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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

47 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    24 (51%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

24 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
29
7
#86e620
Botinha
21
5
#5AD3D1
Submission
13
3
#d1212a
Heel hook
8
2
#fad11b
Choke from back
8
2
#f58822
Wristlock
4
1
#224aba
Footlock
4
1
#ff9124
Gogoplata
4
1
#bf1f6c
Bow and arrow
4
1
#22c9a5
Omoplata
4
1
24
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
31 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    16 (52%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Rodrigo Cavaca Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1448Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2006
1564Luiz TheodoroLAdvBrasileiroABSF2007
1748Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1940Roger GracieRoger GracieLSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR12008
2001Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsO100KGF2008
2148Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaLArmbarPan AmericanO100KGF2009
2235Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCC99KGR12009
2336Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGF2009
2353Bill CooperBill CooperLTriangleGQ Del MarABSNA2009
2465Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLTriangleEuropeanABSF2010
2532Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American100KGSF2010
2548Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2010
2708Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
2765Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLToe holdEuropeanABSSF2011
2850Caio AlencarLPointsWorld Pro.O92KG1/4F2011
3075Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 7x0World Champ.O100KGF2011
4298Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 3x0European OpenO100KGF2013
5388Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5438Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5979Dimitrus SouzaLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2014
6677Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLPts: 3x0ADCC RJ99KG1/4F2015
6812Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0World ProO95KG1/4F2015
6900Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backBrasileiro100KGF2015
7160Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KG1/4F2015
7523Jared DoppJared DoppLPts: 2x0ADCCO99KG1/4F2015
9297Bruno NovaesLN/ABrasileiroO100KG1/4F2016
9327Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 11x8BrasileiroABSF2016
9535Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLPts: 4x0World Champ.100KG1/4F2016
9581Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2016
10142Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0Copa Podio105KGRR2016
10150Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 3x2Copa Podio105KGRR2016
2000Ulpiano MalachiasUlpiano MalachiasWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2008
2070Lucio LagartoWPointsEuropean100KGF2009
2146Andre FreitasWN/APan AmericanO100KGSF2009
2149Jay PagesWTrianglePan AmericanABSR12009
2153Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWOmoplataPan AmericanABS1/8F2009
2329Rick MigaWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KGR12009
2330Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGR12009
2331Charles CachoeiraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2009
2334Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGSF2009
2337Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR12009
2338UnknownWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR12009
2352UnknownWHeel hookGQ Del MarABSNA2009
2459Rogent LloretWWristlockEuropeanO100KGNA2010
2460Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPointsEuropeanO100KGF2010
2462Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWTriangleEuropeanABS1/4F2010
2463Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPointsEuropeanABSSF2010
2546Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWTrianglePan AmericanABS1/4F2010
2617Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWFootlockBrasileiroO100KGF2010
2688Petrus MeloWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KGR22010
2690Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2010
2691Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KGSF2010
2693Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KGF2010
3067Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2011
4076Derek LeyrerWPointsGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
4296Jose JuniorJose JuniorWN/AEuropean OpenO100KGSF2013
4302Rodrigo CandidoWHeel hookADCC TrialsO99KGSF2013
4303Kitner MouraWGogoplataADCC TrialsO99KGF2013
4491Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
4639Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2013
4642Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWDQWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
5048R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x2EuropeanO100KGF2014
5372Piotr WojtkowskiWPts: 7x0World Pro.ABSR12014
5972Jackson RatigueriWSubmissionSouth AmericanABSRDS2014
5977Tony FerrazWPts: 38x0South AmericanABS1/4F2014
5989Frederico ZaganelliWChoke from backSouth American100KGF2014
6675Cristiano LazzarinniWPts: 2x0ADCC RJ99KGR12015
6807Pablo AgaraoWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGR12015
7517Hideki SekineWReferee DecisionADCCO99KGR12015
9296Fernando GomesWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG1/4F2016
9306Eric MedeirosWBow and arrowBrasileiroABSRD2016
9316Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWBotinhaBrasileiroABS1/8F2016
9322Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWAdvBrasileiroABS1/4F2016
9531Felipe BuenoWPts: 4x0World Champ.100KGR12016
9554Felipe BuenoWN/AWorld Champ.ABSR12016
9565Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 0x0World Champ.ABSR22016
9572Ricardo EvangelistaWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2016
10133Diego BorgesDiego BorgesD---Copa Podio105KGRR2016
10145Nelton PontesWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio105KGRR2016

Picture by Gracie Mag.

Rodrigo Cavaca vs Roberto Abreu

 

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