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Diego “Pato” Oliveira

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5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles

Diego Oliveira Batista, commonly known as Diego “Pato”, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Cicero Costha, who worked extensively with coach Nabil Abdel Aziz. Originally from the Brazilian state of Amazonas, Diego made a name for himself in the sport of BJJ by competing for the São Paulo based team Projeto Social Lutando Pelo Bem (PSLPB), a time when he conquered important titles in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) international circuit such as World, Pan, and Brazilian National Championships.

Diego Oliveira Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Diego Oliveira Batista

Nickname: Diego is often referenced as “Pato” which is the Portuguese word (Oliveira’s native language) for “Duck”. The name was started by his training partners when he was a young athlete as he had very large feet in proportion to the rest of his body.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Cicero Costha > Diego Oliveira

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ACBJJ World Championship (2019)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LA (2019)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, MSK (2019)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, AD (2020)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF King Of Mats, TYO (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2020)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2017 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 purple, 2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship NoGi (2017 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2018 purple, 2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2016 blue)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2017 blue, 2018 purple, 2019 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2017 blue, 2019 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, AD (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LA (2018 purple)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ World Championship (2018 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2018 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship NoGi (2018* purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rounded

Weight Division: Peso Pluma (64,00 kg / 141.5 lbs)

Team/Association: PSLPB / Cicero Costha

Diego Oliveira Biography

Diego Oliveira was born on October 2, 1998, in Parintins, a municipality located in the far east of the Amazonas state, near the Amazon river in Brazil, where he spent his early childhood before moving to Manaus at the age of 10, with his father.

One of Diego’s influences while growing up was a cousin who started dipping his toes in mixed martial arts (MMA) when Oliveira was in his pre-teens. Pato admired his family member and dreamt of one day becoming an MMA fighter himself, but before he started training any striking, his cousin advised him to first perfect his groundwork as he believed it was a crucial element to the cage fighting game.

In 2012, at the age of 13, Diego Oliveira decided to follow his cousin’s insight and joined the jiu-jitsu school of Arley Silva, a black belt who ran a social project near Pato’s neighborhood. Arley took Diego all the way to the green belt rank, but as the project fell through, Pato was left without a coach. Already fully embedded in BJJ’s competition culture at the time when the social project closed down, Diego decided to continue his path in grappling by joining the Nabil JJ academy, a gym led by Nabil Abdel Aziz.

As a 14 to 15-year-old, Diego started earning some money from competing in the absolute divisions of local professional tournaments. Although not life-changing amounts of cash-prizes, these allowed Oliveira to earn a living and help his father with the rent and expenses money, this way leading Pato down the path of professionalism.

After he earned his blue belt from coach Nabil, Diego decided to try his luck outside of Manaus, traveling to Rio de Janeiro to compete at the IBJJF Rio Open, without a return ticket, hoping to settle in a state more supportive of jiu-jitsu such as Rio or São Paulo. At the event, 15-year-old Oliveira spoke to renowned coach Cicero Costha, whom Pato had met in Manaus previously, and told him of his ambition. Costha had faith in Pato and invited the teenager to São Paulo, to become part of Costha’s colored belts program, with lodging, food and high-level training provided. The offer was taken by Diego and his Nabil JJ teammate Hygor Brito, who moved with him to the PSLPB fighter house around the same time (2015 / 2016).

While at Cicero Costha’s academy Diego Pato became one of the most feared colored belts in the light-featherweight division, conquering numerous international titles before being promoted to black belt by Cicero on June 2019.

Diego Oliveira Grappling Record

    10 (34%)
    4 (14%)
    12 (41%)
    3 (10%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
    1 (33%)
    1 (33%)
    1 (33%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)



Diego Oliveira Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
20989Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPts: 4x4, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21000Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLPts: 4x2King of Mats69KGSF2019
22703Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLBotinhaEuropean Open64KGSF2020
20566Alejandro CarrerasWPts: 13x2Grand Slam MSK69KG4F2019
20568Israel SousaIsrael SousaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam MSK69KGSF2019
20569Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam MSK69KGF2019
20808Zaur AkhmedovWSubmissionACB World Champ.65KGSF2019
20809Zainutdin ZainukovWSubmissionACB World Champ.65KGF2019
20988Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2019
20991Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 2x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
21001Cleber SousaCleber SousaWPts: 4x0King of Mats69KG3RD2019
21414Alberto SerranoWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA69KG4F2019
21416Rafael MansurRafael MansurWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA69KGSF2019
21417Israel SousaIsrael SousaWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA69KGF2019
21702Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielWReferee DecisionWorld Festival70KGSPF2019
21965Carmones AlencarWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
21968Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
21973Cleber SousaCleber SousaWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KGF2019
22403Jackson MonteiroWChoke from backFlorianopolis Pro69KGSF2019
22404Andrey AdamWChoke from backFlorianopolis Pro69KGF2019
22608Gabriel FrenhanWChoke from backGrand Slam AD62KG4F2020
22610Bebeto OliveiraWPts: 8x5Grand Slam AD62KGSF2020
22701Pedro DiasPedro DiasWTriangleEuropean Open64KG4F2020
22810Savio GomesWSubmissionSwiss Nat Pro69KGSF2020
22915Savio GomesWSubmissionAustria Nat Pro69KGRR2020
22917Ivan RakocijaWPts: 4x0Austria Nat ProABSSF2020
22952Lucas GoncalvesWSubmissionFrance Nat. Pro69KG4F2020
22953Savio GomesWSubmissionFrance Nat. Pro69KGSF2020
23105Walter AlamoWPts: 4x4, AdvNetherlands Pro69KGSF2020
23173Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaWPts: 6x3European Pro69KGSF2020
23174Iurii VinogradovWChoke from backEuropean Pro69KGF2020
23199Igor TerrecoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN62KGF2020


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