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Hiago George

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Hiago George is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under the illustrious Cícero Costha, being also one of the most accomplished light-featherweight (under 64,00 kg) competitors of his generation. Hiago made a name for himself while competing in the sport’s international circuit where he conquered important titles such as Brazilian National, South American, European Open and European No-Gi Open Champion.

Hiago George Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Hiago George Santos Silva

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Carlos GracieHelio GracieRickson GracieMarcelo BehringWaldomiro PerezRoberto GodoiMarco Barbosa > Cicero Costha > Hiago George

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2019***)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2017/2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2019/2018/2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European No-Gi Open (2017)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2019/2018)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rome Open (2017)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Brazil National Pro (2015)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro (2019/2018/2017/2016/2015)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi (2016 / 2020)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Floripa Open (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio BJJ Pro (2015)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals No-Gi (2015)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam Los Angeles (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Sao Paulo Open (2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2015 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2014 brown, 2013 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Sao Paulo Open (2014 brown, 2013 purple)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2014 purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute
*** Closed division with teammate

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Pluma (64,00 kg / 141.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Cícero Costha – Projeto Social Lutando Pelo Bem

Hiago George Biography

Hiago George was born on the 2nd of July, 1993 in the city of Cícero Dantas (CD), state of Bahia – Brazil. He lived in CD up until his 12th birthday, the time when his family moved to Livramento de Nossa Senhora, also in Bahia.

Martial arts entered Hiago’s life through boxing when he was in his early teens. 1 year after getting started in the “sweet science”, George was convinced by his close friend “Neto” to try a jiu-jitsu class at a local academy led by coaches Alex Azevedo and Wbiara Dantas. After his first experience with grappling, Hiago decided to incorporate both disciplines into his daily routine.

Within 6 months of trying his hardest to keep up with training, Hiago understood that he would not be able to reach the level of proficiency he had aimed for in either sport if he kept wearing himself thin training both combat styles. Although it was a hard choice at the time, he opted to follow jiu-jitsu full-heartedly and leave boxing behind.

Within one year of training with Azevedo and Dantas, the academy joined forces with a bigger team from the neighboring town of Vitória da Conquista, a team led by Fábio Medeiros of Gracie Barra.

When Hiago started training jiu-jitsu, he set high goals for himself. His aim was always to be the best light featherweight grappler in the world. With this in mind, he competed as often as he could, everywhere around Brazil. One of these trips led him to the CBJJE World Championship in 2013, a tournament he won that year as a purple belt. Hiago arrived in Sao Paulo (where the event was held) one week before the tournament, asking Cícero Costha for permission to sleep in his academy on the lead-up to the competition. While at Costa’s gym “Projeto Social Lutando Pelo Bem” (PSLPB), George saw a legion of like minded athletes, training harder than he had ever seen.

Hiago knew it would be hard to find the level of training he had seen at PSLPB in his hometown, so when he returned home George convinced his parents to allow him to follow his dream and move to Cícero Costha’s Sao Paulo academy.

Cícero accepted George with open arms and Hiago’s career took off almost immediately with wins at the Brazilian National and South American Championship. Within 18 months, Hiago earned his brown belt a division he took by storm with sequential titles in some of the sport’s top tournaments. His wins earned him a quick upgrade to black belt after 10 months spent as a brown belt.

An interesting fact about Hiago’s grading is that all belts up to brown were awarded by Fábio Medeiros, but even after Hiago George moved across to Costha’s PSLPB, Cícero travelled over to Medeiros’ academy to award Hiago’s brown and black belts, this way paying respect to his former instructor.

After earning his black belt on August 2015, Hiago George hit the ground running, winning the Brazilian National Pro (UAEJJF), the Brazilian No-Gi National silver medal (CBJJ), the IBJJF Rio Pro gold medal, as well as Floripa Open, South American Championship and the Grand Slam in Rio de Janeiro, all in his first 5 months as a black belt.

Hiago George Grappling Record

128 WINS
    55 (43%)
    13 (10%)
    55 (43%)
    5 (4%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Verbal tap
Toe hold
Violin armlock
Triangle armbar
Inside heel hook
Inverted triangle
Mounted triangle
    11 (46%)
    4 (17%)
    1 (4%)
    7 (29%)
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)



Hiago George Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7800Douglas RufinoLPts: 2x0SP Open64KGSF2015
8274Philipe FreitasLPointsBrasileiro NoGi63KGF2015
9214Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesLReferee DecisionPan American64KGSF2016
9905Ary FariasAry FariasLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.64KGSF2016
10950Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaLPts: 2x2, AdvBJJ Rio Pro70KGF2016
11495Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLReferee DecisionEuropean Open64KGSF2017
12566Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinLPts: 2x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12569Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 4x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12670Cleber SousaCleber SousaLReferee DecisionBrasileiro64KGSF2017
13005Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.64KG4F2017
13691Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 2x0San Diego Pro70KGF2017
13714Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA62KGF2017
15928Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaLPts: 4x0King of Mats69KGRR2018
15933Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2018
15939Samuel CanquerinoLKneebarKing of Mats69KGRR2018
16688Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLPts: 2x0ACBJJ World60KGSF2018
17410Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2018
18399Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds61KGSF2018
19203Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19256Joao NetoJoao NetoLReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21363Cleber SousaCleber SousaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2019
21367Vincent SaenzLPts: 8x8, PenGrand Slam LA62KGRPC2019
21699Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoLPts: 2x0UKBJJA OpenABSF2019
22084Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPointsRio BJJ Pro70KGSF2019
7614Pedro HenriqueWPts: 2x2, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro RJ62KGF2015
7798Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWWristlockSP Open64KG4F2015
7842Narciso VilaWVerbal tapCamp. Paulista64KGRR2015
7843Narciso VilaWVerbal tapCamp. Paulista64KGRR2015
8179Levy OliveiraWTriangleFloripa Open64KG4F2015
8180Thales NakassuWTriangleFloripa Open64KGSF2015
8182Magno MotaWPts: 2x0Floripa Open64KGF2015
8270Tiago TeixeiraWChoke from backBrasileiro NoGi63KG4F2015
8272Luiz AndradeWKatagatameBrasileiro NoGi63KGSF2015
8488David LemesDavid LemesWChoke from backIBJJF Rio Pro70KG4F2015
8492Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPts: 8x6IBJJF Rio Pro70KGF2015
8544Leandro SilvaWChoke from backSouth American64KGSF2015
8545Jorge NakamuraWChoke from backSouth American64KGSF2015
8581Celso SouzaWPts: 14x0Grand Slam RJ62KG8F2015
8588Magno MottaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2015
8883Luis LopesWPts: 4x2European Open64KG4F2016
8885Luis PintoWArmbarEuropean Open64KGSF2016
9207Gabriel WillcoxWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American64KGR12016
9211Pedro HenriqueWInverted trianglePan American64KG4F2016
9527Jose OliveiraWPts: 3x0World Pro62KG4F2016
9530Daniel SantanaWPts: 2x0World Pro62KGSF2016
9686Caio SantosWChoke from backBrasileiro64KGR12016
9688Bruno CelioWChoke from backBrasileiro64KG4F2016
9691Marcos SuelWPts: 9x0Brasileiro64KGSF2016
9899Kazuhiro MiyachiWKatagatameWorld Champ.64KGR22016
9904Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 4x0World Champ.64KG4F2016
10526Willian OliveiraWChoke from backSao Paulo Open64KGSF2016
10527Rodolfo MarquesWToe holdSao Paulo Open64KGF2016
10798Jose LimaJose LimaWRNCBrasileiro NoGi61KGSF2016
10799Kelvyn PontesWTriangleBrasileiro NoGi61KGF2016
10947Vitor MatosWPointsBJJ Rio Pro70KG4F2016
10980Magno VieiraWPointsGrand Slam RJ62KGR12016
10984Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2016
10987Felippe MeloWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KGSF2016
10989Jose LimaJose LimaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KGF2016
11193UnknownWTriangleSouth American64KG4F2016
11194Luis PintoWOmoplata/chokeSouth American64KGSF2016
11195Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoWVerbal tapSouth American64KGF2016
11394Jean PereiraWTriangleGrand Slam AD62KGSF2017
11395Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam AD62KGF2017
11493Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 6x4European Open64KG4F2017
11984Michael WoolfWPts: 10x0Grand Slam LDN62KG4F2017
11985Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN62KGSF2017
11986Erno ElglandWMounted triangleGrand Slam LDN62KGF2017
12234Vincent NguyenWChoke from backRome Open64KGSF2017
12235Mathias JardinWChoke from backRome Open64KGF2017
12285Jakub WitkowskiWN/AEuropean NoGi67KGSF2017
12567Cleber SousaCleber SousaWPointsWorld Pro62KGRR2017
12662Wallace OuriqueWN/ABrasileiro64KG8F2017
12666Franklin SousaWTriangleBrasileiro64KG4F2017
12990Takuto KakoWPts: 10x2World Champ.64KGR12017
12998Kim TerraKim TerraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.64KG8F2017
13690Silvio DuranSilvio DuranWPts: 0x0, AdvSan Diego Pro70KGSF2017
13712Nabuo NagaiWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2017
13963Isaac AlvesWSubmissionBrasileiro NoGi61KG4F2017
13965Elton DouradoWPointsBrasileiro NoGi61KGSF2017
13966Pedro DiasPedro DiasWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi61KGF2017
14229Alan CostaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KGR12017
14233Fellipe MelloWSubmissionGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2017
14236Pedro DiasPedro DiasWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2017
14371Bruno CabralWPointsSouth American64KG4F2017
14373Willian OliveiraWPointsSouth American64KGSF2017
14374Cleber SousaCleber SousaWPointsSouth American64KGF2017
14728J. AlhazzaWOmoplata/armlockGrand Slam AD62KGRR2018
14801Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniWReferee DecisionEuropean Open64KGSF2018
15019Igor TerraceoWSubmissionBritish Nat. Pro69KGF2018
15129Thomas HalpinThomas HalpinWPts: 5x0Netherlands Pro69KGF2018
15145Ilke BulutIlke BulutWPts: 5x0Swiss Nat. ProABSF2018
15374Pedro DiasPedro DiasWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2018
15376Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPts: 3x0Grand Slam LDN62KGF2018
15451Tomasz SmierzalskiWPts: 18x0ACB European60KGF2018
15937Jose LimaJose LimaWPts: 4x2King of Mats69KGRR2018
16020Mani TavanaeiWPts: 7x0World Pro62KG4F2018
16023Reuben SagmanWOmoplataWorld Pro62KGRPC2018
16024Mani TavanaeiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro62KGRPC2018
16096Eduardo CamposWArmlockBrasileiro64KGR12018
16098UnknownWTriangle armbarBrasileiro64KG4F2018
16100Bruno CelioWArmbarBrasileiro64KGSF2018
16691Bebeto OliveiraWReferee DecisionACBJJ World60KG3RD2018
17407Matheus MagalhaesWPts: 11x0Grand Slam LA62KG4F2018
17409Rene LopezWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA62KGSF2018
17683Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 6x4LA BJJ Pro70KGSF2018
17685Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 0x0, AdvLA BJJ Pro70KGF2018
17878Joao MendesJoao MendesWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KGSF2018
17879Pedro DiasPedro DiasWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KGF2018
18088Magno VieiraWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ62KG8F2018
18090Franklin SilvaWViolin armlockGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2018
18093Jonas PereiraWPts: 8x0Grand Slam RJ62KGSF2018
18094Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaWBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGF2018
18398Alex ElkinWToe holdNoGi Worlds61KG4F2018
18609Pedro DiasPedro DiasWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD62KG4F2019
18611Gabriel FrenhanWChoke from backGrand Slam AD62KGSF2019
18693Mani TavanaeiWArmlockEuropean Open64KG4F2019
18697Pedro DiasPedro DiasWViolin armlockEuropean Open64KGSF2019
19050Alejandro CarrerasWPointsEU Continental69KGF2019
19200Pedro DiasPedro DiasWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19202Fernando SoaresWPts: 3x0Grand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
19251Lee TingWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19253Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaWReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19260Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWSubmissionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19272Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaWPts: 6x4King of Mats69KG3RD2019
19340Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWToe holdPan American64KG4F2019
19829Massaki TodokoroWChoke from backWorld Pro56KGRR2019
19830Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWKatagatameWorld Pro56KGRR2019
19835Carlos AlbertoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro56KGF2019
19989Guilherme FelipeWChoke from backBrasileiro64KGR12019
19992Felipe CorreaWPts: 10x0Brasileiro64KG4F2019
19993Lucas RamosWChoke from backBrasileiro64KGSF2019
19995Alex SodreAlex SodreWAdvBrasileiro64KGF2019
20332Fernando SoaresWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.64KGR22019
20335Pedro DiasPedro DiasWPts: 2x0World Champ.64KG4F2019
20498Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11265KGSPF2019
21360Pedro DiasPedro DiasWBotinhaGrand Slam LA62KG4F2019
21696Bryn JenkinsWPts: 2x0UKBJJA OpenABS4F2019
21698Lee RenautWPts: 2x0UKBJJA OpenABSSF2019
21911Wallace OuriqueWPts: 4x0Grand Slam RJ62KGR12019
21914Judinei SilvaWPts: 5x2Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
22083Leandro OliveiraWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KG4F2019
22170Felipe MinasianWTriangleSouth American64KGSF2019
22171Cleber FernandesWPts: 6x0South American64KGF2019
22411Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaWInside heel hookF2W Pro 13365KGSPF2019
22445Junny OcasioJunny OcasioWArmlockNoGi Worlds61KGSF2019
22852Savio GomesWSubmissionAustria Nat Pro69KGRR2020
22886Venino JuniorWPts: 4x2France Nat. Pro69KG4F2020
22889Mohamad HayatWSubmissionFrance Nat. Pro69KGSF2020
23093Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 3x2European Pro62KGRR2020
23120Lucas SilvaWPts: 2x1Grand Slam LDN62KG4F2020
23124Lucas SilvaWPts: 2x1Grand Slam LDN62KG3RD2020

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