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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
Armbar
4
1
#ff9124
Triangle
4
1
#bf1f6c
Arm in Ezekiel
4
1
#22c9a5
Footlock
4
1
#fad223
Ankle lock
4
1
#03861f
Botinha
4
1
#039a1f
Choke
4
1
#03b41f
Submission
4
1
#03c61f
Verbal tap
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
Toe hold
40
2
#86e620
Kneebar
40
2
#5AD3D1
RNC
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Cassio Francis Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2819Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLPointsSulamericanoABSNA2011
2828Fabiano BoiLKneebarPanamericano94KGNA2011
2829Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiLPointsPanamericanoABSNA2011
4868Cássio LisboaLReferee DecisionBrasileiro Sud.94KGF2013
4873Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsBrasileiro CBJJEABSNA2013
5229Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoLAdvWorld Pro Trial94KGSF2014
5509Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLPointsBrasileiroABSR12014
5860Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLAdvRio OpenABS4F2014
6119Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 3x0Rio BJJ ProO94KGSF2014
7242Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiroABS4F2015
7474Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
7894Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLRNCADCC99KG4F2015
8305Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoLPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGiABSR12015
8349Otavio NalatiLReferee DecisionSP National ProO77KG4F2015
8691Erberth SantosErberth SantosLKneebarGrand Slam RJABS4F2015
8950Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 6x4European Open100KG4F2016
9770Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLToe holdBrasileiro94KGSF2016
10026Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.94KGSF2016
10660Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLReferee DecisionNoGi Pan AmsABSSF2016
10742Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio105KGRR2016
10745Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdCopa Podio105KGRR2016
10750I. BahienseLPts: 5x2Copa Podio105KGRR2016
16618Otavio NalatiLN/ABH Winter OpenO100KGF2018
2818Jefferson ConceiçãoWVerbal tapSulamericanoABSNA2011
2820Grimaldo OliveiraWKneebarBrasileiro CBJJE94KGNA2011
2821Raggi JuniorWArmbarBrasileiro CBJJE94KGNA2011
2825Alexandre CordeiroWBow and arrowXXII Interclubes100KGSF2011
2826Luiz PereiraWTriangleXXII Interclubes100KGF2011
2827Dalton RégisWToe holdPanamericano94KGNA2011
4865Josimar JuniorWArm in EzekielBrasileiro Sud.ABS4F2013
4866Alex SilvaWWristlockBrasileiro Sud.ABSSF2013
4867Cássio LisboaWWristlockBrasileiro Sud.ABSF2013
4872Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPointsBrasileiro CBJJEABSNA2013
5178Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPointsSP OpenABSF2013
5180Petrônio BatistaWWristlockLeao Dourado CupABSSF2013
5181Leandro BeinrothWChoke from backLeao Dourado CupABSF2013
6303V. HonorioWPointsThe TeamO85KGRR2014
6362Augusto LessaWBow and arrowPanamericanoABSSF2015
6363Evandro ResendeWWristlockPanamericanoABSF2015
7051Erberth SantosErberth SantosWFootlockADCC SP99KGR12015
7052Jorge LuisWRNCADCC SP99KGSF2015
7053Armando SapoWRNCADCC SP99KGF2015
7466Manuel DiazWToe HoldWorld Champ.94KG8F2015
7889Tobias GWN/AADCC99KGR12015
8302Bruno CuppariWPointsBrasileiro NoGi100KGSF2015
8303Ivan TomicWAnkle lockBrasileiro NoGi100KGF2015
8346Pedro PimentaWBotinhaSP National ProO77KGR12015
8664Rodrigo AlmeidaWChokeGrand Slam RJABSR12015
8676Luiz SilvaWChoke from backGrand Slam RJABSR22015
8684Jair NetoWSubmissionGrand Slam RJABS8F2015
8946Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 6x2European Open100KGR12016
9159Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWChoke from backRio Summer Open94KGSF2016
9165Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroWToe holdRio Summer OpenABS4F2016
9168Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x0Rio Summer OpenABSSF2016
9169Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWKneebarRio Summer OpenABSF2016
9308Herico HesleyWKneebarPan American94KG4F2016
9312Diego HerzogWN/APan American94KGSF2016
9313Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2016
9764Andre CassioWN/ABrasileiro94KGR12016
9769Igor MarquesWN/ABrasileiro94KG4F2016
10018R. TorralbasWPts: 11x0World Champ.94KGR12016
10022Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
10453Diego PereiraWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro Equipes94KGR12016
10652Fernando ReisFernando ReisWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Ams97KGF2016
10658Vinicius SoaresWPts: 27x2NoGi Pan AmsABS4F2016
11806Romes RamosWPointsBH Summer Open100KGSF2017
11807Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWChoke from backBH Summer Open100KGF2017
14482Marcos GoulartWPointsBrasilia Open100KGF2017
14485Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWKneebarBrasilia OpenABSSF2017
14486Igor MarquesWPointsBrasilia OpenABSF2017

Cassio Francis vs Alex Silva

Cassio Francis vs Petronio Batista

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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