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

Renato Cardoso

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)

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

70 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    20 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    43 (61%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

43 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
49
21
#86e620
Kneebar
14
6
#5AD3D1
Triangle
14
6
#d1212a
Wristlock
7
3
#fad11b
Armbar
5
2
#f58822
Triangle armbar
2
1
#224aba
Choke from back
2
1
#ff9124
Estima lock
2
1
#bf1f6c
Injury
2
1
#22c9a5
Footlock
2
1
43
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
28 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (36%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (14%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
50
2
#86e620
Bow and arrow
25
1
#5AD3D1
Omoplata
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Renato Cardoso Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3110Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJEABSF2012
3928Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x4Pan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
3969Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLOmoplataEuropean OpenABS1/4F2013
4123Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backPan American88KGR22013
4199Manny DiazLPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4203Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4205Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLChoke from backCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4246Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4376Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 8x0Mundial CBJJE88KGF2013
4668Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF2014
4672Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro TrialABSF2014
4804Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 8x8, AdvPan American88KGSF2014
4928Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSSF2014
4943Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLAdvBrasileiro88KGF2014
5045Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5205Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 11x2World Champ.88KG1/4F2014
5670Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro85KG1/4F2015
5731Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropeanABS1/4F2015
5828Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
6071Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2Pan American88KG1/4F2015
6304Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGR22015
6429Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenBrasileiroABSF2015
6626Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x2World Champ.88KGSF2015
7131Igor SchneiderLPts: 3x0Brazil Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
7376Erberth SantosErberth SantosLAdvSP National Pro94KGF2015
7385Leandro PedrosaLPts: 4x2SP National ProO77KG1/4F2015
7570Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2015
7588Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x2, AdvSouth American88KGF2015
3105Jaroslaw GajekWTriangleMundial CBJJE88KG1/4F2012
3106Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2012
3107Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJE88KGF2012
3108Mario HenriqueWTriangleMundial CBJJEABS1/4F2012
3109Leandro BrassotoWBotinhaMundial CBJJEABSSF2012
3935UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KGR12013
3936UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KG1/4F2013
3937Felipe PreguiçaWKneebarManaus Pro Trials85KGSF2013
4122Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4191Travis StevensWTriangle armbarCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4230Nilson BragaWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4373Jurandir VieiraWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KG1/4F2013
4375Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2013
4665Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWKneebarWorld Pro Trial88KG1/4F2014
4666Pedro MelloWTriangleWorld Pro Trial88KGSF2014
4686M. WisniewskiWN/AEuropean88KGSF2014
4798William ZumbroWPointsPan American88KGR12014
4801Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsPan American88KG1/4F2014
4924Cassio FrancisWPointsBrasileiroABSR12014
5042Max CarvalhoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2014
5047Marcus ViniciusWPointsWorld Pro.88KG3PLC2014
5343UnknownWTriangleCamp. InternacionalABSSF2014
5344Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
5466Stefano GoiaWWristlockBJJ StarsABSSPF2014
5566Andre G.WKneebarSouth AmericanABS1/4F2014
5570Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWBotinhaSouth AmericanABSSF2014
5572Tony FerrazWPts: 20x0South American88KG1/4F2014
5573Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSouth American88KGSF2014
5574Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
5710Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropeanABSR22015
5724C. NegromonteWPts: 2x0EuropeanABSR32015
5818Julien CazierWBotinhaEuropean88KGR22015
5824Thiago BragaWPts: 4x2European88KG1/4F2015
5827Max CarvalhoWPts: 7x0European88KGSF2015
5870Anderson WesileyWBotinhaWorld Pro Trials88KGF2015
5871Raphael NicolasWAdvWorld Pro TrialsABSF2015
6067Steven PetersonWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KGR22015
6294Darren O'ConnalWWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
6356Fabio PulitaWPointsWorld ProABSR12015
6408Adriano MelettoWChoke from backBrasileiro88KG1/4F2015
6409William LimaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGSF2015
6410Pedro PimentaWArmbarBrasileiro88KGF2015
6418Stefano CorreaWEstima lockBrasileiroABSR12015
6421Ricardo RochaWBotinhaBrasileiroABSR22015
6424Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWTriangleBrasileiroABS1/4F2015
6428Pedro MouraWArmbarBrasileiroABSSF2015
6616Pedro MelloWBotinhaWorld Champ.88KG1/8F2015
6622Thiago SaThiago SaWTriangleWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2015
6826Gabriel VieiraWPts: 2x0Mundial CBJJEABS1/4F2015
6827Rodrigo RibeiroWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSSF2015
6828Otavio NataliWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSF2015
6924F. ToshioWPts: 10x0SP Open88KG1/4F2015
6925Marcos PauloWKneebarSP Open88KGSF2015
6926Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSP Open88KGF2015
6934UnknownWBotinhaSP OpenABS1/4F2015
6935Rodrigo RibeiroWPts: 14x2SP OpenABSSF2015
6936Caio AlmeidaWPts: 6x0SP OpenABSF2015
7121Gilberto MedeirosWPts: 4x0Brazil Nat. Pro85KG1/4F2015
7122Igor MarquesWBotinhaBrazil Nat. Pro85KGF2015
7130UnknownWBotinhaBrazil Nat. ProO77KGR12015
7254UnknownWBotinhaFloripa OpenABSR12015
7258Otavio NataliWPts: 3x0Floripa OpenABSF2015
7372UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KG1/4F2015
7374UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KGSF2015
7380UnknownWInjurySP National ProO77KGR12015
7553Thiago SouzaWWristlockSouth AmericanABSR12015
7563UnknownWBotinhaSouth AmericanABS1/8F2015
7567Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWFootlockSouth AmericanABS1/4F2015
7585Marcus OliveiraWPts: 12x0South American88KG1/4F2015
7586Pedro HenriqueWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2015

Cover picture by Gracie Mag

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