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Rodrigo Cavaca

Rodrigo Cavaca is one of the top fighters in the “Pesadissimo” jiu jitsu division, who became one of the main coaches of the  Checkmat team, producing several high end athletes through his academy in Santos (Sao Paulo), competitors such asMarcus AlmeidaNivaldo OliveiraMichelle Nicolini. In 2010 Cavaca had one of his best years as a competitor, winning the world title and the Brazilian national title, cementing his name as one of the great jiu jitsu fighters of his generation, this success was closely tied with Cavaca’s advancements on the Straight Ankle Lock, a position he made popular in the sport after working with the American grappling coach Roli Delgado. On October 2013 however, coach Rodrigo Cavaca abandoned the Checkmat team to lead his own team, Zenith Jiu Jitsu alongside Robert Drysdale.

Rodrigo Cavaca Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Rodrigo Henriques Cavaca

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Élcio Figueiredo > Rodrigo Cavaca

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2010);
  • 2x European Champion (2010, 2009);
  • 2x Brazilian National Champion (2010, 2008);
  • World Silver Medallist (2009);
  • Pan American Silver Medallist (2009);
  • 2x Pan American Bronze Medallist (2010, 2008)

Favourite Position/Technique: Straight Ankle Lock

Weight Division: Super Pesado (under 221lbs), Pesadíssimo (over 221lbs)

Association/Team: Cavaca Fight Trainer/Zenith.

Rodrigo Cavaca Biography

Rodrigo was born in Santos, Brazil, on the 27th of January 1981. Growing up Cavaca had always been a football (soccer) buff, having played competitively in Futebol de Salao (also known as 5-a-side). It was only when Rodrigo reached 19 years of age that he decided to take a shot at Jiu Jitsu, he had a couple of very good friends who were blue belts and were always talking about BJJ, challenging the big man to train with them, one day he finally said yes.

His first training was at his home town of Santos with an instructor called Sarruço in a satellite academy of Alliance. He stayed with Sarruço for the most part of two years, achieving the blue belt at this academy. With time his footballing career seemed to be going nowhere and he decided to start enjoying the benefits of Jiu Jitsu, a sport where he already showed tremendous potential.

After these two years with Sarruço he decided to move on to the Integração Jiu Jitsu Team in Santos as the training in his previous academy was just not competitive enough for Cavaca. At the Integração he found new, more challenging training partners and also his new instructor, Élcio Figueiredo, a Carlson Gracie black belt who ran the academy. With a new academy and a lot of hard work, Cavaca managed to ad some big wins to his BJJ curriculum, such as 2 titles in the “Brasileiro” (the Brazilian National Championships) and two “Mundial” titles in the purple and brown belt divisions. After 5 years with Figueiredo he received his black belt (28th of October 2005).

Having reached two World titles in the lower belts, it was time to put his black belt to the ultimate test, at the Worlds. Unfortunately in the Jiu Jitsu game, if you are not evolving you are regressing and the small Integração team in Santos wasn’t big enough for Cavaca’s hopes of one day becoming a World champion, and so he sought out Leonardo Vieira who at the time was one of the head teachers of the Brasa team in Sao Paulo. This was one of the best teams in the World at the time, with a cartel of fighters such as Vieira himself, Robert Drysdale, Demian Maia, André Galvão, Lucas Leite, Felippe Porto “Linguica” (rest in peace), and many, many others. Cavaca started training there 3 times per week, making the travel between the two cities.

After 2 years fighting for the Brasa banner, there was a split in the team. Leonardo Vieira then founded another team with his brother called Checkmat and Rodrigo followed his instructor. Cavaca then opened an affiliate academy of Checkmat’s in Santos and a few more around the World. On October 2013 however, coach Rodrigo Cavaca anounced he was leaving Checkmat team to lead his own team.

Rodrigo Cavaca Grappling Record

30 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    9 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (57%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

17 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
29
5
#86e620
Botinha
18
3
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
12
2
#d1212a
Heel hook
12
2
#fad11b
Submission
12
2
#f58822
Wristlock
6
1
#224aba
Footlock
6
1
#ff9124
Gogoplata
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
16 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (56%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

9 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Triangle
22
2
#86e620
Choke from back
22
2
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
11
1
#d1212a
Armbar
11
1
#fad11b
Submission
11
1
#f58822
Heel hook
11
1
#224aba
Toe hold
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rodrigo Cavaca Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
982Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2006
1038Luiz TheodoroLAdvBrasileiroAbsoluteFinal2007
1193Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12007
1367Roger GracieRoger GracieLSubmissionWorld Champ.O100kgRd 12008
1428Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsO100kgFinal2008
1510Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCCU99kgRd 12009
1611Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2009
1624Bill CooperBill CooperLTriangleGQ Del MarAbsoluten/a2009
1670Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLTriangleEuropeanAbsoluteFinal2010
1823Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2010
1853Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLToe holdEuropeanAbsoluteSemi f.2011
1887Caio AlencarLPointsWorld Pro.O92kg1/4 final2011
2096Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 7x0World Champ.O100kgFinal2011
2991Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 3x0European OpenO100kgFinal2013
3838Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Pro.AbsoluteRd 22014
4318Dimitrus SouzaLPts: 4x2South AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2014
1037Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWAdvBrasileiroAbsoluteSemi f.2007
1427Ulpiano MalachiasUlpiano MalachiasWPointsNoGi WorldsO100kgSemi f.2008
1604Rick MigaWTriangleWorld Champ.O100kgRd 12009
1605Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100kgRd 12009
1606Charles CachoeiraWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 Final2009
1609Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100kgSemi f.2009
1612Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12009
1613UnknownWTriangleWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12009
1623UnknownWHeel hookGQ Del MarAbsoluten/a2009
1664Rogent LloretWWristlockEuropeanO100kgn/a2010
1665Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPointsEuropeanO100kgFinal2010
1667Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWTriangleEuropeanAbsolute1/4 final2010
1668Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPointsEuropeanAbsoluteSemi f.2010
1739Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWFootlockBrasileiroO100kgFinal2010
1802Petrus MeloWTriangleWorld Champ.O100kgRd 22010
1804Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWTriangleWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 final2010
1805Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100kgSemi f.2010
1807Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2010
2088Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100kgSemi f.2011
2918Derek LeyrerWPointsGrapplers QuestAbsoluten/a2012
2995Rodrigo CandidoWHeel hookADCC TrialsO99kgSemi f.2013
2996Kitner MouraWGogoplataADCC TrialsO99kgFinal2013
3146Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 7x2World ProO100kgFinal2013
3291Gustavo DiasWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 Final2013
3322Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWDQWorld Champ.O100kgSemi f.2013
3549R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x2EuropeanO100kgFinal2014
3832Piotr WojtkowskiWPts: 7x0World Pro.AbsoluteRd 12014
4311Jackson RatigueriWSubmissionSouth AmericanAbsoluteRounds2014
4316Tony FerrazWPts: 38x0South AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2014
4326Frederico ZaganelliWChoke from backSouth AmericanU100kgFinal2014

Picture by Gracie Mag.

Rodrigo Cavaca vs Roberto Abreu

 

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