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

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Rodrigo Cavaca
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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

32 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (56%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
33
6
#86e620
Botinha
17
3
#5AD3D1
Submission
11
2
#d1212a
Choke from back
11
2
#fad11b
Heel hook
11
2
#f58822
Gogoplata
6
1
#224aba
Wristlock
6
1
#ff9124
Footlock
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
30
3
#86e620
Triangle
20
2
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
10
1
#d1212a
Cross choke
10
1
#fad11b
Armbar
10
1
#f58822
Submission
10
1
#224aba
Heel hook
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rodrigo Cavaca Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1245Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2006
1358Luiz TheodoroLAdvBrasileiroABSF2007
1523Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD12007
1700Roger GracieRoger GracieLSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGRD12008
1759Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsO100KGF2008
1890Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCC99KGRD12009
1992Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGF2009
2005Bill CooperBill CooperLTriangleGQ Del MarABSNA2009
2056Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLTriangleEuropeanABSF2010
2122Marcel FortunaLPointsPan American100KGSF2010
2137Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2010
2274Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
2319Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLToe holdEuropeanABSSF2011
2392Caio AlencarLPointsWorld Pro.O92KG1/4F2011
2600Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 7x0World Champ.O100KGF2011
3601Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 3x0European OpenO100KGF2013
4553Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSRD22014
4602Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5085Dimitrus SouzaLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2014
5702Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLPts: 3x0ADCC RJ99KG1/4F2015
5813Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0World ProO95KG1/4F2015
5888Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backBrasileiro100KGF2015
6130Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KG1/4F2015
1758Ulpiano MalachiasUlpiano MalachiasWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2008
1985Rick MigaWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KGRD12009
1986Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGRD12009
1987Charles CachoeiraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2009
1990Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGSF2009
1993Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRD12009
1994UnknownWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRD12009
2004UnknownWHeel hookGQ Del MarABSNA2009
2050Rogent LloretWWristlockEuropeanO100KGNA2010
2051Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPointsEuropeanO100KGF2010
2053Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWTriangleEuropeanABS1/4F2010
2054Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPointsEuropeanABSSF2010
2135Marcel FortunaWTrianglePan AmericanABS1/4F2010
2191Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWFootlockBrasileiroO100KGF2010
2254Petrus MeloWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KGRD22010
2256Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2010
2257Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KGSF2010
2259Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KGF2010
2592Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2011
3483Derek LeyrerWPointsGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
3605Rodrigo CandidoWHeel hookADCC TrialsO99KGSF2013
3606Kitner MouraWGogoplataADCC TrialsO99KGF2013
3767Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
3913Gustavo DiasWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2013
3916Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWDQWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
4254R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x2EuropeanO100KGF2014
4537Piotr WojtkowskiWPts: 7x0World Pro.ABSRD12014
5078Jackson RatigueriWSubmissionSouth AmericanABSRDS2014
5083Tony FerrazWPts: 38x0South AmericanABS1/4F2014
5095Frederico ZaganelliWChoke from backSouth American100KGF2014
5700Cristiano LazzarinniWPts: 2x0ADCC RJ99KGRD12015
5808Pablo AgaraoWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGRD12015

Picture by Gracie Mag.

Rodrigo Cavaca vs Roberto Abreu

 

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