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Keenan Cornelius is a Hawaii born, famous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor who gathered a tremendous fan base world wide since his lower belt grappling campaigns, where he won the “Jiu Jitsu Grand Slam”, being regarded as the most accomplished brown belt of all time. The talented fighter received his black belt from André Galvão on September 2013 though he started his career as a grappler training under BJ Penn and Lloyd Irvin.

Keenan Cornelius Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Keenan Kai-James Cornelius

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Luis Dagmar > André Galvão > Keenan Cornelius

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2013 brown, 2012* purple)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2014 black, 2012**/2011 brown)
  • IBJJF Pro League Champion (2014)
  • FIVE Grappling ‘Round Robin’ Champion (2013)
  • BJJ Kumite Champion – Gi and No Gi (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2015/2014 black, 2013** brown, 2012** purple)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2013** brown, 2012** purple)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2012** purple)
  • IBJJF/JBJJF Japanese National Champion (2017)
  • ADCC Bronze Medallist (2013**)

* 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

102 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    59 (58%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

59 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
19
11
#86e620
Triangle
19
11
#5AD3D1
Armbar
15
9
#d1212a
Arm in Ezekiel
7
4
#fad11b
Heel Hook
5
3
#f58822
Triangle armbar
5
3
#224aba
Bow and arrow
3
2
#ff9124
Darce choke
3
2
#bf1f6c
RNC
3
2
#22c9a5
Omoplata
3
2
#fad223
Submission
2
1
#03861f
Baratoplata
2
1
#039a1f
Omoplata choke
2
1
#03b41f
50/50 Armbar
2
1
#03c61f
Reverse triangle
2
1
#03d61f
Verbal tap
2
1
#03f61f
Inverted armbar
2
1
#82ff5f
North South choke
2
1
#a4ff5f
Kneebar
2
1
#dbff5f
Inverted triangle
2
1
59
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
24 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    16 (67%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (4%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (8%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Keenan Cornelius Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4887Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4930Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsADCCABSSF2013
5158Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 3x2Pan AmericanABS4F2014
5462Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5464Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Pro.ABS3PLC2014
5493Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPointsWorld Pro.94KGSF2014
5548Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5646Diogo GamonalLDQWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5826Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABSF2014
5921Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x2NYC Pro94KGF2014
6528Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABS4F2015
6881Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KGSF2015
6946Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0World ProABSSF2015
6948Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2World ProABS3RD2015
7078Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroDN/AMetamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7136Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 8x6World Champ.ABS4F2015
7240Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2015
7663Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGF2015
9141Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSF2016
9205Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABS4F2016
9690Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KGSF2016
9756Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2016
9987Gordon RyanGordon RyanLInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2016
10315Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLDQBJJ Pro LA94KGF2016
12709Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 3x0American NG Nats91KGF2017
4261Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWArmbarWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4368Magid HageWArmbarWC Pro Trials85KGRR2013
4369Morris AyalaWChoke from backWC Pro Trials85KGRR2013
4370Eliot KellyEliot KellyWChoke from backWC Pro TrialsABSSF2013
4371Gustavo PiresGustavo PiresWChoke from backWC Pro TrialsABSF2013
4874Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 4x2ADCC88KGR12013
4882Oskar PiechotaWDarce chokeADCC88KG4F2013
4888Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWVerbal tapADCC88KG3PLC2013
4921Erza LennonWHeel HookADCCABSR12013
4927Oskar PiechotaWPts: 8x0ADCCABS4F2013
4932Dean ListerDean ListerWPointsADCCABS3PLC2013
5001Diego GamonalWTriangle armbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5003Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5042Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWHeel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5044Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5045James PuopoloJames PuopoloWRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5047Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 14x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5125Kevin CaseyWHeel hookMetamoris 3ABSSPF2014
5142UnknownWArm in EzekielPan AmericanABSR22014
5150Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 8x6Pan AmericanABSR32014
5220Sadayoshi KurimoriWChoke from backPan American88KGR12014
5229Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KG4F2014
5230Rodrigo PimpolhoWTriangle armbarPan American88KGSF2014
5296Stephen MartinezWArm in ezekielFIVE Cali. 1ABS4F2014
5298Lance GlynnWPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5300Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 4x0FIVE Cali. 1ABSF2014
5448R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5461Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABS4F2014
5491Leonardo MacielWOmoplataWorld Pro.94KGR12014
5492Jackson SousaJackson SousaWChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5520Carlos EduardoWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR12014
5539Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x4World Champ.ABSRD 42014
5544Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS4F2014
5645Maciel TrindadeWTriangleWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5691Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesD---Metamoris 4ABSSPF2014
5721Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWTriangleSF OpenABSF2014
5761UnknownWInverted armbarAmerican Nat.88KG4F2014
5762Elias RamirezWArmbarAmerican Nat.88KGSF2014
5764Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nat.88KGF2014
5817Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 2x2, AdvNo Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5822James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x2No Gi WorldsABS4F2014
5824Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 23x2No Gi WorldsABSSF2014
5850Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWNorth South chokeNo Gi Worlds88KGR12014
5852Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarNo Gi Worlds88KG4F2014
5856Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2014
5858Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds88KGF2014
5898Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 12x0IBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
5900Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6021Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
6166Dean ListerDean ListerWInverted trianglePolarisABSSPF2015
6515Eliot KellyEliot KellyWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22015
6520Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR32015
6611Jared LawtonWTrianglePan American88KG8F2015
6616Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 5x2Pan American88KG4F2015
6620Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan American88KGSF2015
6714Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPts: 12x2Marianas OpenABS4F2015
6717Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSSF2015
6718Mike FowlerMike FowlerWChoke from backMarianas OpenABSF2015
6861William DiasWPts: 6x4World Pro85KGR12015
6871Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWArmbarWorld Pro85KGR22015
6878Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 7x0World Pro85KG4F2015
6882AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 3x0World Pro85KG3RD2015
6934Fabio GalebWTriangleWorld ProABSR12015
6937Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
6943Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABS4F2015
7125Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7237Alan RegisWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.94KG8F2015
7507Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7654J. UrholinWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGR12015
7657Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 2x0ADCC88KG4F2015
7661Rustam ChsievWReferee DecisionADCC88KGSF2015
7841Omar SabhaWChoke from backDallas Open94KGSF2015
7844Thiago XimenesWArm in EzekielDallas OpenABS4F2015
7845Philip MillerWSubmissionDallas OpenABSSF2015
7847Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarDallas OpenABSF2015
8687Magid HageWPts: 6x0US National Pro85KGSF2016
8688William NymanWTriangleUS National Pro85KGF2016
8692Jason YousephWTriangleUS National ProABSSF2016
8694Joseph MokuWTriangleUS National ProABSF2016
9138Jacob GuerreroWBaratoplataMarianas OpenABS4F2016
9140Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWOmoplata chokeMarianas OpenABSSF2016
9180Melksedec FrancoW50/50 ArmbarWorld ProABSR12016
9191Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 4x2World ProABSR22016
9203Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWArmbarWorld ProABS8F2016
9684Tanner RiceTanner RiceWArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
9688Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG4F2016
9738Kitner MouraWOmoplataWorld Champ.ABSR22016
9751Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS8F2016
10314Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x0BJJ Pro LA94KGSF2016
11368Sean RobertsWTriangleJJ NetABSSPF2017
11451William NymanWBow and arrowLA National Pro94KGSF2017
11452Ronald KeslarWArmbarLA National Pro94KGF2017
11458Ronald KeslarWDQLA National ProU110KGSF2017
11460Aaron JohnsonWPointsLA National ProU110KGF2017
12005Tomoshige SeraWReverse triangleJapanese Nat.ABS4F2017
12006Leandro KussanoWBow and arrowJapanese Nat.ABSSF2017
12007Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPts: 12x2Japanese Nat.94KGF2017
12639Vicente CavalcantiWArmbarUFC ExpoABSSPF2017
12707Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCAmerican NG Nats91KGSF2017
12750Daniel HamptonWChoke from backAmerican Nats94KG4F2017
12760Nicholas AraujoWTriangleAmerican NatsABSR12017
12764Wellington PerotoWArm in ezekielAmerican NatsABS4F2017
12767Josh HingerJosh HingerWChoke from backAmerican NatsABSF2017
12817Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League94KGSPF2017

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