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

Roberto ‘Cyborg’ Abreu

Roberto Abreu, also known as ‘Cyborg’ is a Brazilian born Jiu Jitsu competitor and instructor who earned his black belt training with the Nova Geracao Team and has since started his own academy, Fightsports. Since he moved to Miami in the US, Cyborg has become a household name for Jiu Jitsu fans through his unique Jiu Jitsu style and his trademark position, the Tornado Guard, made famous in fights against Abmar Barbosa and Braulio Estima.

Roberto Abreu Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Roberto de Abreu Filho

Nickname: Roberto had a tough Car accident back in 2000 when he was a Blue Belt. The car accident shattered his left arm, and the doctors told Cyborg he probably wouldn’t move his arm again (he took over 300 stitches and still has broken glass on his arm today). 4 months after the accident, Roberto took 2nd in the Brazilian Nationals. Because Roberto had never been to a major tournament final before, Isaias, a black belt from Carlson Gracie’s academy gave him the nickname Cyborg.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Francisco Albuquerque > Roberto Abreu

Record – Main Achievements (in BJJ/Grappling):

  • ADCC Open Weight Champion (2013)
  • World Nogi Champion (2010 – weight & absolute, 2012)
  • State Open Class Champion ( Mato Grosso, Brazil 8x)
  • Brazilian National Champion
  • Panamerican Champion
  • South American Champion (weight and open weight/absolute)
  • European Champion
  • Grapplers Quest Open Class Champion
  • Copa America Open Class Champion
  • Brazilian Wrestling National Champion (Brazilian National team member)

Favorite Technique/Position: Tornado Guard and reverse Triangle.

Weight Division: Super Pesado – Super Heavy Weight (Under 100kg).

Association/Team: CYBORG Fight Sports Team.

Roberto Cyborg Abreu Biography

Roberto Abreu was born on the 20th of December, in 1982 on a city named Campo Grande in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Roberto’s first contact with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu came by way of play-fighting with a friend. This friend challenged Roberto for a fight jokingly which Cyborg accepted. Roberto found the challenge amusing because his friend was very small and skinny.

His skinny friend ended finishing Roberto several times with moves that he couldn’t comprehend, Abreu had never heard of Jiu Jitsu but after his friend told him that he just used the ‘Arte Suave’ on him, Roberto was convinced this was something he wanted to learn. He went to a Jiu Jitsu gym the following day eager to learn the martial art. Roberto Abreu won his first competition with just two weeks of training, that win got Cyborg hooked to the sporting aspect of Jiu Jitsu, an enthusiasm he carried throughout his competitive career.

When Roberto Abreu was a purple belt he opened his first BJJ School in his home town, his school prospered with hundreds of students, tens of capable black belts and several world class competitors with wins at the Brazilian Nationals, Mundial (World Championships), Pan American Championships as well as other important tournaments. Cyborg got his BJJ black belt on the day of his birthday in 2004 after 5 years of training. Master Francisco “Toco” Albuquerque awarded him his grade.

In 2010 Roberto Cyborg joined forces with a few world class competitors and friends, such as Rodrigo Cavaca and Marcus Buchecha (who were then coaching at ‘The Armory’ in Florida), to form a different team named ‘The Avengers’. The team competed in a few local tournaments as well as at an international stage and was doing well, but as Rodrigo returned to Santos in Brazil, taking with him Buchecha, and the partnership ended.

Cyborg Abreu vs Marcus Almeida Buchecha

Cyborg Abreu vs Antonio Braga Neto

Cyborg Abreu Highlight

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