
Injury
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
11 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (82%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Mata leao
50
1
#86e620
Choke from back
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Lucio Rodrigues Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
994Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLN/ABrasileiroABSF2005
1130Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleLPts: 4x2World Champ.94KGSF2005
1237Gabriel GonzagaLPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KGSF2006
1238Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteLMata leaoWorld Champ.O100KGSF2006
1571Thiago BorgesThiago BorgesLPts: 3x210k ChallengeABSSF2007
3377Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
3380Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 3x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
3402Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsEuropean OpenABS1/4F2013
3415Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x0European Open100KGF2013
4311Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 5x0World Pro.ABSRD12014
4946Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLChoke from backEuropeanABSSF2015
656Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleWPointsTeam NationalsO88KGF2002
993Fernando BoiWChoke from backBrasileiroABSSF2005
1234Adriano PiresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2006
1765Tiago PereiraWChokeCapital Challenge99KGSF2008
1767Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWInjuryCapital Challenge99KGF2008
2231Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 6x2European100KGF2011
2263Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPointsWorld Pro.O92KG1/4F2011
2266Jose JuniorJose JuniorWN/AWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2268Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWN/AWorld Pro.O92KGF2011
3382Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 7x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
3386Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 8x2Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4029Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 2x0European100KGF2014
4925Nic NikolaisenWSubmissionEuropeanABSRD22015
4937Pedro PeresWPts: 2x0EuropeanABSRD32015
4943Felipe BuenoWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropeanABS1/4F2015
5050Thomas JohannessonWSubmissionEuropean100KG1/4F2015
5053Karim KhalifaWChoke from backEuropean100KGSF2015

Lucio Rodrigues vs Augusto Ferrari

Lucio Rodrigues vs rafael Lovato Junior

Lucio Lagarto vs Bruno Bastos

Lucio Lagarto vs. Karim Khalifa

 

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3 Comments

  • cheeKO says:

    lagarto is an insparation to everyone who trains with him.5 minutes with this guy and you belive you can be a world champion.his passion for his studants and jiu jitsu is unmatched.
    see you soon.
    GRACIE BARRA SCOTLAND

  • Babak says:

    Lagarto is a true champion… on and off the Tatami.

    Babak – Team Draculino – Marbella.Spain

  • Flexi_fi84 says:

    An inspiration to everyone who trains under him with immense knowledge and passion for the sport

    Team Lagarto Aberdeen

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