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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 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)
  • IBJJF American National Champion (2017**)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2012** purple)
  • 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 Silver Medal (2017)
  • ADCC Bronze Medal (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

135 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    41 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    84 (62%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

84 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
20
17
#86e620
Armbar
19
16
#5AD3D1
Triangle
17
14
#d1212a
Arm in Ezekiel
5
4
#fad11b
Triangle armbar
4
3
#f58822
RNC
4
3
#224aba
Omoplata
4
3
#ff9124
Heel Hook
4
3
#bf1f6c
Kimura
2
2
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
2
2
#fad223
Darce choke
2
2
#03861f
Brabo choke
1
1
#039a1f
Outside heel hook
1
1
#03b41f
Standing X choke
1
1
#03c61f
Wormhat choke
1
1
#03d61f
Inverted armbar
1
1
#03f61f
North South choke
1
1
#82ff5f
Kneebar
1
1
#a4ff5f
Inverted triangle
1
1
#dbff5f
Submission
1
1
Baratoplata
1
1
Omoplata choke
1
1
50/50 Armbar
1
1
Reverse triangle
1
1
Verbal tap
1
1
Cross choke
1
1
84
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
25 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    16 (64%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (8%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (8%)

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
4954Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4997Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsADCCABSSF2013
5229Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 3x2Pan AmericanABS4F2014
5535Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5537Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Pro.ABS3PLC2014
5570Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPointsWorld Pro.94KGSF2014
5625Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5723Diogo GamonalLDQWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5903Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABSF2014
5998Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x2NYC Pro94KGF2014
6620Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABS4F2015
6973Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KGSF2015
7038Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0World ProABSSF2015
7040Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2World ProABS3RD2015
7173Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroDN/AMetamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7232Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 8x6World Champ.ABS4F2015
7336Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2015
7760Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGF2015
9243Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSF2016
9307Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABS4F2016
9792Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KGSF2016
9858Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2016
10089Gordon RyanGordon RyanLInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2016
10419Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLDQBJJ Pro LA94KGF2016
12827Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 3x0American NG Nats91KGF2017
13326Gordon RyanGordon RyanLMounted guillotineADCC88KGF2017
4320Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWArmbarWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4427Magid HageWArmbarWC Pro Trials85KGRR2013
4428Morris AyalaWChoke from backWC Pro Trials85KGRR2013
4429Eliot KellyEliot KellyWChoke from backWC Pro TrialsABSSF2013
4430Gustavo PiresGustavo PiresWChoke from backWC Pro TrialsABSF2013
4941Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 4x2ADCC88KGR12013
4949Oskar PiechotaWDarce chokeADCC88KG4F2013
4955Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWVerbal tapADCC88KG3PLC2013
4988Erza LennonWHeel HookADCCABSR12013
4994Oskar PiechotaWPts: 8x0ADCCABS4F2013
4999Dean ListerDean ListerWPointsADCCABS3PLC2013
5068Diego GamonalWTriangle armbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5070Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5109Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWHeel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5111Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5112James PuopoloJames PuopoloWRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5114Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 14x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5196Kevin CaseyWHeel hookMetamoris 3ABSSPF2014
5213UnknownWArm in EzekielPan AmericanABSR22014
5221Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 8x6Pan AmericanABSR32014
5291Sadayoshi KurimoriWChoke from backPan American88KGR12014
5300Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KG4F2014
5301Rodrigo PimpolhoWTriangle armbarPan American88KGSF2014
5367Stephen MartinezWArm in ezekielFIVE Cali. 1ABS4F2014
5369Lance GlynnWPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5371Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 4x0FIVE Cali. 1ABSF2014
5521R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5534Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS4F2014
5568Leonardo MacielWOmoplataWorld Pro.94KGR12014
5569Jackson SousaJackson SousaWChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5597Carlos EduardoWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR12014
5616Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x4World Champ.ABSRD 42014
5621Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS4F2014
5722Maciel TrindadeWTriangleWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5768Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesD---Metamoris 4ABSSPF2014
5798Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWTriangleSF OpenABSF2014
5838UnknownWInverted armbarAmerican Nat.88KG4F2014
5839Elias RamirezWArmbarAmerican Nat.88KGSF2014
5841Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nat.88KGF2014
5894Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 2x2, AdvNo Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5899James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x2No Gi WorldsABS4F2014
5901Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 23x2No Gi WorldsABSSF2014
5927Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWNorth South chokeNo Gi Worlds88KGR12014
5929Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarNo Gi Worlds88KG4F2014
5933Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2014
5935Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds88KGF2014
5975Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 12x0IBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
5977Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6098Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
6253Dean ListerDean ListerWInverted trianglePolarisABSSPF2015
6607Eliot KellyEliot KellyWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22015
6612Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR32015
6703Jared LawtonWTrianglePan American88KG8F2015
6708Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 5x2Pan American88KG4F2015
6712Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan American88KGSF2015
6806Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPts: 12x2Marianas OpenABS4F2015
6809Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSSF2015
6810Mike FowlerMike FowlerWChoke from backMarianas OpenABSF2015
6953William DiasWPts: 6x4World Pro85KGR12015
6963Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWArmbarWorld Pro85KGR22015
6970Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 7x0World Pro85KG4F2015
6974AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 3x0World Pro85KG3RD2015
7026Fabio GalebWTriangleWorld ProABSR12015
7029Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7035Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABS4F2015
7220Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7223Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 8x2World Champ.ABSR22015
7333Alan RegisWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.94KG8F2015
7603Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7751J. UrholinWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGR12015
7754Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 2x0ADCC88KG4F2015
7758Rustam ChsievWReferee DecisionADCC88KGSF2015
7938Omar SabhaWChoke from backDallas Open94KGSF2015
7941Thiago XimenesWArm in EzekielDallas OpenABS4F2015
7942Philip MillerWSubmissionDallas OpenABSSF2015
7944Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarDallas OpenABSF2015
8789Magid HageWPts: 6x0US National Pro85KGSF2016
8790William NymanWTriangleUS National Pro85KGF2016
8794Jason YousephWTriangleUS National ProABSSF2016
8796Joseph MokuWTriangleUS National ProABSF2016
9240Jacob GuerreroWBaratoplataMarianas OpenABS4F2016
9242Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWOmoplata chokeMarianas OpenABSSF2016
9282Melksedec FrancoW50/50 ArmbarWorld ProABSR12016
9293Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 4x2World ProABSR22016
9305Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWArmbarWorld ProABS8F2016
9786Tanner RiceTanner RiceWArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
9790Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG4F2016
9840Kitner MouraWOmoplataWorld Champ.ABSR22016
9853Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS8F2016
10418Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x0BJJ Pro LA94KGSF2016
11486Sean RobertsWTriangleJJ NetABSSPF2017
11569William NymanWBow and arrowLA National Pro94KGSF2017
11570Ronald KeslarWArmbarLA National Pro94KGF2017
11576Ronald KeslarWDQLA National ProU110KGSF2017
11578Aaron JohnsonWPointsLA National ProU110KGF2017
12124Tomoshige SeraWReverse triangleJapanese Nat.ABS4F2017
12125Leandro KussanoWBow and arrowJapanese Nat.ABSSF2017
12126Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPts: 12x2Japanese Nat.94KGF2017
12757Vicente CavalcantiWArmbarUFC ExpoABSSPF2017
12825Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCAmerican NG Nats91KGSF2017
12867Daniel HamptonWChoke from backAmerican Nats94KG4F2017
12870Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCAmerican Nats94KGSF2017
12871Josh HingerJosh HingerWChoke from backAmerican Nats94KGF2017
12879Nicholas AraujoWTriangleAmerican NatsABSR12017
12883Wellington PerotoWArm in ezekielAmerican NatsABS4F2017
12886Josh HingerJosh HingerWChoke from backAmerican NatsABSF2017
12937Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League94KGSPF2017
13014Paulo CanabarroWArmbarBoston SM. Open94KGSF2017
13015Charles McguireWTriangleBoston SM. Open94KGF2017
13016Olivier HuerreWChoke from backBoston SM. OpenABSSF2017
13018Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWArmbarBoston SM. OpenABSF2017
13054Josh BowlinWChoke from backSeattle Open94KGSF2017
13055Mohammad FarajWArmbarSeattle Open94KGF2017
13057Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWChoke from backSeattle OpenABSSF2017
13059Josh HingerJosh HingerWPts: 5x2Seattle OpenABSF2017
13086Ezra LenonWArmbarChicago SMO94KGSF2017
13087John GuttaWCross chokeChicago SMO94KGF2017
13095Dante LeonDante LeonWKimuraChicago SMOABSSF2017
13096Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraWTriangleChicago SMOABSF2017
13141Du YunlaiWBrabo chokeAsian Open94KGSF2017
13142Renan SeccoWArmbarAsian Open94KGF2017
13144Ali MonfaradiWArmbarAsian OpenABSR12017
13146UnknownWChoke from backAsian OpenABS4F2017
13147Sawato KawamuraWArmbarAsian OpenABSSF2017
13310Piotr FrechowiczWPts: 6x0ADCC88KGE12017
13319Kaynan DuarteWOutside heel hookADCC88KG4F2017
13323Craig JonesCraig JonesWPts: 13x0ADCC88KGSF2017
13634Rodolfo RochaWStanding X chokeSJIIF Worlds88KGRR2017
13635Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWTriangleSJIIF Worlds88KGF2017
13644Diego HertzogWPointsSJIIF WorldsABS4F2017
13645Sergio RiosWPts: 10x4SJIIF WorldsABSSF2017
13647Erberth SantosErberth SantosWChoke from backSJIIF WorldsABSF2017
13661Wellington PerotoWKimuraLong Beach Open94KGSF2017
13662Ben LenyardWPts: 8x2Long Beach Open94KGF2017
13665Scott ThomasWOmoplataLong Beach OpenABS4F2017
13667Sergio RiosWWormhat chokeLong Beach OpenABSSF2017
13669Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 8x0Long Beach OpenABSF2017

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