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

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Rafael Mendes is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt world champion under the illustrious coach Ramon Lemos. Considered a BJJ phenom since his late teens and acclaimed as “the king of the featherweight division” by many BJJ enthusiasts, Rafael was also one of the competitors that brought recognition to the 50-50 Guard and the berimbolo, a style he used to de-throne the former 5x world champion Rubens Charles. Rafael Mendes is also the brother of another Jiu Jitsu World Champion Guilherme Mendes.

Rafael Mendes Jiu Jitsu

Rafael Mendes: Rafael Mendes Godoy

Nickname: Rafa which is short for Rafael.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Andre Pederneiras > Ramon Lemos > Rafael Mendes

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2014, 2012, 2011, 2010)
  • ADCC Champion (2009, 2011)
  • Pan American Champion (2012, 2011)
  • European Champion (2014, 2010, 2009)
  • Jiu Jitsu World Pro Cup Champion (2010, 2009)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2010)

Favorite technique: Leg-Drag Guad Pass, Berimbolo & 50-50 Guard

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70kg – 154lbs)

Affiliation/Team: Atos Jiu Jitsu.

Rafael Mendes Biography

Rafael was born on the 20th of June, 1989 in Rio Claro, a city in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Rafael and Guilherme Mendes, his brother, started their jiu jitsu training through an older cousin named Thiago Mendes, who was a purple belt under Leonardo Santos. After only a few months of training with Thiago, their cousin immediately spotted great potential for the youngsters and took them to come and train at the main academy with Santos, as they would progress a lot quicker. This main gym was led by Leonardo and Ramon Lemos – the man who would later become the Atos Team leader. Being just 13 years old, but already incredibly gifted Rafael and his brother picked up all the techniques with amazing ease, and started dedicating himself to BJJ almost full time, training at least two times per day.

It was also around this time that the Mendes’s parents split, leaving both brothers without a fatherly figure. Guilherme and Rafael have reported to the media several times of how their coach Ramon Lemos filled most of that void, teaching them not only BJJ but the moral values with which they built their character. Rafael was an amazing BJJ student winning all World Championships from blue belt all the way to brown in consecutive years, achieving the bronze medal in his first year as a black belt (2009) and winning his first world gold medal as a black belt in 2010.

Rafael’s amazing rise to BJJ stardom came overnight, when he was just 17. Having never competed without a gi (kimono) before, Ramon Lemos enlisted the teenager Rafael in the ADCC Brazilian Trials, arguably the hardest trial event in the world for its biggest Submission Wrestling tournament (the ADCC). Rafael made it to the final of the trials losing a hard fight against Bruno Frazatto (who would later become his friend and team mate at Atos).

Ramon Lemos awarded Rafael his black belt in late 2008, the young Mendes was not scared with the task at hand, and almost immediately started paving his road with success. Rafael won the Jiu Jitsu World Pro Abu Dhabi Cup, one of the best and hardest competitions in the world, winning a gold medal also at the ADCC finals, placing 3rd in the Mundial… medaling on all 3 competitions and fighting against Rubens Charles “Cobrinha” (Considered the best fighter of 2009 by the Brazilian Press).

Below is an account of Rafael Mendes’ jiu jitsu fight record in the most important tournaments of the jiu jitsu calendar.

Banner picture taken by Ross Finlayson.

Rafael Mendes Grappling Record

67 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (25%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    44 (66%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

44 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Armbar
25
11
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Choke from back
25
11
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Mata leao
9
4
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Brabo choke
7
3
#fad11b
Wristlock
7
3
#f58822
Triangle armbar
5
2
#224aba
Kimura
5
2
#ff9124
Choke
5
2
#bf1f6c
Triangle
5
2
#22c9a5
Inverted triangle
2
1
#fad223
Anaconda
2
1
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Cross choke
2
1
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Bow and arrow
2
1
44
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
4 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    0 (0%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (25%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (75%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Rafael Mendes Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1693Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLRefree DecisionWorld Champ.70KGSF2009
2013Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLRefree DecisionWorld Pro.65KGF2011
3413Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2013
3549Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLRefree DecisionADCC66KGF2013
3751Clark GracieClark GracieDN/AMetamoris 3ABSSUPERF2014
1562Katsuya ToidaWMata leaoDeep X IIINASUPERF2009
1600Jayson PatinoWTriangleADCC66KGRD12009
1604Justin RaderJustin RaderWAnacondaADCC66KG1/4F2009
1606Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWMata leaoADCC66KGSemi2009
1608Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPointsADCC66KGF2009
1690Carlos LemosCarlos LemosWPts: 4x0World Champ.70KG1/4F2009
1778Wellington DiasWellington DiasWArmbarEuropean70KGSF2010
1779Renan BorgesWPts: 2x0European70KGF2010
1798Denilson PimentaDenilson PimentaWPts: 2x0WPC SD trials65KGSF2010
1806Denilson PimentaDenilson PimentaWChoke from backWPC Gr Trials65KGSF2010
1808Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWChoke from backWPC Gr Trials65KGF2010
1850Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesWPts: 4x2World Pro.65KGF2010
1863Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2Brasileiro70KGF2010
1874Ryan HallRyan HallWPts: 5x2World Champ.70KGRDS2010
1875Gustavo CaprioWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRDS2010
1881Daisuke NakamuraDaisuke NakamuraWArmbarWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2010
1883Denilson PimentaDenilson PimentaWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGSF2010
1884Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2010
2005Marcelino FreitasMarcelino FreitasWBrabo chokeWorld Pro.65KGRD12011
2009Gustavo FalciroliWChoke from backWorld Pro.65KG1/4F2011
2011Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineWPts: 7x0World Pro.65KGSF2011
2092Daisuke NakamuraDaisuke NakamuraWChokeWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
2104Justin RaderJustin RaderWChokeWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
2189Leonardo SaggioroWInverted triangleWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2011
2217Mario ReisMario ReisWPts: 4x2World Champ.70KGSF2011
2230Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2011
2269Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPts: 6x0ADCC66KGRD12011
2309Justin RaderJustin RaderWMata leaoADCC66KG1/4F2011
2330Robson MouraRobson MouraWPointsADCC66KGSF2011
2344Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPenADCC66KGF2011
2548Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWArmbarPan American70KG1/4F2012
2549Justin RaderJustin RaderWTrianglePan American70KG1/4F2012
2553Mario ReisMario ReisWWristlockPan American70KGSF2012
2555Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWArmbarPan American70KGF2012
2838Sandro “Batata”WBrabo chokeWorld Champ.70KGRD22012
2850Cristiano RenatoWKimuraWorld Champ.70KGRD32012
2857Takayuki KoyamaWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2012
2861Mario ReisMario ReisWPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGSF2012
2863Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.70KGF2012
3042Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWBrabo chokeHouston Open70KGF2012
3208Renato VieiraWArmbarPan American70KG1/4F2013
3210Mario ReisMario ReisWPts: 2x0Pan American70KGSF2013
3211Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWRefree DecisionPan American70KGF2013
3410Mayko BorgesWArmbarWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2013
3411Mario ReisMario ReisWAdvWorld Champ.70KGSF2013
3535Y. TakahitoWKimuraADCC66KGRD12013
3544Tetsu SuzukiWArmbarADCC66KG1/4F2013
3546Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x0ADCC66KGSF2013
3694Geoffrey VillarealWArmbarSF Open70KGSF2013
3696Gustavo CarpioWWristlockHouston Open70KGSF2013
3702UnknownWTriangle armbarRickson Cup70KG1/4F2013
3703UnknownWArmbarRickson Cup70KGSF2013
3704UnknownWArmbarRickson Cup70KGF2013
3733Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 3x0European70KGSF2014
3735Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 3x0European70KGF2014
4104Tumas KristenWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
4107Nicollas AraujoWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
4117Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2014
4120Mario ReisMario ReisWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGSF2014
4122Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 10x8World Champ.70KGF2014
4478Yagi VicenteWTriangle armbarRickson Cup70KGRD12014
4479Tsukada IchitaroWWristlockRickson Cup70KGRD22014
4480Hirao YutoWCross chokeRickson Cup70KG1/4F2014
4481Okamoto YujiWArmbarRickson Cup70KGSF2014
4486Charles GasparWBow and arrowRickson CupABSSF2014
4769Osvaldo MoizinhoWChoke from backBerkut OpenABSSUPERF2015
4775Osvaldo MoizinhoWMata leaoBerkut Open NoGiABSSUPERF2015
Rafael Mendes Fight Videos

Rafael Mendes vs Cobrinha

Rafael Mendes vs Justin Rader

Rafael Mendes vs Gustavo Falciroli

Rafael Mendes Berimbolo Highlight by the Jiu Jitsu Lab

Rafael Mendes Highlight

 

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