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Charles Negromonte

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Charles Negromonte is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Zé Radiola and a former member of Roger Gracie‘s Association (RGA). Widely regarded as one of the top medium-heavyweight competitors of his generation, Charles Negromonte earned his reputation by earning important medals of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro Tour (AJP) circuits such as the World No-Gi Championship, European Championships (Gi and No-Gi) as well as CBJJ’s Brazilian Nationals and the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam.

Charles Negromonte Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Charles Negromonte Santos

Nickname: Negromonte is often referenced as “Charlão” by his friends. A friendly way of saying Charles in Portuguese jargon.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > José Olímpio > Charles Negromonte

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open NOGI (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2013)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI (2014)
  • 1st Place AJP King of Mats (2018)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, LDN (2016)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, ADB Champion (2018 / 2020)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, RJN Champion (2019)
  • 1st Place AJP British National Pro (2019)
  • 1st Place ACB European Championship (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF London Open (2013)
  • 1st Place IBJJF London Winter Open (2015)
  • 1st Place Torino JJ Challenge (2018**)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2016)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI (2014*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open NOGI (2015*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF London Winter Open (2015*/2016)
  • 2nd Place ACB World Championship (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2016)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2013)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2012 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open Championship (2011 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2011 brown)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2010/2011 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Well-Rounded

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Roger Gracie Academy / ZR Team

Charles Negromonte Biography

Charles Negromonte was born on September 29, 1988, in Recife growing up in a nearby town named Paulista – both located in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco.

Although Charles spent a few months training judo when he was 6 years old, he had no particular interest in martial arts while growing up. Instead, Negromonte’s love lied in football (soccer), a sport he played competitively for years.

When Charles’ local football club was forced to close down due to financial difficulties, Negromonte turned his focus to skateboarding, an activity that he practiced relentlessly for a few years, even entering freestyle competitions.

In 2005 Charles Negromonte became aware of jiu-jitsu through his brother Orlando “Olhão”, who already practiced the gentle art in a neighboring academy. Around March that year, Charles decided to join that same grappling team, transferring his skating focus towards BJJ.

Negromonte remained with the local jiu-jitsu club all the way up to the brown belt rank, a time when he finished high school and decided to become a professional jiu-jitsu competitor. His life choice demanded a level of dedication he could not find at his gym, and for that reason, he decided to join Zé Radiola‘s team, one of the most prosperous grappling schools in the world. Due to the distance between his hometown and Radiola’s academy Charles chose to move into the gym, sleeping on the mats of the (then) Gracie Barra headquarters in Pernambuco.

It was also at the academy that Charles first started helping out with the classes, learning the coaching trade while picking up his first international coaching experience by spending 3 months in Poland, teaching jiu jitsu at the Copacabana academy – a gym affiliated with Braulio Estima at the time (Estima who was also a student of Radiola). After the Polish experience, Negromonte relocated to England for a while in order to train with Braulio and Victor Estima.

Charles spent a few years at brown belt, always making the podium of important tournaments in the International Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s (IBJJF) circuit, but never winning (and always losing either the final or semi-final by 2 points). In 2011 when the discussion to be promoted arose, Charles asked to stay another year in the division so he could break this “spell” that was haunting him. Unfortunately for Negromonte, 2012 brought him the same frustration and he was finally upgraded to black belt in July 1st of 2012.

After being promoted Charles Negromonte returned to England in preparation for a few up-and-coming events. While in the United Kingdom, training mainly with the Estima brothers in Birmingham, Negromonte also traveled regularly to London in order to train with the legendary Roger Gracie. With the strengthening of the relationship between Charles and the Gracie, Roger made an offer for Negromonte to move to London and join the Roger Gracie Academy team, an offer accepted after the nod by both coach Radiola and Braulio Estima.

As a black belt Negromonte’s career flourished, steering away from the bad luck he had as a brown belt by conquering important titles such as the South American Championship and the European No-Gi Open, among many others.

Cover photo by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

C. Negromonte Grappling Record

    34 (39%)
    7 (8%)
    38 (43%)
    7 (8%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)


Choke from back
Mounted X choke
Arm in Ezekiel
Choke from mount
Bow and arrow
Triangle armbar
Inverted triangle
Reverse triangle
Shoulder pressure
    19 (61%)
    5 (16%)
    3 (10%)
    4 (13%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Toe hold

C. Negromonte Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4444Fernando TerereFernando TerereLPts: 4x0European Open82KG4F2013
5358Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2Pan American82KG4F2014
5535Claudio MattosClaudio MattosLReferee DecisionBrasileiro82KGSF2014
5699Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 5x0World Champ.ABSR32014
6480Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLReferee DecisionEuropeanABSR32015
6681Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvLondon WOABSF2015
7023Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
7443Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLPts: 3x0World Champ.82KG8F2015
8430Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
8476Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLToe holdNoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8929Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open82KGSF2016
9117Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 4x2London WO94KGF2016
9122Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 5x2London WOABSSF2016
9606Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLPts: 2x0World Pro85KG8F2016
10010Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 8x0World Champ.88KG8F2016
10910Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 11x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2016
11689Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLReferee DecisionADCC SP Trials88KGSF2017
12584Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLKneebarWP BR Qualifier85KGF2017
14126Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Fall NG.OABSF2017
14668Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KGSF2017
14901Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 2x0European Open88KG4F2018
15088Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 4x2British Nat. ProABSF2018
15476Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLToe holdGrand Slam LDN85KGF2018
16013Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0King of Mats85KGRR2018
16517Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
16782Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 7x0ACBJJ World85KGF2018
16797Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 2x0ACBJJ WorldABS4F2018
16880Vinicius GazolaLReferee DecisionSpider Inv. 4FO76KGSPF2018
19203Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 6x0London W. OpenABSF2019
19365Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 5x0Grand Slam LDN85KGF2019
22122Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 10x6KOM85KGSPF2019
4333Daniel GarciaDaniel GarciaWPointsSouth American88KGSF2013
4335Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWChoke from backSouth American88KGF2013
5157Mathias RibeiroWPointsLondon Open82KG4F2013
5356Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWKneebarPan American82KGR12014
6087Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi88KGF2014
6359Martin AedmaWChoke from backFinnish OpenABSSF2015
6360S. BroscheWDQFinnish OpenABSF2015
6467Sebastian LecoqWChoke from mountEuropeanABSR22015
6666Ygor DantasWBow and arrowLondon WO82KG4F2015
6668Keith McKenzieKeith McKenzieWChoke from backLondon WO82KGF2015
6678UnknownWMounted X chokeLondon WOABS4F2015
6679Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 6x4London WOABSSF2015
7432Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7723Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 12x0London Open82KGF2015
8421Ezra LenonWArmbarNoGi Worlds85KG8F2015
8426Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWArmbarNoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8457Rodrigo SilvaWPts: 6x0NoGi WorldsABSR12015
8803Lecocq SébastienWMounted X chokeLondon Fall Open82KGSF2015
8804Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPointsLondon Fall Open82KGF2015
8808UnknownWMounted X chokeLondon Fall OpenABS4F2015
8809T. JohannessenWPointsLondon Fall OpenABSSF2015
8811Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 4x2London Fall OpenABSF2015
8813Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWTriangle armbarLondon NoGi F. O.85KGF2015
8814Alan OliveiraWKatagatameLondon NoGi F. O.ABSF2015
8828Sergio LourencoD---Super 1585KGSPF2015
8924Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 15x0European Open82KGR22016
8926Vinicius de CastroWInverted triangleEuropean Open82KG4F2016
9116Hassine AzarkanWArmbarLondon WO94KGSF2016
9199Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWArmbarGrand Slam LDN85KGF2016
9601Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 2x0World Pro85KGR12016
10852Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWReferee DecisionPolaris 485KGSPF2016
10903Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KGR12016
10907Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
10908Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KGSF2016
11736Ludy GoulartWPointsADCC RJ88KGR22017
11738Wesley LoboWPointsADCC RJ88KG8F2017
12041Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWArmbarGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2017
12043Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWEzekielGrand Slam LDN85KGF2017
12574Andre ReisWPts: 13x0WP BR Qualifier85KGR12017
12578Diego BorgesDiego BorgesWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KG4F2017
12582Rafael CarvalhoWEzekielWP BR Qualifier85KGSF2017
14120Joachim SveinsonWPointsLondon Fall NG.O85KGSF2017
14121Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPointsLondon Fall NG.O85KGF2017
14123Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWReverse triangleLondon Fall NG.OABS4F2017
14124Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPointsLondon Fall NG.OABSSF2017
14665Craig JonesCraig JonesWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
14797Luis VenturinoWChoke from backGrand Slam AD85KG4F2018
14800Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWPts: 3x0Grand Slam AD85KGSF2018
14802Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD85KGF2018
14898Rudson MateusRudson MateusWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open88KGR12018
15083Bradley HillWDQBritish Nat. Pro85KGF2018
15087Jamie HughesWSubmissionBritish Nat. ProABSSF2018
15191Marc AkakpoviWPts: 9x0Netherlands Pro85KGSF2018
15192Maciej KozakWShoulder pressureNetherlands Pro85KGF2018
15197Marc AkakpoviWPts: 29x0Netherlands ProABSR12018
15471Bruno RealeWMounted X chokeGrand Slam LDN85KGR12018
15475Max LindbladMax LindbladWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2018
15521Aliaksandr VaraWChokeACB European85KGSF2018
15522Ayub M.WPts: 6x0ACB European85KGF2018
15871Bruno RealeWSubmissionTorino ChallengeABS4F2018
15874Ronaldo JesusWChokeTorino ChallengeABSSF2018
15876Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWSubmissionTorino ChallengeABSF2018
15877Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPts: 4x2Torino Challenge88KGSF2018
15878Stefan CroitoruWSubmissionTorino Challenge88KGF2018
16008Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats85KGRR2018
16015Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWReferee DecisionKing of Mats85KGSF2018
16016Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats85KGF2018
16361Ayub MagomadovWArm in EzekielParis Spring Open88KGF2018
16512Thiago SaThiago SaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12018
16776Maciej KozakWChokeACBJJ World85KGR12018
16781Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWReferee DecisionACBJJ World85KGSF2018
17896Douglas MayerWSubmissionGerman Nat. Pro85KG4F2018
17898Marc AkakpoviWChoke from backGerman Nat. Pro85KGSF2018
17899Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWPts: 8x0German Nat. Pro85KGF2018
18143Gabriel CronembergerWChokeItaly Nat. Pro94KGSF2018
18145Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 9x0Italy Nat. Pro94KGF2018
19141Jamie HughesWChokeUK National Pro94KGF2019
19196Jacopo PasquiniWN/ALondon W. Open88KGF2019
19200Chris IlaganWN/ALondon W. OpenABS4F2019
19202Dimitri VostrivovWN/ALondon W. OpenABSSF2019
19364Igor SousaWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2019
21301Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusD---Battle Grapple85KGSPF2019
22206A. VieiraWEzekielGrand Slam RJ85KGR12019
22211Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ85KG4F2019
22213Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWArm in EzekielGrand Slam RJ85KGSF2019
22214Igor SousaWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ85KGF2019
22862Bredley HillWPts: 14x0Grand Slam AD85KG4F2020
22864Max LindbladMax LindbladWPointsGrand Slam AD85KGSF2020
22866Julio AnjosJulio AnjosWPointsGrand Slam AD85KGF2020

Charles Negromonte Highlight London Fall Open 2015

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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