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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: 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 (2022***)
  • 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
*** Closed division with teammate

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.

Matheus Diniz Position For Submission Instructional

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Matheus Diniz Grappling Record

83 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    31 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    37 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (1%)

37 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
22
8
#86e620
Wristlock
11
4
#5AD3D1
RNC
11
4
#d1212a
Armbar
8
3
#fad11b
Face mask choke
5
2
#f58822
Triangle
5
2
#224aba
Inverted triangle
5
2
#ff9124
Violin armlock
5
2
#bf1f6c
Katagatame
3
1
#22c9a5
Bread slicer
3
1
#fad223
Submission
3
1
#03861f
Japanese necktie
3
1
#039a1f
Brad cutter choke
3
1
#03b41f
Flying triangle
3
1
#03c61f
Mata leao
3
1
#03d61f
Crucifix Choke
3
1
#03f61f
Lapel choke
3
1
#82ff5f
Kimura
3
1
37
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
33 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (18%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (3%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
29
2
#86e620
Choke
14
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
14
1
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
14
1
#fad11b
Calf slicer
14
1
#f58822
Triangle
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Matheus Diniz Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6215Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
7279Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 7x4Boca Raton Open88KGF2015
7298Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarBoston Spring Open88KGSF2015
7301Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarBoston Spring OpenABSSF2015
7376Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7479Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x0World Champ.88KG4F2015
8449Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
8505Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 10x2NoGi WorldsABSF2015
9319Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChokePan American88KG8F2016
9682Rustam ChsievLEBI/OTEBI 6ABSSF2016
10033Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x0World Champ.88KG4F2016
10929Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2016
12097Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 6x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12234Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2017
13034Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 7x0World Champ.ABS8F2017
13194Leandro LoLeandro LoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2017
13442Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League94KGSPF2017
15354Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22018
15429Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGSF2018
16567Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2018
17457Craig JonesCraig JonesLReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
18655Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 8x5NoGi Worlds85KGSF2018
19364Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 3x0Spyder Inv.100KGSF2019
19366A. MunisLReferee DecisionSpyder Inv.100KG3RD2019
19632Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KGSF2019
20453Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLReferee DecisionF2W 11288KGSPF2019
20663Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGSF2019
24047Gordon RyanGordon RyanLInside heel hookWNO 4ABSSPF2020
24382Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ Stars 486KG4F2020
26730Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0BJJ Stars94KGSPF2021
26884Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLCalf slicerRoad to ADCCABSSPF2021
29501Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG8F2021
32899Rider ZuchiRider ZuchiLPts: 4x2World Champ.94KG4F2022
34921Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniLTriangleADCC88KG4F2022
7278Diego GamonalWArmbarBoca Raton Open88KGSF2015
7283Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWChoke from backBoca Raton OpenABS4F2015
7286Diego GamonalWTriangleBoca Raton OpenABSSF2015
7287Ricardo BastosWWristlockBoca Raton OpenABSF2015
7297Jordan LutskyWArmbarBoston Spring Open88KG4F2015
7299Renan BorgesWInverted triangleBoston Spring OpenABS4F2015
7668C. HarasztiWFlying triangleNY Summer Open88KG4F2015
7669Brian BeautyWChoke from backNY Summer Open88KGF2015
7676Chris HarasztiWDQNY Summer OpenABSSF2015
7683Todd BrandonWInverted triangleNY No Gi Open94KGSF2015
7684Neiman GracieWPts: 2x0NY No Gi Open94KGF2015
7687Jason LeesWPts: 40x0NY No Gi OpenABSSF2015
7688Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWPts: 8x2NY No Gi OpenABSF2015
8188Thomas LoubersanesWPts: 8x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF2015
8198David RaabDavid RaabWRNCNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2015
8203Gybson SáWPts: 4x0NoGi Pan AmsABSSF2015
8204Garry TononGarry TononWWristlockNoGi Pan AmsABSF2015
8448Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8476Nicholas LiaskosWMata leaoNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8485Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12015
8501Steven PattersonWCrucifix ChokeNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8504Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2015
9312Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 13x0Pan American88KGR12016
9674Lucas RochaLucas RochaWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSR12016
9679Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWViolin armlockEBI 6ABS4F2016
10020Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR12016
10028Manny DiazManny DiazWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG8F2016
10277Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWLapel chokeNY Summer OpenABSSF2016
10278Diego RamosWWristlockNY Summer Open88KGRR2016
10279Diego RamosWViolin armlockNY Summer Open88KGRR2016
10287Daniel MehrkarWTriangleNY NoGi OpenABS4F2016
10288Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 8x0NY NoGi OpenABSSF2016
10289Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 5x0NY NoGi OpenABSF2016
10408Todd MueckenheimWPointsBoston SIO94KGF2016
10410James QuinlanWKimuraBoston SIOABS4F2016
10412Lucas ValleWChoke from backBoston SIOABSSF2016
10925Kit DaleKit DaleWRNCNoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
12087Joseph MokuWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12017
12227Roberto TorralbasWPts: 5x0Pan American94KG8F2017
12232Nick SchrockNick SchrockWPts: 5x0Pan American94KG4F2017
12397Nicolas PenzerWKatagatameNY Spring Open94KGSF2017
12398Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWChoke from backNY Spring Open94KGF2017
13026Viking WongWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR12017
13184Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
15055Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWBread slicerAtlanta W. Open88KGSF2018
15063Charles McguireWWristlockAtlanta W. OpenABS4F2018
15064Joshua BacallaoWArmbarAtlanta W. OpenABSSF2018
15208Olivier Kee-SengWPts: 11x0Continental Pro85KG4F2018
15211Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWReferee DecisionContinental Pro85KGSF2018
15212Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWSubmissionContinental Pro85KGF2018
15344Max GimenisMax GimenisWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12018
15424Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG4F2018
15875Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWPts: 7x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15876Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15878Pierre LeclercWJapanese necktieKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15881Michael PerezMichael PerezWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGF2018
16558Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWBrad cutter chokeWorld Champ.88KGR12018
16561C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
18420Daniel StraussWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 3ABSSPF2018
18647Vegard RandebergWDQNoGi Worlds85KGR22018
18653Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KG4F2018
19362Hyungcheul KimWPts: 13x0Spyder Inv.100KG4F2019
19625Esdras BarbosaWChoke from backPan American88KG8F2019
19628Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KG4F2019
20417Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaWReferee DecisionF2W 11185KGSPF2019
20654Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 3x0World Champ.88KGR22019
20660Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2019
20851Craig JonesCraig JonesWPointsThird Coast85KGSPF2019
21374Josh HingerJosh HingerWRNCKasai Pro 686KGSPF2019
21832Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoWPts: 5x0ADCC88KGR12019
21836Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWReferee DecisionADCC88KG4F2019
21877Josh HingerJosh HingerWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGSF2019
21879Craig JonesCraig JonesWPts: 2x0ADCC88KGF2019
23215Angelo ClaiborneAngelo ClaiborneWChoke from backAtlanta WO88KGSF2020
23216Joseph WatsonWPts: 3x0Atlanta WO88KGF2020
27932David GarmoDavid GarmoWFace mask chokeGrapple TempleN/ASPF2021
29493Juan CleberWFace mask chokeWorld Champ.88KGR12021
31169Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiWReferee DecisionCharleston Open94KGSF2022
31171Lucas LisboaLucas LisboaWPts: 0x0, AdvCharleston Open94KGF2022
31616Lucas LisboaLucas LisboaWChoke from backPan American94KGR12022
31626Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWPts: 3x0Pan American94KG4F2022
31627Pedro MachadoPedro MachadoWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American94KGSF2022
34913Rodrigo DibWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGR12022

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