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Trained by coach extraordinaire Rodrigo Cavaca, Renato Cardoso made a big name for himself in late 2012 being revered by jiu jitsu’s media as the new “crown jewel” of the Checkmat Team. This status came after a series of magnificent performances in his first couple of months as a black belt, when Renato Cardoso conquered the medium heavyweight world jiu jitsu title (CBJJE) as well as the Sao Paulo International Open (IBJJF), only a few weeks later in both his weight class and the absolute, this time submitting every one of his 9 opponents. In mid 2014 Cardoso switched training camps and moved to the Alliance academy in Sao Paulo.

Renato Cardoso Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Renato Guimarães Cardoso

Nickname(s): Renato has a few nicknames, such as “Paraíba” (the name of a state, but also the equivalent to Red Neck) or “Pernambuco” both names attributed to him due to the region where Renato grew up, and also Côco (Coconut in Portuguese) due to the shape of his head.

Lineage:  Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Élcio Figueiredo > Rodrigo Cavaca > Renato Cardoso

Main Achievements:

  • South American Champion (2014  weight & absolute)
  • Sao Paulo Open (2012 weight & absolute)
  • World Champion – CBJJE (2012)
  • Pan American Champion – IBJJF (2012 brown belt)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2012 brown, 2009 purple absolute)
  • Sao Paulo State Champion (2015 black, 2011 weight & absolute brown)
  • XII Copa Internacional Champion (2011 brown)
  • OSASCO Cup Champion (2011 brown)
  • Brazilian National Championship 2nd Place (2015 absolute)
  • World Championship 3rd Place – IBJJF (2015)
  • Pan American Championship 3rd Place – IBJJF (2016)

Favourite Position/Technique: 50/50 guardTriangle Choke and “Botinha” Footlock

Weight Division: Peso Médio/Peso Meio-Pesado

Team/Association: Alliance academy

Renato Cardoso Biography

Renato Cardoso was born on the 13th of April, 1988 in São Paulo, Brazil, though he moved to Pernambuco when he was 6 years old. Renato started training martial arts through judo, when he was 13 years old and competed in the sport, winning a Pernambuco State championship when he was a blue belt. His interest for jiu jitsu came through a few of his friends and neighbours who practiced BJJ, they took Renato to his first class when he was in his late 15’s, and he immediately fell in love with jiu jitsu and started training consistently.

His first academy was at the garage of a weight lifting gym, which had a very small matted area of 2×2 meters. The coaches were Adriano Stanislau and Denis “Deninho” Mitchael, both were very big influences in Renato Cardoso’s jiu jitsu career, and Cardoso defended the colours of “Boca-De La Riva” during the guidance of the Stanislau/Mitchael duo; these two coaches graduated Renato with his blue and purple belts.

The “Boca-De La Riva” team split with Denis Mitchael’s move to Florida, US, and Renato Cardoso found a new team to train with, Nova União, training under Vitor Hugo and Bruno Novaes, who later awarded Cardoso his brown belt.

Renato Cardoso’s friendship with Rodrigo Cavaca dates from 2009, they met at the Brazilian National Championships, a tournament Renato won in the absolute division winning against none other then future team mates Antonio Junior “Cara de Sapato” (in the semi final) and Marcus Almeida “Buchecha” in the final. Renato met Checkmat’s coach, Cavaca at this competition, and the two became friends. In 2010, Cavaca and Cardoso met again at the same tournament, after failing to medal that year Renato complained to Cavaca that there was not enough sparring partners and hard training at his town for him to push for the top spots at the major tournaments, and that though he wanted to make a living of BJJ, it just wasn’t happening for him given the state of jiu jitsu where he lived. Rodrigo Cavaca offered him a spot at his academy in Santos, Sao Paulo, and proposed him to teach at one of his affiliated academies as a way to earn a living, Rodrigo Cardoso immediately accepted and joined the Cavaca training centre, sharing the mats with BJJ phenomenon’s like Marcus “Buchecha”, Michelle Nicolini, “Cara de Sapato”, Bernardo Tavolaro, Nivaldo Oliveira and many others. With high level training partners, Renato’s jiu jitsu level sky rocketed, and he started making an impression once again, his hard work earned him his black belt from Cavaca on the 15th of June, 2012.

A month later after receiving his black belt, Renato Cardoso made his debut at the World Championships of CBJJE, he passed the test with flying colours, submitting all of his opponents on the way to the final of the medium heavyweight division, which he won, and the absolute division, falling short at the final of the open weight against heavy favourite Claudio Calasans, losing by 1 advantage (2×2 points on scoreboard and 2×3 advantages). He would fight again in August at the Sao Paulo International Open, submitting all of his opponents in both his weight and the absolute division.

On the second semester of 2014, Renato Cardoso decided to cut his ties with the Checkmat team, moving to the Alliance academy.

Renato Cardoso Grappling Record

86 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    26 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    52 (60%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

52 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
48
25
#86e620
Triangle
13
7
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
7
#d1212a
Wristlock
8
4
#fad11b
Armbar
6
3
#f58822
Triangle armbar
4
2
#224aba
Estima lock
2
1
#ff9124
Injury
2
1
#bf1f6c
Footlock
2
1
#22c9a5
Choke from back
2
1
52
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
33 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (30%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (15%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
40
2
#86e620
Omoplata
20
1
#5AD3D1
Bow and arrow
20
1
#d1212a
Toe hold
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Renato Cardoso Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3338Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJEABSF2012
4184Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x4Pan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
4228Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLOmoplataEuropean OpenABS1/4F2013
4388Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backPan American88KGR22013
4466Manny DiazLPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4470Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4472Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLChoke from backCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4513Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4663Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 8x0Mundial CBJJE88KGF2013
4972Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF2014
4976Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro TrialABSF2014
5117Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 8x8, AdvPan American88KGSF2014
5253Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSSF2014
5268Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLAdvBrasileiro88KGF2014
5372Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5535Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 11x2World Champ.88KG1/4F2014
6058Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro85KG1/4F2015
6119Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropeanABS1/4F2015
6216Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
6461Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2Pan American88KG1/4F2015
6704Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGR22015
6836Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenBrasileiroABSF2015
7046Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x2World Champ.88KGSF2015
7598Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
7861Erberth SantosErberth SantosLAdvSP National Pro94KGF2015
7870Leandro PedrosaLPts: 4x2SP National ProO77KG1/4F2015
8060Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2015
8078Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x2, AdvSouth American88KGF2015
8726Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan American88KGSF2016
8904Lucio LagartoLReferee DecisionWorld ProABSR12016
9024Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGSF2016
9216Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPointsBrasileiroABSSF2016
9402Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG1/4F2016
3333Jaroslaw GajekWTriangleMundial CBJJE88KG1/4F2012
3334Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2012
3335Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJE88KGF2012
3336Mario HenriqueWTriangleMundial CBJJEABS1/4F2012
3337Leandro BrassotoWBotinhaMundial CBJJEABSSF2012
4191UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KGR12013
4192UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KG1/4F2013
4193Felipe PreguiçaWKneebarManaus Pro Trials85KGSF2013
4226Nic RubenNic RubenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR12013
4227Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropean OpenABSR22013
4387Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4458Travis StevensWTriangle armbarCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4497Nilson BragaWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4660Jurandir VieiraWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KG1/4F2013
4662Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2013
4969Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWKneebarWorld Pro Trial88KG1/4F2014
4970Pedro MelloWTriangleWorld Pro Trial88KGSF2014
4995M. WisniewskiWN/AEuropean88KGSF2014
5111William ZumbroWPointsPan American88KGR12014
5114Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsPan American88KG1/4F2014
5249Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPointsBrasileiroABSR12014
5369Max CarvalhoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2014
5374Marcus ViniciusWPointsWorld Pro.88KG3PLC2014
5684UnknownWTriangleCamp. InternacionalABSSF2014
5685Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
5809Stefano GoiaWWristlockBJJ StarsABSSPF2014
5917Andre G.WKneebarSouth AmericanABS1/4F2014
5921Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWBotinhaSouth AmericanABSSF2014
5923Tony FerrazWPts: 20x0South American88KG1/4F2014
5924Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSouth American88KGSF2014
5925Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6098Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropeanABSR22015
6112C. NegromonteWPts: 2x0EuropeanABSR32015
6206Julien CazierWBotinhaEuropean88KGR22015
6212Thiago BragaWPts: 4x2European88KG1/4F2015
6215Max CarvalhoWPts: 7x0European88KGSF2015
6259Anderson WesileyWBotinhaWorld Pro Trials88KGF2015
6260Raphael NicolasWAdvWorld Pro TrialsABSF2015
6457Steven PetersonWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KGR22015
6694Darren O'ConnalWWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
6758Fabio PulitaWPointsWorld ProABSR12015
6815Adriano MelettoWChoke from backBrasileiro88KG1/4F2015
6816William LimaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGSF2015
6817Pedro PimentaWArmbarBrasileiro88KGF2015
6825Stefano CorreaWEstima lockBrasileiroABSR12015
6828Ricardo RochaWBotinhaBrasileiroABSR22015
6831Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWTriangleBrasileiroABS1/4F2015
6835Pedro MouraWArmbarBrasileiroABSSF2015
7036Pedro MelloWBotinhaWorld Champ.88KG1/8F2015
7042Thiago SaThiago SaWTriangleWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2015
7276Gabriel VieiraWPts: 2x0Mundial CBJJEABS1/4F2015
7277Rodrigo RibeiroWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSSF2015
7278Otavio NataliWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSF2015
7377F. ToshioWPts: 10x0SP Open88KG1/4F2015
7378Marcos PauloWKneebarSP Open88KGSF2015
7379Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSP Open88KGF2015
7387UnknownWBotinhaSP OpenABS1/4F2015
7388Rodrigo RibeiroWPts: 14x2SP OpenABSSF2015
7389Caio AlmeidaWPts: 6x0SP OpenABSF2015
7586Gilberto MedeirosWPts: 4x0Brazil Nat. Pro85KG1/4F2015
7587Igor MarquesWBotinhaBrazil Nat. Pro85KGF2015
7597UnknownWBotinhaBrazil Nat. ProO77KGR12015
7726UnknownWBotinhaFloripa OpenABSR12015
7730Otavio NataliWPts: 3x0Floripa OpenABSF2015
7857UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KG1/4F2015
7859UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KGSF2015
7865UnknownWInjurySP National ProO77KGR12015
8043Thiago SouzaWWristlockSouth AmericanABSR12015
8053UnknownWBotinhaSouth AmericanABS1/8F2015
8057Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWFootlockSouth AmericanABS1/4F2015
8075Marcus OliveiraWPts: 12x0South American88KG1/4F2015
8076Pedro HenriqueWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2015
8718Inacio NetoWPts: 9x2Pan American88KG1/8F2016
8724Rodrigo FrajardoWPts: 16x0Pan American88KG1/4F2016
9014Charles NegromonteWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG1/8F2016
9021Rodrigo ReisWBotinhaWorld Pro85KG1/4F2016
9158Wesley ArcheteWKneebarBrasileiro88KG1/8F2016
9162Pedro DiasWTriangleBrasileiro88KG1/4F2016
9166William MartinsWPts: 2x0Brasileiro88KGSF2016
9167Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPointsBrasileiro88KGF2016
9204Matheus CostaWArmbarBrasileiroABSRD2016
9211Fernando GomesWBotinhaBrasileiroABS1/8F2016
9215Diego RamalhoWWristlockBrasileiroABS1/4F2016
9397Giacomo ZaniniWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.88KG1/8F2016
9864B. CuppariWBotinhaSao Paulo Open94KGSF2016
9866Eduardo InojosaWPts: 2x0Sao Paulo Open94KGF2016

Cover picture by Gracie Mag

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