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Matheus Diniz

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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:

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

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World No Gi Champion (2014/2013 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2015** brown)
  • IBJJF New York Spring International Open Champion (2014** brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2012 purple)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (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 behaviour 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” neighbourhood 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 Grappling Record

64 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    31 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (2%)

31 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
19
6
#86e620
Wristlock
13
4
#5AD3D1
Armbar
10
3
#d1212a
RNC
10
3
#fad11b
Triangle
6
2
#f58822
Inverted triangle
6
2
#224aba
Violin armlock
6
2
#ff9124
Bread slicer
3
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
3
1
#22c9a5
Japanese necktie
3
1
#fad223
Brad cutter choke
3
1
#03861f
Flying triangle
3
1
#039a1f
Crussifix Choke
3
1
#03b41f
Lapel choke
3
1
#03c61f
Kimura
3
1
#03d61f
Katagatame
3
1
31
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
24 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (17%)
  • 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
6174Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
7225Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 7x4Boca Raton Open88KGF2015
7244Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarBoston Spring Open88KGSF2015
7247Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarBoston Spring OpenABSSF2015
7322Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7425Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x0World Champ.88KG4F2015
8395Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
8451Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 10x2NoGi WorldsABSF2015
9253Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChokePan American88KG8F2016
9610Rustam ChsievLEBI/OTEBI 6ABSSF2016
9961Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x0World Champ.88KG4F2016
10850Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2016
11971Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 6x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12108Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2017
12891Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 7x0World Champ.ABS8F2017
13051Leandro LoLeandro LoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2017
13291Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League94KGSPF2017
15089Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22018
15164Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGSF2018
16241Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2018
17073Craig JonesCraig JonesLReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
18176Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 8x5NoGi Worlds85KGSF2018
18795Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 3x0Spyder Inv.100KGSF2019
18797A. MunisLReferee DecisionSpyder Inv.100KG3RD2019
19028Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KGSF2019
7224Diego GamonalWArmbarBoca Raton Open88KGSF2015
7229Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWChoke from backBoca Raton OpenABS4F2015
7232Diego GamonalWTriangleBoca Raton OpenABSSF2015
7233Ricardo BastosWWristlockBoca Raton OpenABSF2015
7243Jordan LutskyWArmbarBoston Spring Open88KG4F2015
7245Renan BorgesWInverted triangleBoston Spring OpenABS4F2015
7614C. HarasztiWFlying triangleNY Summer Open88KG4F2015
7615Brian BeautyWChoke from backNY Summer Open88KGF2015
7622Chris HarasztiWDQNY Summer OpenABSSF2015
7629Todd BrandonWInverted triangleNY No Gi Open94KGSF2015
7630Neiman GracieWPts: 2x0NY No Gi Open94KGF2015
7633Jason LeesWPts: 40x0NY No Gi OpenABSSF2015
7634Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWPts: 8x2NY No Gi OpenABSF2015
8134Thomas LoubersanesWPts: 8x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF2015
8144David RaabDavid RaabWRNCNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2015
8149Gybson SáWPts: 4x0NoGi Pan AmsABSSF2015
8150Garry TononGarry TononWWristlockNoGi Pan AmsABSF2015
8394Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8422Nicholas LiaskosWN/ANoGi WorldsABSR12015
8431Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12015
8447Steven PattersonWCrussifix ChokeNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8450Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2015
9246Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 13x0Pan American88KGR12016
9602Lucas RochaLucas RochaWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSR12016
9607Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWViolin armlockEBI 6ABS4F2016
9948Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR12016
9956Manny DiazManny DiazWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG8F2016
10200Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWLapel chokeNY Summer OpenABSSF2016
10201Diego RamosWWristlockNY Summer Open88KGRR2016
10202Diego RamosWViolin armlockNY Summer Open88KGRR2016
10210Daniel MehrkarWTriangleNY NoGi OpenABS4F2016
10211Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 8x0NY NoGi OpenABSSF2016
10212Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 5x0NY NoGi OpenABSF2016
10331Todd MueckenheimWPointsBoston SIO94KGF2016
10333James QuinlanWKimuraBoston SIOABS4F2016
10335Lucas ValleWChoke from backBoston SIOABSSF2016
10846Kit DaleKit DaleWRNCNoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
11961Joseph MokuWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12017
12101Roberto TorralbasWPts: 5x0Pan American94KG8F2017
12106Nick SchrockNick SchrockWPts: 5x0Pan American94KG4F2017
12268Nicolas PenzerWKatagatameNY Spring Open94KGSF2017
12269Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWChoke from backNY Spring Open94KGF2017
12883Viking WongWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR12017
13041Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
14803Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWBread slicerAtlanta W. Open88KGSF2018
14811Charles McguireWWristlockAtlanta W. OpenABS4F2018
14812Joshua BacallaoWArmbarAtlanta W. OpenABSSF2018
14954Olivier Kee-SengWPts: 11x0Continental Pro85KG4F2018
14957Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWReferee DecisionContinental Pro85KGSF2018
14958Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWSubmissionContinental Pro85KGF2018
15079Max GimenisMax GimenisWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12018
15159Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG4F2018
15578Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWPts: 7x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15579Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15581Pierre LeclercWJapanese necktieKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15584Michael PerezMichael PerezWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGF2018
16232Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWBrad cutter chokeWorld Champ.88KGR12018
16235C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
17962Daniel StraussWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 3ABSSPF2018
18168Vegard RandebergWDQNoGi Worlds85KGR22018
18174Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KG4F2018
18793Hyungcheul KimWPts: 13x0Spyder Inv.100KG4F2019
19021Esdras BarbosaWChoke from backPan American88KG8F2019
19024Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KG4F2019

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