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José Matheus Macedo de Lira Luna, commonly known as Matheus Luna, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Ricardo Feliciano (Pantcho) and Lucas Leite of the Checkmat Team, who worked extensively at the Barreto Brothers Academy in Natal, RN – Brazil, namely with Bruno and Thiago Barreto. Matheus and his twin brother Mathias Luna ascended to the top of jiu-jitsu’s competitive rankings as purple and brown belts, cementing that status during their very first year competing in the professional circuit.

Matheus Luna Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: José Matheus Macedo de Lira Luna

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira > Lucas Leite / Ricardo Feliciano > Matheus Luna

Main Achievements:

  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2019 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2019 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017 purple, 2019 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 / 2018 purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Guard Passing

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Checkmat

Matheus Luna Biography

Matheus Luna was born on February 21, 1995, together with his twin brother Mathias Luna, in Recife, the capital of Brazil’s northeastern state of Pernambuco, moving to Natal – state of Rio Grande do Norte at the age of 8.

Growing up both brothers were extremely sporty, playing a variety of ball sports, from football (soccer) to handball, to volleyball and basketball throughout the school system. At the age of 16, however, influenced by a neighbor who had started grappling at a local social project, Matheus joined jiu-jitsu, a sport that immediately consumed Luna.

At the local social project, Matheus met coaches Fábio Rodrigues and Júlio e Rodrigo Salustino, who taught there, but it didn’t take long before the Luna brothers started becoming more serious about their intentions in the sport, then joining the Barreto Brother’s Academy (Thiago and Bruno), one of the most successful gyms in the region.

Luna went from white to purple belt under Thiago and Bruno Barreto, however, in 2017 the brothers accepted an offer by coach Ricardo Feliciano – a member of the Checkmat association to which the Barreto brothers were affiliated, and moved to the United States, a country that provided the best tournament circuit in the world, where the Luna’s had more opportunities to earn a living from this sport.

Matheus would earn his brown belt from Pantcho and in 2018 join the academy of another famed Checkmat coach, Lucas Leite, spreading his training between both gyms. It would be Leite and Feliciano who promoted Matheus and his brother, Matheus, to black belt on August 24, 2019.

Matheus Luna Grappling Record

26 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (15%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (23%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    3 (12%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
40
4
#86e620
Choke
20
2
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
20
2
#d1212a
Shoulder lock
10
1
#fad11b
Katagatame
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
20 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (5%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (40%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (5%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Matheus Luna Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
21536Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPts: 4x2Dallas SMOABSF2019
21739Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLReferee DecisionF2W 12684KGSPF2019
23811Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionF2W 14891KGSPF2020
24156Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 4x0Pan American88KGF2020
24242Jake WatsonJake WatsonLReferee DecisionF2W 15588KGSPF2020
24498Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLReferee DecisionF2W 15892KGSPF2020
24831Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenLEBI/OTTMS GP83KGF2020
25061Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLReferee DecisionF2W 16388KGSPF2021
25380AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 2x0Orlando Open88KGSF2021
25397Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x2Orlando OpenABSSF2021
25807Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLReferee DecisionF2W 17083KGSPF2021
25902Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLArmbarArtista JJN/ASPF2021
27138Yago SouzaYago SouzaLReferee DecisionF2W 18083KGSPF2021
29083Gabriel CostaGabriel CostaLPts: 4x1BRA Qualifiers85KG4F2021
29472Nathan SantosLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12021
31469Wallace CostaWallace CostaLPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR22022
31573Yan LucasYan LucasLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KG4F2022
31875Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiLPointsNashville Open88KGSF2022
31882Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 9x0Nashville OpenABSSF2022
31890Austin OrandayLN/ANashville NGOABSSF2022
21529Damien NitkinWChokeDallas SMO94KGF2019
21530Rennik KamaWChokeDallas SMOABSR12019
21534Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 3x0Dallas SMOABSSF2019
21905Bruno BorgesWCross chokeLisbon Open82KGSF2019
21906Alberto GuzmanWShoulder lockLisbon Open82KGF2019
21910Bruno LimaBruno LimaWPts: 6x2Lisbon OpenABS4F2019
21911Arturo SalasWReferee DecisionLisbon OpenABSSF2019
21912Bruno BorgesWChoke from backLisbon OpenABSF2019
21977Evyatar PaperniWChoke from backTel Aviv Open88KGF2019
21981Eldar RafigaevEldar RafigaevWPts: 3x0Tel Aviv OpenABSSF2019
21982Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyWCross chokeTel Aviv OpenABSF2019
24148Nathan BarretoWReferee DecisionPan American88KGR12020
24150Jake WatsonJake WatsonWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG4F2020
24155Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 2x2, PenPan American88KGSF2020
24820Saar ShemeshWEBI/OTTMS GP83KGR12020
24826Max NedoshchakWEBI/OTTMS GP83KG4F2020
24829Roman NepotaWEBI/OTTMS GP83KGSF2020
25389William ShannonWChoke from backOrlando OpenABSR12021
25396Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiWReferee DecisionOrlando OpenABS4F2021
28243Hunter NewtonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KG4F2021
28364Rafael AnjosRafael AnjosWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 684KGSPF2021
28618Rafael AnjosRafael AnjosWReferee DecisionNashville Open94KGSF2021
28620Marlon TanakaWReferee DecisionNashville Open94KGF2021
31464Marcos TanakaWKatagatamePan AmericanABSR12022
31570Alexandre SantosAlexandre SantosWChoke from backPan American88KGR12022
31879Thomas BracherWPointsNashville OpenABS4F2022
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