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Celso “Celsinho” Venicius

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Arguably the best jiu jitsu lightweight competitor of the mid 2000’s period, Celso Venicius (Vinicius) – also known as “Celsinho” was graduated as a black belt by the legendary Roberto “Gordo”. Originally from the Gracie Barra academy, Celsinho became the head coach at the Ryan Gracie academy in Sao Paulo after the 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):

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

Favourite 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 then 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 jiu jitsu’s media. This happened when he fought on 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

55 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (58%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
18
2
#86e620
RNC
18
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle armbar
9
1
#d1212a
Kimura
9
1
#fad11b
Armbar
9
1
#f58822
Injury
9
1
#224aba
Choke
9
1
#ff9124
Guillotine
9
1
#bf1f6c
Arm in guillotine
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (26%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (30%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (9%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (26%)
  • 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
1148Carlos PortuguesCarlos PortuguesLAdvBrasileiro76KGF2005
1741Lucas LepriLucas LepriLKneebarWorld Champ.76KGSF2007
2503Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 7x2WPC Gr Trials74KGF2010
2624Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPointsWorld Pro.74KGSF2010
2673Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGF2010
2888Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvWorld Pro.74KGF2011
3085JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2011
5721Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2014
7776Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLAdvGrand Slam Tokyo77KGF2015
9878Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 8x7World Champ.82KG8F2016
10898Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam RJ77KGR22016
11672Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLArm in guillotineCopa Podio77KGRR2017
12871Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2017
13038Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLReferee DecisionSP BJJ Pro82KGF2017
13627JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2017
13650Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 6x0ADCCABSE12017
13994Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Rio Pro82KGF2017
14036Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KG8F2017
14257Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLReferee DecisionKasai Pro70KGF2017
15545Thiago BarretoThiago BarretoLReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2018
15579Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLPts: 0x0, AdvWP Br Qualifier77KGR12018
15990Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLDQWorld Champ.76KGR32018
16402J. GracieLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
1285R. BarbosaWPointsWorld Champ.76KGSF2005
1286Tiago AlvesTiago AlvesWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGF2005
1414Daisuke SugieWPts: 18x0World Champ.76KGR12006
1417Carlos DiegoWPts: 8x0World Champ.76KG4F2006
1422Adriano MartinsAdriano MartinsWPts: 10x0World Champ.76KGSF2006
1423Mario ReisMario ReisWPts: 5x0World Champ.76KGF2006
1518UnknownWPointsTeam Nationals88KG4F2006
1547Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 2x0Rio Teams GP76KGR12007
1548Marcelino FreitasMarcelino FreitasWPts: 2x0Rio Teams GP76KGSF2007
1583Michel MaiaWPts: 4x0Brasileiro76KGF2007
1856Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWReferee DecisionPan American76KGSF2008
1858Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 4x0Pan American76KGF2008
1907Jack McVickerJack McVickerWPts: 21x0World Champ.76KGR12008
1910DaisukeWPts: 14x0World Champ.76KGR22008
1912Rafael RosendoWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.76KG4F2008
1916Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPointsWorld Champ.76KGSF2008
1917Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGF2008
2365Orlando ZanettiWPts: 4x2Sul Americano76KGF2009
2501Mario ReisMario ReisWReferee DecisionWPC Gr Trials74KGSF2010
2622Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 16x0World Pro.74KGR12010
2623R. OlivierWKimuraWorld Pro.74KG4F2010
2665Tiago RochaTiago RochaWPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12010
2666Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWAdvWorld Champ.76KGR22010
2668Davi RamosDavi RamosWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG4F2010
2672Lucas LepriLucas LepriWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGSF2010
2886Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.74KGSF2011
2995Yuji OkamotoWArmbarWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
3452Mark RamosMark RamosWRNCUltimate Abs.76KGR12012
3457G. TononWPointsUltimate Abs.76KG4F2012
3460Renan BorgesWRNCUltimate Abs.76KGSF2012
3462Justin RaderJustin RaderWPointsUltimate Abs.76KGF2012
5716Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 5x2World Champ.76KGR12014
7775Kleber KoikeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam Tokyo77KGSF2015
8147Stephen MartinezWPts: 7x0Grand Slam LA77KG4F2015
8150Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGSF2015
8152Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiWInjuryGrand Slam LA77KGF2015
8538Rafael SuzukiWPts: 6x0Grand Slam RJ77KG8F2015
8542Pedro FernandesWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam RJ77KG4F2015
8543Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ77KGSF2015
8545Lucas ValleWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ77KGF2015
9861AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR22016
11668Delson HelenoDelson HelenoD---Copa Podio77KGRR2017
11680Wellington LuisWellington LuisWPts: 2x0Copa Podio77KGRR2017
11684Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPointsCopa Podio77KGRR2017
12861Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2017
13034Luciano BernertWN/ASP BJJ Pro82KG4F2017
13036Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWPts: 4x0SP BJJ Pro82KGSF2017
13622Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGE12017
13993Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWAdvIBJJF Rio Pro82KGSF2017
14031Geovani BernardoWChokeGrand Slam RJ77KGR12017
14246Edwin OcasioD---Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14249Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoD---Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14255Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWGuillotineKasai Pro70KGRR2017
15530Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2018
15534Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2018
15540Tiago BravoTiago BravoWReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2018
15971Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWArm in guillotineWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16397Rafael DutraWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018

Celso Venicius vs Orlando Zanetti (Sul Americano 2009)

Celso Venicius vs Mario Reis (Mundial 2006)

 

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