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Mateus Rodrigues

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Mateus Rodrigues de Souza is a professional jiu-jitsu athlete and a black belt under Guilherme Mendes who represents the Art Of Jiu-Jitsu (AOJ) Academy in the sport’s international circuit. Mateus Rodrigues became one of the most recognizable faces in grappling while competing on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit in the colored belt divisions, where he earned World (gi and no-gi) as well as Pan American titles. Rodrigues is also the son of former NHB fighter Silvio Rodrigues and the younger brother of another prolific jiu-jitsu athlete, Lucas Rodrigues.

Mateus Rodrigues Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Mateus Rodrigues de Souza

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie Carlson Gracie > André Pederneiras > Ramon Lemos > Guilherme Mendes > Mateus Rodrigues

Main Achievements:

  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2024)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2018** blue, 2021 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2019 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2018** blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2019 purple, 2021 brown)

Main Achievements (Teen / Juvenile):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 / 2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2017**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2016**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2017**)
  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2017)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2014 / 2015)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2016)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2016*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2017*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016)

Favorite Position/Technique: Omoplata / Well-Rounded

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82,30 kg / 181.5 lbs) and Meio Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Art Of Jiu-Jitsu (AOJ)

Mateus Rodrigues Biography

Mateus Rodrigues was born on May 19, 2000, in Curitiba, the capital of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná.

The city of Curitiba is well-known in the martial arts world for being the birthplace of the Chute-Boxe Academy, a groundbreaking gym in mixed martial arts, and one of the most important talent stables in the history of that sport. Chute-Boxe is also the team that produced No Holds Barred pioneer Silvio Rodrigues, also known as “Urutum”, one of the first athletes developed by the squad, who is also Mateus’ father.

Growing up in a gym environment, it didn’t take long for Mateus and his older brother Lucas to start practicing combat sports. Boxing, Muay Thai, and Jiu-Jitsu were all part of the Rodrigues brothers’ upbringing. For Mateus, however, a loss suffered at the age of 9 in a jiu-jitsu tournament led his competitive nature to come out. From that moment forward Rodrigues decided to focus on developing his grappling skills above all else.

While climbing the jiu-jitsu ladder in the kids, teen, and juvenile divisions, Rodrigues worked with a number of instructors while admiring coach Guilherme Mendes‘ work from a distance. His admiration for the work done by Gui at the Art Of Jiu-Jitsu Academy Kids Program in California led the young Paraná native to email Mendes on a few occasions, asking the renowned instructor for a chance to train with his team. The requests were not answered at the time.

Time went passed and in 2016 Mateus’ career started picking up some traction on the international stage as the juvenile athlete conquered IBJJF World and South American titles as well as a silver medal at the No-Gi Worlds. The success found on the mats was met with a message by Guilherme Mendes replying to Rodrigues’ old messages, offering to take the young athlete under his program. An ecstatic Mateus immediately contacted his father and the two agreed this was a positive change for Rodrigues’ career. 6 weeks after the initial contact, Mateus Rodrigues moved to the United States to work at AOJ.

Arriving as a juvenile blue belt, Mateus Rodrigues immediately made an impact in the sport. conquering many medals and all his following belts from Guilherme Mendes, this included his black belt promotion in a ceremony that took place in December 2021.

Mateus Rodrigues Grappling Record

    44 (68%)
    6 (9%)
    11 (17%)
    4 (6%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Toe hold
Brabo choke
Verbal tap
    4 (20%)
    3 (15%)
    5 (25%)
    8 (40%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Clock choke
Choke from back

Mateus Rodrigues Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
32957Sean CoatesLTriangleWorld Champ.88KGR12022
33869Sergio RiosSergio RiosLClock chokePhoenix Open88KGF2022
34237Rafael FeitosaLPts: 2x2, AdvSta Cruz Open88KGF2022
36213Rafael AnjosRafael AnjosLReferee DecisionNashville Open94KGF2022
37946Yan LucasYan LucasLReferee DecisionDallas OpenABSF2023
38017Austin BakerAustin BakerLChokeLA OpenO100KGF2023
38034Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLReferee DecisionLA OpenABSSF2023
38503Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLPts: 2x0Pan American88KG4F2023
39959Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionHouston Open88KG4F2023
40402Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG8F2023
41279Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLReferee DecisionAmerican NatsABS4F2023
41757Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTrianglePhoenix Open94KGSF2023
41878Pedro MachadoPedro MachadoLPts: 2x2, AdvSDiego SMO94KGSF2023
41887Caio ViniciusCaio ViniciusLPts: 4x2SDiego SMOABS4F2023
42429Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvJJ Con94KGF2023
42443Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionJJ ConABSF2023
44037Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 18x0OC OpenABSF2023
46555Yan LucasYan LucasLReferee DecisionAustin WOABSF2024
47960Uanderson FerreiraUanderson FerreiraLChoke from backPan American88KGF2024
48635Inacio SantosLReferee DecisionNashville OpenABSF2024
30106Angel CiceroWPts: 6x0Oklahoma Open88KGF2022
30955Rafael AnjosRafael AnjosWChoke from backLA Open88KG4F2022
30957Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, AdvLA Open88KGF2022
33867Thiago AsoWToe holdPhoenix Open88KGSF2022
34235Anaue PavanelloWPts: 4x2Sta Cruz Open88KGSF2022
36211Clay MayfieldWPts: 2x0Nashville Open94KGSF2022
36214Clay MayfieldWPts: 16x0Nashville OpenABS4F2022
36218Lucas BritoWPts: 4x2Nashville OpenABSSF2022
36219Chris PassarrelloWPts: 14x0Nashville OpenABSF2022
37797Rafael SilvaWPts: 2x0Memphis Open94KG4F2023
37801Zane SpruceWReferee DecisionMemphis Open94KGSF2023
37802Caio ViniciusCaio ViniciusWReferee DecisionMemphis Open94KGF2023
37945Rafael SilvaWChoke from backDallas OpenABS4F2023
38016Joshua GuerraWPts: 11x0LA OpenO100KGSF2023
38026Paulo LanzillottiWPts: 2x0LA OpenABSR12023
38030Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPts: 2x0LA OpenABS4F2023
38485Clay MayfieldWArmbarPan American88KGR12023
38496Uanderson FerreiraUanderson FerreiraWPts: 2x0Pan American88KG8F2023
39957Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasWPts: 3x2Houston Open88KGR12023
40394Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoWToe holdWorld Champ.88KGR12023
41276Thiago AndradeWPts: 2x0American NatsABSR12023
41765Josh GuerraWPts: 7x0Phoenix OpenABSR12023
41771Lucas NoratLucas NoratWPts: 4x0Phoenix OpenABSSF2023
41772Austin BakerAustin BakerWPts: 0x0, AdvPhoenix OpenABSF2023
41877Marcos LopesWPts: 9x0SDiego SMO94KG4F2023
42427Caio ViniciusCaio ViniciusWPts: 6x4JJ Con94KG4F2023
42440Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiWPts: 10x2JJ ConABS4F2023
42441Michael RoyWBrabo chokeJJ ConABSSF2023
44023Caio ViniciusCaio ViniciusWPts: 0x0, AdvOC Open94KGSF2023
44024Gabriel MachadoWVerbal tapOC Open94KGF2023
44034Zane SpruceWPts: 8x0OC OpenABS4F2023
44035Eduardo GranzottoEduardo GranzottoWPts: 0x0, AdvOC OpenABS4F2023
44991Christiano TayfourWChoke from backSacramento Open94KGSF2023
44992Thiago AndradeWN/ASacramento Open94KGF2023
45000Wallison OliveiraWN/ASacramento OpenABSSF2023
45002Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielWReferee DecisionSacramento OpenABSF2023
45017Shawn HoehneWN/ASacramento NGO91KGSF2023
45018Colby BartholmeyWN/ASacramento NGO91KGF2023
45022Benjamin SilvaWN/ASacramento NGOABS4F2023
45026Eliot KellyEliot KellyWN/ASacramento NGOABSSF2023
45027Martin GonzalezWN/ASacramento NGOABSF2023
46201Christophe VandijckWPts: 6x0S Jose Open94KGSF2024
46202Fabio AlanoFabio AlanoWPts: 2x0S Jose Open94KGF2024
46210Kristof SzucsKristof SzucsWPts: 2x0S Jose OpenABS4F2024
46213Alehander MarianoAlehander MarianoWPts: 0x0, AdvS Jose OpenABSSF2024
46215Caio ViniciusCaio ViniciusWPts: 5x0S Jose OpenABSF2024
46542Marlon TanakaWPts: 2x0Austin WO94KGRR2024
46544Rafael FernandoWPts: 6x2Austin WO94KGF2024
46550Carlos HenriqueCarlos HenriqueWPts: 0x0, AdvAustin WOABS4F2024
46554Felipe CostaFelipe CostaWReferee DecisionAustin WOABSSF2024
46901Filipe PimentelWN/ASacramento Open94KGSF2024
46902Paulo MerlinWChoke from backSacramento Open94KGF2024
46906Jefferson VericimoWN/ASacramento OpenABS4F2024
46908Caio ViniciusCaio ViniciusWN/ASacramento OpenABSSF2024
46910Paulo MerlinWPts: 8x0Sacramento OpenABSF2024
47374Hoanui VanaaWPts: 6x0LA Open94KGSF2024
47375Filipe PimentelWPts: 4x0LA Open94KGF2024
47381Matheus GomesWN/ALA OpenABS4F2024
47385Gabriel OliveiraGabriel OliveiraWN/ALA OpenABSF2024
47953Carlos CastroWPts: 2x0Pan American88KG8F2024
47957Servio TulioServio TulioWPts: 8x2Pan American88KG4F2024
47959Erick DiovanoWChoke from backPan American88KGSF2024
48619Marcelo MontoroWChoke from backNashville Open94KGSF2024
48621Dayvison CaladoWN/ANashville Open94KGF2024
48631Guilherme HiguchiWPts: 3x0Nashville OpenABS4F2024
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