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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

92 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    28 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    55 (60%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

55 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
49
27
#86e620
Triangle
13
7
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
7
#d1212a
Wristlock
7
4
#fad11b
Armbar
5
3
#f58822
Triangle armbar
4
2
#224aba
Toe hold
2
1
#ff9124
Choke from back
2
1
#bf1f6c
Estima lock
2
1
#22c9a5
Injury
2
1
#fad223
Footlock
2
1
55
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
34 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    16 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (29%)
  • 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
3383Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJEABSF2012
4235Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x4Pan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
4288Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLOmoplataEuropean OpenABS1/4F2013
4453Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backPan American88KGR22013
4531Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4535Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4537Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLChoke from backCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4578Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4728Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 8x0Mundial CBJJE88KGF2013
5042Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF2014
5046Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro TrialABSF2014
5187Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 8x8, AdvPan American88KGSF2014
5323Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSSF2014
5339Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLAdvBrasileiro88KGF2014
5443Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5610Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 11x2World Champ.88KG1/4F2014
6158Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro85KG1/4F2015
6219Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropeanABS1/4F2015
6316Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
6561Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2Pan American88KG1/4F2015
6816Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGR22015
6952Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenBrasileiroABSF2015
7162Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x2World Champ.88KGSF2015
7727Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
7996Erberth SantosErberth SantosLAdvSP National Pro94KGF2015
8005Leandro PedrosaLPts: 4x2SP National ProO77KG1/4F2015
8195Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2015
8213Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x2, AdvSouth American88KGF2015
8895Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan American88KGSF2016
9073Lucio LagartoLReferee DecisionWorld ProABSR12016
9193Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGSF2016
9388Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPointsBrasileiroABSSF2016
9575Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG1/4F2016
10661Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 8x4South AmericanABS1/4F2016
3378Jaroslaw GajekWTriangleMundial CBJJE88KG1/4F2012
3379Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2012
3380Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJE88KGF2012
3381Mario HenriqueWTriangleMundial CBJJEABS1/4F2012
3382Leandro BrassotoWBotinhaMundial CBJJEABSSF2012
4238UnknownWPointsPre Pans FPJJO100KGR12013
4239UnknownWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KG1/4F2013
4241Caio AlmeidaWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KGSF2013
4249UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KGR12013
4250UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KG1/4F2013
4251Felipe PreguiçaWKneebarManaus Pro Trials85KGSF2013
4284Nic RubenNic RubenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR12013
4286Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropean OpenABSR22013
4452Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4523Travis StevensWTriangle armbarCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4562Nilson BragaWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4725Jurandir VieiraWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KG1/4F2013
4727Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2013
5039Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWKneebarWorld Pro Trial88KG1/4F2014
5040Pedro MelloWTriangleWorld Pro Trial88KGSF2014
5065M. WisniewskiWN/AEuropean88KGSF2014
5181William ZumbroWPointsPan American88KGR12014
5184Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsPan American88KG1/4F2014
5319Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPointsBrasileiroABSR12014
5440Max CarvalhoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2014
5445Marcus ViniciusWPointsWorld Pro.88KG3PLC2014
5760UnknownWTriangleCamp. InternacionalABSSF2014
5761Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
5885Stefano GoiaWWristlockBJJ StarsABSSPF2014
5998Andre G.WKneebarSouth AmericanABS1/4F2014
6002Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWBotinhaSouth AmericanABSSF2014
6004Tony FerrazWPts: 20x0South American88KG1/4F2014
6005Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSouth American88KGSF2014
6006Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6198Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropeanABSR22015
6212C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWReferee DecisionEuropeanABSR32015
6306Julien CazierWBotinhaEuropean88KGR22015
6312Thiago BragaWPts: 4x2European88KG1/4F2015
6315Max CarvalhoWPts: 7x0European88KGSF2015
6359Anderson WesileyWBotinhaWorld Pro Trials88KGF2015
6360Raphael NicolasWAdvWorld Pro TrialsABSF2015
6557Steven PetersonWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KGR22015
6806Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
6870Fabio PulitaWPointsWorld ProABSR12015
6931Adriano MelettoWChoke from backBrasileiro88KG1/4F2015
6932William LimaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGSF2015
6933Pedro PimentaWArmbarBrasileiro88KGF2015
6941Stefano CorreaWEstima lockBrasileiroABSR12015
6944Ricardo RochaWBotinhaBrasileiroABSR22015
6947Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWTriangleBrasileiroABS1/4F2015
6951Pedro MouraWArmbarBrasileiroABSSF2015
7152Pedro MelloWBotinhaWorld Champ.88KG1/8F2015
7158Thiago SaThiago SaWTriangleWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2015
7397Gabriel VieiraWPts: 2x0Mundial CBJJEABS1/4F2015
7398Rodrigo RibeiroWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSSF2015
7399Otavio NataliWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSF2015
7503F. ToshioWPts: 10x0SP Open88KG1/4F2015
7504Marcos PauloWKneebarSP Open88KGSF2015
7505Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSP Open88KGF2015
7513UnknownWBotinhaSP OpenABS1/4F2015
7514Rodrigo RibeiroWPts: 14x2SP OpenABSSF2015
7515Caio AlmeidaWPts: 6x0SP OpenABSF2015
7715Gilberto MedeirosWPts: 4x0Brazil Nat. Pro85KG1/4F2015
7716Igor MarquesWBotinhaBrazil Nat. Pro85KGF2015
7726UnknownWBotinhaBrazil Nat. ProO77KGR12015
7855UnknownWBotinhaFloripa OpenABSR12015
7859Otavio NataliWPts: 3x0Floripa OpenABSF2015
7992UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KG1/4F2015
7994UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KGSF2015
8000UnknownWInjurySP National ProO77KGR12015
8178Thiago SouzaWWristlockSouth AmericanABSR12015
8188UnknownWBotinhaSouth AmericanABS1/8F2015
8192Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWFootlockSouth AmericanABS1/4F2015
8210Marcus OliveiraWPts: 12x0South American88KG1/4F2015
8211Pedro HenriqueWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2015
8887Inacio NetoWPts: 9x2Pan American88KG1/8F2016
8893Rodrigo FrajardoWPts: 16x0Pan American88KG1/4F2016
9183C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG1/8F2016
9190Rodrigo ReisWBotinhaWorld Pro85KG1/4F2016
9330Wesley ArcheteWKneebarBrasileiro88KG1/8F2016
9334Pedro DiasWTriangleBrasileiro88KG1/4F2016
9338William MartinsWPts: 2x0Brasileiro88KGSF2016
9339Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPointsBrasileiro88KGF2016
9376Matheus CostaWArmbarBrasileiroABSRD2016
9383Fernando GomesWBotinhaBrasileiroABS1/8F2016
9387Diego RamalhoWWristlockBrasileiroABS1/4F2016
9570Giacomo ZaniniWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.88KG1/8F2016
10071B. CuppariWBotinhaSao Paulo Open94KGSF2016
10073Eduardo InojosaWPts: 2x0Sao Paulo Open94KGF2016
10658Romes RamosWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12016
10682UnknownWToe holdSouth American88KGR12016
10683William MartinsWPointsSouth American88KGF2016

Cover picture by Gracie Mag

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