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:

  • ADCC Champion (2015)
  • World Champion (2009 purple weight & absolute, 2011 brown)
  • World Nogi Champion (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 (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

41 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    21 (51%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (37%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

15 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Armbar
47
7
#86e620
Choke
7
1
#5AD3D1
Toe Hold
7
1
#d1212a
Inverted triangle
7
1
#fad11b
Ezekiel
7
1
#f58822
Cross choke
7
1
#224aba
Bow & Arrow
7
1
#ff9124
Choke from back
7
1
#bf1f6c
Mata leao
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
11 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (73%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (9%)
  • 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
3704Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 3x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2012
4302Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 8x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2013
4680Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
4689Alexander TransAlexander TransLArmbarEuropeanABSF2014
4864Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x0FIVE Cali. 1ABSF2014
5216Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x5World Champ.100KGSF2014
5533Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusDN/AMetamoris 5ABSSPF2014
5971Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2015
6632Joao RochaJoao RochaLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
6819Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0FIVE SLABSF2015
7042Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLReferee DecisionADCCABSSF2015
7520Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
3256Leonardo IturraldeWArmbarPan American94KGR12012
3260Gustavo PiresWChokePan American94KGRD22012
3264Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWAdvPan American94KGSF2012
3688Nathan ZiglerWToe HoldWorld Champ.94KGR12012
4684Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWInverted triangleEuropeanABSR12014
4686Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarEuropeanABS1/4F2014
4687Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
4798Arnaldo MaidanaWPts: 17x0Pan American94KGR12014
4803Jackson SousaJackson SousaWAdvPan American94KG1/4F2014
4807Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWAdvPan American94KGSF2014
4861Sergio RiosWPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABS1/4F2014
4863JT TorresJT TorresWPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5213Gustavo PiresWPts: 3x2World Champ.100KG1/4F2014
5263Alessandro SilvaWArmbarSF OpenO100KGF2014
5346Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPts: 2x0No Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5351Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 8x2No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2014
5353Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWArmbarNo Gi WorldsABSSF2014
5354Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABSF2014
5397Felipe BuenoWPts: 7x0No Gi WorldsO100KG1/4F2014
5401Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPointsNo Gi WorldsO100KGSF2014
5402Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWPts: 2x0No Gi WorldsO100KGF2014
5591Carlos FariasWPts: 8x0Long Beach ProO94KGSF2014
5592James PuopoloJames PuopoloWEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
5671Arnaldo MaidanaWN/AJJ World League94KGSF2015
5672Gabriel CheccoWN/AJJ World League94KGF2015
5930Arnaldo MaidanaWArmbarSF OpenABS1/4F2015
5935Tanner RiceTanner RiceWArmbarSF OpenABSSF2015
5936Magid HageWCross chokeSF OpenABSF2015
5959Vinicius AgudoWBow & ArrowPan AmericanABSRD22015
5968Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWPts: 10x2Pan AmericanABSRD32015
6627James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG1/4F2015
6681Elliot KellyWChoke from backBJJ All StarsABSGP2015
6683David RoblesWArmbarBJJ All StarsABSGP2015
6815James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS1/4F2015
6818Joao AssisJoao AssisWReferee DecisionFIVE SLABSSF2015
6971Ricardo MesquitaWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGR12015
6978Zbigniew TyszkaWMata leaoADCC88KG1/4F2015
6980Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGSF2015
6983Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGF2015
7032ShrekWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7037Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x3ADCCABS1/4F2015

Yuri Simoes vs JT Torres (2014)

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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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