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Matheus Gabriel Barros is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Keiser Girão and a representative of the Checkmat team in this sport/martial art’s international competitive circuit. Widely regarded as one of the top featherweight (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs) athletes of his generation, Matheus Gabriel also worked extensively with coaches Alcenor Alves, Sammi Dias, Diogo Dutra and Márcio Rodrigues, earning his reputation early in his career through outstanding performances in the colored belt divisions – particularly at brown belt where he conquered two IBJJF world titles (gi + no-gi) and achieved a 33-1 record with a 70% submission ratio.

Matheus Gabriel Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Matheus Gabriel Pinheiro Barros

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Rigan Machado > Keiser Girão > Matheus Gabriel

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2019 / 2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship NOGI (2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Brazilian Nationals (2021)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2020)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2017 brown, 2016 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2017 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2017 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American No-Gi Nationals (2017 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2016 blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2018 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: DLR and Reverse DLR Hook

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Checkmat

Matheus Gabriel Biography

Matheus Gabriel was born on June 10, 1997, in Manaus, the capital city of Amazonas State on the banks of the Negro River in northwestern Brazil.

While growing up Matheus picked up an interest in football/soccer, playing at the local kids league. His interest in jiu-jitsu would come at the age of 8 (2006), induced by Gabriel’s grandmother who believed the martial art would drain Matheus’ excess energy and tone down his mischievous activities at school.

Alcenor Alves was Matheus Gabriel’s first instructor, one of Brazil’s top kids’ coaches. Alves graded the young prodigy from white to green-white belt before Matheus’ instruction was handed to Sammi Dias and Diogo Dutra.

It was as during his mid-teens that Gabriel’s star quality started shining through. Understanding his own potential, at 15, Matheus decided to join coach Márcio Rodrigues in Rio de Janeiro. Rodrigues ran a project which granted BJJ scholarships for promising young athletes, a program that gathered other hot prospects such as Erberth Santos, Lucas Barbosa as well as Ygor and Yago Rodrigues. Gabriel spent nearly 2 years training there but returned to Manaus after the program lost its funding.

Given the tremendous potential shown by the young Manaus native at such a young age, a friend of Matheus by the name of John Kleicy Kurchat (owner of a Checkmat BJJ franchise in Manaus) referenced Gabriel’s name to a friend of his who lived in the United States, Mr. Kaiser Girão a renowned BJJ coach in Dallas, Texas. Girão decided to bring the young prodigy to America to work with and try to further develop Matheus’ skills.

When competing in the United States purple belt Matheus Gabriel’s international career started to break through to BJJ’s mainstream followers. That year the young Manaus athlete conquered 96 W’s out of 102 matches, losing only twice in his weight class and finishing 76 opponents. In the process, Gabriel earned the best submission ration of the purple belt division (79%).

His outstanding performances earned Matheus Gabriel a sponsorship under the Exclusive Athletes Program, a fund created by João Paulo Bertuccelli (owner of the Exclusive BJJ gym) which protected some of the sport’s rising stars with precarious financial backing. The program gave these athletes a salary and health coverage allowing them to remain in the sport.

While in Dallas, TX Matheus trained jiu-jitsu with the aforementioned Kaiser Girão at the local Checkmat academy. Given the location of his training ground (inside Mezger MMA gym) Gabriel was able to train his physical conditioning with one of the legends of mixed martial arts (MMA) – Guy Mezger and alongside some of National Football League (NFL) big names. All this while also working on his wrestling under two time All American Melvin Lofton. With such a strong team behind him, as a brown belt, Matheus Gabriel went undefeated in the featherweight class, losing only 1 match in the absolute by DQ. His brown belt record went 33-1-0 with 23 submissions, while also conquering 4 Fight to Win Pro belts in 4 different categories – the first-ever athlete to do so for the pro BJJ promotion.

After such a rampant career in the lower belt categories, in June 2018 – after winning his first IBJJF World title with the gi, coach Kaiser Girão promoted the Matheus Gabriel to black belt.

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Matheus Gabriel Grappling Record

    19 (36%)
    3 (6%)
    25 (47%)
    4 (8%)
    2 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


50/50 armbar
Inside heel hook
Choke from back
Triangle armbar
    4 (33%)
    0 (0%)
    1 (8%)
    6 (50%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)



Matheus Gabriel Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
16937Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPts: 8x6Spider Inv. 4F76KGSPF2018
18580Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLRNCNoGi Worlds67KGR12018
18983Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLReferee DecisionF2W 9976KGSPF2019
21875Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLReferee DecisionADCC66KG4F2019
21953Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLReferee DecisionF2W 12770KGSPF2019
22655Levi JonesLevi JonesLPts: 2x0Spyder Invitational76KGF2019
23737Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLReferee DecisionF2W 14277KGSPF2020
24152Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x0Pan American70KGF2020
25592Andy MurasakiAndy MurasakiLReferee DecisionEUG 170KGF2021
32927Mica GalvaoMica GalvaoLPts: 4x2World Champ.76KG4F2022
36743Kade RuotoloKade RuotoloLReferee DecisionOne FC77KGSPF2022
40368Murilo AmaralMurilo AmaralLInjuryWorld Champ.76KG4F2023
17666Santiago FerinaWArmbarF2W 87 Pro65KGSPF2018
18008Rennick KamaWChoke from backJJWL Texas Open76KGSF2018
19393Orlando AndavizaWTriangleHouston Open70KGF2019
19470Justin RiceWChokeF2W 10470KGSPF2019
19574Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielWArmbarPan American70KG8F2019
19580Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWPts: 6x2Pan American70KG4F2019
19584Rafael MansurRafael MansurWPts: 4x2Pan American70KGSF2019
19585Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorWPts: 4x4, PenPan American70KGF2019
20598Joao MendesJoao MendesWPts: 6x4World Champ.70KGR22019
20606Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 4x2World Champ.70KGSF2019
20607Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWArmlockWorld Champ.70KGF2019
21868Geo MartinezGeo MartinezWReferee DecisionADCC66KGR12019
22650Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWPts: 4x2Spyder Invitational76KG4F2019
22653Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesWPts: 2x2, AdvSpyder Invitational76KGSF2019
24145Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWChoke from backPan American70KG8F2020
24147Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielWPts: 2x0Pan American70KG4F2020
24150Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWPts: 4x2Pan American70KGSF2020
25586Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesWPts: 4x2EUG 170KG4F2021
25591Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWReferee DecisionEUG 170KGSF2021
26029Tyler ScalisiWInside heel hookN.Orleans NGO79KGSF2021
26030Michael TrassoMichael TrassoWTriangle armbarN.Orleans NGO79KGF2021
26036Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 2x0N.Orleans NGOABS4F2021
26039Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWPts: 4x0N.Orleans NGOABSSF2021
26040Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 2x0N.Orleans NGOABSF2021
26123Leo SilvaLeo SilvaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.79KGR12021
26129Enrique GalarzaWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.79KG8F2021
26133Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Am.79KG4F2021
26136Michael TrassoMichael TrassoWTriangleNoGi Pan Am.79KGSF2021
26138Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.79KGF2021
27085Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoW50/50 armbarBJJ Bet82KGSPF2021
28039Leandro LimaWArmbarBrasileiro76KGR12021
28047Vinicius PereiraVinicius PereiraWArmbarBrasileiro76KG4F2021
28049Natan ChuengNatan ChuengWArmbarBrasileiro76KGSF2021
28051Sergio SoaresWTriangleBrasileiro76KGF2021
29497Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaW50/50 armbarWorld Champ.76KG8F2021
29505Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 4x2World Champ.76KG4F2021
29509Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGSF2021
32757Max DanrleyWArmlockHouston Open76KG4F2022
32759Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoWArmbarHouston Open76KGSF2022
32760Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiWArmbarHouston Open76KGF2022
32924Alef BritoAlef BritoWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2022
33691Carlos MejiaWTriangleAustin SMO76KGSF2022
33693Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliW50/50 armbarAustin SMO76KGF2022
33728Matheus GalvaoWInside heel hookAustin SMNGO79KGSF2022
33729Lucas WilhanWArmbarAustin SMNGO79KGF2022
35801Wallison OliveiraWArmbarBJJ Stars76KG4F2022
35806Israel SousaIsrael SousaWPts: 4x2BJJ Stars76KGSF2022
35807Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineWPts: 2x0BJJ Stars76KGF2022
39957Lukete SilvaLukete SilvaWArmbarHouston Open76KG4F2023
39958Carlos HenriqueCarlos HenriqueWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2023
39960Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWPointsHouston Open76KGF2023
40348Levi JonesLevi JonesWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR12023
40361Victor NithaelVictor NithaelWPts: 4x4, PenWorld Champ.76KG8F2023

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