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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

50 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (64%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Guillotine
36
4
#86e620
RNC
18
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
18
2
#d1212a
North south choke
9
1
#fad11b
Katagatame
9
1
#f58822
Kimura
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
47 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    26 (55%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

13 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Francisco Cuneo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17084Gabriel BrasilLPointsVitoria NGO73KGSF2018
17091Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiLStraight ankle lockVitoria NGOABSSF2018
17899Aquila de PaulaLPointsCuritiba SPO76KGSF2018
17926Luciano BernertLPointsCuritiba SPNGO73KGF2018
18423Anselmo GomesLKneebarSalvador SPO.76KGF2018
18602Frederico SilvaLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KG4F2018
19733Servio TulioServio TulioLRNCADCC SP Trials77KGR12019
19809Leonilson FerreiraLPointsRio FO82KGSF2019
19827Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesLPointsRio Fall NGO79KGF2019
19830Andre AguiarLPointsRio Fall NGOABSF2019
20518Romario TeodoroLPointsSalvador FO82KGF2019
20529Romario TeodoroLPointsSalvador FNGO79KGF2019
22656Pedro VerasPedro VerasLToe holdNYC Fall NGO73KGSF2019
24403Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLTriangleAtlanta OpenABS4F2020
24436Rodrigo FrancioniRodrigo FrancioniLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2020
24486Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2020
25198Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiLPts: 5x2Dallas NGO73KGSF2021
25216Oliver TazaOliver TazaLPts: 6x2Dallas NGOABS4F2021
25423Mauricio BobadillaLN/AOrlando NGO73KGSF2021
25442Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniLStraight ankle lockOrlando NGOABS4F2021
25795Luan AndreiLuan AndreiLPts: 4x0Houston NGO73KGSF2021
25990Kieran KichukKieran KichukLTriangleN.Orleans NGO73KGF2021
26002Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 4x0N.Orleans NGOABSSF2021
26076Joao MendesJoao MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.73KG8F2021
26246JZ CavalcanteLArmbarMiami NGO79KGF2021
26524Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaLPts: 0x0, AdvAtlanta NGO79KGSF2021
26537Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 2x0Atlanta NGOABSF2021
26692Luan AndreiLuan AndreiLPts: 2x0American NGN79KGSF2021
26975Luan AndreiLuan AndreiLPts: 4x0Orlando NGO79KGF2021
26986Helton JoseHelton JoseLReferee DecisionOrlando NGOABSSF2021
27023Michael SalazarLPointsPhoenix NGO79KGF2021
27325Dante LeonDante LeonLPts: 9x0Charleston SNGABSSF2021
30601Rodrigo GortariLReferee DecisionMiami WO82KGSF2022
30609Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPts: 0x0, AdvMiami WOABSR12022
30701Andy MurasakiAndy MurasakiLMounted X chokeDallas Open82KGSF2022
30738Oliver TazaOliver TazaLPts: 4x0Dallas NGO79KGSF2022
30751Matheus GalvaoLPointsDallas NGOABSSF2022
31155Andre GoisAndre GoisLPts: 7x0Charleston Open82KGSF2022
31177Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLRNCCharleston NGO79KGF2022
31181Vagner RochaVagner RochaLRNCCharleston NGOABSSF2022
32455Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionAtlanta SPNGO79KGSF2022
32462Joao CostaJoao CostaLPts: 0x0, PenAtlanta SPNGOABSF2022
32695Matheus GalvaoLN/AHouston NGO79KGSF2022
32706Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioLCalf slicerHouston NGOABSSF2022
33666Dante LeonDante LeonLPointsOrlando SMNGO79KGSF2022
33678Vagner RochaVagner RochaLPointsOrlando SMNGOABS4F2022
34655Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarLPts: 2x0JJ Con NG79KGSF2022
17083Italo GulesWNorth south chokeVitoria NGO73KG4F2018
17089Juan VianaWKatagatameVitoria NGOABS4F2018
17181Luciano BernertWPointsFloripa W. NGO73KGSF2018
17182Osmar TellesWRNCFloripa W. NGO73KGF2018
17893Andre NagaishiWPointsCuritiba SPO76KGR12018
17896Matheus LinharesWPointsCuritiba SPO76KG4F2018
17925Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWPointsCuritiba SPNGO73KGSF2018
18421Lucas RoccoWPointsSalvador SPO.76KG4F2018
18422Pedro AsevedoWPointsSalvador SPO.76KGSF2018
18428Bruno SantosWPointsSalvador SPNGO73KGSF2018
18429Deyvid MatosWGuillotineSalvador SPNGO73KGF2018
18597Rafael DomingosWKimuraNoGi Worlds73KGR12018
18601Dustin AkbariWPointsNoGi Worlds73KG8F2018
19807Giovani BernardoWPointsRio FO82KG4F2019
19825Antonio PalaganoWPointsRio Fall NGO79KGSF2019
19828Marcos GoulartWPointsRio Fall NGOABS4F2019
19829Christofer FeijoWPointsRio Fall NGOABSSF2019
20515Afonso SilvaWPointsSalvador FO82KG4F2019
20516Alisson FerrazWPointsSalvador FO82KGSF2019
20528Lucas LimaWPointsSalvador FNGO79KGSF2019
22655Matthew KocalWArmbarNYC Fall NGO73KG4F2019
24432Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2020
25196Todd WallingWPointsDallas NGO73KG4F2021
25421Marco TeranWN/AOrlando NGO73KG4F2021
25793Daniel DinizDaniel DinizWAdvHouston NGO73KG4F2021
26000Robert DunnWPts: 12x0N.Orleans NGOABS4F2021
26160Lucas NoratLucas NoratWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.ABSR12021
26245Giann MoramarcoWPointsMiami NGO79KGSF2021
26535Damion OrandayDamion OrandayWPointsAtlanta NGOABSSF2021
26687Juan ArmendarizWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican NGN79KG8F2021
26689Saul VirayaWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican NGN79KG4F2021
26974Adolfo AriasWPointsOrlando NGO79KGSF2021
26984Adolfo SuarezWPointsOrlando NGOABS4F2021
27022Jeremiah VanceWPts: 6x0Phoenix NGO79KGSF2021
27315Rodrigo GortariWPts: 0x0, AdvCharleston SNG79KGSF2021
27316Tyler ScalisiWGuillotineCharleston SNG79KGF2021
27322Charles McGuireWArmbarCharleston SNGABS4F2021
30699Austin OrandayWPts: 6x0Dallas Open82KG4F2022
30737Matheus GalvaoWPts: 0x0, AdvDallas NGO79KG4F2022
30749Bryan PetersonWPointsDallas NGOABS4F2022
31176Joao AlbuquerqueWGuillotineCharleston NGO79KGSF2022
32461Clay MayfieldWGuillotineAtlanta SPNGOABSRR2022
32506Oliver TazaOliver TazaWN/AChicago SPNGO73KGSF2022
32507Michael BackmanWN/AChicago SPNGO73KGF2022
32705Andrew KimlerWN/AHouston NGOABS4F2022
33260Andrew PardeeWPts: 2x0Washington NGO79KGRR2022
33262Robert SullivanWPts: 2x0Washington NGO79KGF2022
33359Thiago GirundiWRNCAmerican NGN79KGSF2022
33360Edmund KimWPts: 3x0American NGN79KGF2022
34272Oliver SengWN/AN. Haven NGO79KGSF2022
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