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Keenan Cornelius

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Guillotine Instructional by Josh Hinger

Keenan Cornelius is a Hawaii born professional athlete in the sport/martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu who competes as a free agent, having previously represented the Atos as well as Lloyd Irvin’s team. His career gathered worldwide recognition through his early wins in the lower belt divisions, a time when Cornelius conquered the “Jiu-Jitsu Grand Slam” (IBJJF World, Pans, European and Brazilian National titles), then raising his status as the Most Accomplished Brown Belt Of All Time. The talented grappler received his black belt from André Galvão on September 2013.

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

Favorite Position/Technique:

Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94,30 kg / 208.0 lbs)

Team/Association: N/A

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 the green belt rank 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 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 teammate 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 teammate 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.

On April 2019 Keenan severed ties with Galvão and the Atos Jiu-Jitsu team. Although the relationship had been deteriorating over time, according to sources inside the training camp, the ‘last straw’ came when coach André refused to allow Cornelius in class due to his poor timekeeping. This episode appeared to expose a long-running clash of personalities/conduct between the two men, Galvão with the more traditional ‘Master-Sensei’ approach and Keenan seeking a more westerner relationship of athlete-trainer.

Banner picture by Gracie Mag.

Keenan Cornelius Grappling Record

169 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    49 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    107 (63%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

107 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
21
22
#86e620
Choke from back
18
19
#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
Baratoplata
2
2
#22c9a5
Darce choke
2
2
#fad223
Bow and arrow
2
2
#03861f
Kimura
2
2
#039a1f
Toe hold
1
1
#03b41f
Kneebar
1
1
#03c61f
Reverse omoplata
1
1
#03d61f
Inverted triangle
1
1
#03f61f
Submission
1
1
#82ff5f
Omoplata choke
1
1
#a4ff5f
50/50 armbar
1
1
#dbff5f
Verbal tap
1
1
Reverse triangle
1
1
Cross choke
1
1
Brabo choke
1
1
Outside heel hook
1
1
Standing X choke
1
1
Wormhat choke
1
1
Triangle kimura
1
1
Inverted armbar
1
1
Monoplata
1
1
North South choke
1
1
107
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
30 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (60%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (7%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (17%)
  • 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
4991Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGSF2013
5034Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsADCCABSSF2013
5282Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 3x2Pan AmericanABS4F2014
5594Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5596Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Pro.ABS3PLC2014
5630Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPointsWorld Pro.94KGSF2014
5685Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5784Diogo GamonalLDQWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5976Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSF2014
6075Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x2NYC Pro94KGF2014
6717Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABS4F2015
7078Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KGSF2015
7143Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0World ProABSSF2015
7145Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2World ProABS3RD2015
7281Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroD---Metamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7340Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 8x6World Champ.ABS4F2015
7445Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2015
7886Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGF2015
9415Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSF2016
9481Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABS4F2016
9967Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KGSF2016
10033Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2016
10279Gordon RyanGordon RyanLInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2016
10639Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLDQBJJ Pro LA94KGF2016
13172Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 3x0American NG Nats91KGF2017
13736Gordon RyanGordon RyanLMounted guillotineADCC88KGF2017
14562Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2017
15130Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x2Pan AmericanABSSF2018
16329Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2018
17499Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLReferee DecisionWSOG 2O81KGSF2018
18141Craig JonesCraig JonesLReferee DecisionPolaris 893KGSPF2018
4344Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWArmbarWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4457Magid HageWArmbarWC Pro Trials85KGRR2013
4458Morris AyalaWChoke from backWC Pro Trials85KGRR2013
4459Eliot KellyEliot KellyWChoke from backWC Pro TrialsABSSF2013
4460Gustavo PiresGustavo PiresWChoke from backWC Pro TrialsABSF2013
4978Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 4x2ADCC88KGR12013
4986Oskar PiechotaWDarce chokeADCC88KG4F2013
4992Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWVerbal tapADCC88KG3PLC2013
5025Erza LennonWHeel HookADCCABSR12013
5031Oskar PiechotaWPts: 8x0ADCCABS4F2013
5036Dean ListerDean ListerWPointsADCCABS3PLC2013
5105Diego GamonalWTriangle armbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5107Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5152Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWHeel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5154Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5155James PuopoloJames PuopoloWRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5157Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 14x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5249Kevin CaseyWHeel hookMetamoris 3ABSSPF2014
5266UnknownWArm in EzekielPan AmericanABSR22014
5274Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 8x6Pan AmericanABSR32014
5344Sadayoshi KurimoriWChoke from backPan American88KGR12014
5353Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KG4F2014
5354Rodrigo PimpolhoWTriangle armbarPan American88KGSF2014
5420Stephen MartinezWArm in ezekielFIVE Cali. 1ABS4F2014
5422Lance GlynnWPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5424Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 4x0FIVE Cali. 1ABSF2014
5580R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5593Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS4F2014
5628Leonardo MacielWOmoplataWorld Pro.94KGR12014
5629Jackson SousaJackson SousaWChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5657Carlos EduardoWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR12014
5676Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x4World Champ.ABSRD 42014
5681Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS4F2014
5783Maciel TrindadeWTriangleWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5831Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesD---Metamoris 4ABSSPF2014
5865Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWTriangleSF OpenABSF2014
5911UnknownWInverted armbarAmerican Nat.88KG4F2014
5912Elias RamirezWArmbarAmerican Nat.88KGSF2014
5914Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nat.88KGF2014
5967Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
5972James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x2NoGi WorldsABS4F2014
5974Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 23x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2014
6001Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWNorth South chokeNoGi Worlds88KGR12014
6003Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarNoGi Worlds88KG4F2014
6007Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds88KGSF2014
6009Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWDarce chokeNoGi Worlds88KGF2014
6052Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 12x0IBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6054Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6176Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
6342Dean ListerDean ListerWInverted trianglePolarisABSSPF2015
6704Eliot KellyEliot KellyWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22015
6709Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR32015
6800Jared LawtonWTrianglePan American88KG8F2015
6805Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 5x2Pan American88KG4F2015
6809Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan American88KGSF2015
6907Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPts: 12x2Marianas OpenABS4F2015
6910Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSSF2015
6911Mike FowlerMike FowlerWChoke from backMarianas OpenABSF2015
7058William DiasWPts: 6x4World Pro85KGR12015
7068Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWArmbarWorld Pro85KGR22015
7075Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 7x0World Pro85KG4F2015
7079AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 3x0World Pro85KG3RD2015
7131Fabio GalebWTriangleWorld ProABSR12015
7134Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7140Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABS4F2015
7328Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7331Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 8x2World Champ.ABSR22015
7442Alan RegisWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.94KG8F2015
7727Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7877J. UrholinWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGR12015
7880Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 2x0ADCC88KG4F2015
7884Rustam ChsievWReferee DecisionADCC88KGSF2015
8068Omar SabhaWChoke from backDallas Open94KGSF2015
8071Thiago XimenesWArm in EzekielDallas OpenABS4F2015
8072Philip MillerWSubmissionDallas OpenABSSF2015
8074Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarDallas OpenABSF2015
8945Magid HageWPts: 6x0US National Pro85KGSF2016
8946William NymanWTriangleUS National Pro85KGF2016
8950Jason YousephWTriangleUS National ProABSSF2016
8952Joseph MokuWTriangleUS National ProABSF2016
9412Jacob GuerreroWBaratoplataMarianas OpenABS4F2016
9414Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWOmoplata chokeMarianas OpenABSSF2016
9456Melksedec FrancoW50/50 armbarWorld ProABSR12016
9467Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 4x2World ProABSR22016
9479Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWArmbarWorld ProABS8F2016
9961Tanner RiceTanner RiceWArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
9965Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG4F2016
10015Kitner MouraWOmoplataWorld Champ.ABSR22016
10028Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS8F2016
10638Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x0BJJ Pro LA94KGSF2016
11785Sean RobertsWTriangleJJ NetABSSPF2017
11868William NymanWBow and arrowLA National Pro94KGSF2017
11869Ronald KeslarWArmbarLA National Pro94KGF2017
11875Ronald KeslarWDQLA National ProU110KGSF2017
11877Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPointsLA National ProU110KGF2017
12442Tomoshige SeraWReverse triangleJapanese Nat.ABS4F2017
12443Leandro KussanoWBow and arrowJapanese Nat.ABSSF2017
12444Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPts: 12x2Japanese Nat.94KGF2017
13101Vicente CavalcantiWArmbarUFC ExpoABSSPF2017
13170Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCAmerican NG Nats91KGSF2017
13212Daniel HamptonWChoke from backAmerican Nats94KG4F2017
13215Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCAmerican Nats94KGSF2017
13216Josh HingerJosh HingerWChoke from backAmerican Nats94KGF2017
13224Nicholas AraujoWTriangleAmerican NatsABSR12017
13228Wellington PerotoWArm in ezekielAmerican NatsABS4F2017
13231Josh HingerJosh HingerWChoke from backAmerican NatsABSF2017
13292Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League94KGSPF2017
13392Paulo CanabarroWArmbarBoston SM. Open94KGSF2017
13393Charles McguireWTriangleBoston SM. Open94KGF2017
13394Olivier HuerreWChoke from backBoston SM. OpenABSSF2017
13396Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWArmbarBoston SM. OpenABSF2017
13440Josh BowlinWChoke from backSeattle Open94KGSF2017
13441Mohammad FarajWArmbarSeattle Open94KGF2017
13443Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWChoke from backSeattle OpenABSSF2017
13445Josh HingerJosh HingerWPts: 5x2Seattle OpenABSF2017
13477Ezra LenonWArmbarChicago SMO94KGSF2017
13478John GuttaWCross chokeChicago SMO94KGF2017
13483Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWPointsChicago SMOABS4F2017
13488Dante LeonDante LeonWKimuraChicago SMOABSSF2017
13489Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraWTriangleChicago SMOABSF2017
13544Du YunlaiWBrabo chokeAsian Open94KGSF2017
13545Renan SeccoWArmbarAsian Open94KGF2017
13547Ali MonfaradiWArmbarAsian OpenABSR12017
13549UnknownWChoke from backAsian OpenABS4F2017
13550Sawato KawamuraWArmbarAsian OpenABSSF2017
13721Piotr FrechowiczWPts: 6x0ADCC88KGE12017
13729Kaynan D.WOutside heel hookADCC88KG4F2017
13733Craig JonesCraig JonesWPts: 13x0ADCC88KGSF2017
14089Rodolfo RochaWStanding X chokeSJJIF Worlds88KGRR2017
14090Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWTriangleSJJIF Worlds88KGF2017
14099Diego HertzogWPointsSJJIF WorldsABS4F2017
14100Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 10x4SJJIF WorldsABSSF2017
14102Erberth SantosErberth SantosWChoke from backSJJIF WorldsABSF2017
14119Wellington PerotoWKimuraLong Beach Open94KGSF2017
14120Ben LenyardWPts: 8x2Long Beach Open94KGF2017
14123Scott ThomasWOmoplataLong Beach OpenABS4F2017
14125Sergio RiosSergio RiosWWormhat chokeLong Beach OpenABSSF2017
14127Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 8x0Long Beach OpenABSF2017
14244Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWTriangle kimuraBJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
14245Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 9x0BJJ NY Pro94KGF2017
14518V. CanabarroWRNCNoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
14519Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWRNCNoGi Worlds85KGSF2017
14521Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2017
14546Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14554Kit DaleKit DaleWTriangleNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14559Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14658R. MartinsWMonoplataEuropean OpenABS8F2018
14664R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWToe holdEuropean OpenABS4F2018
14668Victor HonorioVictor HonorioWOmoplataEuropean OpenABSSF2018
14732Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWArmbarEuropean Open94KGSF2018
14733Helton JoseHelton JoseWChoke from backEuropean Open94KGF2018
15067Charles McguireWArmbarSan Francisco Open94KGSF2018
15068Joshua BowlinWArmbarSan Francisco Open94KGF2018
15074Cesar CardosoWArmbarSan Francisco OpenABS4F2018
15123Raphael GustavoWPts: 8x4Pan AmericanABSR22018
15128Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWArm in ezekielPan AmericanABS4F2018
15215Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 9x0Pan American100KGSF2018
15216Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American100KGF2018
15615Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWReferee DecisionACBJJ 1295KGSPF2018
16088Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWReverse omoplataACBJJ 1395KGSPF2018
16322Inacio NetoInacio NetoWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG8F2018
16326Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 12x4World Champ.94KG4F2018
16697Gabriel CheccoWTriangle armbarW.S.O.G.O81KG8F2018
17035Eric SianWOmoplataAsian Open100KGSF2018
17036Hideki SekineWPts: 30x2Asian Open100KGF2018
17038Jonghyon ParkWBaratoplataAsian OpenABS4F2018
17041Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWArm in ezekielAsian OpenABSSF2018
17496R. JimenezWArmbarWSOG 2O81KG4F2018
17501Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWReferee DecisionWSOG 2O81KG3RD2018
17718Mike ColonWChoke from backSJJIF Worlds94KGSF2018
18436Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPts: 34x0Coast GrapplingABSSPF2019

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14 Comments

  • Chris Cornelius says:

    I think Keenan fought Brown belt at that NAGA event. and took Gold. He was as you wrote a Purple belt at the time.

  • David Tice says:

    I have all his DVD instructionals. Just got his No-Gi 4

    DVDS one of which is on leglocks. Very good for sure!

  • Hopsin says:

    You are missing his match against Quexinho which he won by triangle armbar I think.

    • bjjheroes says:

      Thanks Hopsin, as it says on the article, its main competitions only. I think the fight with Queixinho was at the SF Open, not one of the big comps at this moment.

      • keenan says:

        Hey bjj heros. I had quite a few other matches at adcc as well. First round against clark gracie in my weight div I won by 4-2 points. Second round i fought a polish guy that I beat by darce choke. First round of adcc open I tapped Erza Lennon by heel hook. second round I fought the same polish guy again and won by 8 points. At no gi worlds 2014 my first round I submitted Ricardo Rezende by north south choke. At Abu dhabi pro in the 1/8 final at 94 kilos I beat an unknown by Omaplata sub.

  • kathleen callos says:

    I think Keenan was actually a brown belt when he competed at Copa – not as you state – "a black belt" which would change the fight record you have posted here for him as a black belt wouldn't it? Just curious how that works?

    • bjjheroes says:

      Well spotted Kathleen, the program that runs the database does not discriminate belts so the results from that tournament were showing. I've removed them from his page manually. Thank you 🙂

  • Joe says:

    Didn't Andre Galvao get his black belt from Terere?

    • bjjheroes says:

      His black belt was handed by Dagmar, as explained on Galvao's page. Terere was not present at the belt awarding ceremony. Fernando did train Galvao for a long time and was his mentor. Some people train with different coaches and sometimes is hard to say who the person actual lineage is. On BJJ Heroes we add the person who physically awarded the black belt.

  • JakeyyP says:

    Says Keenan lost to “Diogo Gamenal” by DQ at worlds but the match i found Keenan Won via armbar.

  • James says:

    Keenan is also BJJF World No-Gi Champion 2017 Gold Medalist

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