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

Renato Cardoso
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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)

Favourite Position/Technique: 50/50 guard, Triangle 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

43 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    12 (28%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    27 (63%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

27 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Botinha
41
11
#86e620
Triangle
22
6
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
11
3
#d1212a
Wristlock
7
2
#fad11b
Armbar
7
2
#f58822
Triangle armbar
4
1
#224aba
Choke from back
4
1
#ff9124
Estima lock
4
1
27
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (35%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Renato Cardoso Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2710Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJEABSF2012
3370Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x4Pan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
3400Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLOmoplataEuropean OpenABS1/4F2013
3528Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backPan American88KGRD22013
3598Manny DiazLPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
3602Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio88KGGP2013
3604Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLChoke from backCopa Podio88KGGP2013
3645Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
3773Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 8x0Mundial CBJJE88KGF2013
4016Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF2014
4020Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro TrialABSF2014
4149Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 8x8, AdvPan American88KGSF2014
4243Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSSF2014
4254Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLAdvBrasileiro88KGF2014
4329Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
4478Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 11x2World Champ.88KG1/4F2014
4881Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro85KG1/4F2015
4942Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropeanABS1/4F2015
5039Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
5279Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2Pan American88KG1/4F2015
5503Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGRD22015
5620Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenBrasileiroABSF2015
5799Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x2World Champ.88KGSF2015
2705Jaroslaw GajekWTriangleMundial CBJJE88KG1/4F2012
2706Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2012
2707Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJE88KGF2012
2708Mario HenriqueWTriangleMundial CBJJEABS1/4F2012
2709Leandro BrassotoWBotinhaMundial CBJJEABSSF2012
3527Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPointsPan American88KGRD12013
3590Travis StevensWTriangle armbarCopa Podio88KGGP2013
3629Nilson BragaWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
3770Jurandir VieiraWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KG1/4F2013
3772Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2013
4013Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWKneebarWorld Pro Trial88KG1/4F2014
4014Pedro MelloWTriangleWorld Pro Trial88KGSF2014
4143William ZumbroWPointsPan American88KGRD12014
4146Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsPan American88KG1/4F2014
4239Cassio FrancisWPointsBrasileiroABSRD12014
4331Marcus ViniciusWPointsWorld Pro.88KG3PLC2014
4594UnknownWTriangleCamp. InternacionalABSSF2014
4595Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
4711Stefano GoiaWWristlockBJJ StarsABSSUPERF2014
4799Andre G.WKneebarSouth AmericanABS1/4F2014
4803Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWBotinhaSouth AmericanABSSF2014
4805Tony FerrazWPts: 20x0South American88KG1/4F2014
4806Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSouth American88KGSF2014
4807Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
4921Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropeanABSRD22015
4935Charles NegromonteWPts: 2x0EuropeanABSRD32015
5029Julien CazierWBotinhaEuropean88KGRD22015
5035Thiago BragaWPts: 4x2European88KG1/4F2015
5038Max CarvalhoWPts: 7x0European88KGSF2015
5079Anderson WesileyWBotinhaWorld Pro Trials88KGF2015
5080Raphael NicolasWAdvWorld Pro TrialsABSF2015
5275Steven PetersonWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KGRD22015
5494Darren O'ConnalWWristlockWorld Pro85KGRD12015
5553Fabio PulitaWPointsWorld ProABSRD12015
5599Adriano MelettoWChoke from backBrasileiro88KG1/4F2015
5600William LimaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGSF2015
5601Pedro PimentaWArmbarBrasileiro88KGF2015
5609Stefano CorreaWEstima lockBrasileiroABSRD12015
5612Ricardo RochaWBotinhaBrasileiroABSRD22015
5615Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWTriangleBrasileiroABS1/4F2015
5619Pedro MouraWArmbarBrasileiroABSSF2015
5789Pedro MelloWBotinhaWorld Champ.88KG1/8F2015
5795Thiago Sá FortesWTriangleWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2015

Cover picture by Gracie Mag

Renato Cardoso vs Mario Henrique

Renato Cardoso vs Leandro Brassoloto

Renato Cardoso vs Jaroslaw Gajek

Renato Cardoso vs Anderson Cyborg

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