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Diogo Sampaio “Moreno”
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Diogo Sampaio “Moreno”

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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.88KGF2012
4474Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPointsPan American88KGR22013
4560Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLTriangleCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4564Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGF2013
5988Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaDPts: 0x0Copa Podio85KGGP2014
5996Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6995Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR22015
7470Ricardo BastosLReferee DecisionAustin Open94KGF2015
8197Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPointsIBJJF Rio Pro94KGSF2015
8344Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsGrand Slam - Rio85KGSF2015
8345Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam - Rio85KG3RD2015
8622Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KGSF2016
8653Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0European OpenABSR22016
9512Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvLas Vegas Open88KGF2016
10484C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KGR12016
10512Josh HingerJosh HingerLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR12016
3969Joao MoncalvoWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR12012
3975Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR22012
3980Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2012
3983Rodrigo PinheiroRodrigo PinheiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGSF2012
4467Ricardo BastosWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4547Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4550Kit DaleWPts: 5x2Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4561Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGSF2013
5069Rubens PedrosoWChokeWorld Pro Trial88KGSF2014
5070Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF2014
5683Victor NevesWPts: 11x2Rio Open88KGF2014
5984Jon SatavaWPts: 6x0Copa Podio85KGGP2014
5991Luis GustavoWPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2014
7377Alberto RamosWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KG1/4F2015
7378Wesley SantosWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KGSF2015
7380Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro RJ94KGF2015
8014Ricardo MesquitaWPointsBrasileiro NoGi94KGSF2015
8015Gustavo SaraivaWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi94KGF2015
8194Mauricio TogniWPointsIBJJF Rio Pro94KG1/4F2015
8335George da SilvaWChoke from backGrand Slam - Rio85KG1/8F2015
8339Wellington LuisWellington LuisWReferee DecisionGrand Slam - Rio85KG1/4F2015
8617Cleidson RamosWChoke from backEuropean Open88KGR22016
8620Max CarvalhoWChoke from backEuropean Open88KG1/4F2016
8640Juha LeppanenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR12016
9510Gottrell KingWChoke from backLas Vegas Open88KGSF2016
9623Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9841Daniel CobbWN/AAmerican Nats88KG1/4F2016
9844Daniel HamptonWN/AAmerican Nats88KGSF2016
9845Tanner RiceTanner RiceWN/AAmerican Nats88KGF2016
10128Daniel HamptonWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 1258KGSPF2016
11123Dustin SnowWBow and arrowF2W Pro 2288KGSPF2017

Banner picture by Mike Calimbas.

6 Comments

  • Gostaría que todo o mundo soubesse como que é o inferno a treinar com você – o artigo não falou como que você e um cozinheiro que inventa novos jeitos de esticar o braço na hora 🙂

    And in english – I train with this man nearly every day. Anyone going to train and/or compete against him…….gooooooood luck. One of the most creative fighters I´ve ever trained with

  • moreno says:

    The birth date is not right. 04/30/1986

    • bjjheroes says:

      Nope, I interviewed him directly, his birthday is correct. Unless it changed it since the last time we spoke 😉

      • moreno says:

        It must have been a mistake while typing. But if you wanna keep that way there is no problem.
        Sorry to bother you.

        • bjjheroes says:

          If this is Diogo, you have my email and you know I speak Portuguese. You can private email me with any corrections if you like. Otherwise, I'm not taking unconfirmed comments on here, sorry.

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