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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

95 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    28 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    56 (59%)
  • 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
Armbar
4
2
#224aba
Brabo choke
4
2
#ff9124
Choke from back
4
2
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
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
34 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    22 (65%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Romulo Barral Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1341Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2006
1446Delson HelenoDelson HelenoLChokeWorld Cup88KGF2006
1478Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABS1/4F2006
1617Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPointsADCC Trials88KGSF2007
1672Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPointsADCC88KGSF2007
1673Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockADCC88KG3PLC2007
1749Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSF2007
1756Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Am.88KGF2007
2146Braga NetoBraga NetoLN/APan AmericanABSSF2009
2233Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLPointsADCCO99KG1/4F2009
2323Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSF2009
2574Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiLPts: 3x2World Pro.92KGF2010
2639Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLLeglockWorld Champ.88KGF2010
2816Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesLPts: 6x4World Pro.83KGSF2011
2882Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3046Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KGF2011
3108Kyle GriffinLPts: 2x0ADCC88KGR12011
3587Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0SD World Trials92KGF2012
3698Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraLPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2012
3703Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 4x0BrasileiroABSSF2012
3757Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2012
4096Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds88KGF2012
4399Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 10x4Pan American88KGR12013
4444Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLVerbal tapWorld Pro88KGF2013
5379Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGF2014
7470Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGSF2015
7472Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG3RD2015
7525Vagner RochaLPts: 2x0ADCCABSR12015
8046Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 1x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
8733Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGF2016
9031Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLKneebarWorld Pro85KGSF2016
9411Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGF2016
9474Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 11x2World Champ.ABS1/4F2016
9683Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
1313UnknownWNorth south chokeGrapplers QuestNANA2005
1339Joao FariaJoao FariaWArmbarPan American88KG1/4F2006
1411Joao OliveiraWKimuraWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2006
1469Demian MaiaDemian MaiaWBrabo chokeBrasileiro88KGSF2006
1470Fabio TrindadeWCross chokeBrasileiro88KGF2006
1560Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGF2007
1585F. SabatiniWCross ck. f/ mountPan American88KG1/4F2007
1587Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWPointsPan American88KGSF2007
1588Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGF2007
1601Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1602Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 6x6, AdvPan AmericanABSF2007
1615Thales LeiteWPointsADCC Trials88KG1/4F2007
1666Travers GrubbWPointsADCC88KGR12007
1670Chris MoriartyWHeel hookADCC88KG1/4F2007
1719Rogel MonsalveWFlying triangleWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2007
1722Joao FelipeWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KGSF2007
1723Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KGF2007
1738Uematsu NaoyaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1745Luis TheodoroWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1747Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2007
2126Cameron DiffleyWCross chokePan American88KG1/4F2009
2140UnknownWCross chokePan AmericanABS1/8F2009
2143Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2229Denis RobertsWKneebarADCCO99KGR12009
2292Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2009
2295Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2297Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGF2009
2371Jared NathasonWKimuraNoGi Worlds88KG1/4F2009
2632Paulo AzambujaWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.88KGR12010
2633Jared NathansonWKnee on bellyWorld Champ.88KGR22010
2636Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2010
2637Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2010
2672Diego HerzogWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR12010
2675Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2010
2678Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
2815Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 3x0World Pro.83KG1/4F2011
2876Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSR22011
2951UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
2960UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
3013Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2011
3036Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2011
3586Kevin CaseyWPointsSD World Trials92KGSF2012
3697Paulinho BaraúnaWPts: 17x2Brasileiro88KG1/4F2012
3701Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR12012
3742Tatsuya KondoWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3753Diego HertzogWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3928Gabriel RochaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGR12012
3932Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR22012
3935Diego HertzogWPts: 4x2World Champ.88KG1/4F2012
3938Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
3939Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KGF2012
4016Raul CastilloWPts: 21x0IBJJF Pro League94KG1/4F2012
4019Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4020Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2012
4052Gesse FilhoWInverted armbarRio Open88KG1/4F2012
4053Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWCross chokeRio Open88KGF2012
4054Abdelhakim GouramWDQRio OpenABS1/4F2012
4055Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWCross ck. f/ mountRio OpenABSF2012
4091UnknownWPts: 26x0NoGi Worlds88KG1/4F2012
4095Felipe BobrickWRNCNoGi Worlds88KGSF2012
4195Marcel GonclavesWPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4251Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KGF2013
4391Matt JuberaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4397Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWCross chokePan American88KGR22013
4580Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 3x0World Champ.88KGSF2013
4784Kim DongWKneebarADCC88KGR12013
4788Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPointsADCC88KG1/4F2013
4790Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4792Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsADCC88KGF2013
5376Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKimuraWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2014
5377Marcus ViniciusWCross chokeWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5539Adeildo José SilvaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5540Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2014
5544Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWDQWorld Champ.88KGSF2014
7458Craig JonesWKimuraADCC88KGR12015
7466Nieman GracieWKimuraADCC88KG1/4F2015
8387Martin AedmaWKimuraEuropean Open88KGR12016
8397Josh HingerJosh HingerWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KG1/4F2016
8398Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KGSF2016
8418Andreas PeralesWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean OpenABSR12016
8424Daniel CobbWCross chokeEuropean OpenABSR22016
8430Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeEuropean OpenABS1/4F2016
8434Jackson SousaJackson SousaWChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
8719Pedro MelloWChokePan American88KG1/8F2016
8720Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWCross chokePan American88KG1/8F2016
8727Pedro MelloWChokePan American88KG1/4F2016
8731Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2016
9012Romario MartinsWArmlockWorld Pro85KGR12016
9018Arturi SalasWPts: 14x0World Pro85KG1/8F2016
9029Igor SousaWCross chokeWorld Pro85KG1/4F2016
9397Vicente CavalcantiWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KG1/8F2016
9407Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2016
9409Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2016
9464Nathan MendlesohnWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR22016
9466Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2016

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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