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Keenan Cornelius

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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 Asian Open Champion (2018**)
  • 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

167 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    48 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    106 (63%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

106 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
21
22
#86e620
Choke from back
17
18
#5AD3D1
Triangle
14
15
#d1212a
RNC
7
7
#fad11b
Arm in Ezekiel
6
6
#f58822
Omoplata
5
5
#224aba
Triangle armbar
4
4
#ff9124
Heel Hook
3
3
#bf1f6c
Darce choke
2
2
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
2
2
#fad223
Kimura
2
2
#03861f
Baratoplata
2
2
#039a1f
Verbal tap
1
1
#03b41f
Reverse triangle
1
1
#03c61f
Cross choke
1
1
#03d61f
Brabo choke
1
1
#03f61f
Outside heel hook
1
1
#82ff5f
Standing X choke
1
1
#a4ff5f
Wormhat choke
1
1
#dbff5f
Inverted armbar
1
1
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
Omoplata choke
1
1
50/50 Armbar
1
1
106
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
29 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (62%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (7%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (14%)
  • 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
4973Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGSF2013
5016Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsADCCABSSF2013
5256Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 3x2Pan AmericanABS4F2014
5567Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5569Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Pro.ABS3PLC2014
5603Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPointsWorld Pro.94KGSF2014
5658Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5757Diogo GamonalLDQWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5941Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSF2014
6037Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x2NYC Pro94KGF2014
6667Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABS4F2015
7028Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KGSF2015
7093Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0World ProABSSF2015
7095Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2World ProABS3RD2015
7229Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroDN/AMetamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7288Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 8x6World Champ.ABS4F2015
7392Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2015
7826Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGF2015
9335Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSF2016
9401Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABS4F2016
9885Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KGSF2016
9951Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2016
10190Gordon RyanGordon RyanLInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2016
10533Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLDQBJJ Pro LA94KGF2016
12996Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 3x0American NG Nats91KGF2017
13529Gordon RyanGordon RyanLMounted guillotineADCC88KGF2017
14309Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14836Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x2Pan AmericanABSSF2018
15959Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2018
17021Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLReferee DecisionWSOG 2O81KGSF2018
4329Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWArmbarWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4438Magid HageWArmbarWC Pro Trials85KGRR2013
4439Morris AyalaWChoke from backWC Pro Trials85KGRR2013
4440Eliot KellyEliot KellyWChoke from backWC Pro TrialsABSSF2013
4441Gustavo PiresGustavo PiresWChoke from backWC Pro TrialsABSF2013
4960Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 4x2ADCC88KGR12013
4968Oskar PiechotaWDarce chokeADCC88KG4F2013
4974Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWVerbal tapADCC88KG3PLC2013
5007Erza LennonWHeel HookADCCABSR12013
5013Oskar PiechotaWPts: 8x0ADCCABS4F2013
5018Dean ListerDean ListerWPointsADCCABS3PLC2013
5087Diego GamonalWTriangle armbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5089Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5134Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWHeel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5136Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5137James PuopoloJames PuopoloWRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5139Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 14x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5223Kevin CaseyWHeel hookMetamoris 3ABSSPF2014
5240UnknownWArm in EzekielPan AmericanABSR22014
5248Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 8x6Pan AmericanABSR32014
5318Sadayoshi KurimoriWChoke from backPan American88KGR12014
5327Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KG4F2014
5328Rodrigo PimpolhoWTriangle armbarPan American88KGSF2014
5394Stephen MartinezWArm in ezekielFIVE Cali. 1ABS4F2014
5396Lance GlynnWPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5398Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 4x0FIVE Cali. 1ABSF2014
5553R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5566Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS4F2014
5601Leonardo MacielWOmoplataWorld Pro.94KGR12014
5602Jackson SousaJackson SousaWChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5630Carlos EduardoWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR12014
5649Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x4World Champ.ABSRD 42014
5654Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS4F2014
5756Maciel TrindadeWTriangleWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5802Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesD---Metamoris 4ABSSPF2014
5836Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWTriangleSF OpenABSF2014
5876UnknownWInverted armbarAmerican Nat.88KG4F2014
5877Elias RamirezWArmbarAmerican Nat.88KGSF2014
5879Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nat.88KGF2014
5932Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
5937James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x2NoGi WorldsABS4F2014
5939Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 23x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2014
5966Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWNorth South chokeNoGi Worlds88KGR12014
5968Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarNoGi Worlds88KG4F2014
5972Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds88KGSF2014
5974Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWDarce chokeNoGi Worlds88KGF2014
6014Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 12x0IBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6016Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6136Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
6295Dean ListerDean ListerWInverted trianglePolarisABSSPF2015
6654Eliot KellyEliot KellyWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22015
6659Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR32015
6750Jared LawtonWTrianglePan American88KG8F2015
6755Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 5x2Pan American88KG4F2015
6759Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan American88KGSF2015
6857Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPts: 12x2Marianas OpenABS4F2015
6860Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSSF2015
6861Mike FowlerMike FowlerWChoke from backMarianas OpenABSF2015
7008William DiasWPts: 6x4World Pro85KGR12015
7018Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWArmbarWorld Pro85KGR22015
7025Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 7x0World Pro85KG4F2015
7029AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 3x0World Pro85KG3RD2015
7081Fabio GalebWTriangleWorld ProABSR12015
7084Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7090Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABS4F2015
7276Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7279Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 8x2World Champ.ABSR22015
7389Alan RegisWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.94KG8F2015
7667Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7817J. UrholinWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGR12015
7820Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 2x0ADCC88KG4F2015
7824Rustam ChsievWReferee DecisionADCC88KGSF2015
8008Omar SabhaWChoke from backDallas Open94KGSF2015
8011Thiago XimenesWArm in EzekielDallas OpenABS4F2015
8012Philip MillerWSubmissionDallas OpenABSSF2015
8014Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarDallas OpenABSF2015
8878Magid HageWPts: 6x0US National Pro85KGSF2016
8879William NymanWTriangleUS National Pro85KGF2016
8883Jason YousephWTriangleUS National ProABSSF2016
8885Joseph MokuWTriangleUS National ProABSF2016
9332Jacob GuerreroWBaratoplataMarianas OpenABS4F2016
9334Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWOmoplata chokeMarianas OpenABSSF2016
9376Melksedec FrancoW50/50 ArmbarWorld ProABSR12016
9387Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 4x2World ProABSR22016
9399Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWArmbarWorld ProABS8F2016
9879Tanner RiceTanner RiceWArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
9883Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG4F2016
9933Kitner MouraWOmoplataWorld Champ.ABSR22016
9946Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS8F2016
10532Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x0BJJ Pro LA94KGSF2016
11633Sean RobertsWTriangleJJ NetABSSPF2017
11714William NymanWBow and arrowLA National Pro94KGSF2017
11715Ronald KeslarWArmbarLA National Pro94KGF2017
11721Ronald KeslarWDQLA National ProU110KGSF2017
11723Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPointsLA National ProU110KGF2017
12278Tomoshige SeraWReverse triangleJapanese Nat.ABS4F2017
12279Leandro KussanoWBow and arrowJapanese Nat.ABSSF2017
12280Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPts: 12x2Japanese Nat.94KGF2017
12925Vicente CavalcantiWArmbarUFC ExpoABSSPF2017
12994Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCAmerican NG Nats91KGSF2017
13036Daniel HamptonWChoke from backAmerican Nats94KG4F2017
13039Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCAmerican Nats94KGSF2017
13040Josh HingerJosh HingerWChoke from backAmerican Nats94KGF2017
13048Nicholas AraujoWTriangleAmerican NatsABSR12017
13052Wellington PerotoWArm in ezekielAmerican NatsABS4F2017
13055Josh HingerJosh HingerWChoke from backAmerican NatsABSF2017
13114Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League94KGSPF2017
13200Paulo CanabarroWArmbarBoston SM. Open94KGSF2017
13201Charles McguireWTriangleBoston SM. Open94KGF2017
13202Olivier HuerreWChoke from backBoston SM. OpenABSSF2017
13204Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWArmbarBoston SM. OpenABSF2017
13247Josh BowlinWChoke from backSeattle Open94KGSF2017
13248Mohammad FarajWArmbarSeattle Open94KGF2017
13250Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWChoke from backSeattle OpenABSSF2017
13252Josh HingerJosh HingerWPts: 5x2Seattle OpenABSF2017
13282Ezra LenonWArmbarChicago SMO94KGSF2017
13283John GuttaWCross chokeChicago SMO94KGF2017
13288Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWPointsChicago SMOABS4F2017
13293Dante LeonDante LeonWKimuraChicago SMOABSSF2017
13294Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraWTriangleChicago SMOABSF2017
13342Du YunlaiWBrabo chokeAsian Open94KGSF2017
13343Renan SeccoWArmbarAsian Open94KGF2017
13345Ali MonfaradiWArmbarAsian OpenABSR12017
13347UnknownWChoke from backAsian OpenABS4F2017
13348Sawato KawamuraWArmbarAsian OpenABSSF2017
13513Piotr FrechowiczWPts: 6x0ADCC88KGE12017
13522Kaynan D.WOutside heel hookADCC88KG4F2017
13526Craig JonesCraig JonesWPts: 13x0ADCC88KGSF2017
13865Rodolfo RochaWStanding X chokeSJJIF Worlds88KGRR2017
13866Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWTriangleSJJIF Worlds88KGF2017
13875Diego HertzogWPointsSJJIF WorldsABS4F2017
13876Sergio RiosWPts: 10x4SJJIF WorldsABSSF2017
13878Erberth SantosErberth SantosWChoke from backSJJIF WorldsABSF2017
13894Wellington PerotoWKimuraLong Beach Open94KGSF2017
13895Ben LenyardWPts: 8x2Long Beach Open94KGF2017
13898Scott ThomasWOmoplataLong Beach OpenABS4F2017
13900Sergio RiosWWormhat chokeLong Beach OpenABSSF2017
13902Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 8x0Long Beach OpenABSF2017
14019Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWTriangle kimuraBJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
14020Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 9x0BJJ NY Pro94KGF2017
14266V. CanabarroWRNCNoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
14267Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWRNCNoGi Worlds85KGSF2017
14269Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2017
14294Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14301Kit DaleWTriangleNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14306Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14381R. MartinsWManoplataEuropean OpenABS8F2018
14387R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWToe holdEuropean OpenABS4F2018
14391Victor HonorioVictor HonorioWOmoplataEuropean OpenABSSF2018
14455Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWArmbarEuropean Open94KGSF2018
14456Helton JoseHelton JoseWChoke from backEuropean Open94KGF2018
14773Charles McguireWArmbarSan Francisco Open94KGSF2018
14774Joshua BowlinWArmbarSan Francisco Open94KGF2018
14780Cesar CardosoWArmbarSan Francisco OpenABS4F2018
14829Raphael GustavoWPts: 8x4Pan AmericanABSR22018
14834Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWArm in ezekielPan AmericanABS4F2018
14921Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 9x0Pan American100KGSF2018
14922Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American100KGF2018
15274Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWReferee DecisionACBJJ 1295KGSPF2018
15720Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWReverse omoplataACBJJ 1395KGSPF2018
15952Inacio NetoInacio NetoWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG8F2018
15956Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 12x4World Champ.94KG4F2018
16287Gabriel CheccoWTriangle armbarW.S.O.G.O81KG8F2018
16588Eric SianWOmoplataAsian Open100KGSF2018
16589Hideki SekineWPts: 30x2Asian Open100KGF2018
16591Jonghyon ParkWBaratoplataAsian OpenABS4F2018
16594Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWArm in ezekielAsian OpenABSSF2018
17018R. JimenezWArmbarWSOG 2O81KG4F2018
17023Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWReferee DecisionWSOG 2O81KG3RD2018

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