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 33 WINS BY POINTS 18 (55%) BY ADVANTAGES 3 (9%) BY SUBMISSION 9 (27%) 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 15 LOSSES BY POINTS 6 (40%) BY ADVANTAGES 2 (13%) BY SUBMISSION 3 (20%) BY DECISION 4 (27%) 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 3998Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KGF20124487Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPointsPan American88KGR220134573Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLTriangleCopa Podio88KGGP20134577Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGF20136001Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaDPts: 0x0Copa Podio85KGGP20146009Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsCopa Podio85KGGP20147008Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR220157483Ricardo BastosLReferee DecisionAustin Open94KGF20158210Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPointsIBJJF Rio Pro94KGSF20158357Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsGrand Slam - Rio85KGSF20158358Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam - Rio85KG3RD20158635Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KGSF20168666Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0European OpenABSR220169524Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvLas Vegas Open88KGF201610505C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KGR1201610533Josh HingerJosh HingerLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR120163982Joao MoncalvoWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR120123988Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR220123993Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG1/4F20123996Rodrigo PinheiroRodrigo PinheiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGSF20124480Ricardo BastosWPointsPan American88KGR120134560Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP20134563Kit DaleWPts: 5x2Copa Podio88KGGP20134574Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGSF20135082Rubens PedrosoWChokeWorld Pro Trial88KGSF20145083Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF20145696Victor NevesWPts: 11x2Rio Open88KGF20145997Jon SatavaWPts: 6x0Copa Podio85KGGP20146004Luis GustavoWPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP20147390Alberto RamosWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KG1/4F20157391Wesley SantosWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KGSF20157393Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KGF20158027Ricardo MesquitaWPointsBrasileiro NoGi94KGSF20158028Gustavo SaraivaWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi94KGF20158207Mauricio TogniWPointsIBJJF Rio Pro94KG1/4F20158348George da SilvaWChoke from backGrand Slam - Rio85KG1/8F20158352Wellington LuisWellington LuisWReferee DecisionGrand Slam - Rio85KG1/4F20158630Cleidson RamosWChoke from backEuropean Open88KGR220168633Max CarvalhoWChoke from backEuropean Open88KG1/4F20168653Juha LeppanenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR120169522Gottrell KingWChoke from backLas Vegas Open88KGSF20169635Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KGR220169853Daniel CobbWN/AAmerican Nats88KG1/4F20169856Daniel HamptonWN/AAmerican Nats88KGSF20169857Tanner RiceTanner RiceWN/AAmerican Nats88KGF201610147Daniel HamptonWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 1258KGSPF201611156Dustin SnowWBow and arrowF2W Pro 2288KGSPF201712249Jose PortilloWPointsDallas Open88KGSF201712251Inacio NetoInacio NetoWAdvDallas Open88KGF2017 Banner picture by Mike Calimbas.