Alexandre Cavaliere is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Roberto Correa (Gordo) and Paulo Perrota (Rabicó), who also worked extensively with coaches Murilo Bustamante, José Honório and Alexandre Paiva (Gigi). Regarded as a hot prospect while climbing the ranks of BJJ in the colored belt divisions, Cavaliere’s talent was almost lost as he abandoned the sport in 2013 for financial reasons. His big comeback tournament – a gold medal at the UAEJJF Grand Slam in Rio de Janeiro (2016) immediately placed him as one of the top middleweights in the world, an idea cemented by more high profile wins in the years that followed.
Alexandre Cavaliere Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Alexandre Cavaliere Gomes da Silva
- UAEJJF Grand Slam RJ Champion (2016)
- IBJJF Salvador Fall Open Champion (2018)
- Gracie Pro Challenge Champion (2017)
- IBJJF Rio International Open 2nd Place (2018)
- IBJJF Rio BJJ Pro 2nd Place (2018)
- IBJJF Curitiba International Open 2nd Place (2018)
- IBJJF Brasília International Open 2nd Place (2017)
- IBJJF Brasília International Open No-Gi 2nd Place (2017)
Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
- CBJJ Brazilian Nationals 2nd Place (2011 purple)
- IBJJF Rio International Open 3rd Place (2010 purple)
Favorite Position/Technique: Cross Collar Guard
Weight Division: Peso Médio (82,30 kg / 181.5 lbs)
Alexandre Cavaliere Biography
Alexandre Cavaliere was born on August 09, 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Very active in sports from a very young age, Alexandre started swimming as a 6-year-old, later wandering to basketball, soccer (football) and karate.
During the late 1990’s Murilo Bustamante was already regarded as a big ‘vale-tudo’ star, particularly in the South Zone (Zona Sul) of Rio de Janeiro, where Cavaliere lived. This admiration, shared by the local community, led Alexandre’s stepfather to enroll him in Bustamante’s well-known kids’ jiu-jitsu classes in the Leblon neighborhood when he was 9 years old.
Training under Murilo’s guidance up until his 13th birthday, it was with Carlson Gracie Academy (which became Brazilian Top Team [BTT] in the meanwhile), that Cavaliere had his first competitive experiences, conquering the prestigious Copa Company title, and an honorable 2nd place at the Brazilian Nationals as a yellow belt.
Unfortunately for jiu-jitsu, Alexandre ended up abandoning the sport in his early teens. During this post-BJJ period, Cavaliere’s life took a turn for the worst, riddled with disruptive behavior and constant fighting on the streets, which lasted until his 19th birthday, a time when Cavaliere decided to return to grappling and clean up his act.
At the time of his tide changing realization, Alexandre was living in the western area of Rio (Recreio dos Bandeirantes), far away from BTT’s headquarters. For that reason, he decided to join the neighboring academy of Master José Honório’s (Victor Honório‘s father). It was at this gym that Cavaliere truly connected with jiu-jitsu again, returning to competition.
Alexandre’s return to martial arts encompassed BJJ and kickboxing, which fueled the desire to compete in mixed martial arts (MMA). With that in mind, and considering Roberto Correa (Gordo) had a strong MMA team at the time, Cavaliere decided to switch all his training to Gordo’s academy, including his jiu-jitsu which was then handed to coach Correa and Paulo Perrota (Rabicó).
While training BJJ under Gordo and Rabicó, Alexandre became increasingly interested in grappling, and eventually made a transition of commitment fully to jiu-jitsu. It was also under these two coaches that Alexandre worked from blue to black belt, the latter being awarded on December 2014.
During his belt progression, Alexandre beat some of the best names of his belt division, people such as Paulo Miyao, Ronaldo Cândido, Alan Nuguete and many more. Although well respected in his sporting circle, in 2013 Cavaliere was forced to abandon his international sporting career, due to the lack of financial support. He made a comeback with the help of his old instructor, Murilo Bustamante, in 2016 on time to shock the BJJ world with a brilliant performance at the UAEJJF Rio Grand Slam, where he beat some of the best grapplers in the sport.
In 2017 Alexandre Cavaliere established a good friendship with coaches Gigi Paiva, Michael Langhi and Fábio Gurgel of Alliance, a bond that strengthened during the IBJJF European Open that year. Alexandre was then invited to train with the 11-time world champion team, an offer that was too tempting to refuse, becoming one of the team’s middleweights that year.
Cover photo by Focados No Tatame.
Alexandre Cavaliere Grappling Record
11 SUBMISSIONS WINS
11 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES
Alexandre Cavaliere Fight History
|9065||Vinicius MarinhoVinicius Marinho||L||Arm in ezekiel||Rio Summer Open||82KG||4F||2016|
|10455||Jaime CanutoJaime Canuto||L||Adv||Sao Paulo Open||82KG||4F||2016|
|11292||Roberto SatoshiRoberto Satoshi||L||Pts: 6x2||Grand Slam AD||75KG||SF||2017|
|11293||Edwin NajmiEdwin Najmi||L||RNC||Grand Slam AD||75KG||3RD||2017|
|11419||Oliver GeddesOliver Geddes||L||Pts: 2x0||European Open||82KG||8F||2017|
|12583||Jaime CanutoJaime Canuto||L||Armbar||Brasileiro||82KG||4F||2017|
|13280||Braga NetoBraga Neto||L||Choke from back||Gracie Pro||ABS||R1||2017|
|14118||Ruan OliveiraRuan Oliveira||L||Referee Decision||Grand Slam RJ||85KG||8F||2017|
|14229||Isaque BahienseIsaque Bahiense||L||Choke from back||South American||82KG||4F||2017|
|14271||Chaise Olimpio||L||Triangle||Brasilia Open||82KG||F||2017|
|14275||Cassio FrancisCassio Francis||L||Kneebar||Brasilia Open||ABS||SF||2017|
|14279||Marcos Aurelio||L||Points||Brasilia NGO||ABS||F||2017|
|14543||R. Martins||L||Toe hold||European Open||ABS||R1||2018|
|14600||Felipe CesarFelipe Cesar||L||Pts: 2x0||European Open||82KG||R1||2018|
|15415||Servio TulioServio Tulio||L||Short choke||Rio Open||82KG||F||2018|
|15527||David Raab||L||Loop choke||Curitiba Open||82KG||F||2018|
|15815||Yago SouzaYago Souza||L||Pts: 2x0||Brasileiro||82KG||8F||2018|
|16956||Andre Astolfo||L||Points||Sao Paulo Open||82KG||4F||2018|
|17164||Abner Soares||L||Pts: 2x0||Brasileiro NoGi||85KG||4F||2018|
|17455||Luan CarvalhoLuan Carvalho||L||Pts: 4x0||Rio BJJ Pro||82KG||F||2018|
|17670||Yan LucasYan Lucas||L||Pts: 2x0||Grand Slam RJ||77KG||R1||2018|
|18218||Michael LieraMichael Liera||L||Triangle||European Open||82KG||R1||2019|
|10919||Robson Borges||W||Submission||Grand Slam RJ||77KG||R2||2016|
|10934||Luan CarvalhoLuan Carvalho||W||Loop choke||Grand Slam RJ||77KG||4F||2016|
|10938||Pedro Farias||W||Adv||Grand Slam RJ||77KG||SF||2016|
|10940||Gabriel RolloGabriel Rollo||W||Pts: 0x0, Adv||Grand Slam RJ||77KG||F||2016|
|11290||Flavio Viana||W||Referee Decision||Grand Slam AD||75KG||4F||2017|
|11412||Christian Dellevag||W||Triangle||European Open||82KG||R1||2017|
|13278||N/A||W||Choke from back||Gracie Pro||82KG||SF||2017|
|13279||Jayan Castro||W||Pts: 4x0||Gracie Pro||82KG||F||2017|
|14112||Wellington LuisWellington Luis||W||Referee Decision||Grand Slam RJ||85KG||R2||2017|
|14270||Chairo Olimpio||W||Pts: 2x0||Brasilia Open||82KG||SF||2017|
|14278||Cleydson Junior||W||Points||Brasilia NGO||ABS||SF||2017|
|15408||Jose Dias||W||Wristlock||Rio Open||82KG||R1||2018|
|15410||Fabricio Barbosa||W||Points||Rio Open||82KG||4F||2018|
|15413||Stefano Correa||W||Adv||Rio Open||82KG||SF||2018|
|15525||Rodolpho Borges||W||Points||Curitiba Open||82KG||R1||2018|
|15526||Matheus Linhares||W||Pts: 2x0||Curitiba Open||82KG||SF||2018|
|15588||Unknown||W||Armbar||Salvador Fall O.||82KG||4F||2018|
|15589||Andre Astolfo||W||Pts: 2x0||Salvador Fall O.||82KG||SF||2018|
|15590||Andre Costa||W||Adv||Salvador Fall O.||82KG||F||2018|
|15811||Janairo do Carmo||W||Pts: 2x0||Brasileiro||82KG||R1||2018|
|16952||Luis Domingos||W||Loop choke||Sao Paulo Open||82KG||R1||2018|
|17159||Alexandre Vaz||W||RNC||Brasileiro NoGi||85KG||8F||2018|
|17452||Vitor Matos||W||Adv||Rio BJJ Pro||82KG||4F||2018|
|17453||Jaime CanutoJaime Canuto||W||Loop choke||Rio BJJ Pro||82KG||SF||2018|