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Antonio Carlos Junior

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Antonio Carlos Junior, also known as “Cara de Sapato” (shoe face) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Helder “Bob Esponja” Medeiros from the Checkmat Team (Paraíba state affiliate), who was ranked as the “#1 BJJ Fighter to Watch” in 2011 by the well established Gracie Magazine. With an extensive list of medals in important tournaments such as the Mundial and the Brazilian Nationals, Antonio Carlosbecame part of an exciting generation of competitors that started making a name for themselves at international tournaments at the turn of the 2010 decade. Cara de Sapato has since moved to a career in Mixed Martial Arts, where he earned his spot at The Ultimate Fighter house in the TUF Brazil heavyweights season (Wanderlei Silva x Chael Sonnen), the UFC’s reality show.

Antonio Carlos Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Antonio Carlos Coelho de Figueiredo Barbosa Júnior

Nickname: “Cara de Sapato” which literally means shoe face (shoe-shaped chin), the nickname first came up when Ricardo Vieira was giving a seminar at Antonio’s academy. Vieira is renowned for giving funny nicknames to everyone he meets, and he saw Antonio as having a bigger chin then his(!), thus the name.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Ricardo Vieira > Helder Medeiros > Antonio Carlos

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2012*)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2012*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2012)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2010** brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2011 / 2010** brown, 2009 /purple, 2008** blue)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Juvenile (2007**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2008** purple, 2007 blue junior)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship Juvenile (2007)
  • 1st Place CBJJBrazilian Team Nationals (2008 / 2007)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Taking the back from De La Riva Guard

Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94kg/207lbs)

Team/Association: Checkmat

Antonio Carlos Junior Biography

Antonio Carlos Junior was born on the 16th of March, 1990 in João Pessoa, state of Paraíba – Brazil. He lived in Salvador da Bahia for a while, and it was there that he began his jiu-jitsu training in 2005 with Renato Velame as an instructor. It was Renato Velame who graduated Antonio Carlos with the blue belt, Antonio then moved back to his hometown of Joao Pessoa, picking up where he had left off, training with the acclaimed instructor and competitor, Helder Medeiros – nicknamed “Bob Esponja” (Sponge Bob Square Pants) – it was training under Medeiros that Antonio Carlos blossomed to BJJ with several significant victories in many important state, national and international level competitions.

Cara de Sapato was pointed out by Gracie Mag as the number 1 fighter to watch in 2011 (see article here) after his victory at the Mundial earlier in 2010 where he won both his weight and the open weight division, closing both finals with his teammate Marcos Buchecha. “Cara de Sapato” would receive his black belt while still on the podium of the World Pro Cup Trials, after he submitted several high caliber competitors in the mixed brown and black belt division.

In 2013 Antonio Carlos Junior decided to put a hold on his competitive Jiu-Jitsu career to try his shot at an MMA (mixed martial arts) career. “Cara de Sapato” had a rampant start with 3 straight submission wins in the professional circuit in Brazil, which earned him a spot at The Ultimate Fighter House in the TUF Brazil heavyweights season (Wanderlei Silva x Chael Sonnen), reaching the final of the event.

Antonio Carlos Grappling Record

18 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    8 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (6%)

8 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Flying triangle
25
2
#86e620
Verbal tap
13
1
#5AD3D1
Submission
13
1
#d1212a
RNC
13
1
#fad11b
Kimura
13
1
#f58822
Triangle-armbar
13
1
#224aba
Choke
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
8 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (63%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Reverse triangle
33
1
#86e620
Triangle
33
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Antonio Carlos Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2916Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPointsWorld Pro.92KGSF2011
2926Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPointsWorld Pro.ABS4F2011
2983Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3651Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 10x5Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3811Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLArmbarWorld Pro.99KGSF2012
3907Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 9x2World Champ.ABSSF2012
11403Gordon RyanGordon RyanLReverse triangleSapateiro 6ABS4F2017
18065Hygor BritoHygor BritoLPts: 2x0South American94KG4F2018
2915Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWTriangle-armbarWorld Pro.92KG4F2011
2959Fabiano BoiWPts: 2x0Brasileiro100KGNA2011
2968Ryan BeuregardWPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR12011
3117Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 4x2World Champ.94KG4F2011
3537Ben BaxterBen BaxterWChokePan AmericanABSR12012
3544Leandro LoLeandro LoWFlying trianglePan AmericanABSR22012
3552Wander CostaWVerbal tapPan AmericanABS4F2012
3554Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSSF2012
3648David GillWSubmissionPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3650Felipe BuenoWRNCPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3809Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWN/AWorld Pro.99KG4F2012
3848Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWKimuraBrasileiroABS4F2012
3849Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 4x0BrasileiroABSSF2012
3898Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3903Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2012
4111James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
11395Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWEBI/OTSapateiro 6ABSR12017
11592Garry TononGarry TononWFlying triangleSUG 3ABSSPF2017

Antonio Carlos Jr vs Leandro Lo (Mundial 2012)

Antonio Carlos Jr vs Bernardo Faria (World Pro Cup 2011)

Antonio Carlos vs Antonio Peinado (Brasileiro 2012)

Antonio Carlos Jr vs Romulo Barral (Brasileiro 2012)

Antonio Carlos vs unknown (Brasileiro 2011)

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