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Cassio Francis

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Cassio Francis, commonly known as “Cassão” is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Vinícius “Draculino” Magalhães, being one of the strongest heavyweight competitors produced by the famous Gracie Barra instructor. Francis is also a great example of a persevering mind: In 2011 Francis was told he would never be able to compete again due to a spinal injury. Overcoming the odds, Cassio returned to the sport two years later as strong as ever, regaining his spot as a contender in the heavyweight division.

Cassio Francis Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Cássio Francis da Silva

Nickname: “Cassão” which means Big Cassio in Portuguese jargon. The name coming obviously from Francis’ impressive physique.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Vinicius Magalhães > Cassio Francis

Main Achievements:

  • Pan American Championship (2016)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2014/2015)
  • Brazilian National No-Gi Champion (2009 brown, 2014/2015)
  • South American Champion (2010 brown, 2013)
  • Rio International Open Champion (2014)
  • Rio Summer Open Champion (2016 absolute)
  • European Open Championship Runner-up (2009 brown)
  • South American Championship Runner-up (2009 brown)
  • Brazilian National Championship Runner-up (2010 brown)
  • Brazilian National No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2009 brown absolute)
  • Rio Summer Open Championship Runner-up (2016)
  • Rio International Open 3rd Runner-up (2008 purple, 2009 brown)
  • World Championship 3rd Place (2016)
  • Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2010 brown)
  • Brazilian National Championship 3rd Place (2011/2016)

Favorite Position/Technique: Wristlock

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

Team/Association: Gracie Barra BH

Casio Francis Biography

Cassio Francis was born on the June 18, 1983 in Belo Horizonte – state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Francis was drawn to jiu jitsu as a teenager by watching Royce Gracie fight in the UFC. Cassio was skinny as a child and related to the Gracie’s physique when competing against bigger opponents. At 19 years of age Cassão finally stepped on the mats for the first time, joining the class of Vinícius Magalhães, the famous “Draculino”.

All of Cassio’s belt promotions were handed by Draculino, the black belt occurring on the 21st of December, 2010.

What looked like a promising jiu jitsu career almost came to a full stop in 2011 when Cassio’s doctors found 3 herniated discs in his lower back (L3 – L4, L4 – L5 and in between L5 and S1). An injury caused by Francis’ intense weight lifting regime.

Although two doctors distinct doctors told Cassio his career was over, he did not accept their decision, taking two years off competition to heal his spine and phase back into training. Once returned to the international jiu jitsu circuit in late 2013, Francis picked up where he left off with incredible performances, making himself one of the tougher names in the heavyweight division and conquering numerous important medals.

Cassio Francis Grappling Record

47 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    16 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    28 (60%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

28 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kneebar
14
4
#86e620
Wristlock
14
4
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
14
4
#d1212a
Toe hold
11
3
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
7
2
#f58822
RNC
7
2
#224aba
Choke
4
1
#ff9124
Submission
4
1
#bf1f6c
Verbal tap
4
1
#22c9a5
Armbar
4
1
#fad223
Triangle
4
1
#03861f
Arm in ezekiel
4
1
#039a1f
Footlock
4
1
#03b41f
Ankle lock
4
1
#03c61f
Botinha
4
1
28
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (26%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Kneebar
40
2
#86e620
Toe hold
40
2
#5AD3D1
RNC
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Cassio Francis Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2818Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLPointsSulamericanoABSNA2011
2827Fabiano BoiLKneebarPanamericano94KGNA2011
2828Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiLPointsPanamericanoABSNA2011
4865Cássio LisboaLReferee DecisionBrasileiro Sud.94KGF2013
4870Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsBrasileiro CBJJEABSNA2013
5226Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoLAdvWorld Pro Trial94KGSF2014
5505Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLPointsBrasileiroABSR12014
5856Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLAdvRio OpenABS4F2014
6115Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 3x0Rio BJJ ProO94KGSF2014
7236Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiroABS4F2015
7468Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
7888Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLRNCADCC99KG4F2015
8299Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoLPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGiABSR12015
8343Otavio NalatiLReferee DecisionSP National ProO77KG4F2015
8685Erberth SantosErberth SantosLKneebarGrand Slam RJABS4F2015
8934Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 6x4European Open100KG4F2016
9746Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLToe holdBrasileiro94KGSF2016
10001Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.94KGSF2016
10635Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLReferee DecisionNoGi Pan AmsABSSF2016
10715Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio105KGRR2016
10718Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdCopa Podio105KGRR2016
10723I. BahienseLPts: 5x2Copa Podio105KGRR2016
16463Otavio NalatiLN/ABH Winter OpenO100KGF2018
2817Jefferson ConceiçãoWVerbal tapSulamericanoABSNA2011
2819Grimaldo OliveiraWKneebarBrasileiro CBJJE94KGNA2011
2820Raggi JuniorWArmbarBrasileiro CBJJE94KGNA2011
2824Alexandre CordeiroWBow and arrowXXII Interclubes100KGSF2011
2825Luiz PereiraWTriangleXXII Interclubes100KGF2011
2826Dalton RégisWToe holdPanamericano94KGNA2011
4862Josimar JuniorWArm in ezekielBrasileiro Sud.ABS4F2013
4863Alex SilvaWWristlockBrasileiro Sud.ABSSF2013
4864Cássio LisboaWWristlockBrasileiro Sud.ABSF2013
4869Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPointsBrasileiro CBJJEABSNA2013
5175Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPointsSP OpenABSF2013
5177Petrônio BatistaWWristlockLeao Dourado CupABSSF2013
5178Leandro BeinrothWChoke from backLeao Dourado CupABSF2013
6299V. HonorioWPointsThe TeamO85KGRR2014
6358Augusto LessaWBow and arrowPanamericanoABSSF2015
6359Evandro ResendeWWristlockPanamericanoABSF2015
7045Erberth SantosErberth SantosWFootlockADCC SP99KGR12015
7046Jorge LuisWRNCADCC SP99KGSF2015
7047Armando SapoWRNCADCC SP99KGF2015
7460Manuel DiazWToe HoldWorld Champ.94KG8F2015
7883Tobias GWN/AADCC99KGR12015
8296Bruno CuppariWPointsBrasileiro NoGi100KGSF2015
8297Ivan TomicWAnkle lockBrasileiro NoGi100KGF2015
8340Pedro PimentaWBotinhaSP National ProO77KGR12015
8658Rodrigo AlmeidaWChokeGrand Slam RJABSR12015
8670Luiz SilvaWChoke from backGrand Slam RJABSR22015
8678Jair NetoWSubmissionGrand Slam RJABS8F2015
8930Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 6x2European Open100KGR12016
9141Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWChoke from backRio Summer Open94KGSF2016
9147Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroWToe holdRio Summer OpenABS4F2016
9150Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x0Rio Summer OpenABSSF2016
9151Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWKneebarRio Summer OpenABSF2016
9290Herico HesleyWKneebarPan American94KG4F2016
9294Diego HerzogWN/APan American94KGSF2016
9295Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2016
9740Andre CassioWN/ABrasileiro94KGR12016
9745Igor MarquesWN/ABrasileiro94KG4F2016
9993R. TorralbasWPts: 11x0World Champ.94KGR12016
9997Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
10428Diego PereiraWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro Equipes94KGR12016
10627Fernando ReisFernando ReisWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Ams97KGF2016
10633Vinicius SoaresWPts: 27x2NoGi Pan AmsABS4F2016
11755Romes RamosWPointsBH Summer Open100KGSF2017
11756Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWChoke from backBH Summer Open100KGF2017
14378Marcos GoulartWPointsBrasilia Open100KGF2017
14381Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWKneebarBrasilia OpenABSSF2017
14382Igor MarquesWPointsBrasilia OpenABSF2017

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