Diogo Sampaio Araujo, also known as Diogo “Moreno” is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt from the Soul Fighters academy in Rio de Janeiro. One of the hottest prospects to have come from the Soul Fighters Team, Diogo Araujo has conquered numerous important medals in BJJ, including a silver medal at the world championships and a Rio Open title. Diogo Araujo Jiu Jitsu Full Name: Diogo Sampaio Araújo Nickname: “Moreno” means dark skinned, or tanned. The nickname was given to Diogo in his Water Polo days (a sport he played in his childhood) at Tijuca Tenis Club, and the reason was that there was another Diogo in the team, so as a way to distinguish them one was called “Moreno” and the other “Negão”. Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Francisco Mansor > Augusto Mendes > Diogo Araujo Main Achievements/Record: Rio Open Champion (2010 brown, 2011) Brazilian State Nogi Champion (2010) 3x Rio de Janeiro State Champion (2003, 2009, 2010) World Silver Medallist (2012) Pan American Silver Medallist (2010 brown) 2x Brazilian National Silver Medallist (2009 & 2010 brown) Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94kg/207lbs) Favourite Technique: Sweep from Guard Team/Association: Soul Fighters Diogo “Moreno” Sampaio Araujo Biography Diogo Araújo was born on the 30th of April, 1984 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started training Jiu Jitsu much due to his father’s influence. as his father was a fan of the Brazilian Martial Art who had never found time to train. Moreno started practicing BJJ with professor Munir at Vila da Penha, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro where Diogo grew up. He moved at a later stage to the academy of Marcos Carvalho where he met the guys that would later form the Soul Fighters team (Bruno “Tanque”, Augusto “Tanquinho”, Rafael “Formiga” among a few others). Master Carvalho graded Diogo Sampaio in his blue and purple belts, but as the Soul Fighters team started taking shape and “Tanquinho” took over the main classes and the responsibility of grading the students, it was Augusto Tanquinho also who awarded Diogo Araujo his brown belt, and his black belts. The black belt was given after winning the Rio Open in 2010 still standing on the podium. Diogo Sampaio Araujo taught for a long time with his good friend Mario Vitor at the Evidence Academy in Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro he has since moved to the United States. Diogo Sampaio Grappling Record 35 WINS BY POINTS 19 (54%) BY ADVANTAGES 4 (11%) BY SUBMISSION 9 (26%) BY DECISION 3 (9%) BY PENALTIES 0 (0%) BY DQ 0 (0%) 9 SUBMISSIONS WINS #214eb8 Choke from back 78 7 #86e620 Choke 11 1 #5AD3D1 Bow and arrow 11 1 9 (100%) SUBMISSIONS 17 LOSSES BY POINTS 7 (41%) BY ADVANTAGES 2 (12%) BY SUBMISSION 3 (18%) BY DECISION 5 (29%) BY PENALTIES 0 (0%) BY DQ 0 (0%) 3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES #214eb8 Cross ck. f/ mount 67 2 #86e620 Triangle 33 1 3 (100%) SUBMISSIONS Diogo Sampaio Fight History ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year 4000Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KGF20124489Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPointsPan American88KGR220134575Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLTriangleCopa Podio88KGGP20134579Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGF20136002Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaDPts: 0x0Copa Podio85KGGP20146010Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsCopa Podio85KGGP20147009Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR220157485Ricardo BastosLReferee DecisionAustin Open94KGF20158215Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPointsIBJJF Rio Pro94KGSF20158362Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsGrand Slam - Rio85KGSF20158363Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam - Rio85KG3RD20158642Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KGSF20168673Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0European OpenABSR220169533Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvLas Vegas Open88KGF201610514C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KGR1201610542Josh HingerJosh HingerLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR1201612568Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KG8F201712662Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 37ABSSPF20173984Joao MoncalvoWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR120123990Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR220123995Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F20123998Rodrigo PinheiroRodrigo PinheiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGSF20124482Ricardo BastosWPointsPan American88KGR120134562Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP20134565Kit DaleWPts: 5x2Copa Podio88KGGP20134576Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGSF20135085Rubens PedrosoWChokeWorld Pro Trial88KGSF20145086Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF20145698Victor NevesWPts: 11x2Rio Open88KGF20145998Jon SatavaWPts: 6x0Copa Podio85KGGP20146005Luis GustavoWPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP20147391Alberto RamosWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KG4F20157392Wesley SantosWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KGSF20157394Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KGF20158032Ricardo MesquitaWPointsBrasileiro NoGi94KGSF20158033Gustavo SaraivaWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi94KGF20158212Mauricio TogniWPointsIBJJF Rio Pro94KG4F20158353George da SilvaWChoke from backGrand Slam - Rio85KG8F20158357Wellington LuisWellington LuisWReferee DecisionGrand Slam - Rio85KG4F20158637Cleidson RamosWChoke from backEuropean Open88KGR220168640Max CarvalhoWChoke from backEuropean Open88KG4F20168660Juha LeppanenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR120169531Gottrell KingWChoke from backLas Vegas Open88KGSF20169644Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KGR220169862Daniel CobbWN/AAmerican Nats88KG4F20169865Daniel HamptonWN/AAmerican Nats88KGSF20169866Tanner RiceTanner RiceWN/AAmerican Nats88KGF201610156Daniel HamptonWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 1258KGSPF201610728Danilo ChermanDanilo ChermanWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGR1201611171Dustin SnowWBow and arrowF2W Pro 2288KGSPF201712266Jose PortilloWPointsDallas Open88KGSF201712268Inacio NetoInacio NetoWAdvDallas Open88KGF201712558Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR12017 Banner picture by Mike Calimbas.