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Kennedy Maciel

Kennedy Maciel

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

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World o-Gi Champion (2018)
  • ACBJJ World Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF Las Vegas Summer Open Champion (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2018 brown, 2016 purple)
  • IBJJF Pan Champion (2018 brown)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion (2018 brown)
  • ACBJJ North American Champion (2018 brown)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2015 blue)
  • IBJJF Juvenile World Champion (2014)
  • IBJJF Juvenile World No-Gi Champion (2014/2013)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2016 purple)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2017 brown)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (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.

Kennedy Maciel Grappling Record

18 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (61%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
33
2
#86e620
Toe hook
17
1
#5AD3D1
Triangle
17
1
#d1212a
Choke from back
17
1
#fad11b
RNC
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
4 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    1 (25%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (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
17168Vitor MoraesLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA69KG4F2018
17175Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA69KGRR2018
18350Cleber SousaCleber SousaLCrucifix chokeEuropean Open64KG4F2019
18957Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLArmbarPan American70KG8F2019
16466Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World65KG4F2018
16467Alex SodreAlex SodreWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World65KGSF2018
16468Victor MoraesWPts: 4x2ACBJJ World65KGF2018
16890Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWPointsLas Vegas Open70KG4F2018
16892Cole FransonCole FransonWPointsLas Vegas Open70KGSF2018
16893Jonathan BurenWArmbarLas Vegas Open70KGF2018
17173Rodrigo CardosoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA69KGRR2018
17616Mayko AraujoMayko AraujoWPointsSJJIF Worlds70KGSF2018
17618Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWTriangleSJJIF Worlds70KGF2018
17719Spencer NogawaWArmbarLong Beach Open70KGSF2018
17721Bruno ValdivimoWChoke from backLong Beach Open70KGF2018
18093Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielWRNCNoGi Worlds67KGR12018
18101Sergio CalderonSergio CalderonWToe hookNoGi Worlds67KGR22018
18108Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds67KG4F2018
18112Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniWPts: 5x0NoGi Worlds67KGSF2018
18114Gilson NunesGilson NunesWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds67KGF2018
18799Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 4x2LA BJJ Pro70KGSF2019
18800Pedro MendesWPts: 4x2LA BJJ Pro70KGF2019

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