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

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:

  • World Champion (2009 purple weight & absolute, 2011 brown)
  • World Nogi Champion (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 Nogi Silver Medallist (2010)
  • European Silver Medallist (2011 brown absolute)
  • World Bronze Medallist (2010 brown)
  • Pan American Bronze Medallist (2010 brown absolute)
  • Rio Open Bronze Medallist (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

30 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (40%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Armbar
50
6
#86e620
Choke
8
1
#5AD3D1
Toe Hold
8
1
#d1212a
Inverted triangle
8
1
#fad11b
Ezekiel
8
1
#f58822
Cross choke
8
1
#224aba
Bow & Arrow choke
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
7 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (86%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (14%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

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Armbar
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Yuri Simoes Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2977Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 3x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2012
3454Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 8x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2013
3759Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
3767Alexander TransAlexander TransLArmbarEuropeanABSF2014
3922Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x0FIVE Cali. 1ABSF2014
4218Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x5World Champ.100KGSF2014
4491Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusDN/AMetamoris 5ABSSUPERF2014
4894Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2015
2605Leonardo IturraldeWArmbarPan American94KGRD12012
2609Gustavo PiresWChokePan American94KGRD22012
2613Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWAdvPan American94KGSF2012
2961Nathan ZiglerWToe HoldWorld Champ.94KGRD12012
3762Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWInverted triangleEuropeanABSRD12014
3764Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarEuropeanABS1/4F2014
3765Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
3882Arnaldo OliveiraWPts: 17x0Pan American94KGRd12014
3887Jackson SousaJackson SousaWAdvPan American94KG1/4F2014
3891Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWAdvPan American94KGSF2014
3919Sergio RiosWPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABS1/4F2014
3921JT TorresJT TorresWPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
4215Gustavo PiresWPts: 3x2World Champ.100KG1/4F2014
4273Alessandro SilvaWArmbarSF OpenO100KGF2014
4326Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPts: 2x0No Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
4331Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 8x2No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2014
4333Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWArmbarNo Gi WorldsABSSF2014
4334Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABSF2014
4376Felipe BuenoWPts: 7x0No Gi WorldsO100KG1/4F2014
4380Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPointsNo Gi WorldsO100KGSF2014
4381Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWPts: 2x0No Gi WorldsO100KGF2014
4548Carlos FariasWPts: 8x0Long Beach ProO94KGSF2014
4549James PuopoloJames PuopoloWEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
4603Arnaldo OliveiraWN/AJJ World League94KGSF2015
4604Gabriel CheccoWN/AJJ World League94KGF2015
4854Arnaldo OliveiraWArmbarSF OpenABS1/4F2015
4859Tanner RiceWArmbarSF OpenABSSF2015
4860Magid HageWCross chokeSF OpenABSF2015
4882Vinicius AgudoWBow & Arrow chokePan AmericanABSRD22015
4891Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWPts: 10x2Pan AmericanABSRD32015

Yuri Simoes vs JT Torres (2014)

Yuri Simoes vs Keenan Cornelius (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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