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Francisco Cuneo is an Argentinian grappler and a black belt in both judo and jiu-jitsu. Hailed as one of the top judo competitors in South America and a former member of Argentina’s National Judo Squad (2005-2014), Cuneo would later transition to BJJ, competing extensively in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit and earning a black belt under Master Ricardo De La Riva while working also with Murilo Santana and Eduardo Santos.

Francisco Cuneo Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Francisco Cuneo

Nickname: Cuneo is often called “Paco” which is a traditional way of shortening the name Francisco in Spanish speaking nations.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Ricardo De La Riva > Francisco Cuneo

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Floripa Winter Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Charleston Open NOGI (2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Salvador Spring Open NOGI (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Salvador Fall Open (2019)
  • 2nd IBJJF American Nationals (2021)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Curitiba Spring Open NOGI (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2020)

Main Achievements (Judo):

  • 2nd Place Pan American Championship (2009)
  • 3rd Place Brazil World Cup (2008)
  • 3rd Place PJC World Cup (2012)
  • 3rd Place Olympic Festival (2014)

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168.0 lbs)

Favorite Position/Technique: Uchi Mata & Guillotine

Team/Association: Gentle Art / Unity JJ

Francisco Cuneo Biography

Francisco Cuneo was born on October 21, 1984, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, growing up in the Caballito neighborhood.

The first sport Cuneo fell in love with was judo, an activity he started at the age of 16, with sensei Pablo Diaz Soto at a local judo venue named Club Italiano. Deeply embedded in judo culture from the get-go, and supported by coach Diaz Soto, a former instructor at the Argentinian National Judo Squad, Cuneo started making waves in the tournament circuit early on.

In 2004, three years into his judo training, Francisco Cuneo conquered his first Argentinian National. Although only a brown belt at the time, Cuneo was competing in the toughest division of the adult category, the Seniors, a class built for black belts and pro athletes. The title would earn him his black belt rank and a place on Argentina’s National Team, a position Francisco kept from 2005-to-2014, there working with sensei Tigran Karhanyan and Paula Pareto.

Although a judoka at heart, Francisco was interested in jiu-jitsu from early in his grappling career, seeing it as a path to a more complete game. A more technical ground approach to complete Cuneo’s world-class stand-up skills.

Early on Francisco Cuneo started visiting the jiu-jitsu academies of Sebastian Munoz and Francisco Questa, two BJJ pioneers in Argentina. Following the jiu-jitsu federation’s protocol for top-tier judo players, instructors Munoz and Questa promoted Cuneo to purple belt. During these times, Cuneo also trained at Lotus Jiu-Jitsu with Mariano Grana, although the majority of Cuneo’s development in BJJ took place through his own research.

In 2014 Francisco Cuneo started a jiu-jitsu class of his own as a De La Riva team affiliate. Although a purple belt in BJJ at the time, Cuneo was already a celebrated judoka with a wealth of experience competing in both rulesets. After continuous visits to Brazil to train, Francisco earned his black belt from Ricardo De La Riva. The promotion took place in late 2016.

With time, Francisco’s interest in jiu-jitsu drove him away from judo. He became a full-time BJJ practitioner in 2019, after earning an invite from Eduardo Santos of the Gentle Art Studio (Lotus Club New York) to travel to America. While in New York City, Francisco worked with both Gentle Art and Unity Jiu-Jitsu.

Francisco Cuneo Grappling Record

37 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (62%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Guillotine
25
2
#86e620
Armbar
25
2
#5AD3D1
North south choke
13
1
#d1212a
Katagatame
13
1
#fad11b
RNC
13
1
#f58822
Kimura
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
32 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    19 (59%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

9 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
22
2
#86e620
Triangle
22
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
22
2
#d1212a
Kneebar
11
1
#fad11b
RNC
11
1
#f58822
Toe hold
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Francisco Cuneo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17051Gabriel BrasilLPointsVitoria NGO73KGSF2018
17058Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiLStraight ankle lockVitoria NGOABSSF2018
17865Aquila de PaulaLPointsCuritiba SPO76KGSF2018
17892Luciano BernertLPointsCuritiba SPNGO73KGF2018
18384Anselmo GomesLKneebarSalvador SPO.76KGF2018
18564Frederico SilvaLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KG4F2018
19689Servio TulioServio TulioLRNCADCC SP Trials77KGR12019
19765Leonilson FerreiraLPointsRio Fall Open82KGSF2019
19783Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesLPointsRio Fall NGO79KGF2019
19786Andre AguiarLPointsRio Fall NGOABSF2019
20474Romario TeodoroLPointsSalvador FO82KGF2019
20485Romario TeodoroLPointsSalvador FNGO79KGF2019
22597Pedro VerasPedro VerasLToe holdNYC Fall NGO73KGSF2019
24316Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLTriangleAtlanta OpenABS4F2020
24349Rodrigo FrancioniRodrigo FrancioniLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2020
24399Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2020
25095Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiLPts: 5x2Dallas NGO73KGSF2021
25113Oliver TazaOliver TazaLPts: 6x2Dallas NGOABS4F2021
25317Mauricio BobadillaLN/AOrlando NGO73KGSF2021
25336Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniLStraight ankle lockOrlando NGOABS4F2021
25688Luan AndreiLuan AndreiLPts: 4x0Houston NGO73KGSF2021
25880Kieran KichukKieran KichukLTriangleN.Orleans NGO73KGF2021
25892Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 4x0N.Orleans NGOABSSF2021
25966Joao MendesJoao MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.73KG8F2021
26136JZ CavalcanteLArmbarMiami NGO79KGF2021
26411Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaLPts: 0x0, AdvAtlanta NGO79KGSF2021
26424Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 2x0Atlanta NGOABSF2021
26569Luan AndreiLuan AndreiLPts: 2x0American NGN79KGSF2021
26853Luan AndreiLuan AndreiLPts: 4x0Orlando NGO79KGF2021
26864Helton JoseHelton JoseLReferee DecisionOrlando NGOABSSF2021
26901Michael SalazarLPointsPhoenix NGO79KGF2021
27202Dante LeonDante LeonLPts: 9x0Charleston SNGABSSF2021
17050Italo GulesWNorth south chokeVitoria NGO73KG4F2018
17056Juan VianaWKatagatameVitoria NGOABS4F2018
17148Luciano BernertWPointsFloripa W. NGO73KGSF2018
17149Osmar TellesWRNCFloripa W. NGO73KGF2018
17859Andre NagaishiWPointsCuritiba SPO76KGR12018
17862Matheus LinharesWPointsCuritiba SPO76KG4F2018
17891Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWPointsCuritiba SPNGO73KGSF2018
18382Lucas RoccoWPointsSalvador SPO.76KG4F2018
18383Pedro AsevedoWPointsSalvador SPO.76KGSF2018
18389Bruno SantosWPointsSalvador SPNGO73KGSF2018
18390Deyvid MatosWGuillotineSalvador SPNGO73KGF2018
18559Rafael DomingosWKimuraNoGi Worlds73KGR12018
18563Dustin AkbariWPointsNoGi Worlds73KG8F2018
19763Giovani BernardoWPointsRio Fall Open82KG4F2019
19781Antonio PalaganoWPointsRio Fall NGO79KGSF2019
19784Marcos GoulartWPointsRio Fall NGOABS4F2019
19785Christofer FeijoWPointsRio Fall NGOABSSF2019
20471Afonso SilvaWPointsSalvador FO82KG4F2019
20472Alisson FerrazWPointsSalvador FO82KGSF2019
20484Lucas LimaWPointsSalvador FNGO79KGSF2019
22596Matthew KocalWArmbarNYC Fall NGO73KG4F2019
24345Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2020
25093Todd WallingWPointsDallas NGO73KG4F2021
25315Marco TeranWN/AOrlando NGO73KG4F2021
25686Daniel DinizDaniel DinizWAdvHouston NGO73KG4F2021
25890Robert DunnWPts: 12x0N.Orleans NGOABS4F2021
26050Lucas NoratLucas NoratWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.ABSR12021
26135Giann MoramarcoWPointsMiami NGO79KGSF2021
26422Damion OrandayDamion OrandayWPointsAtlanta NGOABSSF2021
26564Juan ArmendarizWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican NGN79KG8F2021
26566Saul VirayaWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican NGN79KG4F2021
26852Adolfo AriasWPointsOrlando NGO79KGSF2021
26862Adolfo SuarezWPointsOrlando NGOABS4F2021
26900Jeremiah VanceWPts: 6x0Phoenix NGO79KGSF2021
27192Rodrigo GortariWPts: 0x0, AdvCharleston SNG79KGSF2021
27193Tyler ScalisiWGuillotineCharleston SNG79KGF2021
27199Charles McGuireWArmbarCharleston SNGABS4F2021
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