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Matheus Felipe

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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 with 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)

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

    6 (55%)
    1 (9%)
    3 (27%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (9%)


    2 (50%)
    1 (25%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
    1 (25%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Matheus Felipe Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17349Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17354Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG3RD2018
19640Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier110KGF2019
20431Wilson AlmeidaLN/AFortaleza OpenABS4F2019
18126Orisvaldo MartinsWKatagatameCopa CBO100KGF2018
18127Orisvaldo MartinsWKatagatameCopa CBABSSF2018
18128R. RodriguesWBotinhaCopa CBABSF2018
18129William MartinsWPointsNordeste OpenABSSF2018
18130Adson SallesWPointsNordeste OpenO100KGSF2018
19413Breno MaiaWPts: 15x0Rio Fall Open100KG4F2019
19414Joao SoaresWPts: 5x0Rio Fall Open100KGSF2019
19415Thiago AndradeWPts: 0x0, AdvRio Fall Open100KGF2019
19639Fabio MartinsWDQWP BR Qualifier110KGSF2019
20428Herico HesleyWPointsFortaleza OpenO100KGF2019
20429Fellipe AnselmoWN/AFortaleza OpenABSR12019

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