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João Paulo Neto

João Paulo Neto

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João Paulo Neto (also referenced as Joao Goncalves) is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Mário Reis and Moacir Mendes Júnior, as well as a representative of the Alliance Academy in this sport’s international competitive circuit. Widely regarded as one of the top featherweights of his generation, Neto earned his reputation while competing in the lower ranks of BJJ by conquering medals at the World, Brazilian Nationals, Pan American and Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Championships.

João Paulo Neto Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: João Paulo Gonçalves Neto

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Álvaro Barreto > Sylvio Behring > Mário Reis (> Moacir Mendes Júnior) > João Paulo Neto

Main Achievements:

  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam – Rio Champion (2017)
  • UAEJJF Bento Gonçalves Pro Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF South Brazil Championship 2nd Place (2019**)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2017 brown)
  • CBJJ Brasileiro Champion (2013 blue)
  • UAEJJF Brazil National Pro Champion (2016 brown, 2015 purple)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2015 purple)
  • IBJJF Pans Championship 2nd Place (2015 purple, 2014 blue)
  • CBJJ Brasileiro Championship 2nd Place (2015 purple)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam – Rio de Janeiro 2nd Place (2016 purple)
  • IBJJF Pans Championship 3rd Place (2017 brown)
  • CBJJ Brasileiro Championship 3rd Place (2017 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: DLR Guard

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

João Paulo Neto Biography

João Paulo Neto was born on May 4, 1995, in Porto Alegre – South of Brazil, though most of his infancy was spent in Canoas, a borough of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro.

It was in Canoas that João Paulo was initiated in martial arts, through judo at the age of 11. Highly dedicated to the Japanese art of throwing, training and competing regularly Neto climbed the ranks quickly and reached the level of brown belt by the age of 13.

Around that same age (13) João Neto was a victim of a street mugging in which he was physically assaulted. This altercation changed his training mindset as he looked for a more self defense oriented discipline, finding what he was looking in jiu jitsu.

A well known black belt in both jiu jitsu and judo, Moacir Mendes was Neto’s first instructor, one that stood by João through every belt. Given that João’s family was from Porto Alegre, he visited the popular city regularly and even as a white belt he took advantage of this situation by training regularly at Mário Reis‘ PA Alliance Academy.

João Paulo Neto’s realised jiu jitsu was his calling in life early on and as a blue belt became fully focussed on this sport/martial art, training and competing as his full time occupation while adding a job as an instructor at Mário Reis’ academy after being promoted to brown belt.

2017 was an incredible competitive year for João Paulo, who conquered medals in the top 3 International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation tournaments (Brazilian Nationals, Pan American and World Championships). These tremendous achievements earned Neto his black belt from the hands of coaches Moacir and Reis on July 2 that year.

Joao Neto Grappling Record

27 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (41%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
64
7
#86e620
Triangle
27
3
#5AD3D1
Armbar
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
7 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (29%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (14%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
North south choke
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Joao Neto Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
15762Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPts: 3x0WP Br Qualifier69KG4F2018
16141Brandon WalenskyBrandon WalenskyLPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR12018
18493Alex SodreAlex SodreLPts: 2x0South Brazilian70KGSF2019
18527Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLNorth south chokeSouth BrazilianABSF2019
18838Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LDN69KGSF2019
18882Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19281Pedro ValencaLReferee DecisionCuritiba Pro70KGF2019
13988Rodrigo DiasWReferee DecisionBento Ribeiro Pro77KGSF2017
13989Gustavo TellesWTriangleBento Ribeiro Pro77KGF2017
13990Gustavo TellesWArmbarBento Ribeiro ProU77KGSF2017
13991Richard FilhoWPts: 4x0Bento Ribeiro ProU77KGF2017
14153Raphael CadenaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ69KG8F2017
14156Julio RufinoWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ69KG4F2017
14157Pedro NetoWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ69KGSF2017
14159Rafael MansurRafael MansurWTriangleGrand Slam RJ69KGF2017
15761Thiago DutraWPts: 4x0WP Br Qualifier69KGR12018
18250Vitor MatosWN/APorto Alegre Open76KGSF2018
18251Matheus LinharesWN/APorto Alegre Open76KGF2018
18490Osmar TellesWN/ASouth Brazilian70KG4F2019
18520Rafael MessageWAdvSouth BrazilianABSR12019
18522Rafael MessageWChoke from backSouth BrazilianABS4F2019
18526Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backSouth BrazilianABSSF2019
18833Lee TingWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN69KGR12019
18841Victor MatosWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN69KGRPC2019
18842Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN69KG3RD2019
18876Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 3x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
18878Lee TingWPts: 2x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
18880Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19084Lucas SilvaWPts: 0x0, AdvFloripa Fall Open70KGSF2019
19085Osmar TellesWTriangleFloripa Fall Open70KGF2019
19176Gabriel AzevedoWChoke from backRio Fall Open70KG4F2019
19178Antonio FelixWChoke from backRio Fall Open70KGSF2019
19180Yago RodriguesWChoke from backRio Fall Open70KGF2019
19277Pedro DiasPedro DiasWN/ACuritiba Pro70KG4F2019
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