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Charles Negromonte is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Zé Radiola, and a member of Roger Gracie‘s RGA association. One of the most successful competitors in Europe’s grappling circuit, Charles Negromonte has conquered medals in important international events such as the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship and European Championships (Gi and No-Gi) as well as CBJJ’s Brazilian Nationals and the UAEJJF’s Abu Dhabi Grand Slam – London.

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: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > José Olímpio > Charles Negromonte

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF European No-Gi Open Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF South American Champion (2013)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National No-Gi Champion (2014)
  • UAEJJF King of Mats Champion (2018)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam Tour – London Champion (2016)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam Tour – Abu Dhabi Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF London International Open Champion (2013)
  • IBJJF London Winter Open Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi 2nd Place (2016)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National No-Gi 2nd Place (2014*)
  • IBJJF European No-GI Open 2nd Place (2015*)
  • IBJJF London Winter Open 2nd Place (2015*/2016)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi 3rd Place (2015)
  • IBJJF European Open 3rd Place (2016)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National 3rd Place (2013)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship Runner-up (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship Runner-up (2011 brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2011 brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 3rd Place (2010/2011 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Slide-in Choke from back

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 practised 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 neighbouring 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 brown belt, 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 home town 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 awhile 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 travelled 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, stearing 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
4443Fernando TerereFernando TerereLPts: 4x0European Open82KG4F2013
5354Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2Pan American82KG4F2014
5529Claudio MattosClaudio MattosLReferee DecisionBrasileiro82KGSF2014
5692Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 5x0World Champ.ABSR32014
6473Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLReferee DecisionEuropeanABSR32015
6672Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Winter Op.ABSF2015
7014Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
7434Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLPts: 3x0World Champ.82KG8F2015
8421Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
8467Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLToe holdNoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8920Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open82KGSF2016
9107Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 4x2London W. Open94KGF2016
9111Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 5x2London W. OpenABSSF2016
9593Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLPts: 2x0World Pro85KG8F2016
9996Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 8x0World Champ.88KG8F2016
10895Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 11x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2016
11664Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLReferee DecisionADCC SP Trials88KGSF2017
12551Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLKneebarWP BR Qualifier85KGF2017
14085Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Fall NG.OABSF2017
14627Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KGSF2017
14858Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 2x0European Open88KG4F2018
15040Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 4x2British Nat. ProABSF2018
15428Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLToe holdGrand Slam LDN85KGF2018
15965Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0King of Mats85KGRR2018
16469Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
16730Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 7x0ACBJJ World85KGF2018
16745Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 2x0ACBJJ WorldABS4F2018
16828Vinicius GazolaLReferee DecisionSpider Inv. 4FO76KGSPF2018
19107Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 6x0London W. OpenABSF2019
19267Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 5x0Grand Slam LDN85KGF2019
21966Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 10x6KOM85KGSPF2019
4334Daniel GarciaDaniel GarciaWPointsSouth American88KGSF2013
4336Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWChoke from backSouth American88KGF2013
5153Mathias RibeiroWPointsLondon Open82KG4F2013
5352Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWKneebarPan American82KGR12014
6080Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi88KGF2014
6352Martin AedmaWChoke from backFinnish OpenABSSF2015
6353S. BroscheWDQFinnish OpenABSF2015
6460Sebastian LecoqWChoke from mountEuropeanABSR22015
6659Ygor DantasWBow and arrowLondon Winter Op.82KG4F2015
6661Keith McKenzieKeith McKenzieWChoke from backLondon Winter Op.82KGF2015
6669UnknownWMounted X chokeLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6670Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 6x4London Winter Op.ABSSF2015
7423Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7714Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 12x0London Open82KGF2015
8412Ezra LenonWArmbarNoGi Worlds85KG8F2015
8417Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWArmbarNoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8448Rodrigo SilvaWPts: 6x0NoGi WorldsABSR12015
8794Lecocq SébastienWMounted X chokeLondon Fall Open82KGSF2015
8795Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPointsLondon Fall Open82KGF2015
8799UnknownWMounted X chokeLondon Fall OpenABS4F2015
8800T. JohannessenWPointsLondon Fall OpenABSSF2015
8802Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 4x2London Fall OpenABSF2015
8804Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWTriangle armbarLondon NoGi F. O.85KGF2015
8805Alan OliveiraWKatagatameLondon NoGi F. O.ABSF2015
8819Sergio LourencoD---Super 1585KGSPF2015
8915Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 15x0European Open82KGR22016
8917Vinicius de CastroWInverted triangleEuropean Open82KG4F2016
9106Hassine AzarkanWArmbarLondon W. Open94KGSF2016
9188Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWArmbarGrand Slam LDN85KGF2016
9588Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 2x0World Pro85KGR12016
10837Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWReferee DecisionPolaris 485KGSPF2016
10888Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KGR12016
10892Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
10893Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KGSF2016
11711Ludy GoulartWPointsADCC RJ88KGR22017
11713Wesley LoboWPointsADCC RJ88KG8F2017
12008Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWArmbarGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2017
12010Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWEzekielGrand Slam LDN85KGF2017
12541Andre ReisWPts: 13x0WP BR Qualifier85KGR12017
12545Diego BorgesDiego BorgesWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KG4F2017
12549Rafael CarvalhoWEzekielWP BR Qualifier85KGSF2017
14079Joachim SveinsonWPointsLondon Fall NG.O85KGSF2017
14080Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPointsLondon Fall NG.O85KGF2017
14082Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWReverse triangleLondon Fall NG.OABS4F2017
14083Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPointsLondon Fall NG.OABSSF2017
14624Craig JonesCraig JonesWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
14756Luis VenturinoWChoke from backGrand Slam AD85KG4F2018
14759Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWPts: 3x0Grand Slam AD85KGSF2018
14761Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD85KGF2018
14855Rudson MateusRudson MateusWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open88KGR12018
15035Bradley HillWDQBritish Nat. Pro85KGF2018
15039Jamie HughesWSubmissionBritish Nat. ProABSSF2018
15143Marc AkakpoviWPts: 9x0Netherlands Pro85KGSF2018
15144Maciej KozakWShoulder pressureNetherlands Pro85KGF2018
15149Marc AkakpoviWPts: 29x0Netherlands ProABSR12018
15423Bruno RealeWMounted X chokeGrand Slam LDN85KGR12018
15427Max LindbladMax LindbladWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2018
15473Aliaksandr VaraWChokeACB European85KGSF2018
15474Ayub M.WPts: 6x0ACB European85KGF2018
15823Bruno RealeWSubmissionTorino ChallengeABS4F2018
15826Ronaldo JesusWChokeTorino ChallengeABSSF2018
15828Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWSubmissionTorino ChallengeABSF2018
15829Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPts: 4x2Torino Challenge88KGSF2018
15830Stefan CroitoruWSubmissionTorino Challenge88KGF2018
15960Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats85KGRR2018
15967Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWReferee DecisionKing of Mats85KGSF2018
15968Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats85KGF2018
16313Ayub MagomadovWArm in EzekielParis Spring Open88KGF2018
16464Thiago SaThiago SaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12018
16724Maciej KozakWChokeACBJJ World85KGR12018
16729Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWReferee DecisionACBJJ World85KGSF2018
17832Douglas MayerWSubmissionGerman Nat. Pro85KG4F2018
17834Marc AkakpoviWChoke from backGerman Nat. Pro85KGSF2018
17835Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWPts: 8x0German Nat. Pro85KGF2018
18073Gabriel CronembergerWChokeItaly Nat. Pro94KGSF2018
18075Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 9x0Italy Nat. Pro94KGF2018
19047Jamie HughesWChokeUK National Pro94KGF2019
19100Jacopo PasquiniWN/ALondon W. Open88KGF2019
19104Chris IlaganWN/ALondon W. OpenABS4F2019
19106Dimitri VostrivovWN/ALondon W. OpenABSSF2019
19266Igor SousaWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2019
21157Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusD---Battle Grapple85KGSPF2019
22029A. VieiraWEzekielGrand Slam RJ85KGR12019
22034Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ85KG4F2019
22036Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWArm in EzekielGrand Slam RJ85KGSF2019
22037Igor SousaWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ85KGF2019
22651Bredley HillWPts: 14x0Grand Slam AD85KG4F2020
22653Max LindbladMax LindbladWPointsGrand Slam AD85KGSF2020
22655Julio AnjosJulio AnjosWPointsGrand Slam AD85KGF2020

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