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 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 Bow and arrow 11 1 #5AD3D1 Choke 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 4019Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KGF20124512Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPointsPan American88KGR220134606Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLTriangleCopa Podio88KGGP20134610Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGF20136040Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaDPts: 0x0Copa Podio85KGGP20146048Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsCopa Podio85KGGP20147057Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR220157534Ricardo BastosLReferee DecisionAustin Open94KGF20158264Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPointsIBJJF Rio Pro94KGSF20158414Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsGrand Slam - Rio85KGSF20158415Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam - Rio85KG3RD20158696Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KGSF20168727Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0European OpenABSR220169587Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvLas Vegas Open88KGF201610570C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KGR1201610598Josh HingerJosh HingerLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR1201612626Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KG8F201712720Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 37ABSSPF20174003Joao MoncalvoWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR120124009Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR220124014Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F20124017Rodrigo PinheiroRodrigo PinheiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGSF20124505Ricardo BastosWPointsPan American88KGR120134593Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP20134596Kit DaleWPts: 5x2Copa Podio88KGGP20134607Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGSF20135117Rubens PedrosoWChokeWorld Pro Trial88KGSF20145118Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF20145736Victor NevesWPts: 11x2Rio Open88KGF20146036Jon SatavaWPts: 6x0Copa Podio85KGGP20146043Luis GustavoWPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP20147440Alberto RamosWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KG4F20157441Wesley SantosWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KGSF20157443Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KGF20158081Ricardo MesquitaWPointsBrasileiro NoGi94KGSF20158082Gustavo SaraivaWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi94KGF20158261Mauricio TogniWPointsIBJJF Rio Pro94KG4F20158405George da SilvaWChoke from backGrand Slam - Rio85KG8F20158409Wellington LuisWellington LuisWReferee DecisionGrand Slam - Rio85KG4F20158691Cleidson RamosWChoke from backEuropean Open88KGR220168694Max CarvalhoWChoke from backEuropean Open88KG4F20168714Juha LeppanenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR120169585Gottrell KingWChoke from backLas Vegas Open88KGSF20169698Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KGR220169916Daniel CobbWN/AAmerican Nats88KG4F20169919Daniel HamptonWN/AAmerican Nats88KGSF20169920Tanner RiceTanner RiceWN/AAmerican Nats88KGF201610212Daniel HamptonWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 1258KGSPF201610784Danilo ChermanDanilo ChermanWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGR1201611228Dustin SnowWBow and arrowF2W Pro 2288KGSPF201712324Jose PortilloWPointsDallas Open88KGSF201712326Inacio NetoInacio NetoWAdvDallas Open88KGF201712616Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR12017 Banner picture by Mike Calimbas.