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Bernardo Faria

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Bernardo Faria is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Ricardo Marques who worked extensively with Fabio Gurgel, who competed extensively for the Alliance Academy in the sport’s international circuit. Widely regarded as one of the most important super-heavyweights of his generation, with titles in jiu-jitsu’s top tournaments. Faria is also the co-founder of the BJJ Fanatics site, one of the most successful online retail stores in grappling.

Bernardo Faria Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Bernardo Rocha de Faria

Nickname: Bernardo is often called “Bê”, short for Bernardo.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Sergio Souza > Ricardo Marques > Bernardo Faria

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2010, 2013, 2015**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016*/2015/2010**)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2010*)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2010/2011/2012)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pro League (2014)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pro Cup (2011*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017/2011**)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2012*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2009)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2010* / 2011*)

Favorite Position/Technique: Wheel Sweep, Half Guard

Weight Division: Super-Heavyweight (100kg – 221lbs) or Heavyweight (94kg – 201lbs)

Association/Team: Alliance Jiu-Jitsu

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Bernardo Faria Biography

Bernardo Faria was born on the 26th of January, 1987 in Juiz de Fora, a small town on the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He started training Jiu Jitsu in 2001 when he was 14 years old because one of his best friends (Pedro Cid) invited him to train at his gym. That gym was run by Ricardo Marques.

Bernardo’s first major competition try out was the World Cup (CBJJO) as a Junior in 2003, which he lost due to lack of experience. Faria came back strong the next year (still as a Junior) and got the Silver Medal in his weight class and Bronze in the open weight division. He reached his blue belt that same year and there he stayed until 2005 getting 2 Silver Medals at the Mundial (World Championships) and one Bronze in the meantime.

Bernardo Faria earned his Purple Belt in 2006, becoming Brazilian National Cup Champion and a World Champion in the Absolute Division that same year (among many other important trophies) and so it didn’t come as a surprise when he was awarded his brown belt in 2007.

Although he wanted to try his luck at the Brazilian Nationals again in 2007, an appendicitis operation took him off the mats for a while and he was unable to compete, he did manage to compete in the World Championship reaching second place in his division. The next year a meniscus problem took him out of the World Championship. In 2009 after Bernardo received the Black Belt, he took a big step in his career. Understanding that he wanted to follow Jiu-Jitsu as a career, he moved to Sao Paulo to join a bigger more structured team, the decision was taken his master Ricardo Marques’ consent and full support. He decided to join Alliance as he felt great admiration for Fabio Gurgel, “The General” of the team’ Sao Paulo Head Quarters.

Bernardo Faria Grappling Record

95 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    45 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (1%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    49 (52%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

49 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
22
11
#86e620
Kneebar
12
6
#5AD3D1
Triangle
10
5
#d1212a
Submission
8
4
#fad11b
Choke from back
8
4
#f58822
Omoplata
8
4
#224aba
Triangle armbar
4
2
#ff9124
Dogbar
4
2
#bf1f6c
Choke
4
2
#22c9a5
Katagatame
2
1
#fad223
Baseball choke
2
1
#03861f
RNC
2
1
#039a1f
Lapel choke
2
1
#03b41f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#03c61f
Arm in ezekiel
2
1
#03d61f
Mounted X choke
2
1
#03f61f
Dogbar/Kneebar
2
1
#82ff5f
Leglock
2
1
49
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
40
4
#86e620
Wristlock
10
1
#5AD3D1
Ezekiel
10
1
#d1212a
Triangle
10
1
#fad11b
Triangle-armbar
10
1
#f58822
Mounted X choke
10
1
#224aba
Choke from back
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Bernardo Faria Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2350Roger GracieRoger GracieLEzekielWorld Champ.100KGSF2009
2488Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPointsEuropeanABSSF2010
2552Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 7x0Pan American94KGF2010
2730Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLTriangleWorld Champ.ABS4F2010
2820Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 4x4, AdvEuropeanABSSF2011
2874Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 8x0Pan American94KGF2011
2879Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSF2011
2900Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLTriangle-armbarWorld Pro.92KG4F2011
2976Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 9x0World Champ.ABSF2011
3133Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 3x0World Champ.94KGF2011
3506Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 7x0European OpenABSF2012
3539Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSSF2012
3797Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0World Pro.99KGF2012
3807Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLMounted X chokeWorld Pro.ABSSF2012
3891Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
4237Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds100KGSF2012
4258Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 3x0NoGi WorldsABSSF2012
4503Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4734Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
5379Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarPan American100KGF2014
5684Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLWristlockWorld Champ.ABSSF2014
5811Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.100KGF2014
5975Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLArmbarNoGi WorldsABSSF2014
10035Erberth SantosErberth SantosLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2016
12896Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2017
13068Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 9x0World Champ.100KGF2017
2188Mauro CelsoWPts: 4x0Brasileiro NoGi94KGF2009
2346Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWPts: 5x2World Champ.100KGR12009
2548Felipe FogolinWArmbarPan American94KG4F2010
2568Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPointsPan AmericanABSR22010
2571Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS4F2010
2574Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWPointsPan AmericanABSSF2010
2576Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSF2010
2644Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 3x0BrasileiroABSF2010
2696Adriano MacielWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.94KGR12010
2698Alexandro CeconiWPointsWorld Champ.94KG4F2010
2701Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGSF2010
2703Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGF2010
2816Leonardo DavilaLeonardo DavilaWArmbarEuropeanABSR12011
2817Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasWPointsEuropeanABS4F2011
2828Fabiano AlvesWTriangleEuropean94KG4F2011
2829Helvecio PennaHelvecio PennaWN/AEuropean94KGSF2011
2840Thiago SouzaWOmoplataWorld Pro TrialsO92KGSF2011
2842Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 7x2World Pro TrialsO92KGF2011
2873Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWArmbarPan American94KGSF2011
2964UnknownWOmoplataWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2969UnknownWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR32011
2973Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2011
2975Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 4x0World Champ.ABSSF2011
3059Luciando QueirozWN/AWorld Champ.94KGRDS2011
3101Luke StewartWTriangleWorld Champ.94KG4F2011
3497Lucio LagartoWPts: 4x0European Open100KGF2012
3503Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWOmoplataEuropean OpenABS4F2012
3505Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 4x2European OpenABSSF2012
3510George MurphyWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12012
3531Diogo SilvaWLeglockPan AmericanABSR22012
3536James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarPan AmericanABS4F2012
3630Vitor SchlosserWPointsPan American100KG4F2012
3634Joao AssisJoao AssisWPts: 3x2Pan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3636Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWPts: 10x5Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3792Christopher BoweWN/AWorld Pro.99KG4F2012
3795Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.99KGSF2012
3870Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3881Marcos de SouzaWN/AWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3889Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2012
4094Rodrigo RanieriRodrigo RanieriWSubmissionWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4100Andre SimoesWKatagatameWorld Champ.100KG4F2012
4103Andre CamposWBaseball chokeWorld Champ.100KGSF2012
4233James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPointsNoGi Worlds100KG4F2012
4257Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2012
4278Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPointsEuropean NoGiABSSF2012
4406Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWOmoplataEuropean OpenABS4F2013
4411Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x0European OpenABSSF2013
4436Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 4x0European Open100KGF2013
4484UnknownWSubmissionPan AmericanABSR12013
4496Brent PrimusWArmbarPan AmericanABSR22013
4501DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 12x0Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4711Israel ReyesWN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4724Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4731Leandro LoLeandro LoWPointsWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4789Lucas SachsWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4793Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangleWorld Champ.100KGSF2013
4795Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGF2013
5369Roger AmbrosiWSubmissionPan American100KGR12014
5374Bernardo SiqueiraWChoke from backPan American100KG4F2014
5377Andre CamposWSubmissionPan American100KGSF2014
5661Gustavo SilvaWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5671Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR32014
5680Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWPts: 8x0World Champ.ABS4F2014
5808Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2014
5810Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 8x5World Champ.100KGSF2014
5966Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 9x2NoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
5970Josh HingerJosh HingerWArmbarNoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6056Gustavo PiresGustavo PiresWTriangleIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGSF2014
6057Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWChoke from backIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGF2014
6078Tiago GiussaniWKneebarNYC ProO100KGSF2014
6079Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWKneebarNYC ProO100KGF2014
6699Daniel CobbWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22015
6710AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPointsPan AmericanABSR32015
6716Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 9x4Pan AmericanABS4F2015
6720Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSSF2015
6722Leandro LoLeandro LoWLapel chokePan AmericanABSF2015
6827Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 8x0Pan American100KG4F2015
6831Erberth SantosErberth SantosWKneebarPan American100KGSF2015
7337Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS8F2015
7339Erberth SantosErberth SantosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABS4F2015
7342Leandro LoLeandro LoWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2015
7454Pedro MouraWArmbarWorld Champ.100KG4F2015
7455Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7457Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 8x2World Champ.100KGF2015
9316Ezra LenonWDogbarPan AmericanABSR22016
9320Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWTrianglePan AmericanABS8F2016
9328Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWDogbarPan AmericanABS4F2016
9329Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWChoke from backPan AmericanABSSF2016
9331Leandro LoLeandro LoWArm in ezekielPan AmericanABSF2016
10016Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.ABSR22016
10026Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWDogbar/KneebarWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
10034Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWPointsWorld Champ.ABS4F2016
12889Valdir JuniorWPts: 16x0World Champ.ABS8F2017
13065Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 5x2World Champ.100KG4F2017
13067Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 6x6, AdvWorld Champ.100KGSF2017

Bernardo Faria vs Tiago Gaia (Nova Uniao)

Bernardo Farias European 2010 (Absolute Division)

 

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5 Comments

  • kingwilly says:

    I'm not 100% sure but I believe Ricardo Marques is a black belt under Murilo Bustamante. What I am 100% sure about is that he is not a black belt directly under Carlson Gracie Sr. but from one of his black belts.

  • Leonardo Pires says:

    Ricardo is a black belt under Bolao but I don't know his name or who gave him a Black Belt.

    • bjjheroes says:

      Thank you Leonardo, I just spoke to Sergio Souza (Bolão) who confirmed Ricardo Marques received his black belt from him. Marques was s student of Roberto Atalla until his brown belt after which he moved to Sergio's team where he received his BB. I have updated the lineage now.

      Thanks again for mentioning this.

  • Elijio Martinez says:

    You guys are so very humble , I have from wrestling spartan races sprained shouder knee Achilles strain, torn calf muscle how do you guys tell your self not to be afraid not to get hurt mentally, I try breathing I want to learn how to really relax in a grappling match and everyday life how to stay focused thank you

  • Ron says:

    Would love to see Bernardo compete again. He is still so young!

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