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 38 WINS BY POINTS 22 (58%) BY ADVANTAGES 4 (11%) BY SUBMISSION 9 (24%) 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 22 LOSSES BY POINTS 10 (45%) BY ADVANTAGES 3 (14%) BY SUBMISSION 4 (18%) BY DECISION 5 (23%) 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 Podio85KGGP20147111Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR220157589Ricardo BastosLReferee DecisionAustin Open94KGF20158332Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPointsIBJJF Rio Pro94KGSF20158482Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsGrand Slam RJ85KGSF20158483Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ85KG3RD20158770Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLMounted X chokeEuropean Open88KGSF20168801Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0European OpenABSR220169663Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvLas Vegas Open88KGF201610665C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KGR1201610693Josh HingerJosh HingerLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR1201612750Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KG8F201712844Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 37ABSSPF201713487Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLInjuryCopenhagen Open94KGF201714308Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 2x0Orlando Nat. Pro85KGRR201814310Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 2x0Orlando Nat. Pro85KGF201814521Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseLPts: 5x0Continental Pro85KG4F201814710Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG4F20184034Joao 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 Podio85KGGP20147494Alberto RamosWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KG4F20157495Wesley SantosWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KGSF20157497Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KGF20158149Ricardo MesquitaWPointsBrasileiro NoGi94KGSF20158150Gustavo SaraivaWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi94KGF20158329Mauricio TogniWPointsIBJJF Rio Pro94KG4F20158473George da SilvaWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ85KG8F20158477Wellington LuisWellington LuisWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ85KG4F20158765Cleidson RamosWChoke from backEuropean Open88KGR220168768Max CarvalhoWChoke from backEuropean Open88KG4F20168788Juha LeppanenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR120169661Gottrell KingWChoke from backLas Vegas Open88KGSF20169774Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KGR220169994Daniel CobbWN/AAmerican Nats88KG4F20169997Daniel HamptonWN/AAmerican Nats88KGSF20169998Tanner RiceTanner RiceWN/AAmerican Nats88KGF201610299Daniel HamptonWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 1258KGSPF201610879Danilo ChermanDanilo ChermanWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGR1201611339Dustin SnowWBow and arrowF2W Pro 2288KGSPF201712445Jose PortilloWPointsDallas Open88KGSF201712447Inacio NetoInacio NetoWAdvDallas Open88KGF201712740Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR1201713483Nicolas PenzerWPointsCopenhagen Open94KGF201714309Pedro PalharesWPts: 6x0Orlando Nat. Pro85KGRR201814706Gabriel KitoberWPts: 2x0Pan American88KG8F2018 Banner picture by Mike Calimbas.