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Celso Venicius (often written as Vinicius, and also named Celsinho) was arguably the best jiu-jitsu lightweight competitor of the mid-2000s period. Promoted to black belt by the legendary Roberto “Gordo”, Venicius was originally a Gracie Barra academy representative, later becoming the head coach at the Ryan Gracie Academy in Sao Paulo after Gracie’s tragic death in 2007. Celso Venicius has also ventured into MMA in the 2010’s decade.

Celso Venicius Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Celso Venícius Alves Pinho Júnior

Nickname: “Celsinho” means Little Celso.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Roberto Correa > Celso Venicius

Main Achievements (Black Belt):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2008/2006/2005)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan American Championship (2008)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2009)
  • 1st PlaceUltimate Absolute NYC 2 Champion (2011)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2011)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2007)

Favorite Position/Technique: Half Guard

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168.0 lbs)

Association/Team: Gordo JJ/Ryan Gracie JJ/ Gracie-Barra

Celso Venicius Biography

Celso Venicius was born on December 27, 1983, in Rio de Janeiro–Brazil. His interest in jiu-jitsu occurred after watching an MMA event on TV where he was amazed to see a BJJ practitioner’s style for the first time, admiring the way the grappler controlled the fight on the ground. He thought the ground game made it look more like it was all about technical ability rather than athleticism and so he decided to start looking for an academy to begin his training in jiu-jitsu, he found one in 1998.

Only two years later, Celsinho started making his mark in jiu-jitsu and being noticed by the media. This happened when he fought in the “Expert Adults Division” of a major grappling tournament being just 16 years old. Celso won his way to the final where he met another fighter that was already considered a prodigy Thiago Fernandes (RIP) from Nova União, the final lasted 20 minutes. The match ended as a draw and the organization awarded both fighters with the first prize.

As the years went by, Celso won more and more competitions solidifying himself as one of the hottest lightweight prospects in the world. In 2004 after he won the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships (Mundial) in the brown belt division, Celso Venicius received his black belt while standing on the podium from the hands of his long time master Roberto Correa.

Another big moment in Celso Venicius’s life came about in 2009 after the death of Ryan Gracie (jiu jitsu’s original “enfant terrible”). Ryan Gracie had one of the strongest teams in the São Paulo area (which combined had around 1000 students), with his passing these academies were left without a head coach. Celso Venicius was hired to take Ryan Gracie’s place. In fact, Mr Venicius said in an interview given to Tatame Magazine shortly after the takeover, that Ryan had contacted him previous to his death and asked him to join in as an assistant coach, which made the whole process easier.

At Ryan Gracie’s academy, Celso also started learning MMA. He began competing in smaller shows and his career as an MMA fighter started picking up some steam in 2011.

Celso Vinicius Grappling Record

56 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (57%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
20
2
#86e620
RNC
20
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle armbar
10
1
#d1212a
Kimura
10
1
#fad11b
Armbar
10
1
#f58822
Choke
10
1
#224aba
Guillotine
10
1
#ff9124
Arm in guillotine
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (31%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (8%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (27%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (4%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Kneebar
50
1
#86e620
Arm in guillotine
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Celso Vinicius Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1151Carlos PortuguesCarlos PortuguesLAdvBrasileiro76KGF2005
1745Lucas LepriLucas LepriLKneebarWorld Champ.76KGSF2007
2514Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 7x2WPC Gr Trials74KGF2010
2636Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPointsWorld Pro.74KGSF2010
2685Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGF2010
2910Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvWorld Pro.74KGF2011
3109JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2011
5766Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2014
7850Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLAdvGrand Slam TYO77KGF2015
9976Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 8x7World Champ.82KG8F2016
11018Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam RJ77KGR22016
11832Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLArm in guillotineCopa Podio77KGRR2017
13063Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2017
13232Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLReferee DecisionSP BJJ Pro82KGF2017
13836JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2017
13859Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 6x0ADCCABSE12017
14227Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Rio Pro82KGF2017
14272Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KG8F2017
14516Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLReferee DecisionKasai Pro70KGF2017
15952Thiago BarretoThiago BarretoLReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2018
15986Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLPts: 0x0, AdvWP Br Qualifier77KGR12018
16415Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLDQWorld Champ.76KGR32018
16864J. GracieLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
19145Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLAdvBJJ Stars82KGSPF2019
20754Vagner RochaVagner RochaLPts: 4x2KASAI SS Florida77KGSPF2019
21607Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionADCC77KG4F2019
1288R. BarbosaWPointsWorld Champ.76KGSF2005
1289Tiago AlvesTiago AlvesWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGF2005
1417Daisuke SugieWPts: 18x0World Champ.76KGR12006
1420Carlos DiegoWPts: 8x0World Champ.76KG4F2006
1425Adriano MartinsAdriano MartinsWPts: 10x0World Champ.76KGSF2006
1426Mario ReisMario ReisWPts: 5x0World Champ.76KGF2006
1521UnknownWPointsTeam Nationals88KG4F2006
1551Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 2x0Rio Teams GP76KGR12007
1552Marcelino FreitasMarcelino FreitasWPts: 2x0Rio Teams GP76KGSF2007
1587Michel MaiaWPts: 4x0Brasileiro76KGF2007
1863Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWReferee DecisionPan American76KGSF2008
1865Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 4x0Pan American76KGF2008
1914Jack McVickerJack McVickerWPts: 21x0World Champ.76KGR12008
1917DaisukeWPts: 14x0World Champ.76KGR22008
1919Rafael RosendoWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.76KG4F2008
1923Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPointsWorld Champ.76KGSF2008
1924Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGF2008
2375Orlando ZanettiWPts: 4x2Sul Americano76KGF2009
2512Mario ReisMario ReisWReferee DecisionWPC Gr Trials74KGSF2010
2634Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 16x0World Pro.74KGR12010
2635R. OlivierWKimuraWorld Pro.74KG4F2010
2677Tiago RochaTiago RochaWPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12010
2678Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWAdvWorld Champ.76KGR22010
2680Davi RamosDavi RamosWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG4F2010
2684Lucas LepriLucas LepriWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGSF2010
2908Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.74KGSF2011
3018Yuji OkamotoWArmbarWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
3482Mark RamosMark RamosWRNCUltimate Abs.76KGR12012
3487G. TononWPointsUltimate Abs.76KG4F2012
3490Renan BorgesWRNCUltimate Abs.76KGSF2012
3492Justin RaderJustin RaderWPointsUltimate Abs.76KGF2012
5761Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 5x2World Champ.76KGR12014
7849Kleber KoikeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam TYO77KGSF2015
8222Stephen MartinezWPts: 7x0Grand Slam LA77KG4F2015
8225Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGSF2015
8227Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiWInjuryGrand Slam LA77KGF2015
8613Rafael SuzukiWPts: 6x0Grand Slam RJ77KG8F2015
8617Pedro FernandesWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam RJ77KG4F2015
8618Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ77KGSF2015
8620Lucas ValleWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ77KGF2015
9959AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR22016
11828Delson HelenoDelson HelenoD---Copa Podio77KGRR2017
11840Wellington LuisWellington LuisWPts: 2x0Copa Podio77KGRR2017
11844Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPointsCopa Podio77KGRR2017
13053Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2017
13228Luciano BernertWN/ASP BJJ Pro82KG4F2017
13230Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWPts: 4x0SP BJJ Pro82KGSF2017
13831Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGE12017
14226Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWAdvIBJJF Rio Pro82KGSF2017
14267Geovani BernardoWChokeGrand Slam RJ77KGR12017
14505Edwin OcasioD---Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14508Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoD---Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14514Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWGuillotineKasai Pro70KGRR2017
15937Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2018
15941Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2018
15947Tiago BravoTiago BravoWReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2018
16396Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWArm in guillotineWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16859Rafael DutraWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
21603Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWReferee DecisionADCC77KGR12019

 

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