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Kennedy Maciel is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) black belt, a promotion awarded by his father – legendary grappler Rubens Charles (also known as Cobrinha). Widely regarded as one of the top competitors of his generation, Kennedy Maciel started making waves in this sport during his colored belt campaigns. A time when he earned world titles at both the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF), two of BJJ’s most prestigious leagues.

Kennedy Maciel Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Kennedy Leonardo Maciel

Nickname: Cobrinha Junior

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Alexandre Paiva > Fernando Augusto > Rubens Charles > Kennedy Maciel

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2018)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ World Championship (2018 / 2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2019)
  • 2nd Place ADCC World Championship (2019)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 brown, 2016 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ North American Championship (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2015 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Juvenile World Championship (2014)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Juvenile World No-Gi Championship (2014/2013)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2016 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2016 purple)

Favorite Position/Technique: De La Riva Hook

Weight Division: Peso Pluma (64,00 kg/141.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

Kennedy Maciel Biography

Kennedy Maciel was born on January 02, 1997, in São Carlos – a city located inside the Brazilian state of São Paulo.

Although the son of a jiu-jitsu legend – Rubens Charles Maciel, Kennedy was not “raised” on the mats as it’s been the case with so many other children of grappling legends. Instead, Rubens moved to the United States in 2007 and it was only in late 2012 that the young Maciel joined him in California and started his introduction to jiu-jitsu.

With his father by his side, Kennedy’s talent immediately started shining through. This was evident after his first IBJJF Pan medal (gold) in 2013, just a few months into his training.

Working almost immediately as a full-time grappler, Kennedy started helping his father with the kids’ classes. Through his hard work and dedication, Maciel conquered the lower belt divisions of the sport with repeated success at the World and European Open tournaments.

Kennedy’s many triumphs as a brown belt, particularly in 2018 a period in which Maciel went unbeaten with 7 gold medals in 7 tournaments, led his father Rubens Charles to promote the young Maciel to black belt on June 2018.

Cobrinha BJJ Instructional

Kennedy Maciel Grappling Record

40 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
22
4
#86e620
Armbar
17
3
#5AD3D1
Triangle
17
3
#d1212a
RNC
17
3
#fad11b
Toe hook
6
1
#f58822
Choke
6
1
#224aba
Botinha
6
1
#ff9124
Submission
6
1
#bf1f6c
Crucifix choke
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
8 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (25%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Crucifix choke
50
1
#86e620
Armbar
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Kennedy Maciel Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17419Vitor MoraesLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA69KG4F2018
17426Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA69KGRR2018
18696Cleber SousaCleber SousaLCrucifix chokeEuropean Open64KG4F2019
19348Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLArmbarPan American70KG8F2019
20854Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11872KGSPF2019
21596Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 3x0ADCC66KGF2019
22120Cole FransonCole FransonLPts: 2x0SJJIF World NGABSSF2019
22780Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 6x6, AdvFresno OpenABSSF2020
16694Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World65KG4F2018
16695Alex SodreAlex SodreWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World65KGSF2018
16696Victor MoraesWPts: 4x2ACBJJ World65KGF2018
17126Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWPointsLas Vegas Open70KG4F2018
17128Cole FransonCole FransonWPointsLas Vegas Open70KGSF2018
17129Jonathan BurenWArmbarLas Vegas Open70KGF2018
17424Rodrigo CardosoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA69KGRR2018
17898Mayko AraujoMayko AraujoWPointsSJJIF Worlds70KGSF2018
17900Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWTriangleSJJIF Worlds70KGF2018
18001Spencer NogawaWArmbarLong Beach Open70KGSF2018
18003Bruno ValdivimoWChoke from backLong Beach Open70KGF2018
18402Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielWRNCNoGi Worlds67KGR12018
18410Sergio CalderonSergio CalderonWToe hookNoGi Worlds67KGR22018
18417Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds67KG4F2018
18421Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniWPts: 5x0NoGi Worlds67KGSF2018
18423Gilson NunesGilson NunesWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds67KGF2018
19170Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 4x2LA BJJ Pro70KGSF2019
19171Pedro MendesWPts: 4x2LA BJJ Pro70KGF2019
20201Brandon WalenskyBrandon WalenskyWChokeSan Diego Open70KG4F2019
20204Joao MendesJoao MendesWPts: 2x0San Diego Open70KGSF2019
20205Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWChoke from backSan Diego Open70KGF2019
20345Thiago AbudWBotinhaWorld Champ.70KGR12019
20652Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWArmbarAmerican NG Nats67KGSF2019
20653Thiago CintraWRNCAmerican NG Nats67KGF2019
20670Orlando CastilloWTriangleAmerican Nats70KG4F2019
20671Joao MendesJoao MendesWPointsAmerican Nats70KGSF2019
20672Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWReferee DecisionAmerican Nats70KGF2019
20776Ayub MagomadovWPts: 2x0ACB World Champ.70KGSF2019
20777Victor MoraesWPts: 0x0, AdvACB World Champ.70KGF2019
20968Song HyeonkeunWChoke from backGrand Slam TYO69KG4F2019
20972Jan BasoWChoke from backGrand Slam TYO69KGSF2019
20974Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam TYO69KGF2019
21566R. AlvarengaWTriangleADCC66KGR12019
21569Richard AlarconRichard AlarconWPts: 2x0ADCC66KG4F2019
21594T. RuotoloWRNCADCC66KGSF2019
22096Richard AlvarezWPointsSJJIF Worlds70KGSF2019
22116Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 4x0SJJIF World NG67KGSF2019
22117Geoffrey VillarrealWN/ASJJIF World NG67KGF2019
22772Joel SantiagoWSubmissionFresno Open70KGSF2020
22773Rodrigo CardosoWCrucifix chokeFresno Open70KGF2020

Kennedy Maciel vs Richard Santos

Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

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