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 36 WINS BY POINTS 20 (56%) BY ADVANTAGES 4 (11%) BY SUBMISSION 9 (25%) BY DECISION 3 (8%) 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 18 LOSSES BY POINTS 7 (39%) BY ADVANTAGES 2 (11%) BY SUBMISSION 4 (22%) BY DECISION 5 (28%) 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 4050Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLMounted X chokeWorld Champ.88KGF20124548Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPointsPan American88KGR220134642Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLTriangleCopa Podio88KGGP20134646Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGF20136079Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaDPts: 0x0Copa Podio85KGGP20146087Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsCopa Podio85KGGP20147108Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR220157585Ricardo BastosLReferee DecisionAustin Open94KGF20158316Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPointsIBJJF Rio Pro94KGSF20158466Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsGrand Slam RJ85KGSF20158467Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ85KG3RD20158751Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLMounted X chokeEuropean Open88KGSF20168782Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0European OpenABSR220169642Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvLas Vegas Open88KGF201610633C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KGR1201610661Josh HingerJosh HingerLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR1201612710Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KG8F201712804Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 37ABSSPF201713441Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLInjuryCopenhagen Open94KGF20174034Joao MoncalvoWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR120124040Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR220124045Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F20124048Rodrigo PinheiroRodrigo PinheiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGSF20124541Ricardo BastosWPointsPan American88KGR120134629Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP20134632Kit DaleWPts: 5x2Copa Podio88KGGP20134643Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGSF20135156Rubens PedrosoWChokeWorld Pro Trial88KGSF20145157Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF20145776Victor NevesWPts: 11x2Rio Open88KGF20146075Jon SatavaWPts: 6x0Copa Podio85KGGP20146082Luis GustavoWPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP20147491Alberto RamosWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KG4F20157492Wesley SantosWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KGSF20157494Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KGF20158133Ricardo MesquitaWPointsBrasileiro NoGi94KGSF20158134Gustavo SaraivaWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi94KGF20158313Mauricio TogniWPointsIBJJF Rio Pro94KG4F20158457George da SilvaWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ85KG8F20158461Wellington LuisWellington LuisWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ85KG4F20158746Cleidson RamosWChoke from backEuropean Open88KGR220168749Max CarvalhoWChoke from backEuropean Open88KG4F20168769Juha LeppanenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR120169640Gottrell KingWChoke from backLas Vegas Open88KGSF20169753Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KGR220169971Daniel CobbWN/AAmerican Nats88KG4F20169974Daniel HamptonWN/AAmerican Nats88KGSF20169975Tanner RiceTanner RiceWN/AAmerican Nats88KGF201610271Daniel HamptonWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 1258KGSPF201610847Danilo ChermanDanilo ChermanWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGR1201611305Dustin SnowWBow and arrowF2W Pro 2288KGSPF201712405Jose PortilloWPointsDallas Open88KGSF201712407Inacio NetoInacio NetoWAdvDallas Open88KGF201712700Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR1201713437Nicolas PenzerWPointsCopenhagen Open94KGF2017 Banner picture by Mike Calimbas.