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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

    35 (38%)
    7 (8%)
    41 (44%)
    8 (9%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)


Choke from back
Mounted X choke
Arm in Ezekiel
Bow and arrow
Triangle armbar
Inverted triangle
Reverse triangle
Shoulder pressure
Choke from mount
    20 (61%)
    5 (15%)
    3 (9%)
    5 (15%)
    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
5368Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2Pan American82KG4F2014
5545Claudio MattosClaudio MattosLReferee DecisionBrasileiro82KGSF2014
5709Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 5x0World Champ.ABSR32014
6494Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLReferee DecisionEuropeanABSR32015
6695Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvLondon WOABSF2015
7037Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
7457Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLPts: 3x0World Champ.82KG8F2015
8444Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
8490Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLToe holdNoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8943Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open82KGSF2016
9131Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 4x2London WO94KGF2016
9136Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 5x2London WOABSSF2016
9620Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLPts: 2x0World Pro85KG8F2016
10024Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 8x0World Champ.88KG8F2016
10924Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 11x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2016
11708Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLReferee DecisionADCC SP Trials88KGSF2017
12603Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLKneebarWP BR Qualifier85KGF2017
14148Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Fall NG.OABSF2017
14694Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KGSF2017
14933Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 2x0European Open88KG4F2018
15124Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 4x2British Nat. ProABSF2018
15512Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLToe holdGrand Slam LDN85KGF2018
16049Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0King of Mats85KGRR2018
16555Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
16820Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 7x0ACBJJ World85KGF2018
16835Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 2x0ACBJJ WorldABS4F2018
16918Vinicius GazolaLReferee DecisionSpider Inv. 4FO76KGSPF2018
19268Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 6x0London WOABSF2019
19432Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 5x0Grand Slam LDN85KGF2019
22205Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 10x6KOM85KGSPF2019
30246Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLReferee DecisionADCC BR2 Trials88KG8F2022
32246Gabriel CostaGabriel CostaLPts: 2x2Grand Slam AD85KGSF2022
4333Daniel GarciaDaniel GarciaWPointsSouth American88KGSF2013
4335Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWChoke from backSouth American88KGF2013
5161Mathias RibeiroWPointsLondon Open82KG4F2013
5366Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWKneebarPan American82KGR12014
6097Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi88KGF2014
6373Martin AedmaWChoke from backFinnish OpenABSSF2015
6374S. BroscheWDQFinnish OpenABSF2015
6481Sebastian LecoqWChoke from mountEuropeanABSR22015
6680Ygor DantasWBow and arrowLondon WO82KG4F2015
6682Keith McKenzieKeith McKenzieWChoke from backLondon WO82KGF2015
6692UnknownWMounted X chokeLondon WOABS4F2015
6693Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 6x4London WOABSSF2015
7446Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7737Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 12x0London Open82KGF2015
8435Ezra LenonWArmbarNoGi Worlds85KG8F2015
8440Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWArmbarNoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8471Rodrigo SilvaWPts: 6x0NoGi WorldsABSR12015
8817Lecocq SébastienWMounted X chokeLondon Fall Open82KGSF2015
8818Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPointsLondon Fall Open82KGF2015
8822UnknownWMounted X chokeLondon Fall OpenABS4F2015
8823T. JohannessenWPointsLondon Fall OpenABSSF2015
8825Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 4x2London Fall OpenABSF2015
8827Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWTriangle armbarLondon NoGi F. O.85KGF2015
8828Alan OliveiraWKatagatameLondon NoGi F. O.ABSF2015
8842Sergio LourencoD---Super 1585KGSPF2015
8938Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 15x0European Open82KGR22016
8940Vinicius de CastroWInverted triangleEuropean Open82KG4F2016
9130Hassine AzarkanWArmbarLondon WO94KGSF2016
9213Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWArmbarGrand Slam LDN85KGF2016
9615Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 2x0World Pro85KGR12016
10866Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWReferee DecisionPolaris 485KGSPF2016
10917Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KGR12016
10921Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
10922Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KGSF2016
11755Ludy GoulartWPointsADCC RJ88KGR22017
11757Wesley LoboWPointsADCC RJ88KG8F2017
12060Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWArmbarGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2017
12062Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWEzekielGrand Slam LDN85KGF2017
12593Andre ReisWPts: 13x0WP BR Qualifier85KGR12017
12597Diego BorgesDiego BorgesWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KG4F2017
12601Rafael CarvalhoWEzekielWP BR Qualifier85KGSF2017
14142Joachim SveinsonWPointsLondon Fall NG.O85KGSF2017
14143Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPointsLondon Fall NG.O85KGF2017
14145Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWReverse triangleLondon Fall NG.OABS4F2017
14146Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPointsLondon Fall NG.OABSSF2017
14691Craig JonesCraig JonesWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
14829Luis VenturinoWChoke from backGrand Slam AD85KG4F2018
14832Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWPts: 3x0Grand Slam AD85KGSF2018
14834Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD85KGF2018
14930Rudson MateusRudson MateusWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open88KGR12018
15119Bradley HillWDQBritish Nat. Pro85KGF2018
15123Jamie HughesWSubmissionBritish Nat. ProABSSF2018
15227Marc AkakpoviWPts: 9x0Netherlands Pro85KGSF2018
15228Maciej KozakWShoulder pressureNetherlands Pro85KGF2018
15233Marc AkakpoviWPts: 29x0Netherlands ProABSR12018
15507Bruno RealeWMounted X chokeGrand Slam LDN85KGR12018
15511Max LindbladMax LindbladWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2018
15557Aliaksandr VaraWChokeACB European85KGSF2018
15558Ayub M.WPts: 6x0ACB European85KGF2018
15907Bruno RealeWSubmissionTorino ChallengeABS4F2018
15910Ronaldo JesusWChokeTorino ChallengeABSSF2018
15912Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWSubmissionTorino ChallengeABSF2018
15913Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPts: 4x2Torino Challenge88KGSF2018
15914Stefan CroitoruWSubmissionTorino Challenge88KGF2018
16044Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats85KGRR2018
16051Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWReferee DecisionKing of Mats85KGSF2018
16052Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats85KGF2018
16399Ayub MagomadovWArm in EzekielParis Spring Open88KGF2018
16550Thiago SaThiago SaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12018
16814Maciej KozakWChokeACBJJ World85KGR12018
16819Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWReferee DecisionACBJJ World85KGSF2018
17945Douglas MayerWSubmissionGerman Nat. Pro85KG4F2018
17947Marc AkakpoviWChoke from backGerman Nat. Pro85KGSF2018
17948Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWPts: 8x0German Nat. Pro85KGF2018
18197Gabriel CronembergerWChokeItaly Nat. Pro94KGSF2018
18199Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 9x0Italy Nat. Pro94KGF2018
19206Jamie HughesWChokeUK National Pro94KGF2019
19261Jacopo PasquiniWN/ALondon WO88KGF2019
19265Chris IlaganWN/ALondon WOABS4F2019
19267Dimitri VostrivovWN/ALondon WOABSSF2019
19431Igor SousaWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2019
21377Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusD---Battle Grapple85KGSPF2019
22290A. VieiraWEzekielGrand Slam RJ85KGR12019
22295Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ85KG4F2019
22297Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWArm in EzekielGrand Slam RJ85KGSF2019
22298Igor SousaWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ85KGF2019
22960Bredley HillWPts: 14x0Grand Slam AD85KG4F2020
22962Max LindbladMax LindbladWPointsGrand Slam AD85KGSF2020
22964Julio AnjosJulio AnjosWPointsGrand Slam AD85KGF2020
30207Rafael BernardesWKatagatameADCC BR2 Trials88KGR22022
30233Rafael TolmosWReferee DecisionADCC BR2 Trials88KGR32022
32243Nader BakerWChoke from backGrand Slam AD85KG4F2022
32250Caio MendoncaWMounted X chokeGrand Slam AD85KGRPC2022
32251P. CadeteWPts: 6x0Grand Slam AD85KG3RD2022

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