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Felipe Linhares

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Felipe Linhares Arruda is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Lucas Lepri, who also worked extensively with coaches Rubens Charles (Cobrinha) and Luciano Nucci, being a representative of the Alliance Jiu Jitsu team in this martial art’s sporting setting. Regarded as one of the top featherweight competitors of his generation, Linhares made his name while climbing the ranks of BJJ, by conquering medals at important tournaments on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) schedule, such as the World, Pan, Brazilian National, São Paulo Open and more.

Felipe Linhares Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Felipe Linhares Arruda

Nickname: Linhares is often referenced as “Felipinho” by his peers to distinguish him from other training partners with the same first name. Felipinho means “little Felipe” in Portuguese jargon.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie (senior) > Helio GracieCarlson GracieSérgio Souza “Bolão” > Mauro Chueng > Elan Santiago > Lucas Lepri > Felipe Linhares

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Charlotte Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Chicago Summer Open (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Washington D.C. Summer Open (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF São Paulo Open Champion (2017/2015 brown)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2016 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2016 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF South American Championship (2016 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

Felipe Linhares Biography

Felipe Linhares was born on January 10, 1991, in São Paulo, being raised in the Eastern area of Brazil’s well-known city.

As a child, Linhares was overweight and suffered from asthma, issues that set Felipe on the path of sports by medical advice. He was 8 years old when he started taking swimming classes, an activity he kept for 3 years. During his pre-teens, Linhares became increasingly fascinated by martial arts, venturing into kung fu for a short period at the age of 11.

By the time Felipe reached the early-teens, he had abandoned sports altogether. This coincided with a time when he was constantly fighting with his brother inside, and the parents believed this change in the dynamics of the house was attributed to a lack of the physical activity for both young men. To release their penned-up energy, and knowing that both teens had shown previous interest in martial arts, the Linhares’ signed their kids on to jiu-jitsu classes. Felipe being 14 at the time.

The Linhares brothers first instructor was Luiz Pereira of Equipe Colisão Jiu-Jitsu (Team Collision), who taught under the lineage of Otavio de Almeida, one of the oldest and most history-rich academies in the São Paulo area.

Coach Pereira guided the Linhares all the way up to blue belt, but as he reached this grade, Felipe was already heavily focussed on the statewide tournament scene and looked for a more competitive environment to train at. He found it at the famous Casquinha academy, of Luciano Nucci (Alliance JJ affiliate).

As a purple belt, under Master Casquinha’s careful supervision, Felipe started his assistant instructor role at the academy. A roll he learned from this well-accomplished coach.

Linhares’ first trip to the United States was in 2012, to compete at the IBJJF Pan American and World Championships, a trip he repeated many times for those same purposes, doing the training camps in Los Angeles with one of his idols, Rubens Charles. In 2018, however, Felipe decided to switch gears and work with Lucas Lepri, and it was the legendary lightweight who graded Linhares to black belt, a ceremony that took place in June 2018.

Felipe Linhares Grappling Record

    7 (47%)
    4 (27%)
    3 (20%)
    1 (7%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
    8 (57%)
    2 (14%)
    3 (21%)
    1 (7%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)



Felipe Linhares Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17307Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLArmbarWashington SU.O.70KGSF2018
19468John CombsJohn CombsLPts: 14x2Pan American76KGR12019
19769Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLArmbarWashington DCO76KGSF2019
19780Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLReferee DecisionWashington DCOABS4F2019
20038Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLPointsNY Spring Open76KGSF2019
20057Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x2NY Spring OpenABS4F2019
20348Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLArmbarMiami Spring Open76KGSF2019
20357Kalil SilvaLPointsMiami Spring OpenABSF2019
20462Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR22019
21021Italo MouraItalo MouraLPointsWashington SMO76KGSF2019
21434Athos MirandaLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2019
22502Pedro VerasPedro VerasLPointsNYC Fall NGO73KGF2019
23211Francis QuinnLPointsMiami WO76KGSF2020
23332Gabriel FerreiraLPointsKansas Open76KGSF2020
17129Eduardo JesusWChoke from backChicago SM Open70KGSF2018
17131Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 0x0, AdvChicago SM Open70KGF2018
17306Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPointsWashington SU.O.70KG4F2018
18005Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPointsCharlotte Open70KGSF2018
18006Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWChoke from backCharlotte Open70KGF2018
19768Garrett MatheusWChoke from backWashington DCO76KG4F2019
19894Enrique GalarzaWReferee DecisionF2W 10970KGSPF2019
20035Steven BarrereWPointsNY Spring Open76KG4F2019
20346Mauricio EstebanWPointsMiami Spring Open76KG4F2019
20355Afranio SousaWPointsMiami Spring OpenABSSF2019
20455Silvio DuranSilvio DuranWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR12019
21427Daniel SethWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.73KGR12019
21430Lucas GomesWPts: 2x2, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2019
21815Dylan WhiteWPointsCharlotte Open76KGSF2019
23328Kevin MelendezWPointsKansas Open76KG4F2020
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