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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

    25 (44%)
    3 (5%)
    24 (42%)
    4 (7%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)


Choke from back
Outside heel hook
    16 (52%)
    8 (26%)
    4 (13%)
    3 (10%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)



Italo Moura Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
21575Athos MirandaLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.73KGR12019
21615Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLGuillotineNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2019
22162Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiLAdvEuropean NoGi73KGSF2019
22188Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 3x2European NoGiABSR12019
22641Max LindbladMax LindbladLPts: 6x6, AdvSwedish Open82KGSF2019
22648Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 4x4, AdvSwedish OpenABSF2019
23101Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG4F2020
23922Leonardo LaraLeonardo LaraLPts: 2x0BJJ Bet85KGSPF2020
24273Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoLPts: 2x0Brasileiro CBJJE82KGF2020
24929Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoLPts: 2x0South American82KGF2020
26132Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.79KG4F2021
26208Pedro PalharesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.ABS8F2021
27590Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 29x0Pan American82KG8F2021
28272PJ BarchPJ BarchLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGR22021
29041Mathias LunaMathias LunaLPts: 2x0JJ CON82KGF2021
29068Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 3x0JJ CONABSF2021
29521Leonardo LaraLeonardo LaraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KG8F2021
30026JZ CavalcanteLGuillotineADCC BR1 Trials77KGR12022
30286Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLPts: 2x0ADCC BR2 Trials77KG8F2022
31243Andre GoisAndre GoisLN/ACharleston Open82KGF2022
31649Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLPts: 2x0Pan American76KGR22022
32511Carlos NetoLPts: 6x6, AdvAtlanta SPO82KG4F2022
32539Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaLPts: 2x0Atlanta SPOABSSF2022
32912Victor NithaelVictor NithaelLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12022
33769Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaLPts: 2x0Orlando SMO82KGSF2022
33796Salenco CoutinhoLN/AOrlando SMOABS4F2022
33812Dante LeonDante LeonLRNCOrlando SMNGO79KGF2022
34398Igor FelizIgor FelizLReferee DecisionN. Haven Open82KGF2022
34431Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 2x0N. Haven NGOABSSF2022
35277Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezLRNCAtlanta FNGOABSSF2022
36872Andy MurasakiAndy MurasakiLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2022
21158Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWPointsWashington SMO76KGSF2019
21160Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorWReferee DecisionWashington SMO76KGF2019
21192Francis QuinnWPointsBoston SMO76KG4F2019
21193Edward HohlWChoke from backBoston SMO76KGSF2019
21195Frederico AlvesWPointsBoston SMO76KGF2019
21393I. MichellWPts: 6x2Kasai Pro 670KGSPF2019
21610Kalil MurielWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.ABSR12019
21614Jake WatsonJake WatsonWPts: 6x4No Gi Pan Am.ABSR22019
22155Vibhudatta RoutWPointsEuropean NoGi73KGR12019
22159Leon LarmanLeon LarmanWPointsEuropean NoGi73KG4F2019
22644Erik FribergWChoke from backSwedish Open82KG3RD2019
22647Drago BorasWChoke from backSwedish OpenABSSF2019
22753Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWChoke from backDublin Open82KGF2019
22756Sean CoatesWPointsDublin OpenABSSF2019
22757Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWReferee DecisionDublin OpenABSF2019
23092Gabriel FigueiroGabriel FigueiroWReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KGR12020
24271Geraldo PessoaWChoke from backBrasileiro CBJJE82KGSF2020
24819Hiago BalbinoWDQMundial CBJJE82KGR12020
24820Diego VivaldoDiego VivaldoWPts: 4x2Mundial CBJJE82KG4F2020
24822Allan LuchesiWPts: 11x2Mundial CBJJE82KG4F2020
24824Geraldo GoncalvesWChoke from backMundial CBJJE82KGF2020
24927Wellington CostaWPts: 4x0South American82KGSF2020
26126Tyler ScalisiWRNCNoGi Pan Am.79KGR12021
26196Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWPts: 6x2NoGi Pan Am.ABSR12021
29034James ClingermanWChoke from backJJ CON82KGR12021
29039Lucas ValleWAdvJJ CON82KGSF2021
29060Rehan SilvaWChoke from backJJ CONABSR12021
29064Alexander YablongWChoke from backJJ CONABS4F2021
29513Magid HageWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR12021
30241Sam UbirajaraWOutside heel hookADCC BR2 Trials77KGR22022
30271Davi SilvaWPts: 2x0ADCC BR2 Trials77KGR32022
31241Joao AlbuquerqueWPts: 7x2Charleston Open82KGSF2022
31644Rodrigo GortariWAdvPan American76KGR12022
32530Michael HayWOmoplataAtlanta SPOABSR12022
32536Marlon FerreiraWChoke from backAtlanta SPOABS4F2022
33767Vinicius ReisWPointsOrlando SMO82KG4F2022
33793Israel SousaIsrael SousaWPointsOrlando SMOABS8F2022
33810Matheus GalvaoWN/AOrlando SMNGO79KGSF2022
34394Joshua MehanWChoke from backN. Haven Open82KG4F2022
34397Oliver SengWChoke from backN. Haven Open82KGSF2022
34407Thiago SaldanhaWAdvN. Haven OpenABSSF2022
34409Max GimenisMax GimenisWOmoplataN. Haven OpenABSF2022
34419Ricardo RochaWRNCN. Haven NGO79KGSF2022
35266Celso FilhoWKatagatameAtlanta FNGO85KG4F2022
35267Clay MayfieldWPts: 2x0Atlanta FNGO85KGSF2022
35268Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 6x4Atlanta FNGO85KGF2022
35943Francisco LoFrancisco LoWRNCHouston FNGO85KG4F2022
35945Hunter NewtonWRNCHouston FNGO85KGSF2022
36556Justin CummingsWArmbarN. Haven FO82KGSF2022
36557Kanar JonesWPointsN. Haven FO82KGF2022
36560Jose InacioWPointsN. Haven FOABS4F2022
36561Vinicius WongWArmbarN. Haven FOABSSF2022
36563Max WesleiWPointsN. Haven FOABSF2022
36572Vinicius WongWRNCNHaven FNGO79KGSF2022
36858Alan SanchezAlan SanchezWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGR12022
36864Marcus GalvaoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KG8F2022
36869Marco QueirozWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2022

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