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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

45 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    28 (62%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Guillotine
40
4
#86e620
Armbar
20
2
#5AD3D1
Kimura
10
1
#d1212a
North south choke
10
1
#fad11b
Katagatame
10
1
#f58822
RNC
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
44 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    23 (52%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

13 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
23
3
#86e620
Triangle
15
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
15
2
#d1212a
Straight ankle lock
15
2
#fad11b
Toe hold
8
1
#f58822
Mounted X choke
8
1
#224aba
Calf slicer
8
1
#ff9124
Kneebar
8
1
13
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Francisco Cuneo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17078Gabriel BrasilLPointsVitoria NGO73KGSF2018
17085Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiLStraight ankle lockVitoria NGOABSSF2018
17893Aquila de PaulaLPointsCuritiba SPO76KGSF2018
17920Luciano BernertLPointsCuritiba SPNGO73KGF2018
18417Anselmo GomesLKneebarSalvador SPO.76KGF2018
18596Frederico SilvaLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KG4F2018
19727Servio TulioServio TulioLRNCADCC SP Trials77KGR12019
19803Leonilson FerreiraLPointsRio Fall Open82KGSF2019
19821Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesLPointsRio Fall NGO79KGF2019
19824Andre AguiarLPointsRio Fall NGOABSF2019
20512Romario TeodoroLPointsSalvador FO82KGF2019
20523Romario TeodoroLPointsSalvador FNGO79KGF2019
22650Pedro VerasPedro VerasLToe holdNYC Fall NGO73KGSF2019
24397Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLTriangleAtlanta OpenABS4F2020
24430Rodrigo FrancioniRodrigo FrancioniLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2020
24480Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2020
25190Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiLPts: 5x2Dallas NGO73KGSF2021
25208Oliver TazaOliver TazaLPts: 6x2Dallas NGOABS4F2021
25415Mauricio BobadillaLN/AOrlando NGO73KGSF2021
25434Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniLStraight ankle lockOrlando NGOABS4F2021
25787Luan AndreiLuan AndreiLPts: 4x0Houston NGO73KGSF2021
25982Kieran KichukKieran KichukLTriangleN.Orleans NGO73KGF2021
25994Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 4x0N.Orleans NGOABSSF2021
26068Joao MendesJoao MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.73KG8F2021
26238JZ CavalcanteLArmbarMiami NGO79KGF2021
26516Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaLPts: 0x0, AdvAtlanta NGO79KGSF2021
26529Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 2x0Atlanta NGOABSF2021
26677Luan AndreiLuan AndreiLPts: 2x0American NGN79KGSF2021
26960Luan AndreiLuan AndreiLPts: 4x0Orlando NGO79KGF2021
26971Helton JoseHelton JoseLReferee DecisionOrlando NGOABSSF2021
27008Michael SalazarLPointsPhoenix NGO79KGF2021
27309Dante LeonDante LeonLPts: 9x0Charleston SNGABSSF2021
30579Rodrigo GortariLReferee DecisionMiami WO82KGSF2022
30587Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPts: 0x0, AdvMiami WOABSR12022
30678Andy MurasakiAndy MurasakiLMounted X chokeDallas Open82KGSF2022
30715Oliver TazaOliver TazaLPts: 4x0Dallas NGO79KGSF2022
30728Matheus GalvaoLPointsDallas NGOABSSF2022
31134Andre GoisAndre GoisLPts: 7x0Charleston Open82KGSF2022
31156Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLRNCCharleston NGO79KGF2022
31160Vagner RochaVagner RochaLRNCCharleston NGOABSSF2022
32425Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionAtlanta SPNGO79KGSF2022
32432Joao CostaJoao CostaLPts: 0x0, PenAtlanta SPNGOABSF2022
32665Matheus GalvaoLN/AHouston NGO79KGSF2022
32676Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioLCalf slicerHouston NGOABSSF2022
17077Italo GulesWNorth south chokeVitoria NGO73KG4F2018
17083Juan VianaWKatagatameVitoria NGOABS4F2018
17175Luciano BernertWPointsFloripa W. NGO73KGSF2018
17176Osmar TellesWRNCFloripa W. NGO73KGF2018
17887Andre NagaishiWPointsCuritiba SPO76KGR12018
17890Matheus LinharesWPointsCuritiba SPO76KG4F2018
17919Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWPointsCuritiba SPNGO73KGSF2018
18415Lucas RoccoWPointsSalvador SPO.76KG4F2018
18416Pedro AsevedoWPointsSalvador SPO.76KGSF2018
18422Bruno SantosWPointsSalvador SPNGO73KGSF2018
18423Deyvid MatosWGuillotineSalvador SPNGO73KGF2018
18591Rafael DomingosWKimuraNoGi Worlds73KGR12018
18595Dustin AkbariWPointsNoGi Worlds73KG8F2018
19801Giovani BernardoWPointsRio Fall Open82KG4F2019
19819Antonio PalaganoWPointsRio Fall NGO79KGSF2019
19822Marcos GoulartWPointsRio Fall NGOABS4F2019
19823Christofer FeijoWPointsRio Fall NGOABSSF2019
20509Afonso SilvaWPointsSalvador FO82KG4F2019
20510Alisson FerrazWPointsSalvador FO82KGSF2019
20522Lucas LimaWPointsSalvador FNGO79KGSF2019
22649Matthew KocalWArmbarNYC Fall NGO73KG4F2019
24426Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2020
25188Todd WallingWPointsDallas NGO73KG4F2021
25413Marco TeranWN/AOrlando NGO73KG4F2021
25785Daniel DinizDaniel DinizWAdvHouston NGO73KG4F2021
25992Robert DunnWPts: 12x0N.Orleans NGOABS4F2021
26152Lucas NoratLucas NoratWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.ABSR12021
26237Giann MoramarcoWPointsMiami NGO79KGSF2021
26527Damion OrandayDamion OrandayWPointsAtlanta NGOABSSF2021
26672Juan ArmendarizWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican NGN79KG8F2021
26674Saul VirayaWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican NGN79KG4F2021
26959Adolfo AriasWPointsOrlando NGO79KGSF2021
26969Adolfo SuarezWPointsOrlando NGOABS4F2021
27007Jeremiah VanceWPts: 6x0Phoenix NGO79KGSF2021
27299Rodrigo GortariWPts: 0x0, AdvCharleston SNG79KGSF2021
27300Tyler ScalisiWGuillotineCharleston SNG79KGF2021
27306Charles McGuireWArmbarCharleston SNGABS4F2021
30676Austin OrandayWPts: 6x0Dallas Open82KG4F2022
30714Matheus GalvaoWPts: 0x0, AdvDallas NGO79KG4F2022
30726Bryan PetersonWPointsDallas NGOABS4F2022
31155Joao AlbuquerqueWGuillotineCharleston NGO79KGSF2022
32431Clay MayfieldWGuillotineAtlanta SPNGOABSRR2022
32476Oliver TazaOliver TazaWN/AChicago SPNGO73KGSF2022
32477Michael BackmanWN/AChicago SPNGO73KGF2022
32675Andrew KimlerWN/AHouston NGOABS4F2022
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