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

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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
    10 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • 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
17 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (53%)
  • 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
1169Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2006
1277Luiz TheodoroLAdvBrasileiroABSF2007
1432Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD12007
1606Roger GracieRoger GracieLSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGRD12008
1665Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsO100KGF2008
1795Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCC99KGRD12009
1896Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGF2009
1909Bill CooperBill CooperLTriangleGQ Del MarABSNA2009
1956Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLTriangleEuropeanABSF2010
2112Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
2148Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLToe holdEuropeanABSSF2011
2186Caio AlencarLPointsWorld Pro.O92KG1/4F2011
2395Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 7x0World Champ.O100KGF2011
3327Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 3x0European OpenO100KGF2013
4206Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSRD22014
4693Dimitrus SouzaLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2014
5301Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLPts: 3x0ADCC Trials99KG1/4F2015
1664Ulpiano MalachiasUlpiano MalachiasWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2008
1889Rick MigaWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KGRD12009
1890Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGRD12009
1891Charles CachoeiraWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2009
1894Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGSF2009
1897Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRD12009
1898UnknownWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRD12009
1908UnknownWHeel hookGQ Del MarABSNA2009
1950Rogent LloretWWristlockEuropeanO100KGNA2010
1951Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPointsEuropeanO100KGF2010
1953Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWTriangleEuropeanABS1/4F2010
1954Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPointsEuropeanABSSF2010
2028Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWFootlockBrasileiroO100KGF2010
2091Petrus MeloWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KGRD22010
2093Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2010
2094Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KGSF2010
2096Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KGF2010
2387Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2011
3227Derek LeyrerWPointsGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
3331Rodrigo CandidoWHeel hookADCC TrialsO99KGSF2013
3332Kitner MouraWGogoplataADCC TrialsO99KGF2013
3490Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
3635Gustavo DiasWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2013
3667Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWDQWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
3925R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x2EuropeanO100KGF2014
4200Piotr WojtkowskiWPts: 7x0World Pro.ABSRD12014
4686Jackson RatigueriWSubmissionSouth AmericanABSRDS2014
4691Tony FerrazWPts: 38x0South AmericanABS1/4F2014
4702Frederico ZaganelliWChoke from backSouth American100KGF2014
5299Cristiano LazzarinniWPts: 2x0ADCC Trials99KGRD12015

Picture by Gracie Mag.

Rodrigo Cavaca vs Roberto Abreu

 

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