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João Paulo Neto (also sometimes referenced as Joao Goncalves) is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Mário Reis and Moacir Mendes Júnior, as well as a former representative of the Alliance Academy in this sport’s international competitive circuit, later changing his allegiance to the Atos shield. Widely regarded as one of the top featherweights of his generation, Neto earned his reputation while competing in the lower belt ranks of the sport by conquering medals at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World, Brazilian Nationals, Pan American, and Abu Dhabi Federation (AJP / UAEJJF) Grand Slam Championships.

João Paulo Neto Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: João Paulo Gonçalves Neto

Nickname: N/A

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

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam – Rio de Janeiro (2017)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Bento Gonçalves Pro (2017)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF South Brazil Championship (2019**)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2013 blue)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Brazil National Pro (2016 brown, 2015 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2015 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2015 purple, 2014 blue)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2015 purple)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam – Rio de Janeiro (2016 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2017 brown)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (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 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 for 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 realized 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 incredibly 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.

On May 2023, Neto represented the Atos Academy at the IBJJF World Championships, thus announcing his removal from the Alliance squad, a team he represented for 15 years.

Joao Neto Grappling Record

46 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (20%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (37%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

17 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
59
10
#86e620
Triangle
24
4
#5AD3D1
Armbar
6
1
#d1212a
Toe hold
6
1
#fad11b
Brabo choke
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
21 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (19%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (24%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
33
2
#86e620
North south choke
17
1
#5AD3D1
RNC
17
1
#d1212a
Arm in Ezekiel
17
1
#fad11b
Katagatame
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Neto Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
16074Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPts: 3x0WP Br Qualifier69KG4F2018
16469Brandon WalenskyBrandon WalenskyLPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR12018
19048Alex SodreAlex SodreLPts: 2x0South Brazilian70KGSF2019
19083Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLNorth south chokeSouth BrazilianABSF2019
19437Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LDN69KGSF2019
19486Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19926Pedro ValencaLReferee DecisionCuritiba Pro70KGF2019
20264Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLChoke from backBrasileiro70KGF2019
20607Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR22019
31887Vinicius PereiraVinicius PereiraLPts: 2x0Rio Fall Open76KG4F2022
31947Gabriel VenturaLReferee DecisionRio Fall OpenABS4F2022
32731Darlan CasacaLReferee DecisionSalvador Open82KGSF2022
33257Darlan CasacaLReferee DecisionFloripa WO82KGF2022
38125Alessandro BotelhoLReferee DecisionCuritiba SMO76KGSF2023
39053Jonatan BatistaLRNCSalvador NGO67KGRR2023
40401Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KG8F2023
41213Gabriel AvilaLArm in EzekielBetim Open82KG4F2023
42200Guilherme DalpraLKatagatameFloripa WO76KGSF2023
42703Guilherme Dal PraLPts: 2x2, AdvDesafio HG77KGR12023
43566Guilherme SilvaLPts: 4x2Curitiba SPO76KGSF2023
50253Andy MurasakiAndy MurasakiLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR22024
14158Rodrigo FrancioniRodrigo FrancioniWReferee DecisionBento Ribeiro ProLWASF2017
14160Gustavo TellesWTriangleBento Ribeiro ProLWAF2017
14161Gustavo TellesWArmbarBento Ribeiro Pro77KGSF2017
14162Richard FilhoWPts: 4x0Bento Ribeiro Pro77KGF2017
14329Raphael CadenaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ69KG8F2017
14332Julio RufinoWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ69KG4F2017
14333Pedro NetoWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ69KGSF2017
14335Rafael MansurRafael MansurWTriangleGrand Slam RJ69KGF2017
16073Thiago DutraWPts: 4x0WP Br Qualifier69KGR12018
18748Vitor MatosWN/APorto Alegre Open76KGSF2018
18749Matheus LinharesWN/APorto Alegre Open76KGF2018
19045Osmar TellesWN/ASouth Brazilian70KG4F2019
19076Rafael MessageWAdvSouth BrazilianABSR12019
19078Rafael MessageWChoke from backSouth BrazilianABS4F2019
19082Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backSouth BrazilianABSSF2019
19432Lee TingWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN69KGR12019
19440Victor MatosWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN69KGRPC2019
19441Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN69KG3RD2019
19480Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 3x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
19482Lee TingWPts: 2x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
19484Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19710Lukete SilvaLukete SilvaWPts: 0x0, AdvFloripa Fall Open70KGSF2019
19711Osmar TellesWTriangleFloripa Fall Open70KGF2019
19812Gabriel AzevedoWChoke from backRio FO70KG4F2019
19814Antonio FelixWChoke from backRio FO70KGSF2019
19816Yago RodriguesWChoke from backRio FO70KGF2019
19922Pedro DiasPedro DiasWN/ACuritiba Pro70KG4F2019
20254Pedro PetronioWPointsBrasileiro70KGR22019
20257John LennoWToe holdBrasileiro70KGR32019
20259Davi CarlosWPointsBrasileiro70KG4F2019
20263Breno CelioWPts: 2x0Brasileiro70KGSF2019
20600Orlando AndavizaWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.70KGR12019
31884Renan SoaresWChoke from backRio Fall Open76KG8F2022
31944Yann CathalatWPts: 9x2Rio Fall OpenABSR22022
32729Romario TeodoroWPts: 7x2Salvador Open82KG4F2022
33254Francis QuinnWPts: 4x2Floripa WO82KG4F2022
33256Rhuan DuarteWPts: 0x0, AdvFloripa WO82KGSF2022
35872Otavio SantosWPts: 0x0, AdvS. Leopoldo OPABSSF2022
38112Murilo ParraWPts: 5x0Curitiba SMO76KGR12023
38120Joao MachadoWChoke from backCuritiba SMO76KG4F2023
40388Carlos HenriqueCarlos HenriqueWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12023
42199Gui SilvaWPts: 2x2, AdvFloripa WO76KG4F2023
43561Alisson SouzaWTriangleCuritiba SPO76KG4F2023
44642Alexis StangenWChoke from backSLeopoldo O76KGSF2023
44643Guilherme SilvaWPts: 0x0, AdvSLeopoldo O76KGF2023
50244Vinicius GoesWPts: 10x0World Champ.76KGR12024
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