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: IBJJF Rio International Open Champion (2011 black, 2010 brown) Brazilian State Nogi Champion (2010) FJJR Rio de Janeiro State Champion (2003/2009/2010) IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2012) IBJJF Pans Championship Runner-up (2010 brown) CBJJ Brasileiro Championship Runner-up (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 40 WINS BY POINTS 23 (58%) BY ADVANTAGES 4 (10%) BY SUBMISSION 10 (25%) BY DECISION 3 (8%) BY PENALTIES 0 (0%) BY DQ 0 (0%) 10 SUBMISSIONS WINS #214eb8 Choke from back 80 8 #86e620 Choke 10 1 #5AD3D1 Bow and arrow 10 1 10 (100%) SUBMISSIONS 24 LOSSES BY POINTS 12 (50%) BY ADVANTAGES 3 (13%) BY SUBMISSION 4 (17%) BY DECISION 5 (21%) BY PENALTIES 0 (0%) BY DQ 0 (0%) 4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES #214eb8 Mounted X choke 50 2 #86e620 Triangle 25 1 #5AD3D1 Injury 25 1 4 (100%) SUBMISSIONS Diogo Sampaio Fight History ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year 4049Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLMounted X chokeWorld Champ.88KGF20124553Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPointsPan American88KGR220134649Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLTriangleCopa Podio88KGGP20134653Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGF20136107Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaDPts: 0x0Copa Podio85KGGP20146115Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsCopa Podio85KGGP20147150Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR220157632Ricardo BastosLReferee DecisionAustin Open94KGF20158379Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPointsIBJJF Rio Pro94KGSF20158529Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsGrand Slam RJ85KGSF20158530Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ85KG3RD20158819Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLMounted X chokeEuropean Open88KGSF20168850Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0European OpenABSR220169712Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvLas Vegas Open88KGF201610719C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KGR1201610747Josh HingerJosh HingerLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR1201612823Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KG8F201712917Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 37ABSSPF201713574Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLInjuryCopenhagen Open94KGF201714417Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 2x0Orlando Nat. Pro85KGRR201814419Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 2x0Orlando Nat. Pro85KGF201814629Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseLPts: 5x0Continental Pro85KG4F201814830Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG4F201815288Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsNY Spring Open88KGF201815293Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLN/ANY Spring OpenABSSF20184033Joao MoncalvoWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR120124039Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR220124044Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F20124047Rodrigo PinheiroRodrigo PinheiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGSF20124546Ricardo BastosWPointsPan American88KGR120134636Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP20134639Kit DaleWPts: 5x2Copa Podio88KGGP20134650Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGSF20135173Rubens PedrosoWChokeWorld Pro Trial88KGSF20145174Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF20145799Victor NevesWPts: 11x2Rio Open88KGF20146103Jon SatavaWPts: 6x0Copa Podio85KGGP20146110Luis GustavoWPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP20147535Alberto RamosWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KG4F20157536Wesley SantosWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KGSF20157538Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KGF20158196Ricardo MesquitaWPointsBrasileiro NoGi94KGSF20158197Gustavo SaraivaWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi94KGF20158376Mauricio TogniWPointsIBJJF Rio Pro94KG4F20158520George da SilvaWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ85KG8F20158524Wellington LuisWellington LuisWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ85KG4F20158814Cleidson RamosWChoke from backEuropean Open88KGR220168817Max CarvalhoWChoke from backEuropean Open88KG4F20168837Juha LeppanenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR120169710Gottrell KingWChoke from backLas Vegas Open88KGSF20169823Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KGR2201610044Daniel CobbWN/AAmerican Nats88KG4F201610047Daniel HamptonWN/AAmerican Nats88KGSF201610048Tanner RiceTanner RiceWN/AAmerican Nats88KGF201610352Daniel HamptonWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 1258KGSPF201610933Danilo ChermanDanilo ChermanWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGR1201611398Dustin SnowWBow and arrowF2W Pro 2288KGSPF201712514Jose PortilloWPointsDallas Open88KGSF201712516Inacio NetoInacio NetoWAdvDallas Open88KGF201712813Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR1201713570Nicolas PenzerWPointsCopenhagen Open94KGF201714418Pedro PalharesWPts: 6x0Orlando Nat. Pro85KGRR201814826Gabriel KitoberWPts: 2x0Pan American88KG8F201815235Michael TremblayWChoke from backBoston Sp. Open88KGSF201815237Gabriel KitoberWN/ABoston Sp. Open88KGF2018 Banner picture by Mike Calimbas.