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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

22 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    8 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (27%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (23%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (5%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
40
2
#86e620
Triangle
20
1
#5AD3D1
Toe hook
20
1
#d1212a
Choke from Omoplata
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
19 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (26%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (42%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Guillotine
25
1
#86e620
Katagatame
25
1
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
25
1
#d1212a
Choke from back
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Daniel Diniz Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
24519Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLReferee DecisionAmerican Nats70KG4F2020
25373Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLReferee DecisionOrlando Open70KGSF2021
25758Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosLAdvHouston Open70KGSF2021
25793Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoLAdvHouston NGO73KG4F2021
26063Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.73KGR12021
26169Michael PerezMichael PerezLGuillotineNoGi Pan Am.ABS8F2021
26539Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsBoise Open76KGSF2021
26630Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 8x6American Nats76KGF2021
27505Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American70KGR12021
27810Andy MurasakiAndy MurasakiLKatagatameAtlanta SMOP82KGF2021
27829Rodrigo GortariLPts: 4x2Atlanta SMNG73KGSF2021
28210Lukete SilvaLukete SilvaLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KG8F2021
28988Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLPts: 2x2, AdvJJ CON76KGSF2021
29447Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12021
30693Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiLPts: 4x4, AdvDallas Open76KG4F2022
31568Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLToe holdPan American76KG4F2022
32801Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGR12022
33721Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLChoke from backPhoenix Open82KGF2022
34084Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraLPts: 0x0, AdvSanta Cruz Open76KGF2022
24517Max DeBeenWTriangleAmerican Nats70KGR12020
25372Thiago CintraWPointsOrlando Open70KG4F2021
25757Juan GarciaWPts: 12x0Houston Open70KG4F2021
26155Alex LarmeyWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.ABSR12021
26156Eliot KellyEliot KellyWAdvNoGi Pan Am.ABSR22021
26538David SiglerWChoke from backBoise Open76KG4F2021
26627Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nats76KG4F2021
26628Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWReferee DecisionAmerican Nats76KGSF2021
27809Yue GohWPts: 6x4Atlanta SMOP82KGSF2021
28203Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWPts: 0x0, PenNoGi Worlds73KGR22021
28981Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWAdvJJ CON76KGR12021
28985Kim TerraKim TerraWAdvJJ CON76KG4F2021
30691Victor JunqueiraWToe hookDallas Open76KGR12022
31554Leonardo SilvaWAdvPan American76KGR12022
31562Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWPts: 4x0Pan American76KGR22022
32341Cameron ChaffeeWAdvSD Open76KG4F2022
32343Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x2SD Open76KGSF2022
32544Joao AlbuquerqueWPts: 4x2Denver OpenABSR12022
33720Thiago AmorimWChoke from backPhoenix Open82KGSF2022
34083Rodrigo CardosoWChoke from OmoplataSanta Cruz Open76KGSF2022
34106Edward HohlWPts: 2x2Santa Cruz NGO79KGSF2022
34108Jonathan RobertsWPts: 2x0Santa Cruz NGO79KGF2022
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