Marcus Antelante is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa, and former student of André “Negão” Terêncio, who is known as one of the strongest middleweights of his generation. A representative of the Soul Fighters Academy, Marcus Antelante moved to the US in 2011 where he established himself as a top competitor in the Master division, winning titles such as the Pan American and No-Gi Worlds.
Full Name: Marcus Vinícius Costa Antelante
Nickname: Marcus is often mentioned as “Sonk”. The name has been associated with Antelante since his childhood, though the reasons behind it are not known.
- IBJJF Pan American Champion (2015 Master 1)
- IBJJF World No Gi Champion (2015 Master 1)
- IBJJF American Nationals Champion (2016 Master 1, 2015** Master 1)
- IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi Champion (2016 Master 1)
- IBJJF New York Pro Champion (2014 Master 1)
- IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open Champion (2015 Master 1)
- IBJJF Houston International Open Champion (2016/2015 Master 1)
- All Star Tournament Santa Cruz Champion (2014**)
- IBJJF American Cup Champion (2016)
- Fight 2 Win Pro Dallas Superfight Champion (2016)
- BJJ Tour Texas Runner-up (2016)
- IBJJF World Masters Championship 3rd Place (2018 Master 1)
- IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2016 Master 1)
** Weight and absolute
Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard
Weight Division: Peso Médio (82kg/181lbs)
Team/Association: Soul Fighters
Marcus Antelante Biography
Marcus Antelante was born on May 16, 1984 in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil, growing up between the Mangueira and the Tijuca neighbourhoods.
Although Marcus started practising taekwondo during his school days, his wild behaviour got him suspended at the age of 8. Upset with the suspension, Marcus chose not to return to the korean striking martial art. 6 years later Antelante made his comeback to combat sports, starting his grappling experience through the Brazilian catch wrestling style of luta livre esportiva (LLE). Shortly after that first LLE experience he signed on to jiu jitsu classes.
Although jiu jitsu was just as famous as football in Marcus’ neighbourhood, it took him 15 years to give the martial art a try, though once he started, Antelante never stopped training. André Terencio was his very first coach, one of the top instructors in the country. It was André who guided Marcus throughout his lower belt career, grading the Tijuca grappling prospect from white to brown belt.
As a brown belt Marcus Antelante joined forces with the Soul Fighters (SF) academy. It was through his SF coach, Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa that Marcus had his first opportunity to work as a jiu jitsu coach on North American land. This happened in 2010 when Antelante worked at American Top Team in Atlanta, as a substitute coach for Roan Carneiro (Jucao) for a few months, after competing at the IBJJF Pan American and World Championships.
The following year Marcus returned to the US to compete at the World Championships. There he prepared for the famous jiu jitsu tournament at Caio Terra‘s training camp, where he met a gym owner who was looking for a high level instructor to coach at his gym in San Antonio (Texas). After analysing the proposal, Antelante decided to accept the position, bringing his wife Victoria to the US.
Although Antelante’s experience in San Antonio was short lived, Marcus soon got back on his feet, settling in Dallas – TX where he ran his academy, Soul Fighters DFW.
Marcus Antelante vs. Thomas Williams
Marcus Antelante vs Nathan Brunette