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Yuri Simões is one of jiu jitsu is one of the top competitors in the heavyweight division of Jiu Jitsu. A former Checkmat academy representative, he switched to the Caio Terra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association in 2013. Awarded with his black belt on December 2011, Yuri made a name for himself in the lower ranks after wining several important competitions such as the Mundial, the World Nogi Championships, the European Open to name a few. Yuri Simões is also the adopted brother of another BJJ star, Ary Farias.

Yuri Simoes Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Yuri Costa Simoes Martins da Silva

Nickname: “Novinho” which can mean Youngster or Brand New depending on the context. At this point BJJ Heroes cannot assert the reason for the nickname.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Ricardo Vieira > Yuri Simões

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC Champion (2015)
  • World Champion (2009 purple weight & absolute, 2011 brown)
  • World Nogi Champion (2016/2014 black weight & absolute, 2011 brown weight & absolute)
  • Pan American Champion (2012/2014*)
  • European Champion (2009 purple weight & absolute, 2010, 2011 brown)
  • World Cup Champion (2007 purple – CBJJE)
  • American Cup Champion (2013)
  • South American Champion (2007 blue/jumior)
  • Brazilian National Championship Runner-up (2010)
  • FIVE Grappling Super League Runner-up (2015)
  • European Open Championship Runner-up (2011 brown absolute)
  • World Championship 3rd Place (2010 brown)
  • Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2016, 2010 brown absolute)
  • Rio Open Championship 3rd Place (2010)

*Closed bracket with team mate

Favourite Position/Technique: Drop Seoi Nage & Open Guard

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88kg/194lbs).

Team/Association: Caio Terra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association.

Yuri Simoes Biography

Yuri Simões started practicing Jiu Jitsu influenced by his father who also trained BJJ, he was 9 years old when he first put on a kimono. Although Yuri’s first instructors name has been lost in the corners of his mind, his second coach, Mauricio Behring, was truly fundamental in Simoes’s life as a competitor, it was Behring who instigated Yuri to compete and where he found his true calling.

In 2006 Mauricio Behring was shot and killed by the father of his ex fiancé. After the shock and a natural grieving period, Yuri returned to the mats, seeking Ricardo Vieira as his new master and earning his purple and brown belt from Ricardinho at the famous Fight Zone. At Checkmat, Yuri Simoes’s career started to shine with several fantastic wins at the world’s most important tournaments. After a series of good results, Yuri Simoes spent some time in and out of Europe, namely in England where he trained and competed extensively in 2009.

In 2010 Yuri Simoes had a change of heart and switched camps moving with his brother to the rival Atos academy in Rio Claro (Sao Paulo). This move, however, was short lived and feeling that he did not adapt well to the Atos team, he returned to Checkmat and Ricardinho Vieira’s guidance, leaving Atos and his brother behind (Ary Farias stayed at Atos earning his black belt from Ramon Lemos). After a tremendous year of 2011 where Yuri Simoes won the Mundial, the Nogi Worlds (weight and absolute), and the European Open, he was awarded his long awaited black belt by the hands of his instructor on the 29th of December, 2011. In 2013 he moved away from Checkmat, once again and joined the Caio Terra Association.

Yuri Simoes Grappling Record

58 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    30 (52%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Armbar
44
8
#86e620
Inverted triangle
6
1
#5AD3D1
Ezekiel
6
1
#d1212a
Cross choke
6
1
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
6
1
#f58822
Cross ck. f/ mount
6
1
#224aba
Choke from back
6
1
#ff9124
RNC
6
1
#bf1f6c
Katagatame
6
1
#22c9a5
Choke
6
1
#fad223
Toe Hold
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
14 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    11 (79%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (14%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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Armbar
50
1
#86e620
Choke from back
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Yuri Simoes Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3989Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 3x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2012
4622Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 8x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2013
5045Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5054Alexander TransAlexander TransLArmbarEuropeanABSF2014
5234Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x0FIVE Cali. 1ABSF2014
5606Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x5World Champ.100KGSF2014
5951Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusDN/AMetamoris 5ABSSPF2014
6448Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2015
7153Joao RochaJoao RochaLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7222Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 4x2US OpenABSF2015
7393Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0FIVE SLABSF2015
7617Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLReferee DecisionADCCABSSF2015
8130Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
8857Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPts: 9x0Pan American100KGSF2016
9175Gordon RyanGordon RyanLPointsEBI 6ABSSF2016
3533Leonardo IturraldeWArmbarPan American94KGR12012
3537Gustavo PiresGustavo PiresWChokePan American94KGR22012
3541Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWAdvPan American94KGSF2012
3973Nathan ZiglerWToe HoldWorld Champ.94KGR12012
5049Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWInverted triangleEuropeanABSR12014
5051Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarEuropeanABS1/4F2014
5052Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5168Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 17x0Pan American94KG1/8F2014
5173Jackson SousaJackson SousaWAdvPan American94KG1/4F2014
5177Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWAdvPan American94KGSF2014
5231Sergio RiosWPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABS1/4F2014
5233JT TorresJT TorresWPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5603Gustavo PiresGustavo PiresWPts: 3x2World Champ.100KG1/4F2014
5656Alessandro SilvaWArmbarSF OpenO100KGF2014
5749Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPts: 2x0No Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5754Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 8x2No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2014
5756Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWArmbarNo Gi WorldsABSSF2014
5757Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABSF2014
5801Felipe BuenoWPts: 7x0No Gi WorldsO100KG1/4F2014
5805Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPointsNo Gi WorldsO100KGSF2014
5806Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWPts: 2x0No Gi WorldsO100KGF2014
6011Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 8x0Long Beach ProO94KGSF2014
6012James PuopoloJames PuopoloWEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6145Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPointsJJ World League94KGSF2015
6146Gabriel CheccoWN/AJJ World League94KGF2015
6405Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarSF OpenABS1/4F2015
6410Tanner RiceTanner RiceWArmbarSF OpenABSSF2015
6411Magid HageWCross chokeSF OpenABSF2015
6436Vinicius AgudoWBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22015
6445Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWPts: 10x2Pan AmericanABSR32015
7148James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG1/4F2015
7208Many DiasWPts: 13x0American CupABS1/4F2015
7209Diego HerzogWPts: 7x0American CupABSSF2015
7210Carlos MelloWCross ck. f/ mountAmerican CupABSF2015
7218Elliot KellyWChoke from backUS Open94KGF2015
7219Elliot KellyWPts: 5x2US OpenABSGP2015
7221David RoblesWArmbarUS OpenABSGP2015
7389James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS1/4F2015
7392Joao AssisJoao AssisWReferee DecisionFIVE SLABSSF2015
7546Ricardo MesquitaWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGR12015
7553Zbigniew TyszkaWRNCADCC88KG1/4F2015
7555Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGSF2015
7558Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGF2015
7607ShrekWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7612Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x3ADCCABS1/4F2015
8853Guybson SaWArmbarPan American100KG1/4F2016
9164Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPointsEBI 6ABSR12016
9171Garry TononGarry TononWPointsEBI 6ABS1/4F2016
9770Dean ListerDean ListerWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 886KGSPF2016
9795Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10300Aaron JohnsonWPts: 19x0NoGi Worlds97KGSF2016
10302Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds97KGF2016
10303Aaron JohnsonWPts: 19x0NoGi WorldsO97KGSF2016
10305Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsO97KGF2016
10314Marcus WilsonWKatagatameNoGi WorldsABS1/8F2016
10322Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS1/4F2016
10324Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSSF2016
10326Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 0x0, PenNoGi WorldsABSF2016

Yuri Simoes vs JT Torres (2014)

One Comment

  • Checkmat says:

    Yuri Simoes is a future black belt Jiu-Jitsu World Champion! I had the pleasure of training with him when was at Orange County Jiu-Jitsu with Lucas Leite, getting ready for the no-gi Mundials.

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