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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 Terere > Rubens Charles > Kennedy Maciel

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Championship (2024)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ World Championship (2018 / 2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship No-Gi (2020)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2019)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, MIA (2020)
  • 2nd Place ADCC World Championship (2019)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2022)

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

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Kennedy Maciel Grappling Record

84 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    31 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    40 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (1%)

40 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
25
10
#86e620
Armbar
15
6
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
15
6
#d1212a
Triangle
13
5
#fad11b
Botinha
10
4
#f58822
Short choke
5
2
#224aba
Submission
3
1
#ff9124
Crucifix choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Straight ankle lock
3
1
#22c9a5
Anaconda choke
3
1
#fad223
Triangle armlock
3
1
#03861f
Toe hook
3
1
#039a1f
Choke
3
1
40
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
24 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (33%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (4%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Crucifix choke
25
1
#86e620
Armbar
25
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
25
1
#d1212a
Z Lock
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Kennedy Maciel Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17560Vitor MoraesLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA69KG4F2018
17567Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA69KGRR2018
18878Cleber SousaCleber SousaLCrucifix chokeEuropean Open64KG4F2019
19574Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLArmbarPan American70KG8F2019
21115Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLReferee DecisionF2W 11872KGSPF2019
21902Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 3x0ADCC66KGF2019
22492Cole FransonCole FransonLPts: 2x0SJJIF World NGABSSF2019
23220Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 6x6, AdvFresno OpenABSSF2020
24147Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 2x0Pan American70KG4F2020
24552Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats70KG4F2020
24641Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasLReferee DecisionAmerican NGNABS4F2020
25587Andy MurasakiAndy MurasakiLReferee DecisionEUG 170KG4F2021
27028Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosLReferee DecisionF2W 17970KGSPF2021
27214Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLEBI/OTEmerald City65KGF2021
29486Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLPts: 0x0, PenWorld Champ.70KG4F2021
30683Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLChoke from backMiami WO76KGF2022
30697Guilherme RochaGuilherme RochaLPts: 2x0Miami WOABSSF2022
31630Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLReferee DecisionPan American70KGR12022
32152Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLPts: 8x2Brasileiro70KGF2022
32898Ismael SantosIsmael SantosLDQWorld Champ.70KG8F2022
33397Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraLReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.70KGSF2022
35018Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLZ LockADCC66KG4F2022
44965Mateus RodriguesMateus RodriguesLReferee DecisionSacramento OpenABSF2023
45643Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 6x2NoGi World67KG4F2023
16816Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World65KG4F2018
16817Alex SodreAlex SodreWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World65KGSF2018
16818Victor MoraesWPts: 4x2ACBJJ World65KGF2018
17262Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWPointsLas Vegas Open70KG4F2018
17264Cole FransonCole FransonWPointsLas Vegas Open70KGSF2018
17265Jonathan BurenWArmbarLas Vegas Open70KGF2018
17565Rodrigo CardosoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA69KGRR2018
18053Mayko AraujoMayko AraujoWPointsSJJIF Worlds70KGSF2018
18055Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWTriangleSJJIF Worlds70KGF2018
18169Spencer NogawaWArmbarLong Beach Open70KGSF2018
18171Bruno ValdivimoWChoke from backLong Beach Open70KGF2018
18580Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielWRNCNoGi Worlds67KGR12018
18588Sergio CalderonSergio CalderonWToe hookNoGi Worlds67KGR22018
18595Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds67KG4F2018
18599Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniWPts: 5x0NoGi Worlds67KGSF2018
18601Gilson NunesGilson NunesWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds67KGF2018
19382Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 4x2LA BJJ Pro70KGSF2019
19383Pedro MendesWPts: 4x2LA BJJ Pro70KGF2019
20443Brandon WalenskyBrandon WalenskyWChokeSan Diego Open70KG4F2019
20446Joao MendesJoao MendesWPts: 2x0San Diego Open70KGSF2019
20447Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWChoke from backSan Diego Open70KGF2019
20595Thiago AbudThiago AbudWBotinhaWorld Champ.70KGR12019
20908Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWArmbarAmerican NG Nats67KGSF2019
20909Thiago CintraWRNCAmerican NG Nats67KGF2019
20926Orlando CastilloWTriangleAmerican Nats70KG4F2019
20927Joao MendesJoao MendesWPointsAmerican Nats70KGSF2019
20928Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWReferee DecisionAmerican Nats70KGF2019
21036Ayub MagomadovWPts: 2x0ACB World Champ.70KGSF2019
21037Victor MoraesWPts: 0x0, AdvACB World Champ.70KGF2019
21231Song HyeonkeunWChoke from backGrand Slam TYO69KG4F2019
21235Jan BasoWChoke from backGrand Slam TYO69KGSF2019
21237Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam TYO69KGF2019
21871R. AlvarengaWTriangleADCC66KGR12019
21874Richard AlarconRichard AlarconWPts: 2x0ADCC66KG4F2019
21900Tye RuotoloTye RuotoloWRNCADCC66KGSF2019
22468Richard AlvarezWPointsSJJIF Worlds70KGSF2019
22488Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 4x0SJJIF World NG67KGSF2019
22489Geoffrey VillarrealWBotinhaSJJIF World NG67KGF2019
23212Joel SantiagoWSubmissionFresno Open70KGSF2020
23213Rodrigo CardosoWCrucifix chokeFresno Open70KGF2020
23930Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWReferee DecisionF2W 15170KGSPF2020
24013Joao MendesJoao MendesWPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA69KG4F2020
24016Rodrigo CardosoWTriangleGrand Slam MIA69KGSF2020
24017Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWArmbarGrand Slam MIA69KGF2020
24128Eric LlerenaWPointsPan American70KGR12020
24141R. LopesWPts: 21x0Pan American70KG8F2020
24383Junny OcasioJunny OcasioWArmbarF2W 15665KGSPF2020
24456Guilherme RochaGuilherme RochaWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.67KG4F2020
24457Orlando CastilloWShort chokeNo Gi Pan Am.67KGSF2020
24459Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaWBotinhaNo Gi Pan Am.67KGF2020
24549Cameron GravesWPts: 29x0American Nats70KGR12020
24612Alex HodiWShort chokeAmerican NGN67KGSF2020
24613Windson RamosWPts: 4x0American NGN67KGF2020
24855Geo MartinezGeo MartinezWReferee DecisionWNO 5SPF66KG2020
25099Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWReferee DecisionF2W 16365KGSPF2021
25757Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosWRNCF2W 16965KGSPF2021
27200Jeff MockWTriangleEmerald City65KGR12021
27208Frank RosenthalFrank RosenthalWRNCEmerald City65KG4F2021
27212Keith KrikorianKeith KrikorianWEBI/OTEmerald City65KGSF2021
30462Victor MotaWArmbarAtlanta WO70KG4F2022
30464Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaWPts: 6x0Atlanta WO70KGF2022
30680Joao AlbuquerqueWBotinhaMiami WO76KG4F2022
30681Leo SilvaLeo SilvaWPts: 0x0, AdvMiami WO76KGSF2022
30692Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWPts: 0x0, AdvMiami WOABSR12022
30694Lucas LisboaLucas LisboaWPts: 0x0, AdvMiami WOABS4F2022
30936Nathanael MartinezWN/ALA Open70KGR12022
30940Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosWPts: 4x2LA Open70KGSF2022
32149Samuel NagaiSamuel NagaiWPts: 2x0Brasileiro70KG4F2022
32150Diego SodreDiego SodreWPts: 4x2Brasileiro70KGSF2022
33394Antonio SmithWChoke from backAmerican Nat.70KG4F2022
33467Huthayfah PenneyWRNCAmerican NGN70KGSF2022
33469Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezWRNCAmerican NGN70KGF2022
35015Geo MartinezGeo MartinezWRNCADCC66KGR12022
44945Zach KainaZach KainaWPts: 2x0Sacramento Open70KGF2023
44960Christiano TayfourWStraight ankle lockSacramento OpenABS4F2023
44964Zach KainaZach KainaWPointsSacramento OpenABSSF2023
44973Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraWPts: 2x0Sacramento NGO73KGF2023
45638David WentraubWRNCNoGi World67KGR12023
45845Gairbek IbragimovWRNCAIGA Finals70KGSF2023
45856Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaWAnaconda chokeAIGA Finals70KGF2023
46309Eduardo GranzottoEduardo GranzottoWTriangle armlockEuropean Open70KG8F2024
46316Sebastian SerpaSebastian SerpaWPts: 2x0European Open70KG4F2024
46320Diego SodreDiego SodreWPts: 4x2European Open70KGSF2024
46321Alex SodreAlex SodreWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open70KGF2024

Kennedy Maciel vs Richard Santos

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