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Matheus Diniz is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under the illustrious Marcelo Garcia, being part of an incredible generation of athletes produced by the respected grappling coach, a generation that included competitors such as Dillon Danis, Dominika Obelenyte, Jonathan Satava, Marcus Tinoco, and Mansher Khera. Diniz made a name for himself in the sport, competing in the brown belt division, where he conquered important titles such as the World No-Gi and Pan American.

Matheus Diniz Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Matheus Oliveira Diniz

Nickname: Growing up Mathias had different nicknames, but “Gorilla” is the one that stood for longest. The name is used jokingly due to Diniz’s posture as he walks.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Fabio Gurgel >Marcelo Garcia > Matheus Diniz

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship (2015**)
  • 1st Place Kasai Pro 185 lbs Grand Prix (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Summer Open (2015**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York No-Gi Summer Open (2015**)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2015*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2015 / 2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan American Championship (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2016 / 2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2013 / 2014 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2015** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Spring Open (2014** brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2012 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2014 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Position/Technique: “Blitz” Style Guard Passing

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88kg/194lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance – Marcelo Garcia

Matheus Diniz Biography

Matheus Diniz was born on the 8th of April, 1993 in Uberlandia, state of Minas Gerais – Brazil. At a very young age Diniz moved further down south in the state, to the town of Formiga – the birthplace of the man who would award him his black belt later in life: Marcelo Garcia.

Capoeira was Matheus’ first contact with martial arts, a style he started at school when he was 10 years old. Growing up Diniz was somewhat of a troublemaker, this characteristic ended up getting him expelled from school, which put a stop to the capoeira classes. It was also this behavior that led him to jiu-jitsu in 2008.

At the age of 15, during high school, Matheus Diniz heard of a kid from a “rival” neighborhood who disliked him and wanted to fight. He knew the boy and knew that he trained jiu-jitsu at a local academy, so decided to head down to this academy and meet the kid face to face, hoping to settle the score at his gym. The jiu-jitsu instructor there didn’t allow the fight to take place and told Matheus: “No one is fighting here, from now on you will train together and become friends”. This was Diniz’ first contact with his (soon to be) first coach, Rodrigo Ranieri.

After a few years training with Ranieri, and after receiving his blue belt, Matheus Diniz followed a similar path to that of Formiga’s most accomplished grappler (Marcelo Garcia), moving to Poços de Caldas, almost 300 kilometers away from his home, to lead the life of a jiu-jitsu athlete, living at Paulo Rezende‘s academy while training full time.

Coach Paulo Rezende awarded Diniz his purple and brown belts. Throughout this process, Matheus became acquainted with Garcia. Both were from the town of Formiga, and both started their full-time jiu-jitsu careers with Master Rezende. Marcelo saw great potential in Matheus and often paid for his travel expenses and tournament fees. When Matheus reached his brown belt, Marcelo invited him to come and continue his evolution at Garcia’s gym in New York.

At the MG academy, Diniz’ jiu-jitsu flourished, with his brown belt campaign bringing Matheus plenty of media attention, as well as a legion of fans. On April 2015 Matheus Diniz was awarded his black belt by Marcelo Garcia.

Matheus Diniz Position For Submission Instructional

Matheus Diniz Grappling Record

69 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    25 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    33 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (1%)

33 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
18
6
#86e620
Wristlock
12
4
#5AD3D1
RNC
12
4
#d1212a
Armbar
9
3
#fad11b
Triangle
6
2
#f58822
Inverted triangle
6
2
#224aba
Violin armlock
6
2
#ff9124
Japanese necktie
3
1
#bf1f6c
Brad cutter choke
3
1
#22c9a5
Flying triangle
3
1
#fad223
Mata leao
3
1
#03861f
Crucifix Choke
3
1
#039a1f
Lapel choke
3
1
#03b41f
Kimura
3
1
#03c61f
Katagatame
3
1
#03d61f
Bread slicer
3
1
#03f61f
Submission
3
1
33
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (15%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (19%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (4%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
50
2
#86e620
Choke
25
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Matheus Diniz Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6181Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
7232Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 7x4Boca Raton Open88KGF2015
7251Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarBoston Spring Open88KGSF2015
7254Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarBoston Spring OpenABSSF2015
7329Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7432Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x0World Champ.88KG4F2015
8402Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
8458Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 10x2NoGi WorldsABSF2015
9260Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChokePan American88KG8F2016
9617Rustam ChsievLEBI/OTEBI 6ABSSF2016
9968Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x0World Champ.88KG4F2016
10857Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2016
11979Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 6x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12116Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2017
12899Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 7x0World Champ.ABS8F2017
13059Leandro LoLeandro LoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2017
13299Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League94KGSPF2017
15141Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22018
15216Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGSF2018
16327Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2018
17168Craig JonesCraig JonesLReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
18291Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 8x5NoGi Worlds85KGSF2018
18940Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 3x0Spyder Inv.100KGSF2019
18942A. MunisLReferee DecisionSpyder Inv.100KG3RD2019
19183Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KGSF2019
19972Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11288KGSPF2019
20169Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGSF2019
7231Diego GamonalWArmbarBoca Raton Open88KGSF2015
7236Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWChoke from backBoca Raton OpenABS4F2015
7239Diego GamonalWTriangleBoca Raton OpenABSSF2015
7240Ricardo BastosWWristlockBoca Raton OpenABSF2015
7250Jordan LutskyWArmbarBoston Spring Open88KG4F2015
7252Renan BorgesWInverted triangleBoston Spring OpenABS4F2015
7621C. HarasztiWFlying triangleNY Summer Open88KG4F2015
7622Brian BeautyWChoke from backNY Summer Open88KGF2015
7629Chris HarasztiWDQNY Summer OpenABSSF2015
7636Todd BrandonWInverted triangleNY No Gi Open94KGSF2015
7637Neiman GracieWPts: 2x0NY No Gi Open94KGF2015
7640Jason LeesWPts: 40x0NY No Gi OpenABSSF2015
7641Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWPts: 8x2NY No Gi OpenABSF2015
8141Thomas LoubersanesWPts: 8x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF2015
8151David RaabDavid RaabWRNCNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2015
8156Gybson SáWPts: 4x0NoGi Pan AmsABSSF2015
8157Garry TononGarry TononWWristlockNoGi Pan AmsABSF2015
8401Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8429Nicholas LiaskosWMata leaoNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8438Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12015
8454Steven PattersonWCrucifix ChokeNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8457Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2015
9253Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 13x0Pan American88KGR12016
9609Lucas RochaLucas RochaWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSR12016
9614Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWViolin armlockEBI 6ABS4F2016
9955Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR12016
9963Manny DiazManny DiazWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG8F2016
10207Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWLapel chokeNY Summer OpenABSSF2016
10208Diego RamosWWristlockNY Summer Open88KGRR2016
10209Diego RamosWViolin armlockNY Summer Open88KGRR2016
10217Daniel MehrkarWTriangleNY NoGi OpenABS4F2016
10218Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 8x0NY NoGi OpenABSSF2016
10219Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 5x0NY NoGi OpenABSF2016
10338Todd MueckenheimWPointsBoston SIO94KGF2016
10340James QuinlanWKimuraBoston SIOABS4F2016
10342Lucas ValleWChoke from backBoston SIOABSSF2016
10853Kit DaleKit DaleWRNCNoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
11969Joseph MokuWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12017
12109Roberto TorralbasWPts: 5x0Pan American94KG8F2017
12114Nick SchrockNick SchrockWPts: 5x0Pan American94KG4F2017
12276Nicolas PenzerWKatagatameNY Spring Open94KGSF2017
12277Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWChoke from backNY Spring Open94KGF2017
12891Viking WongWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR12017
13049Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
14841Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWBread slicerAtlanta W. Open88KGSF2018
14849Charles McguireWWristlockAtlanta W. OpenABS4F2018
14850Joshua BacallaoWArmbarAtlanta W. OpenABSSF2018
14994Olivier Kee-SengWPts: 11x0Continental Pro85KG4F2018
14997Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWReferee DecisionContinental Pro85KGSF2018
14998Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWSubmissionContinental Pro85KGF2018
15131Max GimenisMax GimenisWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12018
15211Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG4F2018
15648Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWPts: 7x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15649Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15651Pierre LeclercWJapanese necktieKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15654Michael PerezMichael PerezWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGF2018
16318Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWBrad cutter chokeWorld Champ.88KGR12018
16321C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
18075Daniel StraussWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 3ABSSPF2018
18283Vegard RandebergWDQNoGi Worlds85KGR22018
18289Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KG4F2018
18938Hyungcheul KimWPts: 13x0Spyder Inv.100KG4F2019
19176Esdras BarbosaWChoke from backPan American88KG8F2019
19179Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KG4F2019
19936Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11185KGSPF2019
20160Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 3x0World Champ.88KGR22019
20166Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2019
20352Craig JonesCraig JonesWPointsThird Coast85KGSPF2019
20813Josh HingerJosh HingerWRNCKasai Pro 686KGSPF2019

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