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José Bruno Matias

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José Bruno Pereira Matias, commonly known as Bruno Matias, is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Ulpiano Malachias of Team Gracie Barra who worked extensively with coach Felipe Pena (Preguiça) at the Projeto Gold Team – one of the prime grappling programs in the world – during his colored belt career, a time when Bruno Matias became widely recognized as one of his generation’s top athletes. Bruno would cement this reputation during his pro-division debut at the IBJJF Houston No-Gi Open, with a double gold performance. Matias is not to be confused with the same name competitor of the mid-2000s decade who was a Checkmat representative, for that profile, click here.

Bruno Matias Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: José Bruno Pereira Matias

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior >  Ulpiano Malachias > José Bruno Matias

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Houston Open NOGI (2021**)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Houston Open (2021)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2021)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI (2018 purple, 2019 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2018 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2020 brown)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2019 purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rounded

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82,30 kg / 181.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Barra

Bruno Matias Biography

Bruno Matias was born on June 11, 1999, in Arcoverde, a municipality in Pernambuco, Brazil, where Matias grew up.

Martial arts appeared in Bruno’s life as a way to combat his childhood hyperactivity. Matias’ mother believed combat sports would help her son release some of the extra energy while including solid hierarchy and structure in Bruno’s life, and she wasn’t wrong.

Bruno started playing capoeira as an 8-year-old, later adding judo to his extra-curricular activities, in 2008, as well as jiu-jitsu with coach Romualdo Lucas. Under the guidance of Romualdo (Nova União affiliate), Bruno Matias climbed through the ranks of BJJ up until purple belt.

At the age of 17, purple belt Matias applied for a scholarship at Felipe Pena‘s, Project Golden Team. To be accepted by the famous jiu-jitsu program, Bruno had to go through a demanding selection process where he competed against other athletes looking to conquer that same spot. After the trials, Bruno was accepted by the Belo Horizonte workgroup, then moving to the state of Minas Gerais to pursue a professional career in the sport.

Matias gained plenty of notoriety on the Brazilian circuit while under Felipe Pena’s guidance, earning his brown belt from the ADCC and IBJJF World Champion. Later, through Golden Team’s network, Matias had the opportunity to move to the United States, Texas, and join Gracie Barra’s Westchase’s program with coach Ulpiano Malachias.

After a lengthy career in the colored belt divisions, Bruno Matias was promoted to black belt by Ulpiano Malachias. A ceremony that took place on March 13, 2021.

Bruno Matias Grappling Record

30 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (3%)

14 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
29
4
#86e620
Cachecol choke
14
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
14
2
#d1212a
Short choke
14
2
#fad11b
Choke from back
7
1
#f58822
Bow and arrow
7
1
#224aba
50/50 armbar
7
1
#ff9124
Toe hold
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
14 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (21%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Triangle
50
2
#86e620
Ezekiel
25
1
#5AD3D1
Inside heel hook
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Bruno Matias Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
25776Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLAdvHouston Open94KGF2021
25786Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLEzekielHouston OpenABS4F2021
26125Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 12x0NoGi Pan Am.91KGSF2021
26179Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.ABS4F2021
26845Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioLTriangleChicago NGO92KGF2021
26928Oliver TazaOliver TazaLPts: 5x0Austin NGO85KGSF2021
26940Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 4x0Austin NGOABSF2021
27100Alan SanchezAlan SanchezLTriangleMDW FinishersABS4F2021
27949Jay-Jay WilsonLReferee DecisionBJJ FanaticsABSR12021
28150Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS8F2021
28277Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLInside heel hookNoGi Worlds91KG4F2021
29492Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 13x0World Champ.88KGR12021
32877Rider ZuchiRider ZuchiLPts: 6x2World Champ.94KG8F2022
34821Ellis YoungerLPts: 6x3ADCC Vegas91KGR22022
25775Yuri SantosWChoke from backHouston Open94KGSF2021
25782Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPts: 8x4Houston OpenABSR12021
25805Yuri SantosWPointsHouston NGO91KG4F2021
25807Rida HaisamRida HaisamWInside heel hookHouston NGO91KGF2021
25815Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWInside heel hookHouston NGOABSSF2021
25816Oliver TazaOliver TazaWPts: 6x0Houston NGOABSF2021
26121Hunter ColvinWPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Am.91KG4F2021
26173Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 6x0NoGi Pan Am.ABS8F2021
26638Bruno BorzaniWBow and arrowAmerican Nats88KGR12021
26641Vinicius WongWCachecol chokeAmerican Nats88KGSF2021
26643Andre GoisAndre GoisWReferee DecisionAmerican Nats88KGF2021
26705Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 15x0American NGN91KGSF2021
26706Jake WatsonJake WatsonWPts: 20x0American NGN91KGF2021
26829Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWArmbarChicago Open88KGSF2021
26831Nathan SantosWPts: 5x0Chicago Open88KGF2021
26835Brian BeauryBrian BeauryW50/50 armbarChicago OpenABS4F2021
26836Nathan SantosWToe holdChicago OpenABSSF2021
26838Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWReferee DecisionChicago OpenABSF2021
26844Nathan SantosWInside heel hookChicago NGO92KGSF2021
26848Javier PalomoWArmbarChicago NGOABS4F2021
26852Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWInside heel hookChicago NGOABSSF2021
26853Oliver TazaOliver TazaWPts: 6x2Chicago NGOABSF2021
26889K. BickhamWCachecol chokeF2W 177N/ASPF2021
26927Robert EzzellWPts: 39x0Austin NGO85KG4F2021
26937Leo SilvaLeo SilvaWPts: 0x0, AdvAustin NGOABS4F2021
27096Ramses BugarinWEBI/OTMDW FinishersABSR12021
28141Rennick KamaWShort chokeNoGi WorldsABSR12021
28272Bradley RinglerWShort chokeNoGi Worlds91KG8F2021
32664Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWPts: 2x2, AdvHouston Open88KGF2022
34817Dylan MeltonWPts: 2x0ADCC Vegas91KGR12022
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