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 31 WINS BY POINTS 17 (55%) BY ADVANTAGES 2 (6%) BY SUBMISSION 9 (29%) BY DECISION 3 (10%) 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 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 3985Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KGF20124474Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPointsPan American88KGR220134560Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLTriangleCopa Podio88KGGP20134564Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGF20135988Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaDPts: 0x0Copa Podio85KGGP20145996Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsCopa Podio85KGGP20146995Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR220157470Ricardo BastosLReferee DecisionAustin Open94KGF20158197Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPointsIBJJF Rio Pro94KGSF20158344Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsGrand Slam - Rio85KGSF20158345Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam - Rio85KG3RD20158622Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KGSF20168653Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0European OpenABSR220169511Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvLas Vegas Open88KGF201610490C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KGR1201610518Josh HingerJosh HingerLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR120163969Joao MoncalvoWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR120123975Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR220123980Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG1/4F20123983Rodrigo PinheiroRodrigo PinheiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGSF20124467Ricardo BastosWPointsPan American88KGR120134547Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP20134550Kit DaleWPts: 5x2Copa Podio88KGGP20134561Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGSF20135069Rubens PedrosoWChokeWorld Pro Trial88KGSF20145070Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF20145683Victor NevesWPts: 11x2Rio Open88KGF20145984Jon SatavaWPts: 6x0Copa Podio85KGGP20145991Luis GustavoWPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP20147377Alberto RamosWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KG1/4F20157378Wesley SantosWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KGSF20157380Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KGF20158014Ricardo MesquitaWPointsBrasileiro NoGi94KGSF20158015Gustavo SaraivaWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi94KGF20158194Mauricio TogniWPointsIBJJF Rio Pro94KG1/4F20158335George da SilvaWChoke from backGrand Slam - Rio85KG1/8F20158339Wellington LuisWellington LuisWReferee DecisionGrand Slam - Rio85KG1/4F20158617Cleidson RamosWChoke from backEuropean Open88KGR220168620Max CarvalhoWChoke from backEuropean Open88KG1/4F20168640Juha LeppanenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR120169509Gottrell KingWChoke from backLas Vegas Open88KGSF20169622Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KGR220169840Daniel CobbWN/AAmerican Nats88KG1/4F20169843Daniel HamptonWN/AAmerican Nats88KGSF20169844Tanner RiceTanner RiceWN/AAmerican Nats88KGF201610132Daniel HamptonWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 1258KGSPF201611130Dustin SnowWBow and arrowF2W Pro 2288KGSPF2017 Banner picture by Mike Calimbas.