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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

33 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    16 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Katagatame
20
2
#86e620
Submission
20
2
#5AD3D1
Botinha
10
1
#d1212a
Armbar
10
1
#fad11b
Violin armlock
10
1
#f58822
Triangle
10
1
#224aba
Verbal tap
10
1
#ff9124
Footlock
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
17 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (59%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (12%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (18%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

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
15573Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLReferee DecisionACBJJ PolandO95KGF2018
17592Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17597Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG3RD2018
20040Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier110KGF2019
20866Wilson AlmeidaLPointsFortaleza OpenABS4F2019
23013Mathias LunaMathias LunaLPts: 2x0European OpenABSR22020
23121Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 4x0European OpenO100KGSF2020
23436Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLReferee DecisionMunich OpenO100KGF2020
26850Khasan VarandoLPts: 1x0Asia Cont. Pro120KG4F2021
27678Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaLPts: 3x0Grand Slam MSK120KGRR2021
29171Erich MunisErich MunisLPts: 2x1World Pro94KGSF2021
29366Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 5x0World Champ.ABS8F2021
29513Erich MunisErich MunisLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KG8F2021
29645Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoLChoke from backTeams CupN/ARR2021
29667Alex MunisAlex MunisD---Teams CupN/ARR2021
30519Yatan BuenoYatan BuenoLPts: 2x0European OpenO100KG4F2022
30547Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLTriangleEuropean OpenABSSF2022
31049Bjorn WallatLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN120KG4F2022
15570Artur PujszoWPts: 0x0, PenACBJJ PolandO95KG4F2018
15572Wesley LopesWPts: 2x0ACBJJ PolandO95KGSF2018
18424Orisvaldo MartinsWKatagatameCopa CBO100KGF2018
18425Orisvaldo MartinsWKatagatameCopa CBABSSF2018
18426R. RodriguesWBotinhaCopa CBABSF2018
18427William MartinsWPointsNordeste OpenABSSF2018
18428Adson SallesWPointsNordeste OpenO100KGSF2018
19807Breno MaiaWPts: 15x0Rio Fall Open100KG4F2019
19808Joao SoaresWPts: 5x0Rio Fall Open100KGSF2019
19809Thiago AndradeWPts: 0x0, AdvRio Fall Open100KGF2019
20039Fabio MartinsWDQWP BR Qualifier110KGSF2019
20863Herico HesleyWPointsFortaleza OpenO100KGF2019
20864Fellipe AnselmoWPointsFortaleza OpenABSR12019
23002Pedro EliasPedro EliasWPts: 4x4, PenEuropean OpenABSR12020
23116Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenO100KG4F2020
26854Khasan VarandoWPts: 9x0Asia Cont. Pro120KGRPC2021
26855Sultan Al AliWArmbarAsia Cont. Pro120KG3RD2021
27676Walter SantosWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MSK120KGRR2021
29091Anderson MunisAnderson MunisWPts: 2x1BRA Qualifiers94KGRR2021
29094Francisco LimaWViolin armlockBRA Qualifiers94KGRR2021
29095Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWReferee DecisionBRA Qualifiers94KGRR2021
29169Bruno LimaBruno LimaWReferee DecisionWorld Pro94KG4F2021
29177Ariel DelgadoWSubmissionWorld Pro94KGRPC2021
29178Arsen ShapievWPts: 4x0World Pro94KG3RD2021
29362Jae McIntoshWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR12021
29507Diogo OliveiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.100KGR12021
29630Lucas GiraudWVerbal tapTeams CupN/ARR2021
29654Ithalo LopesD---Teams CupN/ARR2021
30515Wesley CaixetWPts: 2x0European OpenO100KGR12022
30534M. BayraktarWPts: 17x0European OpenABSR12022
30540Almog BritschWFootlockEuropean OpenABS8F2022
30545Shane FishmanWPts: 13x0European OpenABS4F2022
31053Andrzej IwatWPts: 3x1Grand Slam LDN120KGRPC2022
31054Bjorn WallatWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN120KG3RD2022

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