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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 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:

  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2012*)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2012*)
  • UAEJJF Pro Cup Trials Champion – RJ (2011**)
  • IBJJF Pan American 2nd Place (2012)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2010** brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian Champion (2011 / 2010** brown, 2009 /purple, 2008** blue)
  • CBJJ Juvenile Brazilian Champion (2007**)
  • IBJJF South American Champion (2008** purple, 2007 blue junior)
  • IBJJF Juvenile South American Champion (2007)
  • CBJJBrazilian National Teams Champion (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 team mate 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
Choke
13
1
#5AD3D1
Verbal tap
13
1
#d1212a
Submission
13
1
#fad11b
RNC
13
1
#f58822
Kimura
13
1
#224aba
Triangle-armbar
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
Armbar
33
1
#86e620
Reverse triangle
33
1
#5AD3D1
Triangle
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Antonio Carlos Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2901Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPointsWorld Pro.92KGSF2011
2911Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPointsWorld Pro.ABS4F2011
2968Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3635Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 10x5Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3795Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLArmbarWorld Pro.99KGSF2012
3891Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 9x2World Champ.ABSSF2012
11375Gordon RyanGordon RyanLReverse triangleSapateiro 6ABS4F2017
17908Hygor BritoHygor BritoLPts: 2x0South American94KG4F2018
2900Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWTriangle-armbarWorld Pro.92KG4F2011
2944Fabiano BoiWPts: 2x0Brasileiro100KGNA2011
2953Ryan BeuregardWPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR12011
3101Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 4x2World Champ.94KG4F2011
3521Ben BaxterBen BaxterWChokePan AmericanABSR12012
3528Leandro LoLeandro LoWFlying trianglePan AmericanABSR22012
3536Wander CostaWVerbal tapPan AmericanABS4F2012
3538Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSSF2012
3632David GillWSubmissionPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3634Felipe BuenoWRNCPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3793Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWN/AWorld Pro.99KG4F2012
3832Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWKimuraBrasileiroABS4F2012
3833Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 4x0BrasileiroABSSF2012
3882Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3887Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2012
4095James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
11367Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWEBI/OTSapateiro 6ABSR12017
11564Garry 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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