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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 (2011 weight & absolute brown)
  • XII Copa Internacional Champion (2011 brown)
  • OSASCO Cup Champion (2011 brown)
  • World Silver Medallist – CBJJE (2012 absolute)

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

31 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (58%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
50
9
#86e620
Triangle
22
4
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
17
3
#d1212a
Triangle armbar
6
1
#fad11b
Wristlock
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
19 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (37%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • 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
2319Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJEAbsoluteFinal2012
2948Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x4Pan Am. CBJJEAbsoluten/a2013
2976Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLOmoplataEuropean OpenAbsolute1/4 final2013
3103Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backPan AmericanU88kgRd 22013
3165Manny DiazLPts: 2x0Copa PodioU88kgGroups2013
3169Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa PodioU88kgGroups2013
3171Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLChoke from backCopa PodioU88kgGroups2013
3212Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLBow and arrowWorld Champ.AbsoluteRounds2013
3339Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 8x0Mundial CBJJEU88kgFinal2013
3535Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x0World Pro TrialU88kgFinal2014
3539Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLRefree DecisionWorld Pro TrialAbsoluteFinal2014
3682Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 8x8, AdvPan AmericanU88kgSemi f.2014
3773Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0BrasileiroAbsoluteSemi f.2014
3781Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLAdvBrasileiroU88kgFinal2014
3853Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.U88kgSemi f.2014
3998Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 11x2World Champ.U88kg1/4 Final2014
4385Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. ProU85kg1/4 final2015
4446Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropeanAbsolute1/4 final2015
4543Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 4x0EuropeanU88kgFinal2015
2314Jaroslaw GajekWTriangleMundial CBJJEU88kg1/4 final2012
2315Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJEU88kgSemi f.2012
2316Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJEU88kgFinal2012
2317Mario HenriqueWTriangleMundial CBJJEAbsolute1/4 final2012
2318Leandro BrassotoWBotinhaMundial CBJJEAbsoluteSemi f.2012
3102Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPointsPan AmericanU88kgRd 12013
3157Travis StevensWTriangle armbarCopa PodioU88kgGroups2013
3196Nilson BragaWPointsWorld Champ.AbsoluteRounds2013
3336Jurandir VieiraWBotinhaMundial CBJJEU88kg1/4 final2013
3338Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJEU88kgSemi f.2013
3532Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWKneebarWorld Pro TrialU88kg1/4 final2014
3533Pedro MelloWTriangleWorld Pro TrialU88kgSemi f.2014
3676William ZumbroWPointsPan AmericanU88kgRd12014
3679Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsPan AmericanU88kg1/4 final2014
3769Cassio FrancisWPointsBrasileiroAbsoluteRd 12014
3855Marcus ViniciusWPointsWorld Pro.U88kg3/4 place2014
4114unknownWTriangleCamp. InternacionalAbsoluteSemi f.2014
4115Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalAbsoluteFinal2014
4230Stefano GoiaWWristlockBJJ StarsAbsoluteSuperfight2014
4315Andre G.WKneebarSouth AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2014
4319Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWBotinhaSouth AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2014
4321Tony FerrazWPts: 20x0South AmericanU88kg1/4 final2014
4322Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSouth AmericanU88kgSemi f.2014
4323Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth AmericanU88kgFinal2014
4425Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropeanAbsoluteRd 22015
4439Charles NegromonteWPts: 2x0EuropeanAbsoluteRd 32015
4533Julien CazierWBotinhaEuropeanU88kgRd 22015
4539Thiago BragaWPts: 4x2EuropeanU88kg1/4 final2015
4542Max CarvalhoWPts: 7x0EuropeanU88kgSemi f.2015
4581Anderson WesileyWBotinhaWorld Pro TrialsU88kgFinal2015
4582Raphael NicolasWAdvWorld Pro TrialsAbsoluteFinal2015

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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