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

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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

42 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    14 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    23 (55%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

23 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
30
7
#86e620
Botinha
17
4
#5AD3D1
Submission
13
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
9
2
#fad11b
Heel hook
9
2
#f58822
Omoplata
4
1
#224aba
Wristlock
4
1
#ff9124
Footlock
4
1
#bf1f6c
Gogoplata
4
1
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
4
1
23
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (41%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
27
3
#86e620
Armbar
18
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle
18
2
#d1212a
Cross choke
9
1
#fad11b
Submission
9
1
#f58822
Heel hook
9
1
#224aba
Toe hold
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rodrigo Cavaca Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1427Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2006
1543Luiz TheodoroLAdvBrasileiroABSF2007
1726Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1918Roger GracieRoger GracieLSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR12008
1979Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsO100KGF2008
2123Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaLArmbarPan AmericanO100KGF2009
2206Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCC99KGR12009
2307Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGF2009
2324Bill CooperBill CooperLTriangleGQ Del MarABSNA2009
2425Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLTriangleEuropeanABSF2010
2492Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American100KGSF2010
2508Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2010
2660Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
2711Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLToe holdEuropeanABSSF2011
2796Caio AlencarLPointsWorld Pro.O92KG1/4F2011
3021Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 7x0World Champ.O100KGF2011
4218Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 3x0European OpenO100KGF2013
5274Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5323Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5839Dimitrus SouzaLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2014
6496Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLPts: 3x0ADCC RJ99KG1/4F2015
6624Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0World ProO95KG1/4F2015
6707Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backBrasileiro100KGF2015
6967Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KG1/4F2015
7312Jared DoppJared DoppLPts: 2x0ADCCO99KG1/4F2015
8987Bruno NovaesLN/ABrasileiroO100KG1/4F2016
9017Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 11x8BrasileiroABSF2016
1978Ulpiano MalachiasUlpiano MalachiasWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2008
2045Lucio LagartoWPointsEuropean100KGF2009
2121Andre FreitasWN/APan AmericanO100KGSF2009
2124Jay PagesWTrianglePan AmericanABSR12009
2128Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWOmoplataPan AmericanABS1/8F2009
2300Rick MigaWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KGR12009
2301Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGR12009
2302Charles CachoeiraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2009
2305Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGSF2009
2308Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR12009
2309UnknownWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR12009
2323UnknownWHeel hookGQ Del MarABSNA2009
2419Rogent LloretWWristlockEuropeanO100KGNA2010
2420Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPointsEuropeanO100KGF2010
2422Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWTriangleEuropeanABS1/4F2010
2423Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPointsEuropeanABSSF2010
2506Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWTrianglePan AmericanABS1/4F2010
2577Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWFootlockBrasileiroO100KGF2010
2640Petrus MeloWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KGR22010
2642Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2010
2643Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KGSF2010
2645Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KGF2010
3013Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2011
4005Derek LeyrerWPointsGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
4216Jose JuniorJose JuniorWN/AEuropean OpenO100KGSF2013
4222Rodrigo CandidoWHeel hookADCC TrialsO99KGSF2013
4223Kitner MouraWGogoplataADCC TrialsO99KGF2013
4408Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
4556Gustavo DiasWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2013
4559Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWDQWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
4943R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x2EuropeanO100KGF2014
5258Piotr WojtkowskiWPts: 7x0World Pro.ABSR12014
5832Jackson RatigueriWSubmissionSouth AmericanABSRDS2014
5837Tony FerrazWPts: 38x0South AmericanABS1/4F2014
5849Frederico ZaganelliWChoke from backSouth American100KGF2014
6494Cristiano LazzarinniWPts: 2x0ADCC RJ99KGR12015
6619Pablo AgaraoWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGR12015
7306Hideki SekineWReferee DecisionADCCO99KGR12015
8986Fernando GomesWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG1/4F2016
8996Eric MedeirosWBow and arrowBrasileiroABSRD2016
9006Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWBotinhaBrasileiroABS1/8F2016
9012Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWAdvBrasileiroABS1/4F2016

Picture by Gracie Mag.

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