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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

114 WINS
    38 (33%)
    9 (8%)
    51 (45%)
    13 (11%)
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)


Choke from back
Mounted X choke
Arm in Ezekiel
Inside heel hook
Bow and arrow
Triangle armbar
Inverted triangle
Reverse triangle
Shoulder pressure
Choke from mount
    26 (60%)
    7 (16%)
    3 (7%)
    7 (16%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Toe hold

C. Negromonte Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4450Fernando TerereFernando TerereLPts: 4x0European Open82KG4F2013
5374Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2Pan American82KG4F2014
5551Claudio MattosClaudio MattosLReferee DecisionBrasileiro82KGSF2014
5715Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 5x0World Champ.ABSR32014
6500Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLReferee DecisionEuropeanABSR32015
6701Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvLondon WOABSF2015
7043Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
7463Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLPts: 3x0World Champ.82KG8F2015
8450Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
8496Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLToe holdNoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8949Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open82KGSF2016
9137Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 4x2London WO94KGF2016
9142Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 5x2London WOABSSF2016
9626Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLPts: 2x0World Pro85KG8F2016
10030Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 8x0World Champ.88KG8F2016
10930Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 11x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2016
11714Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLReferee DecisionADCC SP Trials88KGSF2017
12610Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLKneebarWP BR Qualifier85KGF2017
14155Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvLondon FNGOABSF2017
14701Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KGSF2017
14940Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 2x0European Open88KG4F2018
15131Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 4x2British Nat. ProABSF2018
15519Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLToe holdGrand Slam LDN85KGF2018
16056Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0King of Mats85KGRR2018
16562Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
16832Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 7x0ACBJJ World85KGF2018
16847Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 2x0ACBJJ WorldABS4F2018
16930Vinicius GazolaLReferee DecisionSpider Inv. 4FO76KGSPF2018
19293Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 6x0London WOABSF2019
19457Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 5x0Grand Slam LDN85KGF2019
22243Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 10x6KOM85KGSPF2019
30365Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLReferee DecisionADCC BR2 Trials88KG8F2022
32394Gabriel CostaGabriel CostaLPts: 2x2Grand Slam AD85KGSF2022
34050Leon BritoLeon BritoLPts: 2x1Grand Slam RJ85KG4F2022
34057Gabriel CostaGabriel CostaLPts: 3x2Grand Slam RJ85KGRPC2022
34342Elionai BrazLPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi91KGR12022
34374Wallace CostaWallace CostaLPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGiABS4F2022
35706Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLAdvLondon FNGOABSF2022
36925Vagner RochaVagner RochaLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds91KGSF2022
38336Catriel OliveiraCatriel OliveiraLPts: 2x0ADGS LDN94KG4F2023
41242Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLReferee DecisionHonor Challenge85KGSPF2023
44314Tyler FreemanLReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi91KG4F2023
45796Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLPts: 2x0NoGi World91KG4F2023
4339Daniel GarciaDaniel GarciaWPointsSouth American88KGSF2013
4341Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWChoke from backSouth American88KGF2013
5167Mathias RibeiroWPointsLondon Open82KG4F2013
5372Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWKneebarPan American82KGR12014
6103Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi88KGF2014
6379Martin AedmaWChoke from backFinnish OpenABSSF2015
6380S. BroscheWDQFinnish OpenABSF2015
6487Sebastian LecoqWChoke from mountEuropeanABSR22015
6686Ygor DantasWBow and arrowLondon WO82KG4F2015
6688Keith McKenzieKeith McKenzieWChoke from backLondon WO82KGF2015
6698UnknownWMounted X chokeLondon WOABS4F2015
6699Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 6x4London WOABSSF2015
7452Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7743Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 12x0London Open82KGF2015
8441Ezra LenonWArmbarNoGi Worlds85KG8F2015
8446Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWArmbarNoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8477Rodrigo SilvaWPts: 6x0NoGi WorldsABSR12015
8823Lecocq SébastienWMounted X chokeLondon FO82KGSF2015
8824Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPointsLondon FO82KGF2015
8828UnknownWMounted X chokeLondon FOABS4F2015
8829T. JohannessenWPointsLondon FOABSSF2015
8831Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 4x2London FOABSF2015
8833Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWTriangle armbarLondon FNGO85KGF2015
8834Alan OliveiraWKatagatameLondon FNGOABSF2015
8848Sergio LourencoD---Super 1585KGSPF2015
8944Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 15x0European Open82KGR22016
8946Vinicius de CastroWInverted triangleEuropean Open82KG4F2016
9136Hassine AzarkanWArmbarLondon WO94KGSF2016
9219Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWArmbarGrand Slam LDN85KGF2016
9621Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 2x0World Pro85KGR12016
10872Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWReferee DecisionPolaris 485KGSPF2016
10923Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KGR12016
10927Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
10928Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KGSF2016
11761Ludy GoulartWPointsADCC RJ88KGR22017
11763Wesley LoboWPointsADCC RJ88KG8F2017
12066Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWArmbarGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2017
12068Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWEzekielGrand Slam LDN85KGF2017
12600Andre ReisWPts: 13x0WP BR Qualifier85KGR12017
12604Diego BorgesDiego BorgesWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KG4F2017
12608Rafael CarvalhoWEzekielWP BR Qualifier85KGSF2017
14149Joachim SveinsonWPointsLondon FNGO85KGSF2017
14150Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPointsLondon FNGO85KGF2017
14152Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWReverse triangleLondon FNGOABS4F2017
14153Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPointsLondon FNGOABSSF2017
14698Craig JonesCraig JonesWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
14836Luis VenturinoWChoke from backGrand Slam AD85KG4F2018
14839Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWPts: 3x0Grand Slam AD85KGSF2018
14841Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD85KGF2018
14937Rudson MateusRudson MateusWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open88KGR12018
15126Bradley HillWDQBritish Nat. Pro85KGF2018
15130Jamie HughesWSubmissionBritish Nat. ProABSSF2018
15234Marc AkakpoviWPts: 9x0Netherlands Pro85KGSF2018
15235Maciej KozakWShoulder pressureNetherlands Pro85KGF2018
15240Marc AkakpoviWPts: 29x0Netherlands ProABSR12018
15514Bruno RealeWMounted X chokeGrand Slam LDN85KGR12018
15518Max LindbladMax LindbladWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2018
15564Aliaksandr VaraWChokeACB European85KGSF2018
15565Ayub M.WPts: 6x0ACB European85KGF2018
15914Bruno RealeWSubmissionTorino ChallengeABS4F2018
15917Ronaldo JesusWChokeTorino ChallengeABSSF2018
15919Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWSubmissionTorino ChallengeABSF2018
15920Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPts: 4x2Torino Challenge88KGSF2018
15921Stefan CroitoruWSubmissionTorino Challenge88KGF2018
16051Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats85KGRR2018
16058Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWReferee DecisionKing of Mats85KGSF2018
16059Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats85KGF2018
16406Ayub MagomadovWArm in EzekielParis Spring Open88KGF2018
16557Thiago SaThiago SaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12018
16826Maciej KozakWChokeACBJJ World85KGR12018
16831Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWReferee DecisionACBJJ World85KGSF2018
17964Douglas MayerWSubmissionGerman Nat. Pro85KG4F2018
17966Marc AkakpoviWChoke from backGerman Nat. Pro85KGSF2018
17967Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWPts: 8x0German Nat. Pro85KGF2018
18219Gabriel CronembergerWChokeItaly Nat. Pro94KGSF2018
18221Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 9x0Italy Nat. Pro94KGF2018
19230Jamie HughesWChokeUK National Pro94KGF2019
19286Jacopo PasquiniWN/ALondon WO88KGF2019
19290Chris IlaganWN/ALondon WOABS4F2019
19292Dimitri VostrivovWN/ALondon WOABSSF2019
19456Igor SousaWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2019
21403Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusD---Battle Grapple85KGSPF2019
22332A. VieiraWEzekielGrand Slam RJ85KGR12019
22337Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ85KG4F2019
22339Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWArm in EzekielGrand Slam RJ85KGSF2019
22340Igor SousaWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ85KGF2019
23002Bredley HillWPts: 14x0Grand Slam AD85KG4F2020
23004Max LindbladMax LindbladWPointsGrand Slam AD85KGSF2020
23006Julio AnjosJulio AnjosWPointsGrand Slam AD85KGF2020
30326Rafael BernardesWKatagatameADCC BR2 Trials88KGR22022
30352Rafael TolmosWReferee DecisionADCC BR2 Trials88KGR32022
32391Nader BakerWChoke from backGrand Slam AD85KG4F2022
32398Caio MendoncaWMounted X chokeGrand Slam AD85KGRPC2022
32399P. CadeteWPts: 6x0Grand Slam AD85KG3RD2022
34033Vital NetoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ85KGR12022
34044Pedro CostaWPts: 10x2Grand Slam RJ85KG8F2022
34364Felipe LucasWKatagatameBrasileiro NoGiABSR12022
34366Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWPts: 7x0Brasileiro NoGiABS8F2022
35698Hugh FletcherWRNCLondon FNGO91KGSF2022
35699Janis RiekstinsWPointsLondon FNGO91KGF2022
35703Max LindbladMax LindbladWKatagatameLondon FNGOABS4F2022
35705Michael NearyWRNCLondon FNGOABSSF2022
36923Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds91KG4F2022
37610Igor SousaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam SYD94KGF2023
43211Matheus HenriqueiWInside heel hookBrasileiro NoGi91KG4F2023
43213Jardel CostaWKatagatameBrasileiro NoGi91KGSF2023
43215Leonardo GoncalvesWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro NoGi91KGF2023
44309Manuel PilatoWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGi91KGR12023
45790Matheus LutesMatheus LutesWKatagatameNoGi World91KGR22023
47298L. MendonzaWRNCADCC BRA 188KGR12024
47309G. SantosWInside heel hookADCC BRA 188KGR22024
47318Tyrone GonsalvesWPts: 0x0, PenADCC BRA 188KG8F2024
47325Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWReferee DecisionADCC BRA 188KG4F2024
47329Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWReferee DecisionADCC BRA 188KGSF2024
47331Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWRNCADCC BRA 188KGF2024

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