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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 Pan Championship NOGI (2022)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2022)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2021)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2020)

Main Achievements (Judo):

  • 2nd Place Pan 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

84 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    53 (63%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    13 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

14 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Guillotine
36
5
#86e620
Armbar
14
2
#5AD3D1
Katagatame
14
2
#d1212a
RNC
14
2
#fad11b
Kimura
7
1
#f58822
Aoki lock
7
1
#224aba
North south choke
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
60 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    30 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
33
6
#86e620
Triangle
11
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
11
2
#d1212a
Straight ankle lock
11
2
#fad11b
Kneebar
11
2
#f58822
Toe hold
6
1
#224aba
Mounted X choke
6
1
#ff9124
Calf slicer
6
1
#bf1f6c
Short choke
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Francisco Cuneo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17090Gabriel BrasilLPointsVitoria NGO73KGSF2018
17097Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiLStraight ankle lockVitoria NGOABSSF2018
17905Aquila de PaulaLPointsCuritiba SPO76KGSF2018
17932Luciano BernertLPointsCuritiba SPNGO73KGF2018
18432Anselmo GomesLKneebarSalvador SPO.76KGF2018
18611Frederico SilvaLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KG4F2018
19745Servio TulioServio TulioLRNCADCC SP Trials77KGR12019
19821Leonilson FerreiraLPointsRio FO82KGSF2019
19839Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesLPointsRio Fall NGO79KGF2019
19842Andre AguiarLPointsRio Fall NGOABSF2019
20531Romario TeodoroLPointsSalvador FO82KGF2019
20542Romario TeodoroLPointsSalvador FNGO79KGF2019
22680Pedro VerasPedro VerasLToe holdNYC Fall NGO73KGSF2019
24434Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLTriangleAtlanta OpenABS4F2020
24467Rodrigo FrancioniRodrigo FrancioniLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2020
24517Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2020
25229Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiLPts: 5x2Dallas NGO73KGSF2021
25247Oliver TazaOliver TazaLPts: 6x2Dallas NGOABS4F2021
25455Mauricio BobadillaLN/AOrlando NGO73KGSF2021
25474Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniLStraight ankle lockOrlando NGOABS4F2021
25828Luan AndreiLuan AndreiLPts: 4x0Houston NGO73KGSF2021
26027Kieran KichukKieran KichukLTriangleN.Orleans NGO73KGF2021
26039Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 4x0N.Orleans NGOABSSF2021
26113Joao MendesJoao MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.73KG8F2021
26284JZ CavalcanteLArmbarMiami NGO79KGF2021
26562Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaLPts: 0x0, AdvAtlanta NGO79KGSF2021
26575Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 2x0Atlanta NGOABSF2021
26729Luan AndreiLuan AndreiLPts: 2x0American NGN79KGSF2021
27013Luan AndreiLuan AndreiLPts: 4x0Orlando NGO79KGF2021
27024Helton JoseHelton JoseLReferee DecisionOrlando NGOABSSF2021
27061Michael SalazarLPointsPhoenix NGO79KGF2021
27363Dante LeonDante LeonLPts: 9x0Charleston SNGABSSF2021
30685Rodrigo GortariLReferee DecisionMiami WO82KGSF2022
30693Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPts: 0x0, AdvMiami WOABSR12022
30789Andy MurasakiAndy MurasakiLMounted X chokeDallas Open82KGSF2022
30826Oliver TazaOliver TazaLPts: 4x0Dallas NGO79KGSF2022
30839Matheus GalvaoLPointsDallas NGOABSSF2022
31244Andre GoisAndre GoisLPts: 7x0Charleston Open82KGSF2022
31266Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLRNCCharleston NGO79KGF2022
31270Vagner RochaVagner RochaLRNCCharleston NGOABSSF2022
32560Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionAtlanta SPNGO79KGSF2022
32567Joao CostaJoao CostaLPts: 0x0, PenAtlanta SPNGOABSF2022
32801Matheus GalvaoLN/AHouston NGO79KGSF2022
32812Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioLCalf slicerHouston NGOABSSF2022
33813Dante LeonDante LeonLPointsOrlando SMNGO79KGSF2022
33825Vagner RochaVagner RochaLPointsOrlando SMNGOABS4F2022
34809Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarLPts: 2x0JJ Con NG79KGSF2022
35621Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoLPts: 4x0NoGi PanABSSF2022
35868Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionCharleston FNGOABSSF2022
35944Andy MurasakiAndy MurasakiLPts: 4x0Houston FNGO79KGF2022
35957Victor HugoVictor HugoLPenHouston FNGOABSF2022
36242Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaLRNCNashville NGOABSF2022
36742Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLRNCWaco NGOABSF2022
36795Victor HugoVictor HugoLShort chokeNoGi WorldsABS4F2022
36872John CombsJohn CombsLRNCNoGi Worlds79KG4F2022
40912Max HansonMax HansonLKneebarIndianapolis NGABSSF2023
41333Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarLReferee DecisionAmerican NNG79KGSF2023
41354Elder CruzElder CruzLPts: 8x0American NNGABS4F2023
41709Enrique GalarzaLN/AOrlando SMNGO79KG4F2023
43400Matheus GalvaoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan79KG4F2023
17089Italo GulesWNorth south chokeVitoria NGO73KG4F2018
17095Juan VianaWKatagatameVitoria NGOABS4F2018
17187Luciano BernertWPointsFloripa W. NGO73KGSF2018
17188Osmar TellesWRNCFloripa W. NGO73KGF2018
17899Andre NagaishiWPointsCuritiba SPO76KGR12018
17902Matheus LinharesWPointsCuritiba SPO76KG4F2018
17931Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWPointsCuritiba SPNGO73KGSF2018
18430Lucas RoccoWPointsSalvador SPO.76KG4F2018
18431Pedro AsevedoWPointsSalvador SPO.76KGSF2018
18437Bruno SantosWPointsSalvador SPNGO73KGSF2018
18438Deyvid MatosWGuillotineSalvador SPNGO73KGF2018
18606Rafael DomingosWKimuraNoGi Worlds73KGR12018
18610Dustin AkbariWPointsNoGi Worlds73KG8F2018
19819Giovani BernardoWPointsRio FO82KG4F2019
19837Antonio PalaganoWPointsRio Fall NGO79KGSF2019
19840Marcos GoulartWPointsRio Fall NGOABS4F2019
19841Christofer FeijoWPointsRio Fall NGOABSSF2019
20528Afonso SilvaWPointsSalvador FO82KG4F2019
20529Alisson FerrazWPointsSalvador FO82KGSF2019
20541Lucas LimaWPointsSalvador FNGO79KGSF2019
22679Matthew KocalWArmbarNYC Fall NGO73KG4F2019
24463Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2020
25227Todd WallingWPointsDallas NGO73KG4F2021
25453Marco TeranWN/AOrlando NGO73KG4F2021
25826Daniel DinizDaniel DinizWAdvHouston NGO73KG4F2021
26037Robert DunnWPts: 12x0N.Orleans NGOABS4F2021
26198Lucas NoratLucas NoratWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.ABSR12021
26283Giann MoramarcoWPointsMiami NGO79KGSF2021
26573Damion OrandayDamion OrandayWPointsAtlanta NGOABSSF2021
26724Juan ArmendarizWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican NGN79KG8F2021
26726Saul VirayaWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican NGN79KG4F2021
27012Adolfo AriasWPointsOrlando NGO79KGSF2021
27022Adolfo SuarezWPointsOrlando NGOABS4F2021
27060Jeremiah VanceWPts: 6x0Phoenix NGO79KGSF2021
27353Rodrigo GortariWPts: 0x0, AdvCharleston SNG79KGSF2021
27354Tyler ScalisiWGuillotineCharleston SNG79KGF2021
27360Charles McGuireWArmbarCharleston SNGABS4F2021
30787Austin OrandayAustin OrandayWPts: 6x0Dallas Open82KG4F2022
30825Matheus GalvaoWPts: 0x0, AdvDallas NGO79KG4F2022
30837Bryan PetersonWPointsDallas NGOABS4F2022
31265Joao AlbuquerqueWGuillotineCharleston NGO79KGSF2022
32566Clay MayfieldWGuillotineAtlanta SPNGOABSRR2022
32611Oliver TazaOliver TazaWN/AChicago SPNGO73KGSF2022
32612Michael BackmanWN/AChicago SPNGO73KGF2022
32811Andrew KimlerWN/AHouston NGOABS4F2022
33380Andrew PardeeWPts: 2x0Washington NGO79KGRR2022
33382Robert SullivanWPts: 2x0Washington NGO79KGF2022
33479Thiago GirundiWRNCAmerican NGN79KGSF2022
33480Edmund KimWPts: 3x0American NGN79KGF2022
34422Oliver SengWN/AN. Haven NGO79KGSF2022
35265Colon SantanaWAoki lockAtlanta FNGO79KGSF2022
35267Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaWPts: 0x0, AdvAtlanta FNGO79KGF2022
35567Clay MayfieldWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan79KG8F2022
35571Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan79KG4F2022
35573Matheus GalvaoWReferee DecisionNoGi Pan79KGSF2022
35612Alexander SeaverWN/ANoGi PanABS8F2022
35618Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi PanABS4F2022
35859Clay MayfieldWPointsCharleston FNGO79KGSF2022
35860Gialysson FreitasGialysson FreitasWPointsCharleston FNGO79KGF2022
35864Ricky SemigliaWPts: 11x0Charleston FNGOABS4F2022
35943Vinicius WongWPts: 7x0Houston FNGO79KGSF2022
35951Vinicius WongWAdvHouston FNGOABS4F2022
35956Felipe CostaFelipe CostaWPointsHouston FNGOABSSF2022
36227Lucas BritoWPts: 2x0Nashville NGO79KGSF2022
36228Jonathan LaneWKatagatameNashville NGO79KGF2022
36238Lucas BritoWPts: 7x2Nashville NGOABS4F2022
36240Clay MayfieldWPts: 7x2Nashville NGOABSSF2022
36578Joao CostaJoao CostaWPointsNHaven FNGO97KGF2022
36583Alexander SenecoWPointsNHaven FNGOABS4F2022
36585Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWPointsNHaven FNGOABSSF2022
36733Michael EsquivelWPts: 12x0Waco NGO85KGSF2022
36734Avery BrooksWReferee DecisionWaco NGO85KGF2022
36738Erick BarretoWGuillotineWaco NGOABS4F2022
36741Lukete SilvaLukete SilvaWReferee DecisionWaco NGOABSSF2022
36788Freddy VosgroneWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS8F2022
36870Rolando SamsonRolando SamsonWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KG8F2022
40908Jose PerezWPointsIndianapolis NG79KGSF2023
40909Max HansonMax HansonWPointsIndianapolis NG79KGF2023
41332Mustafa CiplakWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican NNG79KG4F2023
41877Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWPointsNYC NGOABSF2023
42486Craig EdmondsonWPts: 4x0JJ Con NG79KG4F2023
42487Hayden BucknerWPts: 46x0JJ Con NG79KGSF2023
42489Matthew KwanWPts: 0x0, AdvJJ Con NG79KGF2023
43394Nick MartinezWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan79KG8F2023
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