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

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC World Championship (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (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 Championship NoGi (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (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 he 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’s 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.

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Matheus Diniz MATCH STATS

Overall Positions

CONQUERED MOVES AVERAGE 1.00

OVERALL CONQUERED

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OPPONENT W/L TOP BOTTOM STAND UP EVENT ROUND YEAR
Manny Diaz W 0 0 1 World RR 2016
Thiago Sa W 1 0 0 World RR 2016
Viking Wong W 2 0 0 World RR 2017
Pierre LeClerc W 3 0 1 Kasai RR 2018
Max Gimenis W 3 0 0 Pans RR 2018
Vegard Randeberg W 1 0 0 World NG RR 2018
Richie Martinez W 2 0 0 Kasai RR 2018
Felipe Mota W 0 0 1 Kasai RR 2018
Michael Perez W 0 0 1 Kasai RR 2018
Lucas Barbosa L 0 2 0 World 4F 2018
Josh Hinger L 1 0 1 World NG RR 2018
Lucas Barbosa W 0 0 1 World 4F 2019
Gabriel Arges W 0 0 1 ADCC 4F 2019
Craig Jones W 0 0 1 ADCC RR 2019
Esdras Barbosa W 3 0 0 Pans RR 2019
Murilo Santana W 0 0 1 Pans 4F 2019
Tarsis Humphreys W 1 0 0 World RR 2019
Pedro Marinho W 1 0 1 ADCC RR 2019
Josh Hinger W 1 0 0 ADCC RR 2019

Matheus Diniz Grappling Record

75 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    29 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    34 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (1%)

34 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
21
7
#86e620
RNC
12
4
#5AD3D1
Wristlock
12
4
#d1212a
Armbar
9
3
#fad11b
Violin armlock
6
2
#f58822
Triangle
6
2
#224aba
Inverted triangle
6
2
#ff9124
Flying triangle
3
1
#bf1f6c
Mata leao
3
1
#22c9a5
Crucifix Choke
3
1
#fad223
Lapel choke
3
1
#03861f
Kimura
3
1
#039a1f
Katagatame
3
1
#03b41f
Bread slicer
3
1
#03c61f
Submission
3
1
#03d61f
Japanese necktie
3
1
#03f61f
Brad cutter choke
3
1
34
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
28 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (18%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (4%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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Armbar
40
2
#86e620
Choke
20
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
20
1
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Matheus Diniz Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6192Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
7252Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 7x4Boca Raton Open88KGF2015
7271Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarBoston Spring Open88KGSF2015
7274Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarBoston Spring OpenABSSF2015
7349Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7452Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x0World Champ.88KG4F2015
8422Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
8478Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 10x2NoGi WorldsABSF2015
9292Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChokePan American88KG8F2016
9655Rustam ChsievLEBI/OTEBI 6ABSSF2016
10006Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x0World Champ.88KG4F2016
10902Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2016
12065Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 6x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12202Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2017
13002Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 7x0World Champ.ABS8F2017
13162Leandro LoLeandro LoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2017
13410Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League94KGSPF2017
15296Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22018
15371Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGSF2018
16507Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2018
17389Craig JonesCraig JonesLReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
18565Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 8x5NoGi Worlds85KGSF2018
19257Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 3x0Spyder Inv.100KGSF2019
19259A. MunisLReferee DecisionSpyder Inv.100KG3RD2019
19516Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KGSF2019
20330Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLReferee DecisionF2W 11288KGSPF2019
20535Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGSF2019
23817Gordon RyanGordon RyanLInside heel hookWNO 4ABSSPF2020
24139Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ Stars 486KG4F2020
7251Diego GamonalWArmbarBoca Raton Open88KGSF2015
7256Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWChoke from backBoca Raton OpenABS4F2015
7259Diego GamonalWTriangleBoca Raton OpenABSSF2015
7260Ricardo BastosWWristlockBoca Raton OpenABSF2015
7270Jordan LutskyWArmbarBoston Spring Open88KG4F2015
7272Renan BorgesWInverted triangleBoston Spring OpenABS4F2015
7641C. HarasztiWFlying triangleNY Summer Open88KG4F2015
7642Brian BeautyWChoke from backNY Summer Open88KGF2015
7649Chris HarasztiWDQNY Summer OpenABSSF2015
7656Todd BrandonWInverted triangleNY No Gi Open94KGSF2015
7657Neiman GracieWPts: 2x0NY No Gi Open94KGF2015
7660Jason LeesWPts: 40x0NY No Gi OpenABSSF2015
7661Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWPts: 8x2NY No Gi OpenABSF2015
8161Thomas LoubersanesWPts: 8x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF2015
8171David RaabDavid RaabWRNCNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2015
8176Gybson SáWPts: 4x0NoGi Pan AmsABSSF2015
8177Garry TononGarry TononWWristlockNoGi Pan AmsABSF2015
8421Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8449Nicholas LiaskosWMata leaoNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8458Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12015
8474Steven PattersonWCrucifix ChokeNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8477Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2015
9285Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 13x0Pan American88KGR12016
9647Lucas RochaLucas RochaWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSR12016
9652Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWViolin armlockEBI 6ABS4F2016
9993Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR12016
10001Manny DiazManny DiazWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG8F2016
10250Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWLapel chokeNY Summer OpenABSSF2016
10251Diego RamosWWristlockNY Summer Open88KGRR2016
10252Diego RamosWViolin armlockNY Summer Open88KGRR2016
10260Daniel MehrkarWTriangleNY NoGi OpenABS4F2016
10261Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 8x0NY NoGi OpenABSSF2016
10262Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 5x0NY NoGi OpenABSF2016
10381Todd MueckenheimWPointsBoston SIO94KGF2016
10383James QuinlanWKimuraBoston SIOABS4F2016
10385Lucas ValleWChoke from backBoston SIOABSSF2016
10898Kit DaleKit DaleWRNCNoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
12055Joseph MokuWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12017
12195Roberto TorralbasWPts: 5x0Pan American94KG8F2017
12200Nick SchrockNick SchrockWPts: 5x0Pan American94KG4F2017
12365Nicolas PenzerWKatagatameNY Spring Open94KGSF2017
12366Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWChoke from backNY Spring Open94KGF2017
12994Viking WongWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR12017
13152Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
14997Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWBread slicerAtlanta W. Open88KGSF2018
15005Charles McguireWWristlockAtlanta W. OpenABS4F2018
15006Joshua BacallaoWArmbarAtlanta W. OpenABSSF2018
15150Olivier Kee-SengWPts: 11x0Continental Pro85KG4F2018
15153Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWReferee DecisionContinental Pro85KGSF2018
15154Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWSubmissionContinental Pro85KGF2018
15286Max GimenisMax GimenisWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12018
15366Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG4F2018
15817Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWPts: 7x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15818Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15820Pierre LeclercWJapanese necktieKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15823Michael PerezMichael PerezWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGF2018
16498Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWBrad cutter chokeWorld Champ.88KGR12018
16501C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
18335Daniel StraussWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 3ABSSPF2018
18557Vegard RandebergWDQNoGi Worlds85KGR22018
18563Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KG4F2018
19255Hyungcheul KimWPts: 13x0Spyder Inv.100KG4F2019
19509Esdras BarbosaWChoke from backPan American88KG8F2019
19512Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KG4F2019
20294Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaWReferee DecisionF2W 11185KGSPF2019
20526Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 3x0World Champ.88KGR22019
20532Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2019
20723Craig JonesCraig JonesWPointsThird Coast85KGSPF2019
21238Josh HingerJosh HingerWRNCKasai Pro 686KGSPF2019
21688P. MarinhoWPts: 5x0ADCC88KGR12019
21692Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWReferee DecisionADCC88KG4F2019
21732Josh HingerJosh HingerWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGSF2019
21734Craig JonesCraig JonesWPts: 2x0ADCC88KGF2019
23029Angelo ClaiborneAngelo ClaiborneWChoke from backAtlanta WO88KGSF2020
23030Joseph WatsonWPts: 3x0Atlanta WO88KGF2020

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