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Daniel Aquino Diniz Coelho Santos, commonly known as Daniel Diniz, is a professional grappler and a jiu-jitsu black belt under Lucas Leite, who also worked extensively with other coaches such as Leonardo Vieira, Pedro Franzosi, Diego, and Tiago Pereira. Daniel Diniz first made waves in the sport as a colored belt, taking medals in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) South American and Pan American Championships, later cementing his status as a black belt.

Daniel Diniz Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Daniel Aquino Diniz Coelho Santos

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira > Lucas Leite > Daniel Diniz

Main Achievements:

  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2021)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu CON (2021)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championships (2018 / 2019 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF South American Championships (2017 purple)

Other Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF San Jose Open (2020 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF San Diego Spring Open (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Brasilia Open (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Brasilia Open NOGI (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Curitiba Spring Open NOGI (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP Brasilia National Pro (2017 purple)

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Checkmat

Daniel Diniz Biography

Daniel Diniz was born on August 24, 1997, in Florianópolis, the capital of southern Brazil’s Santa Catarina state, where he lived up until his 13th birthday, a time when Diniz moved with his family to the Brazilian capital, Brasília.

Naturally drawn to sports, Daniel went through an array of activities, including surfing and swimming, the latter being the first sport in which he competed. Jiu-jitsu appeared in Diniz’s life when he was 12-years-old by the influence of his first cousin, André Santos, a black belt (who later moved to the USA and opened the Gracie Barra Champions gym in Texas). At the time André was already a well-known BJJ instructor and it was he who became Daniel’s first grappling coach.

Sadly for Daniel, his cousin André moved out of Brazil, settling in the US only a few months after Diniz had started his tuition. Finding himself without a coach but already in love with the sport, Diniz started looking for a new team to train with, finding what he was looking for at Diego and Tiago Pereira‘s academy, two coaches who graded Daniel with his blue belt.

After working with the Pereira family, Daniel Diniz switched camps once again due to logistical issues, settling at Pedro Franzosi of team Checkmat, where the Florianópolis native earned his purple and brown belts.

After graduating from university in 2019, Daniel decided to fulfill his dream of pursuing a career as a jiu-jitsu athlete under a full-time regimen. To further increase his chances of reaching his full potential in this sport, Diniz moved to the United States, where the biggest BJJ tournaments take place, there joining the local Checkmat academies of La Habra (Lucas Leite) and Sigan Hill (HQ with Leonardo Vieira).

In November 2020, Daniel Diniz was promoted to black belt by his instructor Lucas Leite.

Daniel Diniz Grappling Record

39 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    14 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (23%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (26%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
30
3
#86e620
Triangle
20
2
#5AD3D1
Toe hook
10
1
#d1212a
Choke from Omoplata
10
1
#fad11b
Terra lock
10
1
#f58822
Omoplata
10
1
#224aba
Straight ankle lock
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
32 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (28%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    11 (34%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
38
3
#86e620
Guillotine
13
1
#5AD3D1
Katagatame
13
1
#d1212a
Toe hold
13
1
#fad11b
Inside heel hook
13
1
#f58822
Armbar
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Daniel Diniz Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
24563Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLReferee DecisionAmerican Nats70KG4F2020
25418Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLReferee DecisionOrlando Open70KGSF2021
25804Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosLAdvHouston Open70KGSF2021
25839Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoLAdvHouston NGO73KG4F2021
26113Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.73KGR12021
26220Michael PerezMichael PerezLGuillotineNoGi Pan Am.ABS8F2021
26590Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsBoise Open76KGSF2021
26681Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 8x6American Nats76KGF2021
27556Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American70KGR12021
27860Andy MurasakiAndy MurasakiLKatagatameAtlanta SMOP82KGF2021
27879Rodrigo GortariLPts: 4x2Atlanta SMNG73KGSF2021
28262Lukete SilvaLukete SilvaLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KG8F2021
29043Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLPts: 2x2, AdvJJ CON76KGSF2021
29505Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12021
30794Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiLPts: 4x4, AdvDallas Open76KG4F2022
31671Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLToe holdPan American76KG4F2022
32927Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGR12022
33886Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLChoke from backPhoenix Open82KGF2022
34251Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraLPts: 0x0, AdvSta Cruz Open76KGF2022
35580Daniel SethLInside heel hookNoGi Pan73KGR12022
36887Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraLArmbarNoGi Worlds73KG8F2022
37829Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLPts: 2x0Memphis Open76KGSF2023
37898Leo SilvaLeo SilvaLReferee DecisionTampa Open76KGSF2023
37911Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaLN/ATampa OpenABSF2023
38505Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLChoke from backPan American76KG8F2023
39172Daniel SathlerDaniel SathlerLPts: 0x0, AdvSanta Cruz O76KGSF2023
40366Daniel MairaDaniel MairaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGR12023
41942Caio ViniciusCaio ViniciusLPts: 0x0, AdvSDiego SMOABSSF2023
44071Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLChoke from backOC Open76KGF2023
45039Rehan MuttalibLN/ASacramento Open76KGSF2023
47979Youngseung ChoYoungseung ChoLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2024
50259Leonardo OliveiraLN/AWorld Champ.76KG8F2024
24561Max DeBeenWTriangleAmerican Nats70KGR12020
25417Thiago CintraWPointsOrlando Open70KG4F2021
25803Juan GarciaWPts: 12x0Houston Open70KG4F2021
26206Alex LarmeyWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.ABSR12021
26207Eliot KellyEliot KellyWAdvNoGi Pan Am.ABSR22021
26589David SiglerWChoke from backBoise Open76KG4F2021
26678Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nats76KG4F2021
26679Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWReferee DecisionAmerican Nats76KGSF2021
27859Yue GohWPts: 6x4Atlanta SMOP82KGSF2021
28255Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWPts: 0x0, PenNoGi Worlds73KGR22021
29036Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWAdvJJ CON76KGR12021
29040Kim TerraKim TerraWAdvJJ CON76KG4F2021
30792Victor JunqueiraWToe hookDallas Open76KGR12022
31657Leonardo SilvaWAdvPan American76KGR12022
31665Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWPts: 4x0Pan American76KGR22022
32462Cameron ChaffeeWAdvSD Open76KG4F2022
32464Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x2SD Open76KGSF2022
32665Joao AlbuquerqueWPts: 4x2Denver OpenABSR12022
33885Thiago AmorimWChoke from backPhoenix Open82KGSF2022
34250Rodrigo CardosoWChoke from OmoplataSta Cruz Open76KGSF2022
34273Edward HohlWPts: 2x2Sta Cruz NGO79KGSF2022
34275Jonathan RobertsWPts: 2x0Sta Cruz NGO79KGF2022
36882Leonardo DomingosWTerra lockNoGi Worlds73KGR12022
37827Theodore SandersWOmoplataMemphis Open76KG4F2023
37897Ari PollanWReferee DecisionTampa Open76KG4F2023
37909Chris PassarrelloWPointsTampa OpenABSSF2023
38499Theodore SandersWChoke from backPan American76KGR12023
39171Henry ClarkWPts: 0x0, AdvSanta Cruz O76KG4F2023
41940Xavier SilvaWTriangleSDiego SMOABS4F2023
44067Cameron ChaffeeWPts: 2x2, AdvOC Open76KG4F2023
44069Rehan MuttalibWReferee DecisionOC Open76KGSF2023
45065Louis AccariaWN/ASacramento NGO79KGSF2023
45066Alika VilliatoraWN/ASacramento NGO79KGF2023
47428Henry ClarkWPts: 2x2, AdvLA Open76KGSF2024
47965Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWStraight ankle lockPan American76KGR22024
48925Rodrigo RossiWN/AOC Open76KG4F2024
48929Jose LucasWN/AOC Open76KGSF2024
49468Rehan MuttalibWPts: 4x2San Jose SPO76KGF2024
50256Shinji MoritoWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR22024
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