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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
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
Pierre LeClerc W 3 0 1 Kasai RR 2018
Max Gimenis W 3 0 0 Pans RR 2018
Gabriel Arges W 0 0 1 ADCC 4F 2019
Craig Jones W 0 0 1 ADCC RR 2019
Murilo Santana W 0 0 1 Pans 4F 2019
Esdras Barbosa W 3 0 0 Pans RR 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
Lucas Barbosa W 0 0 1 World 4F 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
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
Lapel choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura
3
1
#22c9a5
Katagatame
3
1
#fad223
Bread slicer
3
1
#03861f
Submission
3
1
#039a1f
Japanese necktie
3
1
#03b41f
Brad cutter choke
3
1
#03c61f
Flying triangle
3
1
#03d61f
Mata leao
3
1
#03f61f
Crucifix Choke
3
1
34
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
30 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (3%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
33
2
#86e620
Choke
17
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
17
1
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
17
1
#fad11b
Calf slicer
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Matheus Diniz Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6201Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
7261Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 7x4Boca Raton Open88KGF2015
7280Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarBoston Spring Open88KGSF2015
7283Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarBoston Spring OpenABSSF2015
7358Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7461Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x0World Champ.88KG4F2015
8431Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
8487Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 10x2NoGi WorldsABSF2015
9301Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChokePan American88KG8F2016
9664Rustam ChsievLEBI/OTEBI 6ABSSF2016
10015Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x0World Champ.88KG4F2016
10911Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2016
12074Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 6x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12211Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2017
13011Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 7x0World Champ.ABS8F2017
13171Leandro LoLeandro LoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2017
13419Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League94KGSPF2017
15314Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22018
15389Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGSF2018
16525Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2018
17407Craig JonesCraig JonesLReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
18590Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 8x5NoGi Worlds85KGSF2018
19289Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 3x0Spyder Inv.100KGSF2019
19291A. MunisLReferee DecisionSpyder Inv.100KG3RD2019
19554Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KGSF2019
20371Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLReferee DecisionF2W 11288KGSPF2019
20577Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGSF2019
23912Gordon RyanGordon RyanLInside heel hookWNO 4ABSSPF2020
24242Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ Stars 486KG4F2020
26546Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0BJJ Stars94KGSPF2021
26699Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLCalf slicerRoad to ADCCABSSPF2021
7260Diego GamonalWArmbarBoca Raton Open88KGSF2015
7265Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWChoke from backBoca Raton OpenABS4F2015
7268Diego GamonalWTriangleBoca Raton OpenABSSF2015
7269Ricardo BastosWWristlockBoca Raton OpenABSF2015
7279Jordan LutskyWArmbarBoston Spring Open88KG4F2015
7281Renan BorgesWInverted triangleBoston Spring OpenABS4F2015
7650C. HarasztiWFlying triangleNY Summer Open88KG4F2015
7651Brian BeautyWChoke from backNY Summer Open88KGF2015
7658Chris HarasztiWDQNY Summer OpenABSSF2015
7665Todd BrandonWInverted triangleNY No Gi Open94KGSF2015
7666Neiman GracieWPts: 2x0NY No Gi Open94KGF2015
7669Jason LeesWPts: 40x0NY No Gi OpenABSSF2015
7670Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWPts: 8x2NY No Gi OpenABSF2015
8170Thomas LoubersanesWPts: 8x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF2015
8180David RaabDavid RaabWRNCNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2015
8185Gybson SáWPts: 4x0NoGi Pan AmsABSSF2015
8186Garry TononGarry TononWWristlockNoGi Pan AmsABSF2015
8430Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8458Nicholas LiaskosWMata leaoNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8467Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12015
8483Steven PattersonWCrucifix ChokeNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8486Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2015
9294Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 13x0Pan American88KGR12016
9656Lucas RochaLucas RochaWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSR12016
9661Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWViolin armlockEBI 6ABS4F2016
10002Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR12016
10010Manny DiazManny DiazWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG8F2016
10259Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWLapel chokeNY Summer OpenABSSF2016
10260Diego RamosWWristlockNY Summer Open88KGRR2016
10261Diego RamosWViolin armlockNY Summer Open88KGRR2016
10269Daniel MehrkarWTriangleNY NoGi OpenABS4F2016
10270Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 8x0NY NoGi OpenABSSF2016
10271Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 5x0NY NoGi OpenABSF2016
10390Todd MueckenheimWPointsBoston SIO94KGF2016
10392James QuinlanWKimuraBoston SIOABS4F2016
10394Lucas ValleWChoke from backBoston SIOABSSF2016
10907Kit DaleKit DaleWRNCNoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
12064Joseph MokuWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12017
12204Roberto TorralbasWPts: 5x0Pan American94KG8F2017
12209Nick SchrockNick SchrockWPts: 5x0Pan American94KG4F2017
12374Nicolas PenzerWKatagatameNY Spring Open94KGSF2017
12375Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWChoke from backNY Spring Open94KGF2017
13003Viking WongWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR12017
13161Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
15015Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWBread slicerAtlanta W. Open88KGSF2018
15023Charles McguireWWristlockAtlanta W. OpenABS4F2018
15024Joshua BacallaoWArmbarAtlanta W. OpenABSSF2018
15168Olivier Kee-SengWPts: 11x0Continental Pro85KG4F2018
15171Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWReferee DecisionContinental Pro85KGSF2018
15172Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWSubmissionContinental Pro85KGF2018
15304Max GimenisMax GimenisWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12018
15384Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG4F2018
15835Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWPts: 7x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15836Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15838Pierre LeclercWJapanese necktieKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15841Michael PerezMichael PerezWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGF2018
16516Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWBrad cutter chokeWorld Champ.88KGR12018
16519C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
18360Daniel StraussWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 3ABSSPF2018
18582Vegard RandebergWDQNoGi Worlds85KGR22018
18588Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KG4F2018
19287Hyungcheul KimWPts: 13x0Spyder Inv.100KG4F2019
19547Esdras BarbosaWChoke from backPan American88KG8F2019
19550Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KG4F2019
20335Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaWReferee DecisionF2W 11185KGSPF2019
20568Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 3x0World Champ.88KGR22019
20574Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2019
20765Craig JonesCraig JonesWPointsThird Coast85KGSPF2019
21286Josh HingerJosh HingerWRNCKasai Pro 686KGSPF2019
21738Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoWPts: 5x0ADCC88KGR12019
21742Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWReferee DecisionADCC88KG4F2019
21782Josh HingerJosh HingerWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGSF2019
21784Craig JonesCraig JonesWPts: 2x0ADCC88KGF2019
23093Angelo ClaiborneAngelo ClaiborneWChoke from backAtlanta WO88KGSF2020
23094Joseph WatsonWPts: 3x0Atlanta WO88KGF2020

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