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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

67 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    24 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    32 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (1%)

32 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
19
6
#86e620
Wristlock
13
4
#5AD3D1
RNC
9
3
#d1212a
Armbar
9
3
#fad11b
Triangle
6
2
#f58822
Inverted triangle
6
2
#224aba
Violin armlock
6
2
#ff9124
Flying triangle
3
1
#bf1f6c
Mata leao
3
1
#22c9a5
Crussifix 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
32
(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
6175Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
7226Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 7x4Boca Raton Open88KGF2015
7245Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarBoston Spring Open88KGSF2015
7248Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarBoston Spring OpenABSSF2015
7323Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7426Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x0World Champ.88KG4F2015
8396Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
8452Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 10x2NoGi WorldsABSF2015
9254Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChokePan American88KG8F2016
9611Rustam ChsievLEBI/OTEBI 6ABSSF2016
9962Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x0World Champ.88KG4F2016
10851Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2016
11973Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 6x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12110Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2017
12893Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 7x0World Champ.ABS8F2017
13053Leandro LoLeandro LoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2017
13293Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League94KGSPF2017
15135Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22018
15210Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGSF2018
16321Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2018
17161Craig JonesCraig JonesLReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
18286Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 8x5NoGi Worlds85KGSF2018
18935Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 3x0Spyder Inv.100KGSF2019
18937A. MunisLReferee DecisionSpyder Inv.100KG3RD2019
19178Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KGSF2019
19966Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11288KGSPF2019
20159Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGSF2019
7225Diego GamonalWArmbarBoca Raton Open88KGSF2015
7230Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWChoke from backBoca Raton OpenABS4F2015
7233Diego GamonalWTriangleBoca Raton OpenABSSF2015
7234Ricardo BastosWWristlockBoca Raton OpenABSF2015
7244Jordan LutskyWArmbarBoston Spring Open88KG4F2015
7246Renan BorgesWInverted triangleBoston Spring OpenABS4F2015
7615C. HarasztiWFlying triangleNY Summer Open88KG4F2015
7616Brian BeautyWChoke from backNY Summer Open88KGF2015
7623Chris HarasztiWDQNY Summer OpenABSSF2015
7630Todd BrandonWInverted triangleNY No Gi Open94KGSF2015
7631Neiman GracieWPts: 2x0NY No Gi Open94KGF2015
7634Jason LeesWPts: 40x0NY No Gi OpenABSSF2015
7635Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWPts: 8x2NY No Gi OpenABSF2015
8135Thomas LoubersanesWPts: 8x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF2015
8145David RaabDavid RaabWRNCNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2015
8150Gybson SáWPts: 4x0NoGi Pan AmsABSSF2015
8151Garry TononGarry TononWWristlockNoGi Pan AmsABSF2015
8395Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8423Nicholas LiaskosWMata leaoNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8432Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12015
8448Steven PattersonWCrussifix ChokeNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8451Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2015
9247Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 13x0Pan American88KGR12016
9603Lucas RochaLucas RochaWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSR12016
9608Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWViolin armlockEBI 6ABS4F2016
9949Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR12016
9957Manny DiazManny DiazWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG8F2016
10201Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWLapel chokeNY Summer OpenABSSF2016
10202Diego RamosWWristlockNY Summer Open88KGRR2016
10203Diego RamosWViolin armlockNY Summer Open88KGRR2016
10211Daniel MehrkarWTriangleNY NoGi OpenABS4F2016
10212Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 8x0NY NoGi OpenABSSF2016
10213Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 5x0NY NoGi OpenABSF2016
10332Todd MueckenheimWPointsBoston SIO94KGF2016
10334James QuinlanWKimuraBoston SIOABS4F2016
10336Lucas ValleWChoke from backBoston SIOABSSF2016
10847Kit DaleKit DaleWRNCNoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
11963Joseph MokuWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12017
12103Roberto TorralbasWPts: 5x0Pan American94KG8F2017
12108Nick SchrockNick SchrockWPts: 5x0Pan American94KG4F2017
12270Nicolas PenzerWKatagatameNY Spring Open94KGSF2017
12271Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWChoke from backNY Spring Open94KGF2017
12885Viking WongWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR12017
13043Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
14835Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWBread slicerAtlanta W. Open88KGSF2018
14843Charles McguireWWristlockAtlanta W. OpenABS4F2018
14844Joshua BacallaoWArmbarAtlanta W. OpenABSSF2018
14988Olivier Kee-SengWPts: 11x0Continental Pro85KG4F2018
14991Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWReferee DecisionContinental Pro85KGSF2018
14992Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWSubmissionContinental Pro85KGF2018
15125Max GimenisMax GimenisWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12018
15205Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG4F2018
15642Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWPts: 7x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15643Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15645Pierre LeclercWJapanese necktieKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15648Michael PerezMichael PerezWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGF2018
16312Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWBrad cutter chokeWorld Champ.88KGR12018
16315C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
18070Daniel StraussWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 3ABSSPF2018
18278Vegard RandebergWDQNoGi Worlds85KGR22018
18284Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KG4F2018
18933Hyungcheul KimWPts: 13x0Spyder Inv.100KG4F2019
19171Esdras BarbosaWChoke from backPan American88KG8F2019
19174Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KG4F2019
19930Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11185KGSPF2019
20150Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 3x0World Champ.88KGR22019
20156Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2019

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