Lucas Rodrigues is a professional grappler from Brazil and a jiu-jitsu black belt under Guilherme Mendes (Art Of Jiu-Jitsu [AOJ], Costa Mesa, California, USA) who also worked extensively with Alan do Nascimento “Finfou” at the Allstars Training Center (Stockholm, Sweden). Rodrigues first gained notoriety in the colored belt divisions of the sport where he conquered the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World titles in the blue and purple belt divisions, a good form he carried through to the pro division. Lucas is also the older brother of another jiu-jitsu ace, Mateus Rodrigues.
Lucas Rodrigues Jiu-Jitsu
Full Name: Lucas Batista Rodrigues
- 1st Place IBJJF European Open NOGI (2022)
Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
- 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 purple)
- 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2016 blue, 2017 purple)
- 1st Place IBJJF European Open NOGI (2019 brown)
- 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2020 brown)
- 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2019/ 2021 brown)
- 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2018 brown)
Main Achievements (Juvenile):
- 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2014)
- 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2015)
- 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2015)
Favorite Position/Technique: Guard
Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168.0 lbs)
Team/Association: Art Of Jiu-Jitsu (AOJ)
Lucas Rodrigues Biography
Lucas Rodrigues was born on January 07, 1998, in the city of São Paulo, but moved to Curitiba in the Brazilian state of Paraná, as a toddler.
Well-known to the martial arts community for being the birthplace of the Chute-Boxe Academy, a groundbreaking gym from the Pride FC era of mixed martial arts, is Curitiba. The city where Rodrigues grew up and the place where Lucas’s father, Silvio Rodrigues, also known as “Urutum”, developed as a cage-fighter.
The proximity to their father and the Chute-Boxe training environment soon led Lucas and his younger brother Mateus Rodrigues to start training, joining the team’s extensive MMA program with striking, wrestling, and jiu-jitsu classes, the latter with coach Goiti Yamaguchi.
The two brothers gradually became more attracted to jiu-jitsu than the striking portions of their training, keeping their focus on the mats though with wildly diverging idols. Mateus became obsessed with the Mendes Brothers after coach Yamaguchi showed him an instructional DVD set by Guilherme and Rafael Mendes. At the same time, Lucas was a bigger fan of Rodolfo Vieira and Leandro Lo’s style of grappling.
Mateus’ fascination for the Mendes Brothers had him sending several (unanswered at first) messages to the duo via social media, asking for an opportunity to train at their Art Of Jiu-Jitsu training center in Costa Mesa, California. The Rodrigues brothers also visited NS Brotherhood’s gym in their quest for a more challenging gym they could find, but ultimately decided against moving to São Paulo.
In 2016 while doing the IBJJF World No-Gi camp, Lucas met Alan “Finfou” Nascimento, who invited him to move to Sweden and train at his academy there. Lucas accepted the offer, moving at the start of 2017, around the same time his brother’s request to join AOJ’s juvenile program (Believe & Achieve) was finally read and accepted.
While at AOJ, Mateus Rodrigues spoke to coach Guilherme about his brother, Lucas. Mendes also invited the older Rodrigues, an offer that – after discussing the opportunity with Finfou – Lucas agreed to accept.
Although training at and representing AOJ on the international circuit, Lucas Rodrigues always maintained a close relationship with Alan Finfou‘s team and Sweden, spreading his time between Brazil, the USA, and the Scandinavian country. During these times, Rodrigues met a student of Nascimento, whom he married in 2019.
The good form shown by Lucas Rodrigues throughout his colored belt career, eventually led to his black belt promotion, from the hands of Guilherme Mendes, on December 2021.
Lucas Rodrigues Grappling Record
- BY DQ
11 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
0 SUBMISSION LOSSES
Lucas Rodrigues Fight History
|33126||Sebastian Palmdahl||W||Pts: 17x0||BJJ Nation||NA||SPF||2022|
|33129||Gabriel Azevedo||W||Triangle||Floripa WO||70KG||4F||2022|
|33130||Carlos Eduardo||W||Choke from back||Floripa WO||70KG||SF||2022|
|33131||Rafael Nascimento||W||Pts: 12x2||Floripa WO||70KG||F||2022|
|35513||Aleksandr Cassen||W||RNC||Finnish open||NA||4F||2022|
|35514||Kim Lipsanen||W||Armbar||Finnish open||NA||SF||2022|
|35515||Roni Silvennoimen||W||Armbar||Finnish open||NA||F||2022|
|35518||Ben Thompson||W||Armbar||London FO||76KG||4F||2022|
|35521||Sean White||W||Cross choke||London FO||76KG||SF||2022|
|35522||Leon LarmanLeon Larman||W||Pts: 2x2, Adv||London FO||76KG||F||2022|
|35932||Hanhee Kim||W||Triangle armlock||European NG||73KG||R1||2022|
|35938||Romao Carvalho||W||Guillotine||European NG||73KG||4F||2022|
|35940||Marcus PhelanMarcus Phelan||W||Triangle||European NG||73KG||SF||2022|
|35942||Ilias Dikelis||W||Inside heel hook||European NG||73KG||F||2022|