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Matheus Felipe Xavier, commonly referenced as Matheus “Tá Danado”, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Bruno Barreto, Thiago Barreto, and Leonardo Vieira, being also a member of the Checkmat grappling team. A respected athlete in the international competitive circuit, Xavier earned his esteem through an incredible run as a brown belt competitor, a time when Matheus Felipe conquered an International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World title and the #1 Ranking of the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF), the two most prestigious governing bodies in this sport.

Matheus Felipe Xavier Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Matheus Felipe da Silva Xavier

Nickname: “Tá Danado” is a common exclamation used in Portuguese Jargon from the Northeast of Brazil. The meaning has similarities in English with expressions such as “wow” or “damn!”. It started being used in relation to Matheus when he first started training BJJ. During his very first tournament experience – with only 5 training sessions, Xavier won the event. From then on Matheus’ intense training schedule (3 sessions per day) well impressed his coaches and training partners who would say something along the lines of “you did all those sessions today? ‘Damn’ (Tá Danado) Matheus!”. Soon the expression became a synonym of the athlete.

Lineage 1: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Roberto Traven > Muzio de Angelis > Burtom Deivisom > Thiago Barreto/Bruno Barreto > Matheus Felipe

Lineage 2: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Senior > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero (Jacaré) Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira > Matheus Felipe

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Fall Open (2019)
  • 3rd Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2021)

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF #1 Ranked Brown Belt (2017-2018)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam Tokyo Champion (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, London (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Asian Continental Pro (2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place ACBJJ World Championship (2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2017 brown)
  • 2nd Place ACBJJ European Championship (2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place ACBJJ North American Championship (2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Pesadíssimo (over 100,50 kg / 222.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Checkmat

Matheus Felipe Xavier Biography

Matheus Felipe Xavier was born in Natal, the state capital of Rio Grande do Norte in Northeastern Brazil, growing in the Nova Natal burg.

Xavier’s interest in martial arts spiked as a teenager, and at the age of 15 he decided to sign on to Thai boxing classes, a sport in which he also competed. Although enjoying Muay Thai, Matheus Felipe’s sister was developing into a successful athlete in jiu-jitsu at the time. Seeing her sister and attending to BJJ tournaments made him eager to grapple, joining Cristiano Tchê’s classroom at the age of 16.

Training jiu-jitsu under the tuition of Cristiano Tchê, Matheus Felipe went up to blue belt. After earning his promotion, Xavier joined the Academy of the Barreto brothers (Bruno Barreto and Thiago Barreto), a gym highly focussed on the competition aspect of BJJ.

Xavier quickly became one of the top athletes at the Barreiro Bros gym (Checkmat RN), earning all subsequent belts from the well-known duo. As a brown belt, his coaches started migrating to Abu Dhabi, becoming part of the BJJ project being developed there by the local sheik. First Thiago and later Bruno moved to the Middle Eastern country, leaving Matheus without his coaching references.

This circumstance lasted for a few months until Matheus Felipe himself was invited to Abu Dhabi to coach and compete in the local circuit. Reunited with his coaches, Xavier dominated the UAEJJF tournament scene, going on to conquer the #1 Brown Belt Ranking for the organization (2018).

During Xavier’s stay in the UAE, Checkmat head coach Leozinho Vieira, together with Alvin Phung and Frank Phung launched the “Rising Stars” program. An idea set to help some of the highest talents in the world by offering up-and-coming athletes free training, accommodation, and sponsorship. The Barreto brothers successfully lobbied for Matheus to be included in the program, which led to more success on the mats.

Under the guidance of both the Barretos and Vieira, Xavier’s path ultimately led to his promotion to black belt, which occurred on September 3, 2018. The ceremony was led by Vieira, though with the full approval of the Bruno and Thiago Barreto.

Matheus Felipe Grappling Record

46 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    21 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (4%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (4%)

14 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
43
6
#86e620
Katagatame
14
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle
7
1
#d1212a
Verbal tap
7
1
#fad11b
Footlock
7
1
#f58822
Botinha
7
1
#224aba
Armbar
7
1
#ff9124
Violin armlock
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
21 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (57%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (10%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (19%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (5%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (5%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
50
1
#86e620
Triangle
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Matheus Felipe Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
15580Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLReferee DecisionACBJJ PolandO95KGF2018
17604Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17609Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG3RD2018
20067Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier110KGF2019
20892Wilson AlmeidaLPointsFortaleza OpenABS4F2019
23053Mathias LunaMathias LunaLPts: 2x0European OpenABSR22020
23161Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 4x0European OpenO100KGSF2020
23476Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLReferee DecisionMunich OpenO100KGF2020
26916Khasan VarandoLPts: 1x0Asia Cont. Pro120KG4F2021
27744Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaLPts: 3x0Grand Slam MSK120KGRR2021
29247Erich MunisErich MunisLPts: 2x1World Pro94KGSF2021
29442Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 5x0World Champ.ABS8F2021
29589Erich MunisErich MunisLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KG8F2021
29721Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoLChoke from backTeams CupN/ARR2021
29743Alex MunisAlex MunisD---Teams CupN/ARR2021
30634Yatan BuenoYatan BuenoLPts: 2x0European OpenO100KG4F2022
30662Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLTriangleEuropean OpenABSSF2022
31172Bjorn WallatLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN120KG4F2022
41649Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioLEBI/OTEmperor OTMABSR12023
44748Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraLPts: 8x6ADWP Qualifier120KGF2023
46209Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLPts: 2x1ADGS TYO120KGF2024
47465Marcin MaciulewiczLReferee DecisionAIGA TrialsO91KG4F2024
15577Artur PujszoWPts: 0x0, PenACBJJ PolandO95KG4F2018
15579Wesley LopesWPts: 2x0ACBJJ PolandO95KGSF2018
18446Orisvaldo MartinsWKatagatameCopa CBO100KGF2018
18447Orisvaldo MartinsWKatagatameCopa CBABSSF2018
18448R. RodriguesWBotinhaCopa CBABSF2018
18449William MartinsWPointsNordeste OpenABSSF2018
18450Adson SallesWPointsNordeste OpenO100KGSF2018
19832Breno MaiaWPts: 15x0Rio FO100KG4F2019
19833Joao SoaresWPts: 5x0Rio FO100KGSF2019
19834Thiago AndradeWPts: 0x0, AdvRio FO100KGF2019
20066Fabio MartinsWDQWP BR Qualifier110KGSF2019
20889Herico HesleyWPointsFortaleza OpenO100KGF2019
20890Fellipe AnselmoWPointsFortaleza OpenABSR12019
23042Pedro EliasPedro EliasWPts: 4x4, PenEuropean OpenABSR12020
23156Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenO100KG4F2020
26920Khasan VarandoWPts: 9x0Asia Cont. Pro120KGRPC2021
26921Sultan Al AliWArmbarAsia Cont. Pro120KG3RD2021
27742Walter SantosWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MSK120KGRR2021
29162Anderson MunisAnderson MunisWPts: 2x1BRA Qualifiers94KGRR2021
29165Francisco LimaWViolin armlockBRA Qualifiers94KGRR2021
29166Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWReferee DecisionBRA Qualifiers94KGRR2021
29245Bruno LimaBruno LimaWReferee DecisionWorld Pro94KG4F2021
29253Ariel DelgadoWSubmissionWorld Pro94KGRPC2021
29254Arsen ShapievWPts: 4x0World Pro94KG3RD2021
29438Jae McIntoshWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR12021
29583Diogo OliveiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.100KGR12021
29706Lucas GiraudWVerbal tapTeams CupN/ARR2021
29730Ithalo LopesD---Teams CupN/ARR2021
30630Wesley CaixetWPts: 2x0European OpenO100KGR12022
30649M. BayraktarWPts: 17x0European OpenABSR12022
30655Almog BritschWFootlockEuropean OpenABS8F2022
30660Shane FishmanWPts: 13x0European OpenABS4F2022
31176Andrzej IwatWPts: 3x1Grand Slam LDN120KGRPC2022
31177Bjorn WallatWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN120KG3RD2022
41653Idris AlievWEBI/OTEmperor OTMO99KGSF2023
41654Emad AlsumaitWEBI/OTEmperor OTMO99KGF2023
44744Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 4x3ADWP Qualifier120KG4F2023
44746Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 7x6ADWP Qualifier120KGSF2023
46205Dae LeeWSubmissionADGS TYO120KG4F2024
46208Wesley SilvaWReferee DecisionADGS TYO120KGSF2024
49647Fawaz HaddadinWSubmissionADGS ABD120KG8F2024
49653Thiago BorgesThiago BorgesWSubmissionADGS ABD120KG4F2024
49659Dmitrii VostrikovWSubmissionADGS ABD120KGRPC2024
49660Svyatoslav OgnevWPts: 5x0ADGS ABD120KG3RD2024
50618Svyatoslav OgnevWPts: 3x1ADGS Istanbul120KG4F2024
50619Thiago PessoaWReferee DecisionADGS Istanbul120KGSF2024
50621Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWPts: 3x1ADGS Istanbul120KGF2024

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