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Keenan Cornelius is a Hawaii born professional competitor in the sport/martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu who competes for the Atos team. His career gathered world wide recognition during his lower belts days, a time when Cornelius conquered the “Jiu Jitsu Grand Slam” (IBJJF World, Pans, European and Brazilian National titles), being regarded as the Most Accomplished Brown Belt Of All Time. The talented grappler received his black belt from André Galvão on September 2013 though he started his career training under BJ Penn and Lloyd Irvin.

Keenan Cornelius Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Keenan Kai-James Cornelius

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: M. Maeda > C. Gracie R. Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Luis Dagmar > André Galvão > Keenan Cornelius

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2018**)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2018/2015/2014)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2014)
  • IBJJF Pro League Champion (2014)
  • FIVE Grappling GP Champion (2013)
  • IBJJF American National Champion (2017**)
  • IBJJF/JBJJF Japanese National Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF/JBJJF Asian Champion (2017**)
  • IBJJF Boston Summer Open Champion (2017**)
  • IBJJF Chicago Summer Open Champion (2017**)
  • IBJJF Seattle Open Champion (2017**)
  • ADCC 2nd Place (2017)
  • ADCC 3rd Place (2013**)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2018)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2013/2012** purple)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2012**/2011 brown)
  • BJJ Kumite Champion – Gi and No Gi (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2013** brown, 2012** purple)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2013** brown, 2012** purple)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2012** purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favourite Position/Technique:

Weight Division: 88kg/194lbs

Team/Association: Atos

Keenan Cornelius Biography

Keenan Cornelius was born in Hawaii on the 25th of February, 1992. Keenan’s father, Tom Callos was a 6th degree Tae Kwon Do black belt who started teaching Cornelius the Korean striking art when he was just 4 years old, though his son was not interested in martial arts at that age and stopped training early on. He found Jiu Jitsu at the age of 14, again through his father. His dad was a big fan of mixed martial arts and had some basic grappling concepts, in fact, it was Mr Callos who introduced BJ Penn to BJJ a long time before Keenan ever got involved in the sport. Keenan’s father was a blue belt at the time and opened a small gym for his son to train with his friends once or twice per week, the kids (all big fans of the UFC) used the space more as an open mat as most of them had some wrestling experience from school. He was graded by Carlos Valente to green belt as Mr Valente passed by Keenan’s town to give a seminar and assessed his skill level as above white belt.

By the age of 15, Keenan started getting more interested in Jiu Jitsu and chose to visit a gym where Cassio Werneck coached. He enjoyed the classes but couldn’t deal with the commute every day, so only visited the academy two or three times per month. At Werneck’s gym, Cornelius met Andris Brunovskis, a kid (at the time) who would push young Keenan to further develop his skills.

When in his mid teens, Cornelius’ father took him for a weekend of training at the BJ Penn academy in Hilo. There he spent time with BJ (one of Keenan’s idols at the time) and his brother, Cornelius liked it so much he decided to enroll in a college in Hilo so he could train every day at the Penn’s gym.

Although Keenan did train for two years at the BJ Penn academy, these were times when BJ was still a very active competitor in the UFC and often wandered the country in training camps and other fighting related activities, which meant the gym didn’t have a full time black belt as a coach and on top of that, wasn’t very gi orientated. Keenan had a ton of talent and earned his purple belt under BJ after a silver medal at an important NAGA event. However, months later in a conversation with his friend Andris Brunovskis, he found out about Lloyd Irvin and his camp, where Brunovskis was now training. Andris spoke such good things about “Master” Lloyd’s training camp, Keenan became convinced this was the place for him, and so he left BJ Penn and started training with Irvin in Maryland.

At Lloyd Irvin’s academy, Keenan Cornelius’ raw talent flourished into one of the most talented fighters of his generation winning all major competitions on the IBJJF roster, back to back as a purple belt and a brown belt. Keenan’s career picked up quickly and he became somewhat of a celebrity among BJJ enthusiasts in the United States who saw Cornelius as the big US hope for a future shot at an absolute world title in the black belt division.

On 2013, after two of Lloyd Irvin’s students were accused of raping a fellow team mate of Lloyd Irvin’s academy in a barbaric affair, Lloyd Irvin himself came under scrutiny, when it was made public that Irvin to had been accused of gang rape in a case that dated back to 1990. In a continuation of the shocking case that came to light on January 2013, early in March of the same year a fellow team mate of Keenan named Jordon Shultz, revealed that one of the female students at TLI had come to him explaining how Lloyd Irvin tried to sexually molest her. The continuous stream of negative information surrounding TLI led a few of the main competitors of the team to abandon the organization, Keenan included.

Keenan moved on to the Atos team camp led by André Galvão who accepted the grappling prodigy with open arms. A few months later on September the 14th, 2013, Galvão awarded Cornelius his black belt.

Banner picture by Gracie Mag.

Keenan Cornelius Grappling Record

161 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    47 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    102 (63%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

102 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
21
21
#86e620
Choke from back
18
18
#5AD3D1
Triangle
15
15
#d1212a
RNC
7
7
#fad11b
Arm in Ezekiel
5
5
#f58822
Triangle armbar
4
4
#224aba
Omoplata
4
4
#ff9124
Heel Hook
3
3
#bf1f6c
Darce choke
2
2
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
2
2
#fad223
Kimura
2
2
#03861f
Verbal tap
1
1
#039a1f
Reverse triangle
1
1
#03b41f
Cross choke
1
1
#03c61f
Brabo choke
1
1
#03d61f
Outside heel hook
1
1
#03f61f
Standing X choke
1
1
#82ff5f
Wormhat choke
1
1
#a4ff5f
Inverted armbar
1
1
#dbff5f
Triangle kimura
1
1
North South choke
1
1
Manoplata
1
1
Kneebar
1
1
Toe hold
1
1
Inverted triangle
1
1
Reverse omoplata
1
1
Submission
1
1
Baratoplata
1
1
Omoplata choke
1
1
50/50 Armbar
1
1
102
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
28 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (64%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (7%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (7%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
50
1
#86e620
Mounted guillotine
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Keenan Cornelius Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4963Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGSF2013
5006Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsADCCABSSF2013
5246Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 3x2Pan AmericanABS4F2014
5557Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5559Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Pro.ABS3PLC2014
5593Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPointsWorld Pro.94KGSF2014
5648Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5747Diogo GamonalLDQWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5931Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSF2014
6027Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x2NYC Pro94KGF2014
6657Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABS4F2015
7018Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KGSF2015
7083Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0World ProABSSF2015
7085Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2World ProABS3RD2015
7219Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroDN/AMetamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7278Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 8x6World Champ.ABS4F2015
7382Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2015
7813Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGF2015
9320Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSF2016
9384Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABS4F2016
9869Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KGSF2016
9935Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2016
10174Gordon RyanGordon RyanLInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2016
10517Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLDQBJJ Pro LA94KGF2016
12979Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 3x0American NG Nats91KGF2017
13512Gordon RyanGordon RyanLMounted guillotineADCC88KGF2017
14290Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14814Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x2Pan AmericanABSSF2018
15934Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2018
4319Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWArmbarWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4428Magid HageWArmbarWC Pro Trials85KGRR2013
4429Morris AyalaWChoke from backWC Pro Trials85KGRR2013
4430Eliot KellyEliot KellyWChoke from backWC Pro TrialsABSSF2013
4431Gustavo PiresGustavo PiresWChoke from backWC Pro TrialsABSF2013
4950Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 4x2ADCC88KGR12013
4958Oskar PiechotaWDarce chokeADCC88KG4F2013
4964Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWVerbal tapADCC88KG3PLC2013
4997Erza LennonWHeel HookADCCABSR12013
5003Oskar PiechotaWPts: 8x0ADCCABS4F2013
5008Dean ListerDean ListerWPointsADCCABS3PLC2013
5077Diego GamonalWTriangle armbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5079Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5124Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWHeel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5126Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5127James PuopoloJames PuopoloWRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5129Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 14x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5213Kevin CaseyWHeel hookMetamoris 3ABSSPF2014
5230UnknownWArm in EzekielPan AmericanABSR22014
5238Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 8x6Pan AmericanABSR32014
5308Sadayoshi KurimoriWChoke from backPan American88KGR12014
5317Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KG4F2014
5318Rodrigo PimpolhoWTriangle armbarPan American88KGSF2014
5384Stephen MartinezWArm in ezekielFIVE Cali. 1ABS4F2014
5386Lance GlynnWPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5388Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 4x0FIVE Cali. 1ABSF2014
5543R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5556Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS4F2014
5591Leonardo MacielWOmoplataWorld Pro.94KGR12014
5592Jackson SousaJackson SousaWChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5620Carlos EduardoWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR12014
5639Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x4World Champ.ABSRD 42014
5644Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS4F2014
5746Maciel TrindadeWTriangleWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5792Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesD---Metamoris 4ABSSPF2014
5826Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWTriangleSF OpenABSF2014
5866UnknownWInverted armbarAmerican Nat.88KG4F2014
5867Elias RamirezWArmbarAmerican Nat.88KGSF2014
5869Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nat.88KGF2014
5922Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
5927James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x2NoGi WorldsABS4F2014
5929Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 23x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2014
5956Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWNorth South chokeNoGi Worlds88KGR12014
5958Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarNoGi Worlds88KG4F2014
5962Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds88KGSF2014
5964Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWDarce chokeNoGi Worlds88KGF2014
6004Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 12x0IBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6006Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6126Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
6285Dean ListerDean ListerWInverted trianglePolarisABSSPF2015
6644Eliot KellyEliot KellyWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22015
6649Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR32015
6740Jared LawtonWTrianglePan American88KG8F2015
6745Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 5x2Pan American88KG4F2015
6749Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan American88KGSF2015
6847Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPts: 12x2Marianas OpenABS4F2015
6850Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSSF2015
6851Mike FowlerMike FowlerWChoke from backMarianas OpenABSF2015
6998William DiasWPts: 6x4World Pro85KGR12015
7008Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWArmbarWorld Pro85KGR22015
7015Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 7x0World Pro85KG4F2015
7019AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 3x0World Pro85KG3RD2015
7071Fabio GalebWTriangleWorld ProABSR12015
7074Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7080Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABS4F2015
7266Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7269Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 8x2World Champ.ABSR22015
7379Alan RegisWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.94KG8F2015
7654Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7804J. UrholinWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGR12015
7807Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 2x0ADCC88KG4F2015
7811Rustam ChsievWReferee DecisionADCC88KGSF2015
7995Omar SabhaWChoke from backDallas Open94KGSF2015
7998Thiago XimenesWArm in EzekielDallas OpenABS4F2015
7999Philip MillerWSubmissionDallas OpenABSSF2015
8001Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarDallas OpenABSF2015
8864Magid HageWPts: 6x0US National Pro85KGSF2016
8865William NymanWTriangleUS National Pro85KGF2016
8869Jason YousephWTriangleUS National ProABSSF2016
8871Joseph MokuWTriangleUS National ProABSF2016
9317Jacob GuerreroWBaratoplataMarianas OpenABS4F2016
9319Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWOmoplata chokeMarianas OpenABSSF2016
9359Melksedec FrancoW50/50 ArmbarWorld ProABSR12016
9370Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 4x2World ProABSR22016
9382Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWArmbarWorld ProABS8F2016
9863Tanner RiceTanner RiceWArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
9867Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG4F2016
9917Kitner MouraWOmoplataWorld Champ.ABSR22016
9930Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS8F2016
10516Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x0BJJ Pro LA94KGSF2016
11617Sean RobertsWTriangleJJ NetABSSPF2017
11698William NymanWBow and arrowLA National Pro94KGSF2017
11699Ronald KeslarWArmbarLA National Pro94KGF2017
11705Ronald KeslarWDQLA National ProU110KGSF2017
11707Aaron JohnsonWPointsLA National ProU110KGF2017
12261Tomoshige SeraWReverse triangleJapanese Nat.ABS4F2017
12262Leandro KussanoWBow and arrowJapanese Nat.ABSSF2017
12263Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPts: 12x2Japanese Nat.94KGF2017
12908Vicente CavalcantiWArmbarUFC ExpoABSSPF2017
12977Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCAmerican NG Nats91KGSF2017
13019Daniel HamptonWChoke from backAmerican Nats94KG4F2017
13022Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCAmerican Nats94KGSF2017
13023Josh HingerJosh HingerWChoke from backAmerican Nats94KGF2017
13031Nicholas AraujoWTriangleAmerican NatsABSR12017
13035Wellington PerotoWArm in ezekielAmerican NatsABS4F2017
13038Josh HingerJosh HingerWChoke from backAmerican NatsABSF2017
13097Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League94KGSPF2017
13183Paulo CanabarroWArmbarBoston SM. Open94KGSF2017
13184Charles McguireWTriangleBoston SM. Open94KGF2017
13185Olivier HuerreWChoke from backBoston SM. OpenABSSF2017
13187Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWArmbarBoston SM. OpenABSF2017
13230Josh BowlinWChoke from backSeattle Open94KGSF2017
13231Mohammad FarajWArmbarSeattle Open94KGF2017
13233Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWChoke from backSeattle OpenABSSF2017
13235Josh HingerJosh HingerWPts: 5x2Seattle OpenABSF2017
13265Ezra LenonWArmbarChicago SMO94KGSF2017
13266John GuttaWCross chokeChicago SMO94KGF2017
13271Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWPointsChicago SMOABS4F2017
13276Dante LeonDante LeonWKimuraChicago SMOABSSF2017
13277Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraWTriangleChicago SMOABSF2017
13325Du YunlaiWBrabo chokeAsian Open94KGSF2017
13326Renan SeccoWArmbarAsian Open94KGF2017
13328Ali MonfaradiWArmbarAsian OpenABSR12017
13330UnknownWChoke from backAsian OpenABS4F2017
13331Sawato KawamuraWArmbarAsian OpenABSSF2017
13496Piotr FrechowiczWPts: 6x0ADCC88KGE12017
13505Kaynan D.WOutside heel hookADCC88KG4F2017
13509Craig JonesCraig JonesWPts: 13x0ADCC88KGSF2017
13845Rodolfo RochaWStanding X chokeSJIIF Worlds88KGRR2017
13846Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWTriangleSJIIF Worlds88KGF2017
13855Diego HertzogWPointsSJIIF WorldsABS4F2017
13856Sergio RiosWPts: 10x4SJIIF WorldsABSSF2017
13858Erberth SantosErberth SantosWChoke from backSJIIF WorldsABSF2017
13874Wellington PerotoWKimuraLong Beach Open94KGSF2017
13875Ben LenyardWPts: 8x2Long Beach Open94KGF2017
13878Scott ThomasWOmoplataLong Beach OpenABS4F2017
13880Sergio RiosWWormhat chokeLong Beach OpenABSSF2017
13882Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 8x0Long Beach OpenABSF2017
13999Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWTriangle kimuraBJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
14000Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 9x0BJJ NY Pro94KGF2017
14247V. CanabarroWRNCNoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
14248Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWRNCNoGi Worlds85KGSF2017
14250Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2017
14275Aaron JohnsonWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14282Kit DaleWTriangleNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14287Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14362R. MartinsWManoplataEuropean OpenABS8F2018
14368R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWToe holdEuropean OpenABS4F2018
14372Victor HonorioVictor HonorioWOmoplataEuropean OpenABSSF2018
14436Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWArmbarEuropean Open94KGSF2018
14437Helton JoseHelton JoseWChoke from backEuropean Open94KGF2018
14751Charles McguireWArmbarSan Francisco Open94KGSF2018
14752Joshua BowlinWArmbarSan Francisco Open94KGF2018
14758Cesar CardosoWArmbarSan Francisco OpenABS4F2018
14807Raphael GustavoWPts: 8x4Pan AmericanABSR22018
14812Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWArm in ezekielPan AmericanABS4F2018
14899Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 9x0Pan American100KGSF2018
14900Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American100KGF2018
15251Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWReferee DecisionACBJJ 1295KGSPF2018
15695Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWReverse omoplataACBJJ 1395KGSPF2018
15927Inacio NetoInacio NetoWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG8F2018
15931Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 12x4World Champ.94KG4F2018
16262Gabriel CheccoWTriangle armbarW.S.O.G.O81KG8F2018

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