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Italo Moura

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Italo Moura is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Cicero Costha and Murilo Santana, as well as a representative of the Cicero Costha (PSLPB) / Unity Academy coalition in the sport’s international circuit. Moura became widely recognized as one of his generation’s top lightweights both in the gi and nogi variables, after his numerous accolades in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit and in professional jiu-jitsu outlets such as Kasai Pro, Fight IQ.

Italo Moura Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Italo Moura de Azevedo

Nickname: N/A

Lineage 1: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Cicero Costha > Italo Moura

Lineage 2: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Mario Yamasaki > Murilo Santana > Italo Moura

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place CBJJE World Championship (2020)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF South American Championship (2020)
  • 2nd Place CBJJE Brazilian Nationals (2020)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open NoGi (2019)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2017 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship No-Gi (2016 / 2017 purple, 2018 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2017 purple)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2017 / 2018 purple)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LDN (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LA (2017 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2016 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2018 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 / 2018 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship Juvenile (2014 blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2017 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship No-Gi (2016* purple)

Favorite Position/Technique: Crab-Ride / Berimbolo

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

Team/Association: PSLPB Cicero Costha / Unity Jiu-Jitsu

Italo Moura Biography

Italo Moura was born on December 15, 1997, in São Simão, growing up in Luiz Antônio, two neighboring municipalities in the Brazilian state of São Paulo.

Interested in martial arts from a very young age, by the time he was 9, Italo was already a karate practitioner with tournament experience. It was only 3 years later, by his father’s influence, that Moura joined a local Gracie Barra jiu-jitsu school, during his 2009 school holiday.

Vitorio “Furão” was Italo Moura’s first grappling coach at the aforementioned Gracie Barra affiliate. The young athlete would later switch to the Academia Núcleo gym, where he worked under the guidance of Rhuando Cavalcante, earning his blue belt from Cavalcante.

By the time Italo was a blue belt, a few of his higher-ranked teammates opened a “PSLPB Cicero Costha” school affiliate, and Italo followed their lead, working with coach Mauricio Antunes, as well as Rafael Naves, Willian Von Sohsten, Aquila Lanza, Ramon Delsin and Higor Paterra at this new gym.

It was through this connection that Moura met and befriended the legendary instructor Cicero Costha, particularly thanks to Rafael Naves, who took Moura to São Paulo for a competition in 2012. Naves and Italo stayed at Cicero’s team headquarters for a few days, training in preparation for the said tournament, an event that propelled Italo to seek a life as a professional grappler. Fueled by his first stay at the PSLPB Academy, Moura returned to train there with every chance he had, particularly during prolonged public-school holidays. After Moura finished high-school, he decided to move to the state capital, São Paulo, to become a full-time athlete under a scholarship with Cicero.

Although not part of the team, the Cicero Costha had a long-standing friendship with black belt Murilo Santana, as he and the team’s leader trained in the same team for many years. During one of Santana’s frequent training sessions at the PSLPB headquarters, Italo met the well-known competitor and, soon to be, founder of the Unity Jiu-Jitsu Academy in New York, USA.

In 2016 Italo started doing his training camps at Santana’s NYC gym, ahead of any the major tournaments in the America circuit. Having a solid base from where to train while preparing for the biggest tournaments in the sport, was a key asset in Moura’s development, who, after a series of strong performances as a brown belt, was promoted to black belt by coaches Murilo Santana and Cicero Costha, on June 2019.

Italo Moura Grappling Record

    12 (50%)
    0 (0%)
    8 (33%)
    3 (13%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (4%)


Choke from back
    5 (36%)
    6 (43%)
    1 (7%)
    2 (14%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)



Italo Moura Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
21477Athos MirandaLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.73KGR12019
21517Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLGuillotineNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2019
22055Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiLAdvEuropean NoGi73KGSF2019
22081Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 3x2European NoGiABSR12019
22522Max LindbladMax LindbladLPts: 6x6, AdvSwedish Open82KGSF2019
22529Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 4x4, AdvSwedish OpenABSF2019
22967Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG4F2020
23770Leonardo LaraLeonardo LaraLPts: 2x0BJJ Bet85KGSPF2020
24113Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoLPts: 2x0Brasileiro CBJJE82KGF2020
24763Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoLPts: 2x0South American82KGF2020
25939Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.79KG4F2021
26013Pedro PalharesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.ABS8F2021
27382Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 29x0Pan American82KG8F2021
28054PJ BarchPJ BarchLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGR22021
21064Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWPointsWashington SMO76KGSF2019
21066Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorWReferee DecisionWashington SMO76KGF2019
21098Francis QuinnWPointsBoston SMO76KG4F2019
21099Edward HohlWChoke from backBoston SMO76KGSF2019
21101Frederico AlvesWPointsBoston SMO76KGF2019
21299I. MichellWPts: 6x2Kasai Pro 670KGSPF2019
21512Kalil MurielWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.ABSR12019
21516Jake WatsonJake WatsonWPts: 6x4No Gi Pan Am.ABSR22019
22048Vibhudatta RoutWPointsEuropean NoGi73KGR12019
22052Leon LarmanLeon LarmanWPointsEuropean NoGi73KG4F2019
22525Erik FribergWChoke from backSwedish Open82KG3RD2019
22528Drago BorasWChoke from backSwedish OpenABSSF2019
22631Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWChoke from backDublin Open82KGF2019
22634Sean CoatesWPointsDublin OpenABSSF2019
22635Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWReferee DecisionDublin OpenABSF2019
22958Gabriel FigueiroGabriel FigueiroWReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KGR12020
24111Geraldo PessoaWChoke from backBrasileiro CBJJE82KGSF2020
24657Hiago BalbinoWDQMundial CBJJE82KGR12020
24658Diego VivaldoDiego VivaldoWPts: 4x2Mundial CBJJE82KG4F2020
24660Allan LuchesiWPts: 11x2Mundial CBJJE82KG4F2020
24662Geraldo GoncalvesWChoke from backMundial CBJJE82KGF2020
24761Wellington CostaWPts: 4x0South American82KGSF2020
25933Tyler ScalisiWRNCNoGi Pan Am.79KGR12021
26002Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWPts: 6x2NoGi Pan Am.ABSR12021

Italo Moura NoGi Highlight


High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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