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Romulo Barral is one of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters in the “Meio Pesado” weight division. Tipped as “The Number 1 BJJ fighter in the world” in 2007 by Gracie Mag, Romulo Barral maintained this high class black belt status in the years that followed with consistent medals at the top BJJ tournaments in the world reaching BJJ Heroes’ Top 10 Competitors of All Time ranking. Originally from Belo Horizonte in Brazil, Romulo Barral established his own successful jiu jitsu academy in the United States, proving that he was also a talented coach.

Romulo Barral Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Rômulo Claudio Barral

Nickname: Rominho. The suffix “inho” in Portuguese is as an endearing way of saying someone’s name.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Vinicius Magalhães > Romulo Barral

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC Champion (2013)
  • World Champion (2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2007)
  • World Masters Champion (2016 Master 1)
  • Pan American Champion (2007 weight + absolute)
  • European Open Champion (2016 weight + absolute)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2006, 2007)
  • World Nogi Champion (2009)
  • European Open Champion (2013)
  • World Championship Runner-up (2016/2014/2011/2010 weight + absolute, 2009 absolute, 2007 absolute)
  • Pan American Championship Runner-up (2016, 2009)
  • World Championship 3rd Place (2006)
  • Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2013, 2013 absolute, 2006)

Weight Category: Meio Pesado (88kg-194lbs)

Favourite Position/Technique: Spider Guard and Triangle

Team/Association: Gracie-Barra

Romulo Barral Biography

Romulo Barral was born on May 3, 1982 in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais – Brazil.

Like many young boys, Romulo fell in love with martial arts through the movies, joining a taekwondo academy when he was 8 years old. Barral carried on training for many years, achieving a black belt in the striking based combat style, though he eventually stopped training by the time he was 19.

“Rominho” started training jiu jitsu when he was 15 years old, at the Gracie Barra BH academy. His first coach there being Cristiano Lazzarini and Vinicius Magalhaes. Barral’s true intentions behind joining a grappling club were to learn enough to start fighting mixed martial arts (MMA), a wish that came through in 2004 when he was invited to fight at the Arena BH, a successful debut won by mata Leão choke (RNC).

A strong believer in the benefits of the gi game (kimono) for submission wrestling and MMA, he never stopped training with the Gi, even when preparing for this type of events, progressing through Gracie Barra’s belt system and earning his black belt on December 2005 from the hands of Vinicius “Draculino”.

As a black belt Romulo quickly established himself as one of the top figures in the medium-heavyweight division of jiu jitsu, through numerous victories at an international level. These victories that didn’t pass unnoticed by many MMA aces who invited Romulo do be their BJJ coach, fighters like Dan Henderson, King Mo, Jason “Mayhem” Miller among others had the privilege to train and be taught in the gentle art by Romulo.

Romulo Barral moved to the United States in the early 2010’s where he taught at Alberto Crane’s school in the Los Angeles area. He then opened his own Gracie Barra academy in Northridge, California, a gym that became a hub for GB’s top talent.

Romulo Barral Grappling Record

97 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    30 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    56 (58%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)

56 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Cross choke
27
15
#86e620
Cross ck. f/ mount
14
8
#5AD3D1
Choke
13
7
#d1212a
Kimura
11
6
#fad11b
Submission
7
4
#f58822
Brabo choke
4
2
#224aba
Choke from back
4
2
#ff9124
Kneebar
4
2
#bf1f6c
Armbar
4
2
#22c9a5
Heel hook
2
1
#fad223
Flying triangle
2
1
#03861f
Knee on belly
2
1
#039a1f
Triangle
2
1
#03b41f
Inverted armbar
2
1
#03c61f
RNC
2
1
#03d61f
North south choke
2
1
#03f61f
Armlock
2
1
56
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
35 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    22 (63%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Cross choke
14
1
#86e620
Leglock
14
1
#5AD3D1
Verbal tap
14
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
14
1
#fad11b
Choke
14
1
#f58822
Footlock
14
1
#224aba
Choke from back
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Romulo Barral Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1352Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2006
1457Delson HelenoDelson HelenoLChokeWorld Cup88KGF2006
1489Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABS1/4F2006
1628Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPointsADCC Trials88KGSF2007
1683Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPointsADCC88KGSF2007
1684Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockADCC88KG3PLC2007
1760Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSF2007
1767Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Am.88KGF2007
2160Braga NetoBraga NetoLN/APan AmericanABSSF2009
2251Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLPointsADCCO99KG1/4F2009
2341Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSF2009
2603Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiLPts: 3x2World Pro.92KGF2010
2668Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLLeglockWorld Champ.88KGF2010
2842Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesLPts: 6x4World Pro.83KGSF2011
2908Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3072Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KGF2011
3138Kyle GriffinLPts: 2x0ADCC88KGR12011
3620Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0SD World Trials92KGF2012
3731Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraLPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2012
3736Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 4x0BrasileiroABSSF2012
3790Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2012
4129Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds88KGF2012
4439Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 10x4Pan American88KGR12013
4484Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLVerbal tapWorld Pro88KGF2013
5421Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGF2014
7555Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGSF2015
7557Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG3RD2015
7610Vagner RochaLPts: 2x0ADCCABSR12015
8131Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 1x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
8835Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGF2016
9132Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLKneebarWorld Pro85KGSF2016
9515Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGF2016
9578Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 11x2World Champ.ABS1/4F2016
9795Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10450Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam - Rio94KGSF2016
1324UnknownWNorth south chokeGrapplers QuestNANA2005
1350Joao FariaJoao FariaWArmbarPan American88KG1/4F2006
1422Joao OliveiraWKimuraWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2006
1480Demian MaiaDemian MaiaWBrabo chokeBrasileiro88KGSF2006
1481Fabio TrindadeWCross chokeBrasileiro88KGF2006
1571Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGF2007
1596F. SabatiniWCross ck. f/ mountPan American88KG1/4F2007
1598Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWPointsPan American88KGSF2007
1599Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGF2007
1612Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1613Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 6x6, AdvPan AmericanABSF2007
1626Thales LeiteWPointsADCC Trials88KG1/4F2007
1677Travers GrubbWPointsADCC88KGR12007
1681Chris MoriartyWHeel hookADCC88KG1/4F2007
1730Rogel MonsalveWFlying triangleWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2007
1733Joao FelipeWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KGSF2007
1734Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KGF2007
1749Uematsu NaoyaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1756Luis TheodoroWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1758Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2007
2140Cameron DiffleyWCross chokePan American88KG1/4F2009
2154UnknownWCross chokePan AmericanABS1/8F2009
2157Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2247Denis RobertsWKneebarADCCO99KGR12009
2310Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2009
2313Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2315Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGF2009
2389Jared NathasonWKimuraNoGi Worlds88KG1/4F2009
2661Paulo AzambujaWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.88KGR12010
2662Jared NathansonWKnee on bellyWorld Champ.88KGR22010
2665Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2010
2666Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2010
2701Diego HerzogWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR12010
2704Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2010
2707Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
2841Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 3x0World Pro.83KG1/4F2011
2902Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSR22011
2977UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
2986UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
3039Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2011
3062Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2011
3619Kevin CaseyWPointsSD World Trials92KGSF2012
3730Paulinho BaraúnaWPts: 17x2Brasileiro88KG1/4F2012
3734Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR12012
3775Tatsuya KondoWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3786Diego HertzogWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3961Gabriel RochaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGR12012
3965Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR22012
3968Diego HertzogWPts: 4x2World Champ.88KG1/4F2012
3971Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
3972Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KGF2012
4049Raul CastilloWPts: 21x0IBJJF Pro League94KG1/4F2012
4052Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4053Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2012
4085Gesse FilhoWInverted armbarRio Open88KG1/4F2012
4086Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWCross chokeRio Open88KGF2012
4087Abdelhakim GouramWDQRio OpenABS1/4F2012
4088Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWCross ck. f/ mountRio OpenABSF2012
4124UnknownWPts: 26x0NoGi Worlds88KG1/4F2012
4128Felipe BobrickWRNCNoGi Worlds88KGSF2012
4235Marcel GonclavesWPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4291Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KGF2013
4431Matt JuberaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4437Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWCross chokePan American88KGR22013
4620Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 3x0World Champ.88KGSF2013
4826Kim DongWKneebarADCC88KGR12013
4830Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPointsADCC88KG1/4F2013
4832Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4834Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsADCC88KGF2013
5418Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKimuraWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2014
5419Marcus ViniciusWCross chokeWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5585Adeildo José SilvaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5586Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2014
5590Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWDQWorld Champ.88KGSF2014
7543Craig JonesWKimuraADCC88KGR12015
7551Nieman GracieWKimuraADCC88KG1/4F2015
8488Martin AedmaWKimuraEuropean Open88KGR12016
8498Josh HingerJosh HingerWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KG1/4F2016
8499Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KGSF2016
8519Andreas PeralesWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean OpenABSR12016
8525Daniel CobbWCross chokeEuropean OpenABSR22016
8531Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeEuropean OpenABS1/4F2016
8535Jackson SousaJackson SousaWChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
8821Pedro MelloWChokePan American88KG1/8F2016
8822Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWCross chokePan American88KG1/8F2016
8829Pedro MelloWChokePan American88KG1/4F2016
8833Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2016
9113Romario MartinsWArmlockWorld Pro85KGR12016
9119Arturi SalasWPts: 14x0World Pro85KG1/8F2016
9130Igor SousaWCross chokeWorld Pro85KG1/4F2016
9501Vicente CavalcantiWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KG1/8F2016
9511Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2016
9513Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2016
9568Nathan MendlesohnWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR22016
9570Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2016
10444Erick BarbosaWPointsGrand Slam - Rio94KGR12016
10445Helton JuniorWPts: 5x0Grand Slam - Rio94KG1/4F2016

Banner Picture by Ross Finlayson.

Romulo Barral vs Demian Maia (Brazilian Nationals 2006)

Romulo Barral vs Cristiano Ribeiro (2007 World Championships)

Romulo Barral vs Eduardo Santoro

Romulo Barral MMA Fight Against Adrian Valdez

 

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